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Springhill Suites by Marriott Oceanside Hotel Review

Posted on: June 16th, 2015 by Kate Hamernik

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Planning on a trip to Oceanside in North County San Diego?  No doubt you will want to enjoy Ocean views and have lots of entertainment close by.  Springhill Suites by Marriott Oceanside is located just a block from the Pacific Ocean with views of the historic Oceanside Pier and the Top Gun House.

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As a family of five we are always impressed by a hotel room that can comfortably fit our whole family.  The Springhill by Marriott layout was perfect.

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Our room offered two queen beds as well as a sleeper sofa.  Harry and I also liked there was a work station that was separate from the main sleeping area.

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While our trip was purely recreational, this would have been a wonderful hotel for a business trip as well.  We basically used our desk area for spinning and nonsense, but it would have been great for getting work done too.

Springhill Suites by Marriott Oceanside offers a FREE breakfast that got thumbs up from our group.  It is no frills – disposable plates and utensils and serve yourself, but honestly that is how we like it.  When we stayed we served ourselves eggs, bacon, yogurt, fruit, and even make your own waffles.

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Yep – my gigantic bottomless pit had two plates, a bowl of oatmeal, and a cup of yogurt.  Heaven help us when he hits his teens.

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 I think our favorite feature was the heated roof top pool.

Day……………

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Night……………

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The hotel is only a couple blocks from the Oceanside Pier.  Our family walked down one morning after breakfast – read all about our morning at the Oceanside Pier <—- here.

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Things to keep in mind…..

* Parking is Valet only at the cost is $24 a night – there is street parking but everything close is metered.  While the hotel is a very good deal especially considering the view and location, if you are on a budget it should just be taken into consideration.

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* The train tracks are right up against the hotel, we were on the beach side and we could still hear it at night time. Our kids slept through it but we both woke up a couple times.  The front desk does have ear plugs if you are a light sleeper like us.

* Smoke free hotel – yay! I love smoke free hotels – but if you enjoy that sorta habit (quit it – it is bad for you) you should probably stay somewhere else…. or you know, quit smoking.  It’s a cool hotel, it is a shame for you to miss it over a bad habit.

One last picture………………..

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Thank you very much to the Springhill Suites by Marriott team – we very much appreciated our stay!

Catalina Flyer is on Groupon Again!

Posted on: March 27th, 2014 by Kate Hamernik

Catalina Boat Coupon*image credit Groupon*

Awesome Groupon for Catalina boat trip is back!!  This deal for a ferry to Catalina sold out last time, but it is back! I bet the weather is perfect for a trip to Catalina right now and there is an awesome deal I had to share with those interested in checking out this beautiful SoCal island!– purchase a couple as a date or a few for your whole family!   This ticket price says it expires in TWO days – but you can use the tickets up until November 23rd (there are a couple black out days – please see the groupon link for all the extra info!)

If you are hoping to check out Catalina, this is one of the most popular ways to get there – and this is about the best deal I have ever seen so I would grab it!

If we weren’t traveling so much already this year, I would snag a few for a staycation!   Hmmm, I still just might……

Enjoy ~ Kate

 

Mt. Baldy Discount tickets!

Posted on: December 10th, 2013 by Kate Hamernik

Who is thinking of going to Mt.   Baldy during winter break?   I’ve got a great discount on tubing!   We went tubing a couple years ago with our big kids and it was a really fun and frugal winter activity.   Our kids aren’t quite big enough to start skiing or snowboarding…. and neither are our wallets 😉 – but tubing was a lot of fun!   We might just get this deal too!

