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Romance at The Ranch

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Disclosure: Complimentary media stay provided to facilitate this review. 

Every year my husband and I make it a goal to get away in November to celebrate our anniversary. The time together alone, no kids, is magical. It’s one of the highlights of my entire year. To have extended, uninterrupted hours to talk, relax and reconnect is like fuel for the marriage tank.

In the years when we have only one or two nights for a getaway, staying close to home is best for maximum relaxation time and living in Orange County, we are pretty darn lucky to have a large number of phenomenal destinations to chose from.

Back in August we were lucky enough to able to stay at The Ranch at Laguna Beach as a family of four and enjoyed all the amazing family-friendly activities available for guests.

Click here to read my post about staying at The Ranch at Laguna Beach as a family.

When we were deciding where we wanted to go for our 15 year anniversary, I thought The Ranch would be the perfect spot.  We got married in Laguna Beach, so the town holds special memories for us, and I couldn’t wait to experience The Ranch as a romantic Laguna Beach hotel.  If you are looking for a staycation spot to celebrate Valentine’s Day or a special event with your sweetie, here’s a little taste of what could be in store for you…

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We dropped the girls off at school and headed down on a beautiful Friday morning. I was giddy with excitement. Swim suit. Check. Dress for dinner. Check. New book to dive into. Check.

R & R was all that was on the agenda and I couldn’t wait.

We requested early check in and as luck would have it, our room was ready so we could get settled into our cozy king Cabin Room where a bottle of bubbly was there to greet us. Time to uncork the champs!

Total travel time to champagne? About 45 minutes total. That’s the best thing about a staycation close to home!

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The Ranch, which just celebrated its grand opening end of last year, exudes classic, Laguna Beach elegance. From decor to amenities, the resort spared no detail when it comes to guests’ comfort.

– Keurig coffee makers

– Microwave

– Fridge

– Comfortable robes

– Daily paper delivery of paper of choice

– Complimentary Wi-fi

– USB ports bedside

– Complimentary parking and valet

– And my personal favorite, NO ADDITIONAL RESORT FEE. Yes!

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We were lucky to get some warmer than usual November temperatures in Laguna so we spent the rest of the afternoon lazing around the charming pool, The Pond, where cushioned lounge chairs and signature cocktails await.

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Adjacent to The Pond is the Sycamore Spa, which was in the final phase of completion when we stayed so we were unable to take advantage of a treatment. I am happy to report, it is open now and in February, locals can visit the Sycamore Spa and receive 15% off a 60-minute Couples’ Massage and also receive a takeaway spa amenity!

Super sweet Valentine’s Day gift.

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After a few hours at the the pool we decided to try our skills at the bocce ball court. Hubby kicked my booty. That game is harder than it looks!

I love the comfortable feel of The Ranch. Zero pretension. The property makes you feel right at home.

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The evening was so beautiful we decided to walk across the street hand-in-hand to catch the sunset.  It’s an easy 5 – 7 minute walk to the beach, but the resort does have golf carts available you can call for rides.

Nothing more romantic than sunset at the beach, and how often do you have the chance to watch a sunset with your love?

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That evening we were ecstatic to dine at the just-opened Harvest restaurant, which is one of the most stunningly beautiful dining spots in OC.  The decor is grand, but comfortable at the same time with a modern clubhouse type of feel…the type of place where you can sit by the fire, belly up to the bar or nestle into a dining table and stay awhile.

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Harvest restaurant and bar celebrates California cuisine with farm-to-table dishes that change with the seasons. The chef integrates fresh herbs, fruits, vegetables, many of which are grown on property in the half-acre Harvest Garden.

Click here for a sample menu and if you go for dinner, order the crispy Brussel Sprouts with sweet chili sauce, pecans, green apple and radicchio. Best we have ever had!

Harvest is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. If you are local, make your reservations now. You will fall in love.

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photo credit: The Ranch

Our dinner service was impeccable, and we giggled over another class of champagne as we toasted our 15 years.

