Irvine, California located in south Orange County, is one of the larger cities in the region and is home to fantastic restaurants, hotels and fun for families. With John Wayne airport in town, the city of Irvine is super easy to access as well. Let’s break down the best of Irvine for family travel! Where to Stay While in Irvine, our hotel home was the Homewood Suites Irvine. Opened last year, this all-suites hotel features a free daily breakfast, a fantastic outdoor pool, workout center and amazing amenities. We had a two bedroom suite that had a full kitchen...Read More
Jason Harris is a writer, community manager and happy father of three. Jason's passion is enabling people to have better lives and better experiences through technology. In between family road trips and ventures in the Northwest and beyond, Jason is also the tech correspondent for , the most listened to travel radio show in the US.
Costa Mesa, a destination city in Orange County, California is centrally located next to Newport Beach, Anaheim and Huntington Beach. Costa Mesa is known as the “City of the Arts” for good reason – home to the Segerstrom Center, the town boasts performing arts that will satisfy anyone’s taste for culture. Added to that – there’s so much to be said for Costa Mesa – the city is close to sports, fine food and active adventures for your family. In this post, we’ll explore where to stay, where you should eat and experiences that are worth your time. So,...Read More
On a recent Monday, we headed to the Oregon coast to stay in a yurt at Umpqua Lighthouse State Park. We ventured through Florence, Oregon toward Reedsport and then to Winchester Bay for our one-night stay in a pet-friendly yurt so we could bring our family golden retriever, Maggie, on this summer adventure. Umpqua Lighthouse State Park is located overlooking the famous Salmon Harbor on Winchester Bay on the southern Oregon coast. The State Park is surrounded by towering sand dunes. Part of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, these dunes reach heights of 500 feet and are ideal...Read More
Oregon has many, many landmarks. From its rocky, breathtaking coastline to the mountains to the high desert of Eastern Oregon; the state has it all it all. As far as national parks go, Oregon has one, and it’s amazing. Welcome to Crater Lake National Park. At Crater Lake, it’s easy to take the family on a lazy afternoon in the sun adventure to see this amazing and unforgettable national treasure. The park’s breathtaking beauty an hour and a half south of Bend, Oregon and for our family, has become yearly tradition. Through all four seasons, Crater Lake shows us...Read More
I’ve long been a fan of OnePlus, the Chinese phone maker that, for years, has been releasing Android phones that offer big value and performance at very competitive prices. You see, the smartphone world is very competitive and tough. Apple and Samsung command a large portion of the market share and there are a few other phone makers who try to stand out by cutting costs or offering unique features. As dads, especially traveling dads, we need technology that can keep up with our needs and our on-the-go families. We don’t have time to fuss around with dead batteries,...Read More
Oregon is full of charming small towns that tell a tale. However, my favorite is Brownsville, located just off I-5 20 miles north of Eugene. Brownsville is a town of 2,000 people and is Oregon’s third oldest city, after Astoria and Oregon City. Founded before Oregon was even a state, Brownsville is steeped with history, fun festivals and charming storefronts that are the perfect escape for a day. If, looking at pictures, Brownsville looks familiar; it’s likely because you’ve seen the 1986 Steven King movie Stand By Me. The movie was filmed in and around Brownsville and features the...Read More
The idea of the smartwatch isn’t a new one – the Apple Watch has been on the market now for 3 years and Android smart watches are plenty capable. However, the offerings leave a lot to be desired. Apple Watch is expensive and requires charges too often – and Android smartwatches are bulky and not very practical. Thankfully, we have Fitbit, playing the role of challenger brand. Fitbit, a company which has sold fitness trackers that keep step counts, stairs climbed and more. Enter the Fitbit Versa, the company’s first smartwatch that is designed well, runs apps and of...Read More
Located within a stone’s throw of Anaheim to the north and Newport Beach to the west, the city of Costa Mesa is in the heart of Orange County, California. In a special visit recently, our family was able to take in many sights and experiences that make Costa Mesa an ideal family vacation spot. Costa Mesa is an upscale destination within a few minutes drive of the beach, Disneyland and home to amazing restaurants and Orange County’s only working farm, among many other fun attractions. Easy access to Disneyland If you’ve ever been to Anaheim and Disneyland Resort, you’ve...Read More
When it comes to Southern California beach destinations, most folks might think of San Diego or Santa Monica. But what if we told you there was a suburban locale within 20 minutes of LAX that offered exciting beachfront adventures, fine food and an amazing family getaway? That’s what Long Beach, California is all about. The beachfront urban oasis of Long Beach is located just south of LA and north of Anaheim. Downtown Long Beach is clean, bike friendly and feels like an escape from the crowded, traffic-infested gnarl associated with the LA area. The perfect Long Beach family hotel: Courtyard by Marriott For our trip, our home base was The Courtyard by Marriott is right in the heart of downtown and features a welcoming lobby with hues of green and blue that reflect the ocean and create relaxation at the same time. We had two rooms, one with a king bed and the other with two queens. The rooms were clean, large and homey. The king room had a stand-up shower while the queen bedroom had a bath – so if you’re particular about having a bath, you’ll want to reserve the room that’s right for you. A catered gondola evening escape via Getaway Gondolas During our first evening in Long Beach, we were able to experience Getaway Gondolas on the water, just west of downtown. Thanks to catering...Read More
Every year around this time of year, we all scramble to purchase the best gift for our loved ones. In case you’re looking for a gift idea for a traveler in your life – we have a round up for you to peruse. As a bonus, many of the items are available on Amazon Prime for easy delivery before the holiday! 🙂 In brief, our list includes: Bose’s SoundSport have fantastic sound with ample bass – and have up to 6 hours of battery life. If you’re a jogger, you’ll be happy to know that these are sweat and...Read More
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