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$19 for one tubing ticket + round trip chairlift – $40 value

Enjoy ~ Kate

*image provided by Plum District*

4 tickets to LEGOLAND Ca : Giveaway

Posted on: October 15th, 2013 by Kate Hamernik
This is our LAST giveaway for Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND California!   One lucky winner will get four tickets to enjoy a full day at LEGOLAND California!   We are so thankful to LEGOLAND Ca for sponsoring this awesome, festive, and family friendly giveaway!
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Our family attended Brick or Treat this past weekend and we had an AWESOME time!   We always have a great time at Brick or Treat,   but this time was especially awesome!   Mr. Deals & Steals made Brother S a LEGO Thor costume!   S is really getting into LEGO sets this year and he is super excited about Thor coming to theaters in November so LEGO Thor was a natural choice (we will have a tutorial about how we made this coming soon on Catching Up With Kate btw) – he was super excited to win 2nd place in his category (LEGO themed of course!) – you should have seen the LEGO Iron Man that won first – it was insane – like coolest costume I have ever seen in my life insane!   We prepped our kids with ‘this is just for fun, don’t be sad if you don’t win’ – which I think is REALLY important, there are lots of awesome costumes and I think it was just a fun time for our big kids to stand up on stage and wave, the winning was just a bonus (an awesome bonus!)
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The ‘Vampire’ that hosts the costume contest is not too spooky and even my kids who scare easily were cracking up at his funny jokes.   Check out more information about the LEGOLAND Costume Contest and see if you might want to enter – it is fun and quick and it of course is just part of the fun at Brick or Treat party nights on Saturdays!
We LOVE that LEGOLAND California spoils our readers during October!   If you have a young family and haven’t checked out Brick or Treat Party Nights at The LEGOLAND Resort it is really a splurge worthy treat.   Tickets for Party Nights start at $30 making it one of the least expensive theme park trick or treat options.   If your family has a year pass you can enjoy Brick or Treat at NO additional cost.   You can read more about all the awesome LEGOLAND Brick or Treat activities, fireworks, and shows in our previous article.   Brick or Treat party nights are held on Saturday nights in October.   You can enjoy the Brick or Treat trail on Saturdays & Sundays!

OK back to our giveaway!   ONE lucky San Diego Deals and Steals fan is gonna win FOUR tickets to Brick or Treat for 2013! Tickets will be emailed to the winner to the email address given directly from LEGOLAND.   Your email is only used if you are the winner no sharing of emails in any way, I promise!   Super easy peasy entry you need to be a fan of San Diego Deals and Steals and LEGOLAND California that is it.   We have several other bonus entries but only two little requirements that is totally fair right?

Giveaway ends on October 22, 2013.   A winner will be announced on Wednesday October 23, 2013 just in time to make plans to get your Brick or Treat on!

HUGE thank you to the good folks at LEGOLAND for sponsoring a month of giveaways! Best of luck to all!

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LEGOLAND Brick or Treat Giveaway!

Posted on: October 8th, 2013 by Kate Hamernik
* This giveaway has ended – please check the widget below to see if you are the winner!   If not – don’t fret – you can enter her for your chance to win our latest LEGOLAND giveaway!)
You may have noticed that our LEGOLAND Brick or Treat giveaway has become a weekly event!   We have had two very lucky winners already!   We have another giveaway here and one more coming up next week!
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We LOVE that LEGOLAND California spoils our readers during October.   If you have a young family and haven’t checked out Brick or Treat Party Nights at The LEGOLAND Resort it is really a splurge worthy treat.   Tickets for Party Nights start at $30 making it one of the least expensive theme park trick or treat options.   If your family has a year pass you can enjoy Brick or Treat at no additional cost.   You can read more about all the awesome LEGOLAND Brick or Treat activities, fireworks, and shows in our previous article.   Brick or Treat party nights are held on Saturday nights in October.

OK back to our giveaway!   ONE lucky San Diego Deals and Steals fan is gonna win FOUR tickets to Brick or Treat for 2013! Tickets will be emailed to the winner to the email address given directly from LEGOLAND.   Your email is only used if you are the winner no sharing of emails at all! I promise!   Super easy peasy entry you need to be a fan of San Diego Deals and Steals and LEGOLAND California that is it.   We have several other bonus entries but only two little requirements that is totally fair right?