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We were back the next morning for a glorious breakfast al fresco where we watched a family of deer grazing on the greens as we dined.

Can you spot them? You have to look close….

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One of the best things about The Ranch is its location. You are so close to all the hustle and bustle of PCH, Main Beach, and its restaurants and shops, yet when you pull down the drive to go back ‘home’ to The Ranch you enter a completely different world.

On Saturday night we decided to Uber into town and dine at The Deck, which is now a restaurant, but 15 years ago the property was a private wedding venue where we said our vows.

So many memories came rushing back when we got seated at our table, essentially in the exact same spot we got married!

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After dinner, we found ourselves at a local dive bar dancing to an 80’s cover band like we were kids in our 20’s again. SO. MUCH. FUN.

After a deliriously good night’s sleep in our comfortable bed, we headed up to Ben’s Pantry at The Ranch for breakfast, which is their grab-and-go cuisine for seat yourself patio dining.

Latte. Breakfast burritos. Morning paper. This view.

Perfection.

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After breakfast we took a walk over to the beach and walked for a long stretch up to Treasure Island.

I forget just how gorgeous these beaches are but was reminded when I noticed the large number of tourists walking the path. People that likely traveled long distances to visit Laguna Beach. And, here we are, able to come and take a staycation in one of the most beautiful locations in California.

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It was an AMAZING weekend and The Ranch was the perfect spot to recharge and reminisce, the quintessential romantic Laguna Beach hotel.  If you are looking for a local spot to share a special time with your significant other, make your reservations now.

Month of February Romance Specials at The Ranch:

Book your romantic getaway in the month of February 2017 and resort credit applies towards resort activities:

Make a one-night reservation and receive a $50 resort credit

Stay 2 or more nights and receive $100 resort credit

 Based on availability. Visit website for restrictions. Click here to reserve.

February 2017 Specials for Locals:

Sycamore Spa:  

1 – 60 minute Couples massage at 15% Receive takeaway spa amenity

Golf: 

Couples Golf Tourney

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

Tee times available 10-11:30am

Price $150/couple to ride $120 to walk. Includes greens fee, electric cart, $50 F&B credit, 2 sleeves of Vivid balls and prize eligibility. Participants also get 20% off merchandise that day.

 Prizes offered:

·         a “One-night romance package for two, 2nd place:  60 minute Couples Spa treatment

·         Closest to the Pin winners – 2 free rounds of golf

·         Highest Score – free one hour couples lesson

February Golf Specials

·        Couples Golf Lessons – 20% off couples introductory golf lessons

           ·         $128 for 1 hour couples lesson (takes place at the range and putting green)

           ·         $224 for 5 hole playing lesson, 30-min intro at the range and play holes 6-9 on your own

For more information:

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The Ranch at Laguna Beach: All You Want to Know

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Complimentary stay provided to facilitate this The Ranch at Laguna Beach review and the property is a client of Tiny Oranges. 

The Ranch at Laguna Beach Review

“Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air.” ~ Emerson

It took me some time to let the magic of the luxury boutique hotel, The Ranch at Laguna Beach sink in.  As an Orange County native, I found it hard to believe this piece of land, nestled in between the Aliso and Wood Canyons, even existed. chair
We have driven by Aliso Beach thousands of times, but little did I know the charm to be found just on the other side of Coast Highway, where a different world of natural serenity awaits at a brand new Laguna Beach boutique hotel, unlike anything else to be found in all of Orange County.

It is quite simply, the coolest hotel in Laguna Beach.

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The Ranch at Laguna Beach Review 

The Ranch at Laguna Beach has it all. So close to beaches, dining, hiking, activities…yet so far away from the hustle and bustle. It’s only 0.3 miles and an 8 minute walk from the sand, but once you enter the driveway, a secret spot of stunning Laguna Beach beauty waits for you to come on in, stay awhile and relax.

It was like being in another world.

