Rancho Valencia: A Luxury Retreat in Southern California

Main pool at Rancho Valencia

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa is one of the country’s premier tennis resorts, but that’s clearly not why I’m here. As I lob yet another tennis ball over the tall fence and into the adjoining court, I have no problem admitting that I’m here just for the spa and relaxation. Located about thirty minutes from […]

Travel Contests: Week of August 21, 2013

Heineken contest

This week’s travel contests include: Win a Trip for 2 to London or Melbourne Win airfare, LEGOLAND Resort Hotel stay & Go San Diego Cards to visit San Diego attractions Win a trip to London from Banana Republic (on Facebook) Win a free Caribbean cruise and an Xbox prize pack

What It’s Like at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego lobby

I recently spent the weekend at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego. I hadn’t been to San Diego for a few years so I didn’t even know that a Hard Rock Hotel existed there. Here’s what you need to know.  1. Location The 12-story, 420 guest room hotel opened in November 2007. It’s located […]

Website of the Week: Smart Destinations

Smart Destinations

Everyone wants to save money when they travel—including me! If you plan on traveling to a U.S. city and doing a lot of sightseeing (alone or with the family), then you should seriously consider getting a Smart Destinations Go Card, because it’ll save you up to 55% on top attractions. For example, those traveling to […]

Surf and Safari in San Diego

So many animals living together

My family loved our first trip to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The Safari Park is a wildlife sanctuary that sprawls across 1,800 acres and is home to over 3,500 animals. Unlike in a traditional zoo, most of the animals cohabit just like they do in the wild plains of Africa and Asia. Viewing […]

Ten Reasons to Stay at the Hotel Indigo Del Mar

Hotel Indigo Room

Recently the Hotel Indigo chain opened a new hotel in Del Mar, California, 20 miles north of San Diego. Knowing of the hotel group’s dog friendly policies, I suggested that I bring my dog Duncan along when I visited the hotel. Hotel Indigo is part of the Intercontinental Group, its niche within the organization to […]

Duncan Does Del Mar

Seagrove Park

As my yellow lab Duncan and I discovered, Del Mar goes out of its way to make its four-legged friends feel at home. Most importantly, Del Mar allows dogs beach access nine months of the year along a two-mile stretch, one of the most generous policies around. There are some rules to follow; you can […]

San Diego’s LEGOLAND

Legoland

By Todd Carney: You don’t have to be raising a family in Southern California to realize there are a lot of theme parks within driving distance, but it helps! For my own little family of two boys, ages 5 and 10, one particular theme park has stood out, for it’s always the one they both […]