February 2019 Highlights

Trippin’ With Mama B: Carlsbad

Our family travel series continues with Valley-based boy mom and lifestyle contributor Nadine Bubeck (aka Mama B.). Every month, Nadine showcases a fabulous destination- providing five reasons to visit the hot spot.

This month, we’re venturing to a Carlsbad, California, where you’ll feel at home at the area’s A-list resort.

Where to stay:

The Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara is a secluded property, offering families an elite escape.  Rather than a cliché hotel, the property boasts residential accommodations; you could literally live there.

When you book, consider reserving a private humble abode: a 1,200-square-foot, one-bedroom villa.  (Humble, right?!)

Villas come with a full kitchen (and dishwasher), a plush living space, dining room, laundry facilities, master bedroom, bathroom and balcony. In short, it’s flawless.

And get this: the Aviara team arranged a crib for my son, and stashed our room with new stuffed animals, body wash, and diapers. They also had the master bath decorated to the nines with bath sponges that spelled my kids’ names! And they even included a high chair.  Simply put: the staff thought of everything.

Where to play

Just because you’re in San Diego county, doesn’t mean you have to head to the beach.  At Aviara, you’ll want to stay put. A golf cart concierge drives you anywhere on the property that you want to go. In fact, our driver became my sons’ BFF.

First, “our driver” brought us to the pools. There are two- a deep pool and heated kiddie pool.

There’s also an AMAZING playroom, full of arts, crafts, LEGOS, books, games, baby toys, big kid toys, and a handful of TVs for video game playing.  That place saved my sanity!

YOU can even indulge in alone time. Aviara staff can arrange babysitting so you can experience the spa or play a round of golf.

If do want to go to the beach, it’s a mere 10-minute drive.  (Plus, Aviara offers private surfing lessons.) It’s also close to LEGOLAND, and not too far from SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo.

Where to feast:

Another resort highlight is the farm-to-table restaurant, called Seasons. Chef Conor even invited my kids to make their own pizzas!  In the back of the restaurant, there’s a separate room where they offer special dining parties and cooking classes. What a treat!

If want to explore, head to the village of Carlsbad.  The picturesque, coastal community has an array of shops and restaurants.

What to bring:

The best part- you’re staying at a residential property… you can do laundry in your villa and the staff graciously provides anything you happen to forget. So really, pack the norm: suits, comfortable clothes, and something warm for chilly nights.

Don’t forget:

Book off season to save some dough. During peak seasons (holidays and summer), villas can run about $1000/night, but that’s not the norm.  Opt for fall or winter when rooms are half the price.

Written by: Nadine Bubeck


Nadine Bubeck is a TV Personality, author, lifestyle blogger, and fashion designer, having founded Mama B. Designs: boutique apparel that benefits March of Dimes. The Valley-based parenting contributor is a blessed boy mom times three. (nadinebubeck.com)

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