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The land is a part of Orange County history, and is home to Ben Brown’s Golf Course, a 9-hole golf course tucked in the canyon, founded in 1956. benbrowns
After the golf course was established many years ago, the owners of the property expanded to include a simple motel, a sort of destination stop off of Coast Highway.

But I am sure many of you Orange Countians didn’t even know there was a motel back in that canyon, I didn’t. ranchcar
That was all about to change when Mark Christy, owner of Hobie Sports and lifetime Laguna Beach resident got a group of investors together to purchase the inn with a vision to take the iconic property and make it into a luxury, ranch-style resort that embraces the feel and philosophy of Laguna Beach.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Keeping the exact footprint of the previous property, but brand new in every other aspect, The Ranch at Laguna Beach has been completely remodeled in quintessential coastal decor.

With a variety of room configurations to suit every guest’s individual needs The Ranch offers rooms, studio suites, one bedroom suites, two bedroom suites and even a luxe private treehouse!

Our family of four was hosted in one of their spacious two-bedroom cottages, which for a family, is sheer perfection. theranchcottagelivingroom

The cottage was so comfortable we felt as if we were home.

Our cottage included a dining table, kitchenette, half bathroom downstairs, huge living area with an attached patio waiting for you to come out and enjoy the view on a rocking chair.

The upstairs housed two separate bedrooms, one with a King bed and attached balcony, the second with queen sized bed, and a gorgeous bathroom in the middle. bathroom

All amenities are covered. Even some that are hard to find anywhere these days.

– Keurig coffee makers

– Microwave

– Fridge

– Cozy robes

– Daily paper delivery of your paper of choice

– Complimentary Wi-fi

– USB ports bedside

– Complimentary parking and valet

– And my personal favorite, NO ADDITIONAL RESORT FEE. Yes! 

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The beds, dressed in fine Italian linens, were extremely comfortable and the black out shades and ability to close our bedroom doors and sleep separate from our kids was lovely.

The two-bedroom set-up allowed us all to sleep in.

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Do you want a look at our two-bedroom cottage at The Ranch at Laguna Beach? Click on over here and view my 60-second tour of our room here on Instagram.

THE GROUNDS 

With a creek that runs through the property and to the ocean, the buildings of the ranch are tucked into the environment, blending in with their color and style to the landscape that surrounds.

Here is a photo of the private treehouse for rental. How cool would it be to rent this?! CREEK

THE POND 

The fresh saltwater pool, affectionately named The Pond, is completely refinished, retaining its original shape, and had a vintage charm about it. Here is one of my favorite shots early morning, as the marine layer was in the process of burning off… pool marine layer
Give my girls a hotel pool and they are happy campers.  When they realized a poor bar was open for beverages they begged me for a lemonade, but I said, “no” because mommy needed to save her money for mojitos.

They then shared they learned from other kids at the pool that they met that lemonades are FREE.

Free lemonade for kids at the pool? The Ranch, I love you.

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With comfortable, cushioned lounge chairs and C-shaped side tables perfect for your beverages, kids can bounce between pool and jacuzzi while parents relax. cocktails

It is of course my responsibility to report back on important things like the cocktails at The Pond so I sampled some on your behalf. You’re welcome.

For the record, they were some of the very best I have EVER had. Too bad they weren’t free. Then again, that might have been a problem.

If you go, make sure you try one of their mojitos.

DINING AT THE RANCH 

When construction is complete, The Ranch’s signature restaurant, Harvest, can be found in the main building with a bar and beautiful private dining room serving upscale California and American cuisine inspired by local flavors.

Until the main restaurant is open, guests can enjoy a full breakfast and lunch menu at the fabulous Harvest Patio in the most picturesque setting overlooking the golf course.

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Dining with kids at The Harvest Patio was delightful. The tables, set under darling cafe-strung lights, was adjacent to a large, grassy lawn area where the kids could play cornhole and the girls could handstand and cartwheel to their hearts content. cornhole
Ben’s Pantry
, your coffee shop at The Ranch serves guests daily from 6:00am – 9:00pm where you can grab your morning cup of Joe, have an after golf beer or order a glass of a California coastal wine.