Giveaway ends on October 15, 2013.   A winner will be announced on Wednesday October 16, 2013 just in time to make plans to get your Brick or Treat on!

HUGE thank you to the good folks at LEGOLAND for sponsoring this giveaway! Best of luck to all!

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Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa : SoCal Hotel

Posted on: September 19th, 2013 by Kate Hamernik

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Summer is behind us *sigh* – but the weather is not!   This past week my family and I enjoyed a little staycation at the beautiful Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa and you would never know that we had started back to school already.   The weather was still perfect for the pool and the beach.   I will be sharing more about events and specials coming up at the Hilton Carlsbad Resort and Spa but I wanted to share some pictures of our quick stay first so you all can keep it in mind for future stays!

Family Friendly Hotel San DiegoI am so happy to share with our local readers who are looking for a little staycation, or those traveling to San Diego a little about our stay.   We love it when we find a hotel that is luxurious but also family friendly!

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The Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa is located beachfront in lovely Carlsbad Carlsbad California. Guests will enjoy views of the Pacific Ocean and can cross the street and take a stroll or swim at Ponte Beach.

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“Look at this gorgeous view!” ~   Baby C

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We always like to check out the bathroom as soon as we get there and we were very impressed!   We especially loved the big oversized shower which was great for after a swim!

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May I present to you the very best idea I have ever seen at a seaside hotel………………

Best Idea Ever

RIGHT?!   Seriously – why doesn’t every resort by the beach offer this with the other toiletries – just such a great idea!

Speaking of fun in the sun…………

Pool Carlsbad HiltonOne thing we were really impressed to learn about when we checked in was that the pool at the Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa is salt water!   I don’t think we have ever been to a hotel with a salt water pool but I think this is an awesome feature!   All our kids are sensitive to chlorine in their eyes and it really irritates Baby C’s eczema!   I have a Brazilian Blowout and Color Treatments on my hair and I work really hard at keeping it out of chlorine – but I was able to swim and not fuss about getting my hair wet – it was really great!

The pool is heated year round and the design is that you walk in like a beach – this was so great for our kids!   The baby loved to splash just a couple inches in and we could sit with her – no steps to fall off of!   There is also a small wading pool and a jacuzzi surrounded by chairs, cabanas, and of course an ocean view!

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If you stay as a guest or even if you are a resident just looking for a beautiful Carlsbad restaurant make sure to check out Chandler’s Restaurant – located right in the resort.   We have already put this on our “We need to check this out for date night” list, but for now, I want to suggest it for what I do know – it is a beautiful restaurant and we all enjoyed breakfast!   The kids enjoyed the breakfast buffet and the grown ups enjoyed the menu choices!

Chandlers BreakfastI enjoyed the Home-Smoked Natural Salmon: cream cheese, toasted bagel, capers, tomato (so good!)!   The breakfast buffet had lots of awesome choices, but fruit loops is what the kids were most excited about.   They only get sugary cereal when we are at a hotel so this was all kinds of awesome for them – don’t worry!   They had lots of fruit and other healthiness too!

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 Ocean Crest Spa – I was able to take a sneak peek inside the spa (I will be back soon for a Spa Treatment for SURE!) – it is a beautiful Spa and I cannot wait – I wanted to share the Ocean Crest Spa Fall Specials. (More on this later….)

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Some of the awesome nearby attractions………….

  • Easy access to Ponto Beach and surfboard storage
  • Numerous championship golf courses
  • Minutes to LEGOLAND California
  • Within 30-minute drive of San Diego theme parks including Sea World, Zoo and Safari Park
  • 45-minute drive to Disneyland

Add Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa to your places to stay when visiting SoCal!   Also – locals, this is an awesome place for not only a family getaway but a couples or friends getaway too!   I will be sharing restaurant, spa, and resort specials with you too!   I was really thrilled to find such a beautiful resort right here in San Diego!   More to come!

Thank you for hosting us Hilton Carlsbad!

Until Next Time ~

Kate