SoCal Family Fun at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa

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Over Mother’s Day weekend my family was invited by the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa to stay at their beautiful property and experience their eco-fun Metrolink Summer Memories Package running now through October 2012. Happy Mother’s Day to me!

This package includes a (minimum) two-night stay at the Sheraton Carlsbad, up to 4 roundtrip Metrolink passes good from destinations throughout LA, OC and Riverside, transportation to and from the Oceanside Metrolink station to the resort, kids 12 and under eat free with paid adult entree at Twenty/20 Grill and Wine bar on property and two adult LEGOLAND California Resort Hopper admission tickets for a super great deal!

Click HERE for details and to look at pricing online.  The value of the LEGOLAND tickets alone is $190!

The beauty of this package for SoCal families? You can pack up, get on the train, and can have a completely action-packed fun-filled getaway without ever needing a car!

The property is lovely; gorgeous Mediterranean style architecture and my favorite part…full of families!

We were treated to one of their spacious suites, the Pacific Studio Suite which, at 915 sq ft gave us room to spread out and BREATHE!  With a comfy king-sized bed and a sleeper sofa that was perfect for my girls, they loved being able to watch a video on the flat screen TV from their bed on the complimentary DVD player included in this package after a busy day.

The hotel featured beautiful golf course and coastline views, a mini fridge for kiddo snacks, and included with the resort fee, a 24 hour fitness center, WIFI and in-room Starbucks “One Shot” Coffee Maker with Tazo Tea and Starbucks Coffee.

But my very favorite had to be the KID SIZED ROBE in the bathroom!  How cute is THIS? I don’t know if it is offered in every room, but they do have them on property, so if you visit you can call and ask for it.  My girls thought it was hilarious for all of us to hang out in our Sheraton robes!

I love a resort that offers some “roaming space” for little ones, and there was a great grassy area adjacent to the lobby where the girls loved to run around after breakfast, while my husband and I could chill out with our morning Starbucks on the adirondack chairs.

The property also featured cute little seating areas to relax and the expansive pool area delighted the kids with a giant-sized Jacquzzi, air hockey table and ping pong. Complimentary water noodles were also available at the pool. Big hit.

Now let me tell you a little about the restaurant on property, Twenty/20 Grill & Wine Bar,which was soooooo amazing!

The outdoor patio had panoramic views of the coastline and there is nothing I love more than eating outside on a spring night with the ambiance of fire pits and space heaters. So cozy.

It was very upscale, yet because it is such a family-friendly resort, it was obvious they are accustomed to catering to little ones. Little things like kid-cups with lids and crayons with the menus go a long way when dining out with the whole family!

As luck would have it, my babysitter was in San Diego that weekend visiting her family, and was able to come to the resort for a couple hours to play with the kids, so after they were done eating, my husband and I actually got to enjoy the exquisite cuisine at a leisurely pace.

For starters, we split a delicious rock shrimp appetizer and Greek salad. Absolutely delish!

I am not usually a huge fan of Greek salads, but there was something about the flavor of the dressing that was so light and yummy, I could have added a protein in and called it dinner.  But that would have been silly when there were so many delectable entree items to choose from!

For me, halibut from heaven, for the hubby, perfectly cooked filet.

And their breakfast was equally as amazing. They even catered to my little one with food allergies and got her soy milk with her cereal. Plus, every table at the 8am hour was filled with children, particularly refreshing as my antsy two-year-old climbing around in our booth did not warrant any of “those looks!”

So with all of this alone, the property would be an amazing destination, but to put the cherry on top, the Sheraton Carlsbad has it’s own PRIVATE entrance into LEGOLAND, which was only about a five minute walk from the lobby!

For families, this is ultra-convenient and super spectacular. No lines, just show your key and tickets, and we could walk right smack into the middle of all the action!

Our girls (almost 3 and almost 6) had the time of their lives at LEGOLAND. As a bonus, we got there right when it opened and there were not that many people, which meant we got to do a lot of the rides with a very little wait.

If you have kids under 5 or 6, I would suggest bringing the jogger or stroller with you.  It can get to be a lot of walking for those little legs.

Overall, we had the best time, making so many family memories. I love time to get away from the same old weekend routine, and because it is so close, you can fit in a lot with even just a two-night stay.

Many thanks to the Sheraton Carlsbad for treating my family to this exquisite visit, and the best Mother’s Day I could have asked for!

For more information on this special Metrolink Summer Memories Package, click HERE.

[Disclosure: My family received complimentary accommodations, two meals and LEGOLAND tickets to facilitate this review. All my opinions are 100% my own. I would highly recommend this package to Southern California families looking for a fun eco-friendly getaway!]


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Sheraton Carlsbad Metrolink Summer Memories Package

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Want to take a local SoCalCation this summer but worried about summer traffic and through the roof gas prices? With this Summer Memories Metrolink Package at the beautiful Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa, you can take your family for a getaway and save on gas by traveling to the resort on the Metrolink Train from Orange County, Los Angeles, Riverside and more.

Now that’s what I call eco-fun!

Can you imagine how thrilling it would be for the kids to go on vacation on the train? Love it!  The kids will be so entertained “are we there yet?” won’t even cross their little minds!

The Summer Memories Package includes:

* Accommodations at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa (Advance registration of 10 days + 2-night minimum stay required. Offer is good for stays booked and completed by October 10th, 2012)

* One roundtrip Metrolink pass per guest booked in reservation. A maximum of 4 Metrolink passes booked per room. Metrolink passes are valid from any Metrolink station to the Oceanside station.

