Family vacation cruise via the Catalina Flyer to Catalina Island

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All aboard the Catalina Flyer to Santa Catalina Island We head to Santa Catalina Island today on our Family Vacation journey.  The Catalina Flyer is the largest passenger-carrying catamaran on the West Coast, so we are hoping for smooth sailing.     Catalina Island is located approximately 22 miles southwest of Los Angeles, California. We will spend the next couple […]

Family vacation time on Balboa Island

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Family fun on Balboa Island Balboa Island is located in Orange County’s Newport Harbor close to Newport Beach, CA. Balboa Island is a man made Island.  The island is 1¾ miles around., so plan for a lot of walking as parking is at a premium. Do not miss Walking on main street, browsing the shops. Walking around the island and taking […]

Photo Recap From The Newport Dunes

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Day 1 Family Vacation Recap for #2011FamVaca Approximately 7 miles from my house is the Back Bay of Newport Beach. The Upper Newport Bay is one of the premier recreational and environmental assets in my community. The Dunes Resort, is situated on the Back Bay and makes the perfect place to kick off our 2011 Family Vacation. More posts about the #2011FamVaca […]

Summer Family Fun Begins at the Newport Dunes

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My family vacation kicks off at Newport Dunes Family-friendly resort with a lot of activities to keep kids (and parents) happy. Located off the back bay of Newport Beach, this could be one of Southern California’s  “best kept secrets.”   I admit, this is not the Ritz Carlton in Laguna Niguel (one of my favorite hotels in the OC), but it […]

Getting ready for Family Vacation #2011FamVaca

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#2011FamVaca – From The Sea: A Staycation Boat Tour Journey This post is my entry into the TBEX Blog Carnival Contest sponsored by Choice Hotels International Services Corp.   I am lucky actually because I live very close to Newport Beach, California and so my staycation is focussed on sea-based activities around my hood. And based on new research from […]

Princess Cruises Santa Barbara wine country cruise port of call

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Santa Barbara Harbor lies on California’s Pacific coast near the Santa Ynez Mountains about 90 nautical miles northwest of the Port of Los Angeles. Santa Barbara does not see a large amount of cruise ship activity, however, when cruise lines do call on Santa Barbara it is a welcome stop. A worthwhile itinerary that calls on Santa Barbara is the […]