They also offer upscale grab-and-go sandwiches and snacks for the beach, golf or pool.  benspantry

The Harvest Patio breakfast was extraordinary.

If you are a local, make it a point to do breakfast there sometime soon and when you do, please order the Smoked Bourbon Bacon Cinnamon Roll to share.  Like the menu states, ‘Nuff said.

The Green Thumb green juice I ordered cancels out the cinnamon roll calories, right? cinnamonroll

ACTIVITIES 

Laguna is home to arguably some of the best beaches in all of California, and there is no better place to stay than at The Ranch for the convenient location to them all.

Simply call the front desk,tell them you are going to the beach, and a golf cart will arrive to pick you up and drop you off at Coast Highway with loaner towels, chairs or umbrellas as needed.

Aliso Beach is the most convenient, right across the highway, but if you want to visit any other beaches, you can take advantage of the free Laguna Beach trolley or simply order an Uber. ranchsign
The Ranch can also arrange a private surf or stand up paddle boarding lesson, of which my husband and I got to do for the first time while the girls were at the Junior Rangers program for the morning.

We got a brief lesson on the basics, then hit the water with our awesome instructor Mike.  Lots of tips and laughs later and we were hitting the harbor, and were able to make it 1 1/2 miles around the loop. SUPER FUN!

As a plus, I got to work off some of the cinnamon roll.

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JUNIOR RANGERS PROGRAM 

The kids’ program at The Ranch is called Junior Rangers and was such a welcome departure from the usual resort kid’s club activities because it was not only fun, but educational too!

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Kids ages 5 – 12 can attend with prior reservations for an additional fee. Program runs 9am – 1pm and includes a camp tee, backpack, take home craft and lunch.

The girls got to make plaster animal prints, tour the organic garden in a golf cart, learn about the animals of the canyon, do science experiments, play games and have lunch with an enthusiastic staff.

When I asked their honest opinion after we picked them up they said,

“It was WAY more fun than I thought it would be!”

Which is a rave review coming from my borderline tween 10-year-old who can be somewhat hard to please!  Locals are also welcome to book a spot in the Junior Rangers program for anyone looking to fill any summer days prior to going back to school.

FAMILY MEMORIES ARE MADE AT THE RANCH

At check-in we received a sheet with times and activities going on during our stay and fun was to be found every day. From movie nights to nature talks to campfire songs with complimentary hot cocoa, The Ranch truly is dedicated to making sure you have endless opportunities to make family memories. storytime

We loved our stay.

There is something special about The Ranch and the feeling you have when you are there.  Maybe it’s the history or memories of a simpler time. Maybe it’s the chance to take a step off the busy highway of life for a few days and recharge in nature. Most of all, it was the time together to discover the property and experience a completely unique kind of vacation.

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This photo below inspired the opening quote above.  At The Ranch you truly do live in the sunshine.  Thank you for giving us these memories.

We will be back.

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BOOK YOUR STAY NOW

Preview rooms are available now (beware there is some construction still going on and not all areas are quite complete), with grand opening coming soon. Follow The Ranch on social media for news of the opening. Find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Our Central Coast California Mission Trip

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My oldest is in 4th grade, the year kids do a California mission project, so I made it MY mission to research the best California missions to visit with kids so we could make it a family mission trip to see one. We ended up visiting La Purisima Mission in Lompoc and had the MOST fun on our little 3-night Central Coast California mission road trip so I wanted to share our experience for any families looking for great California mission trips for kids.

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Day One:  Orange County to La Purisima Mission

We left on Sunday morning and make it to La Purisima Mission in about 4 hours.

La Purisima Mission is open from 9am – 5pm every day with the exception of a few holidays and special history days. Free guided tours are conducted every day at 1:00pm.   Free self-guided tours are welcome during open hours.  Parking was $6.

