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Fun Family Activities on Catalina Island

Catalina family fun

Catalina Island is an ideal spot to have fun with your family, with dozens of activities to suit any budget – from lounging on the sand and splashing in the waves for free, to renting a kayak, taking a glass-bottom-boat ride, ziplining through the canyons, getting an off-road jeep tour of the Island’s interior, playing a round of golf (regular-sized or mini), or even –gulp- parasailing. My family and I ... Read More »

Lodging on Catalina Island – The Inn on Mt. Ada

view of Avalon harbor at daybreak from Inn on Mt. Ada

My family and I were the guests of the Island Company on our recent trip to Catalina Island and stayed at the most wonderful hotel we could have ever imagined: the Inn on Mt. Ada. Built by William and Ada Wrigley as their home and then converted, the Inn on Mt. Ada is the definition of comfort – with a view. All guests are treated like royalty: picked up at ... Read More »

The Oaks in Ojai Meditation Weekend


This is a guest post by Jane Gassner I’m not usually a spa person. For one, I’m fidgety and two, I prefer that those who lay their hands on my body be people I’ve had a long and intimate relationship with. But I just came back from a spa weekend that has me raving: I went to The Oaks at Ojai for their Meditation Weekend. A number of years ago, ... Read More »

8 Things to Do in Laguna Beach for Families


The beaches in Laguna are pretty spectacular, but there are many other things for families to do in the small seaside town. Visitors can explore pirate caves, hike in the canyon, ride the free trolley all over town, and even learn to blow glass. During my visit to Laguna, I asked Steve Bramucci, Laguna resident, travel writer and children’s book author, for some off the beaten path recommendations for parents to take their kids. Totuava Beach in ... Read More »

New Emirates Airline Lounge at LAX Tom Bradley Terminal

the Emirates lounge at LAX Tom Bradley terminal

MomsLA co-Founders Sarah Auerswald and Yvonne Condes recently got a chance to visit the brand-new Emirates Airline lounge at the LAX Tom Bradley terminal, for First Class and Business Class customers as well as Platinum and Gold members of Emirates Skywards, the airline’s frequent flyer program. The Emirates Lounge at Los Angeles International Airport “…represents a $6.2 million investment on the part of the airline, to provide an experience of seamless luxury ... Read More »

Family Travel in Laguna Beach – Pacific Edge Hotel Review


Finding the right hotel when you’re traveling with your family (and dog!) can be tough. Last weekend, I stayed at the Pacific Edge Hotel as part of a media trip to Laguna Beach. It offers affordable and comfortable rooms and is very close to the beach. Plus the hotel has two pools and a hot tub. I left my family at home (they had school and baseball games) for this trip ... Read More »

Grin and Big Bear It – Plan Ahead When Heading to Socal’s Nearby Mountain Resorts

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This is a guest post by K. Pearson Brown It’s a true fact that Angelenos can ski and snowboard in the morning and head to the beach in the afternoon. Not that many people actually do this, but it would be possible, owing to the fact that one of SoCal’s most popular mountain resorts, Big Bear, is about 110 miles away from Los Angeles. While the “let’s-get-in-the-car-and-go-skiing” idea might seem fun ... Read More »

Hyatt Hotels Offer Free Wifi to All Guests

Sarah working poolside at Hyatt Century Plaza freewifi free wifi

Hyatt Hotels just became my new BFF because they have decided to do something I like to think all other Hotel Chains will soon copy: Hyatt is now offering Free Wifi in all guest rooms and in lobbies Worldwide. The Hyatt Century Plaza recently invited some Los Angeles Bloggers, including Yours Truly, to check out the wifi and lounge by the fabulous pool. And so of course I went. The Hyatt Century ... Read More »

Family Travel Tips with Peter Greenberg


The Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show came to Los Angeles last weekend and I took my boys and husband there in search of an adventure vacation for us. There were exhibitors from all over the world there and it was quite overwhelming, but in an exciting way. We focused most of our attention on the California section to get us ready for a couple of backpacking and camping trips ... Read More »

Lakehouse Hotel & Resort Review

Lakehouse hotel & resort seen from across the Lake

The Lakehouse Hotel & Resort in Lake San Marcos, CA is a perfect place to take the family for a chill-out, relaxation vacation. It’s a quiet, comfortable place to spend time reading, watching birds, lounging by the pool, or watching the sunset. Or, if you’re the adventurous types, you can rent kayaks or electric motor boats and motor around Lake San Marcos, which the hotel adjoins, or play golf at the ... Read More »