The Fabulous Back-to-School  List:  Family Getaways in Monterey, Mendocino,  Sunnyvale,  plus, great products and books to ponder

HyattAutumn2022-1.jpgCrisp fall air, crunchy apples, and dancing leaves signal autumn is upon us.  And what better place to go than to the pleasant climate of Monterey?  We review the updated Hyatt Regency Monterey Resort and Spa, an ideal place for families to frolic, especially in the season of pumpkins and cider.

Another fun outing is at the Curiosity Room at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in San Francisco.  You know about escape rooms, right? Well,the hotel has announced its own Curiosity Room, which is full of puzzles and riddles you must figure out.  See our review here


MendoSpring22-6.jpgMeanwhile, take advantage of the Fort Bragg Railbike excursion in northern California. If you have never been with the family to Mendocino County, so many treats are in store for you. Check out our review of the railbikes, and book yours today!  

If you happen to be heading northward, a visit to Ukiah wil surprise you.  It is slowly coming around as a tourist destination with a revamped downtown beautification project underway,  and a true draw are the hot springs found at the Vichy Springs Resort and Inn. I recently visited the hot springs there with my daughter, and you can  see the waterfall on this photo at the resort, and you can read our review here.  

UkiahSpring22-10.jpgThere is so much to do, our list in our calendar will knock your socks off. Everyone can now feel free to gather, and we hope that you will find some great activities so you can snuggle in and make some great memories. Go to Filoli Estate in Woodside to enjoy its blooms and programs that run through the summer. 

On another day, visit the new Junior Museum and Zoo in Palo Alto which has just opened to the public after eight years of planning.  Read more about it here. Stay the weekend in Palo Alto and explore all of our eight places we recommend to stay and play.  

Not far from Palo Alto is Santa Clara's Westfield Valley Fair mall. What's there other than expensive shops, you say? Well, if you have a special occasion, consider a night out with the family to IChina, an upscale Chinese restaurant that certainly got our attention and added another memory  bauble to our strand of family fun times.  See our review here. 

This season take the clan to the renovated Carmel Mission Inn where you can splash around in their newly remodelled pool and enjoy the hot tub too.  We traveled to see the remodeled resort, and we give it a BIG YES for it's family-friendly vibe. See the article and more photos on this link

And we haven't forgotten you moms and dads. Certainly you deserve a weekend away.  We recommend contacting your favorite babysitter, grandparent, or friend who owes you a favor, and getting away for a couple of nights to recharge and reconnect as a couple. Locally, the new Tetra Hotel offers an inexpensive getaway for less than $200 on weekends in Sunnyvale. We go into great detail here.  

Been a while since you travelled to Mendocino?  Up north are fantastic independent inns. We review  the Glendeven Inn and Lodge with lots of animals.  The Inn at Newport Ranch which features more than 2,000 acres and commanding views of the Pacific.  Read our summary here, and don't delay your booking.  Places these days fill up fast.  

Travel is usually inclusive of food, and we bring you snacks and gourmet gifts in our NEW PRODUCTS column.We review the YETI backpack cooler, a Montery guidebook to the "weird, wonderful, and obscure," a cookbook titled Tuscan Women Cook, and more.  See what you can buy this season for memorable gits. 

Stay safe, stay healthy, and be good to others. 

Kathy Chin Leong
Executive Editor

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