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 California oasis rich with cool vibes and R&R. The Palm Springs area is a quiet escape for families to do just that: escape.
Where to stay:
The La Quinta Resort & Club is a picturesque getaway, nestled among a backdrop of gorgeous mountains. The property is very laid out, offering spacious casitas, suites and villas. Many casitas come equipped with a large, enclosed patio- and some even have a private hot tub. But the coolest thing about the property is that there are over 40 pools scattered among the resort. Your family will feel like they own the place often getting a pool to themselves! It’s a really great feature, and ideal for big family gatherings like reunions.
With three golf courses, tennis courts, a salon, spa and more- you can simply chill at the property without leaving.
Plus, there are awesome restaurants on property. We’ll get to that later…
Where to play
If you want to stay on property, kill time at the pool, but if you prefer exploring, there are a bunch of area attractions.
First, hike! The area flaunts many hiking trails that will get your kids moving, and they’re quite convenient to the property.
You can also take the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway– the world’s largest rotating tram car—traveling over two-and-one-half miles along the breathtaking cliffs of Chino Canyon. Once you reach the Mountain Station—elevation 8,516 feet—enjoy two restaurants, observation decks, natural history museum, two documentary theaters, gift shop and over 50 miles of hiking trails. Bring a camera and reserve your ride ahead of time!
I also highly suggest checking the area’s event calendar. If you have young kids like me, the Thomas the Train “Day Out with Thomas” attraction visits the Southern California Railway Museum every year (often in November). Take a ride with Thomas, meet the railway controller Sir Topham Hatt, have fun in the Imagination Station, see authentic engines and enjoy tons of other activities. My middle son is seriously Thomas-obsessed and was star-struck.
Where to feast:
Stick around the La Quinta Resort and dine on property. There’s a super fun and lively Mexican eatery called the Adobe Grill (treat yourself to the tableside guac and large margarita…it’s huge!). Totally kid friendly as well.
Wake up and brunch at the hotel’s TWENTY6, offering a delicious breakfast buffet your kiddos will love. The relaxed American bistro is also open for lunch and dinner.
What to bring:
Your bathing suit and hiking shoes!
Head for the holidays! The La Quinta Resort & Club is offering holiday dining specials, spa deals, and celebrations. Click here for more.
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)