Tip -> Check out library books on the mission before your trip!

It’s fun to be able to have a little history and back story on the mission before you arrive so you can fully appreciate getting to see some of the things you read about in person.

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Tip -> Take the La Purisima Free Guided Tour at 1:00pm!

The guided tour starts at the Visitors Center.  Online it says it is 60 – 90 minutes, but ours was a full two hours. Our tour guide was very thorough and let the kids (and adults) do cool things like ring the mission bell.  La Purisima is the only California mission that allows this!

The tour guide shared so much information that we would not have gotten on a self-guided tour.  Highly recommend.

La Purisima Mission Grounds

La Purisima is the most historically restored missions of all the California missions and its beauty took my breath away. It’s out in the middle of farm land, so visitors can get an authentic feel for what it would have been like to live there in the 1800’s.  For kids, I think this was such a great mission to visit for this reason.

When we walked into the original church and mission rooms, the old wood and architecture gave me the chills. I drool over farmhouse style home design and reclaimed wood so to see ceilings like this in its paint-chipped antique splendor was for me, one of the highlights.

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Each year in the fall they also hold special Candlelight tours where visitors can go at night and experience the mission by candlelight and step back in time to experience the smells and sounds of mission life. I have to do this one year.

The tour was fabulous and the setting made it a perfect place to learn about La Purisma’s history by actually being able to walk through each and every space of the mission. It was the PERFECT California mission to visit with kids.

I was so excited about La Purisima I wanted to do my own Mom Mission Report, thus the need for this blog!

Solvang for Dinner 

That afternoon we backtracked into Solvang for dinner, about a 25 minute drive from Lompoc.  I hadn’t been to Solvang since I was about 20 years old, and it has changed a LOT. I remember being being a really kitschy town with lots of windmills.  The windmills are still there, but the town has turned incredibly charming with lots of twinkle lights strung at night and lots of dining options. Definitely a fun outing with the family.

We went casual and ate at the Solvang Brewing Company.

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Where to Stay in Lompoc

Our final destination was Pismo Beach, but since it had been a long day driving up and then touring, we decided to stay the night in downtown Lompoc. What’s in Lompoc you might ask? Not much. But I did find the O’Cairns Inn & Suites which was highly reviewed on Trip Advisor and a very pleasant surprise! Rooms were clean and comfy and price couldn’t be beat (especially with the added AAA discount).  They also include free sodas, waters, snacks, movies, popcorn, two adult drinks per night per guest and a full made to order cooked breakfast.

Bonus – > The family-friendly bar also had foosball, pool, shuffle board and karaoke. Classic.

Day Two: Lompoc to Pismo Beach 

After our full free breakfast at O’Cairns we hit the road to make it to Pismo, about a 50 minute drive North.  We were too early to check in at the hotel, so we visited the Avila Valley Barn where we found lots of animals to feed and pet, a darling country store, fresh corn on the cob hot off the grill and hay rides for $1. Cute, and inexpensive outing.

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Where to Stay in Pismo Beach with Kids

After lots of internet searching and after getting a personal recommendation from a friend who visits Pismo a lot, we decided to stay at the SeaCrest Oceanfront hotel.  Smack dab on the ocean cliffs with a stunning view.

We decided to pay a little more and book a family suite which included one room with a King bed and a separate room with two twin beds, its own TV and a door that shuts.  For a family of four it was perfection. This was the view from our patio with the girls picnicking under the shade of the palm tree.

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Even better we got a room on the ground floor and had a patio that opened up to a huge grassy area in front of the pool. Girls ran around on that grass and played for HOURS while we sat on the porch and watched them.  The SeaCrest has steps down to the beach right on the property, so we also enjoyed some afternoon beach time on an 85 degree February day.

That night we walked (a little over 1/2 mile) to have dinner at Giuseppe’s Pismo Beach. Good family-friendly Italian food with awesome service.

