Saturday, September 16, 2017

9/16/17: La Jolla Cove Hotel and Suites Absolutely Lovely!

Next up in our whirlwind California vacation is our stay at the gorgeous La Jolla Cove Hotel and Suites.  It is such a gorgeous place to stay with beautiful accommodations and the perfect location to visit La Jolla Cove and also for San Diego attractions.
We had a two bedroom suite which was perfect for our family.  We had so much space!  When you walk in there is a large area with a couch, chair and TV.
As you turn to the left there is a full kitchen with microwave, fridge, oven, stove, sink, glasses, silverware, plates and a small seating area.
There were two lovely bedrooms which each had their own full bathroom.  These rooms were airy and clean.
Here is the other bedroom.  You can see all accommodations options here.
There is a little deck you can walk out on to.
The view from the deck.
Here is a view of the front.
Right when we arrived we knew we had to head across the street to La Jolla Cove.  All I can say is WOW!
It is so gorgeous!
This will give you a sense of the proximity, here I am at La Jolla Cove and there is the Hotel right across the street!
What is absolutely amazing is all the cool seals!
They are literally every where you look.
So cute!
Basking in the sun on the beach.
Gorgeous views everywhere!
So amazing!
There are also wonderful amenities at the hotel.  You can start your day out with breakfast which is included and served on the roof top.
What a great way to start out the day!
There is outdoor and indoor seating.
You could make your own pancakes, or have bagels, english muffins, muffins, oatmeal or cereal.
Plus there was coffee, tea, and many juices.
Plus at the hotel there is a lovely pool area with hot tub, pool tables, and ping pong tables.
Here is the lovely pool which is heated.
The hot tub.
Ping pong fun.
I highly suggest staying at La Jolla Cove Hotel and Suites if you are in California.
Find them online:  http://www.lajollacove.com/

Disclosure:  I was provided with complimentary accommodations at La Jolla Cove Hotel and Suites for promotional purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

Friday, September 15, 2017

9/15/17: Fun on the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California

Next up from my California trip is a wonderful overnight aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach.  My son has always loved ships and was very excited for our visit.  I must say that it is such a unique experience to visit this wonderful ship.  This was our second visit and we had an amazing time.
There are many tours and exhibits that you can visit while aboard the ship.  We took the Glory Days Historical Tour, went to the 4-D Theater, Titanic in Photographs Exhibit, plus explored the Princess Diana Exhibit.  All the tours are listed on their website and packages of tours are available.
We enjoyed just walking around the ship.  Did you know that The Queen Mary is much larger than the Titanic?  We learned this on the tour along with some very cool facts about how it used to be on the ship.
The kids were taking control of the ship.
 It is so gorgeous!
We loved the views!
 Here is a beautiful view of the city from the ship.
Lauren enjoying the view. 
 So lovely at sunset.
We stayed over on the ship and it was a lovely room.  More information is here on staying aboard.
We started our adventure with The Glory Days Tour.  This is a great way to get a history of the ship and see different areas of the ship.  It was funny that we had the same tour guide we had our last visit 4 years ago.  He was very good and engaging.  Here is the banquet hall we were shown.  We also learned about several movies filmed aboard the ship.
We then went over to the Titanic in Photographs Exhibit as my son Evan is obsessed with Titanic and has been for a long time.
It was great to learn more about the Titanic and see cool photographs and artifacts.
Here are real rivets from The Titanic. 
 Gorgeous!
 Some plates and bowls.
 We loved this exhibit.
  The Titanic Exhibit is in the same area as the Engine Room and 4D Theater.  The 4D Theater was fun for the kids with water and bubble effects.
 You can take an audio tour around these additional areas, we just walked around on our own.
 
 You can see the propeller of the ship.
We also checked out the Princess Diana exhibit.  There were  photos of the Princess plus a lot of memorabilia about her life.
We particularly enjoyed looking at all of her beautiful dresses.
 Beautiful picture from her wedding.
They even had a room with this awesome LEGO version of The Queen Mary along with LEGO tables.  This is made of 250,000 LEGOS and it took 600 hours to make!
 You can even get married aboard The Queen Mary.  Look at this beautiful area.
There are also many shops and restaurants on board.  We had dinner at Chelsea Chowder House and Bar and ate breakfast at their Midship Marketplace which served Starbuck's coffee.
 The kids being silly in one of the telephone booths.
They also have a lot of Ghost Tours on the ship that are fun and spooky to check out.
 
Here is a beautiful view of the submarine from the Queen Mary.  We toured the Submarine on our last visit but not during this visit.
It is so fun to experience The Queen Mary!  I highly suggest going on board and also staying overnight.
 
 Find them online here:  http://www.queenmary.com/
Like them on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/thequeen.mary
Follow them on Twitter:  @TheQueenMary
Disclosure:  I was provided free tours on the Queen Mary in addition to a complimentary overnight.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.