* Complimentary roundtrip transportation from Oceanside station to the resort. Guest must schedule the hotel shuttle 72 hours prior to arrival. Subject to availability.

* Two adult LEGOLAND California Resort Hopper admission tickets per room, per stay. Park Hopper tickets valid for LEGOLAND, Water Park & SEA LIFE (Water Park only valid on open operating days. Click here for the schedule.) Additional tickets available for purchase at the hotel. Tickets have no cash value. The resort is conveniently located adjacent to LEGOLAND.

* One complimentary DVD player for use in room during stay based on availability upon request.

* Kids 12 and under eat free. One free kid’s menu item per paid adult entree value at 20/Twenty Grill & Wine Bar only. Not applicable to in-room dining.

Book online or call 866-716-8134.

My family is going to be going to the resort on this package next weekend. Big WOO HOO! Can’t think of a better way to experience Mother’s Day than with a little getaway! I can’t wait to report back about our adventure!

[Disclosure: I will receive a complimentary media stay to facilitate my review.]


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LEGOLAND Vacation Deal!

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Felt inspired to post this deal today because as we all know, family trips can get expensive, and this is an incredible price for a 2-day LEGOLAND vacation in Carlsbad!

This deal: Plum Steal: $359-$495 for Two LEGOLAND® California Two-Day Hopper Passes + Two Nights at The Grand Pacific Palisades Resort – $599-$815 Value includes…

* Two LEGOLAND 2-Day Park Hopper Passes (Good at LEGOLAND California, LEGOLAND Water Park and the SEA LIFE Aquarium. Both passes can be used for either an adult or child – $220 value.)

* Two nights in your choice of a Coastal View Deluxe Room ($359) or a One-Bedroom Villa Suite  ($495) at The Grand Pacific Palisades Resort next to LEGOLAND.  The price includes the daily resort fee, valet parking and use of all the resort activities.

The family-friendly resort has its own private pedestrian entrance so you can easily access all the fun without even having to get into your car as it is right next door.

Be SURE to read The Nitty Gritty in the right column and look at the Black-Out dates before you buy to make sure the dates work for you. Also note that the deal expires on 12/31/12.

Seriously great deal. Wanted to share with the hopes that some of my readers can do a little getaway with their own tiny oranges this year!

[Disclosure: Tiny Oranges is a Plum District Affiliate.]

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DiscoveryARTS Summer Camp Giveaway!

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Pacific Conservatory has generously offered to give away a Plum District voucher for a free week of DiscoveryARTS summer camp (a special deal running right now for $199 on Plum District) so if you have a child in between the ages of 3 and 12 interested in music, art and drama, enter below!

First of all, finding great OC summer camps for kids that can accommodate children of this age range is a challenge in itself.  Believe me, I know because I have been searching for camps to send my 3 and 6 year old this summer, and many don’t take the littler ones. That’s why I was super excited to see this one offered by Pacific Conservatory!

This camp is for one week, Monday – Friday from 9am – 2pm. Younger kids will explore the arts through games, projects and dress-up, while older kids produce scenes from favorite musical theater shows based on weekly themes. At the end of the week, your little star will shine on stage at a special show for the parents on Friday. Click HERE to see the list of shows each week.

Click HERE to buy this deal on Plum District now (one week for $199 – a $275 value).

Win it!

One lucky reader will receive a voucher for one free week of DiscoveryARTS summer camp for one camper age 3 – 12 at the Pacific Conservatory facility in Costa Mesa.

Please leave a separate comment for each entry option and please leave your email address in the comment field (won’t be published) so I can email the winner.

How to enter:

1. Subscribe to Plum District. If you are a Plum District subscriber, great, let me know! If not, click HERE to sign up. It’s free and you will score lots of great deals for moms. Winner must be a Plum District subscriber to receive the voucher. – 1 entry (mandatory)

2. Follow @PlumDistrictOC on Twitter – 1 entry (additional/optional)

3. Follow @TinyOrangesOC on Twitter – 1 entry (additional/optional)

4. Tweet: “I entered to win a week of DiscoveryARTS #OC summer camp from @PlumDistrictOC on @TinyOrangesOC!” – 1 entry (Additional/optional. Please leave permalink to your tweet in your comment. Can tweet and comment once per day.)

5. Subscribe to Tiny Oranges via email or RSS – 1 entry  (additional/optional)

Contest runs through Friday, 3/30/12 at 5pm PST. Winner will be emailed. Good luck!

[Disclosure: Tiny Oranges is a Plum District affiliate and they are also a sponsor.]


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Learning Train Plum District Deal: $29 for $55 worth of books, toys & games

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This is such a great deal for holiday shopping for kids, I had to fit in a post on it!  The Learning Train Plum District deal today is good for $29 for $55 worth of books, toys & games plus free shipping!  You can buy up to 5 vouchers and this deal could seriously save you BIG on toy shopping for the kids for the holidays.

Check out the site, it’s a great place to go for educational learning materials. Learning Train carries many toys, games, arts and crafts (huge in our house!!), and puzzles all which make perfect holiday gifts.

In addition to educational materials in the areas of math, language arts, science, and social studies, Learning Train also offers fiction and nonfiction books, activity kits, and creative play items (also huge in our house!!) You can even shop by age. Love this site, love this deal.

Click HERE to buy it…scroll to the bottom of the page to see the deal.  You might want to buy the $30 for a one-year subscription to US Weekly while you are at it!


Voucher must be used in 1 transaction* May not be combined with other offers * One voucher per transaction * May purchase up to 5 vouchers * No refunds or cash back on unused portions of vouchers

[Disclosure: Plum District is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor / Affiliate.]

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