Summer is the time for family vacations, but oftentimes parents come back from those vacations needing a vacation! If you need to getaway without the tremendous expense of going away here are a few spots that are close enough to home to be affordable, yet luxurious enough to feel far away.
Head north to the Bacara Resort & Spa nestled on the Gaviota coast in between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez mountains. Bacara features a four-story spa, a state-of-the-art wellness center, three zero-edge saline swimming pools, four restaurants and lounges, a 12,000-bottle Wine Cellar & Tasting Room. If you want to do something extra special on the weekend of July 27th, on your way to Santa Barbara, stop in Malibu for the Hollyrod foundation DesignCare Event. It is a spectacular star-studded fashion show, concert and silent auction held at a private residence. The foundation is raising money to build facilities that will support families living with Autism and Parkinson’s Disease. To find out more go to http://www.hollyrod.org.
Travel south along PCH to the beautiful Balboa Bay Resort. Located on 15 waterfront acres in the heart of Newport Beach this four-diamond resort sprawls along the bay like a meandering Mediterranean villa. It boasts a 17,000-square-foot spa and fitness center, and a collection of short and long-term rental apartments. The Balboa Bay Club & Resort distinguishes itself as the only full-service waterfront property in Newport Beach.
Twenty minutes further down the highway and the Pacific Edge Hotel awaits. Located on the sand in Laguna Beach, this resort is centrally located and within walking distance to both downtown Laguna and the shops and galleries along South Coast Highway. What really sets the hotel apart is their newly renovated Bungalows. For a weekend of peaceful privacy you can reserve one of them from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Guest Writer – Kerri Zane
Kerri is an Emmy award winning television executive producer, healthy living expert, single mom advisor, speaker, and author of “It Takes All 5: A Single Mom’s Guide to Finding the REAL One.” published by Morgan James, (November 2012). She is the family travel expert for Peter Greenberg Online, a regular contributor to What’s Up For Kids as well as various mommy blogs.