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Day Three: Pismo Beach + San Luis Obispo 

The next morning after a yummy (included) continental breakfast at the hotel, we took a walk on the beach. The girls found ELEVEN whole sand dollars which to them was pretty awesome seeing that we have never been able to find a whole one in OC. Thrilling.

Next we visited the Pismo Beach Monach Butterfly Grove, where you can walk around and look at the Monarchs.  Girls were not super enthralled with this outing, but I thought it was cool! Then we walked from the butterflies down to the beach where you can get closer to see the sand dunes.  The beach is stunning. This is one of my favorite photos of the girls from the trip.

girlsintree2 San Luis Obispo is a short drive from Pismo so we decided to go into town and see Mission San Luis Obispo and grab some lunch.

Downtown San Luis Obispo is a really cute college town and the Mission is right in the middle of the action.  This mission was completely night and day different from Lompoc given its location in town and it felt more like a museum. It was cool to experience both since they were so different.

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In town, we had lunch at Splash Cafe. Hands down the BEST clam chowder I have ever had. There’s also one on the main strip in Pismo Beach.  The clam chowder is a must experience if visiting Pismo or San Luis.

It was such a fun trip. I hope you might get to experience this area of California with your family sometime too!

Please comment below if you have taken your family on a California mission trip and where you went.  I am slightly obsessed with them now. I might want to visit all 21.

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#RanchLB Romance Twitter Party!

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Disclosure: I am participating in a sponsored partnership with The Ranch at Laguna Beach. All enthusiasm regarding the below prizes is 100% authentically me. 

The Ranch at Laguna Beach is a brand new resort secluded within a peaceful blend of canyon and sea, where guests get to stay off the beaten path while still experiencing all Laguna Beach has to offer.  Would you like to go? Yes?  Join the #RanchLB Romance Twitter Party for a chance to win some romantic prizes just in time for Valentine’s Day! Read on for how to join us…

The Ranch at Laguna Beach

Are you ready to see what you could win next week? Can you imagine how fun it would to surprise your Sweetie with one of these prizes for Valentine’s Day? Let me share the The Ranch at Laguna Beach #RanchLB Romance Twitter Party prizes.

1-night romance package stay at The Ranch at Laguna Beach which includes a 1-night stay with couples massage and your choice of paddle boarding or golf  (3 prizes available)

Round of golf for two at The Ranch at Laguna Beach (1 prize available)

Dinner for two at The Ranch at Laguna Beach (1 prize available)

How to Be a Part of the#RanchLB Romance Twitter Party

1. Register for free to participate by clicking here. To be eligible to win, you must register and answer the questions correctly during the #RanchLB Twitter party!

2.  Hop on Twitter on Wednesday, 2/10/16 at 7:00pm sharp and follow the hashtag #RanchLB to join the party.

–> To be ahead of the game, follow The Ranch at Laguna Beach on Twitter now. And follow me!  I’m @TinyOrangesOC and will be partying with you along with sharing some of my favorite local Laguna hot spots.

3. Study ahead of time to have the answers to the questions prior to joining the party so you are ready to ROCK it and win one of those awesome prizes.

All answers can be found here on The Ranch at Laguna Beach website.

Questions:

– Name one of the charitable organizations that Chef Camron supports
– The Treehouse Romance Package @ranchlb includes a romantic chef-prepared dinner. How many courses is it?
– How many holes does Ben Brown’s golf course at The Ranch have?
– Name one of the items included in the romance kit as part of The Ranch Romance Package.
– Valentine’s Day is on Sunday. Which breakfast item at The Ranch is at the top of Jill Simonian’s list to celebrate?

For a complete run down of all the fun details of this party click here.

Have a great, beautiful weekend. It’s supposed to be crazy beautiful here in OC and I look forward to partying with you on Wednesday night!

xo

Jen

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5 Family-Friendly Fiji Resorts

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I have been writing about Fiji as a vacation destination for a few months now as a result of our partnership with Fiji Vacations and putting together these dreamy posts have become almost torturous because it makes me want to go to Fiji SO BADLY!!!

Some might think Fiji is just a place for honeymooners or romantic getaways. It is. But did you know many resorts in Fiji also cater to families?

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I asked Melissa, the owner of Fiji Vacations who has personally visited ever single resort in Fiji to share her opinion of her top 5 best family-friendly Fiji resorts. She knows what to look for because she has a young son and has traveled to Fiji with him numerous times. Here are her picks!

1. Castaway Island, Fiji 

Castaway Island Fiji Resort Kid's Club

Castaway Island Fiji

Castaway Island, Fiji is a pristine private island 4 star resort in the heart of Fiji’s Mamanuca Island group. The 174 acre island is covered in rich tropical rainforest and surrounded by white sand beaches, vibrant coral reefs and sparkling South Pacific waters.

Voted the BEST Overseas Family Resort by Luxury Travel Magazine, the Castaway Kid’s club (ages 3+ – FREE) is open from 9:00am until 10:00pm every day. The resort has a separate family pool area and great options for even fussy eaters.

“They just do a superb job at keeping adults and kids entertained and happy.”  ~ Melissa

2. Jean Michel Cousteau Resort 

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John-Michel Cousteau Resort

Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort is located on 17 flourishing acres of a former coconut plantation tucked away on a private peninsula overlooking Savusavu Bay and the Koro Sea.

The Bula Club kid’s club is a free program featuring a full schedule of fun activities that encourage kids to explore the Fijian culture and environment. Bula Club has separate programs for children under 5 and those between 6-12.

Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort is a great resort for discerning clientele that want an educational experience for their family. “~ Melissa 

3. Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa

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Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa

Intercontinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa, located on one of the world’s best beaches, offers five-star luxury on the white sands of Natadola Beach.

The property boasts 6 restaurants and bars, spa, golf course, 4 swimming pools and fabulous kids’ club.

Their Planet Trekkers Kids Club is designed to entertain young kids and has two distinct age groups for different activities for kids ages 3-7 and  8-12. Kids under 4 may attend Planet Trekkers in the company of a resort Nanny.

“I loved this resort because of the dedicated nanny service.” ~ Melissa 

4. Mana Island Resort Fiji

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Mana Island Resort Fiji

Mana Island Resort is nestled between two of the best beaches to be found in the Mamanuca Group, situated in lush tropical paradise amongst white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters.

Their Kids Club is open for 3 different sessions during the day where children get to experience Fijian culture, nature walks and traditional games. Ages 3 – 12 years.

The resort also offers a Mei Mei Centre for babysitting. Parents can take advantage of five FREE hours of babysitting per day for guests staying a minimum of 5 nights.

“Mana Island is one of the most beautiful islands in Fiji and this resort offers families a super affordable vacation in a 5 star location.” ~ Melissa 

5. Vomo Island Resort 

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Vomo Island Resort

Vomo Island Resort has been considered the hidden jewel of the Fijian Islands with its peaceful ambiance and stunning natural beauty.

Consisting of 29 Luxury Villas and two private residences with private pools, Vomo Island Resort offers 5-star accommodations and service. Rates are inclusive of all food and non-alcoholic beverages during meal times, arrival wine, WiFi, daily laundry, non-motorized sports and daily snorkeling trips.

Vomo’s Kids Village is open daily and is Vomo’s dedicated facility catering to young guests. Accessed by a fun suspension bridge, the air-conditioned facility has a playroom for kids under 4, media room, undercover play areas, dress up and craft tables. Kids under 4 must be accompanied by a baby butler or nanny.

For children 10 years and above, Vomo now offers PADI certified diving course called the Bubble Blowers Course where experts will direct them through the steps necessary to learn to navigate the underwater world.

They have just gone through a major renovation and the resort is looking better than ever. Vomo offers some of the finest white sandy beaches along with their award winning 5 star service, this resort delivers one of the most upscale family experiences in Fiji!” ~ Melissa 

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