Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino Plus a Private Island! @Aruba

Renaissance Aruba: Everything You Need Plus a Private Island!Traveling for the blog has me in resorts, hotels, cabins, and B & B’s and more and more I’m impressed with the personal touches each new place offers. I’ve stayed in a Renaissance property before, they are known for quality and amenities galore.  But when it comes down to choosing a resort when staying on the island of Aruba, Renaissance Aruba Resort and Casino should be your very first choice!  Why? In Aruba’s bustling capital city of Oranjestad you have a variety of choices for accommodations, Renaissance allows a lovely stay with options depending on who you are traveling with.  From  crystal blue pools (and one that changes colors at night), a private lagoon, two casinos, mouth-watering dining, on-site spa, shopping, and the biggest seller and my favorite amenity–access to private beaches at Renaissance Island– you will want to move in and never leave!Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino Plus a Private Island!

Two distinct accommodations can fit the bill if you’re traveling with family or with girlfriends or your loved one.  Ocean Suites offer resort-style pools, a beach area, and a private lagoon that gives families room to explore and play. My husband and I enjoyed a resort room on the Marina Hotel section which is adults only, a nice respite when you want to get away and enjoy a romantic getaway.  Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino Plus a Private Island!With views out our French balcony of the colorful city, we felt comfortable in the King room with cream, white, and blue decor.Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino Plus a Private Island!Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino Plus a Private Island!The gorgeous ocean blue hexagonal tile in the bathroom is perfect for an island resort and the shower has room for two! Now I don’t remember ever complimenting a hotel for their closet space, other than appreciating a safe and perhaps a comfortable robe.  Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino Plus a Private Island!But, the Renaissance Aruba has wallpaper in their closets that will have you wanting to replicate it somewhere in your own home with it’s creative use of island photos and postcards!  At night views from the balcony and the hubub of the city come alive.Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino Plus a Private Island!

Dining on the Marina Hotel side check out  L.G. Smith’s Steak and Chop House for amazing food, we enjoyed steak and drinks our first night.  Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino Plus a Private Island!If you’re looking for a Caribbean style meal, Aquarius serves up contemporary cuisine in a casual setting. BLUE blar is perfect for cocktail hour and they even serve them in the pool if you’d like!  Open for lunch and dinner, you can order sushi to burgers in this casual setting off the lobby.  Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino Plus a Private Island!At night BLUE has DJ’s playing the hottest tunes and you can even find the pool lights move from blue to red to green!  And, if you are a Starbucks addict you will be happy to know there is one on the property, truly blissful to some when you need to have your creature comforts!

Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino Plus a Private Island!I have to admit, I’m a gambler and I was excited to hear that the property boasts Crystal Casino complete with card tables, sports book, and slot machines.  Though I didn’t end up having time to tempt Lady Luck, my husband did put some money on a sporting event but we did not come home with bags of money, let’s put it that way!

My ultimate favorite thing about the Renaissance Aruba was that it’s the only resort in Aruba with it’s own private island accessible to guests only!  It’s island-ception really and who wouldn’t love that?  I mean they literally pull up in a water taxi from the Marina Hotel lower lobby to whisk you about 15 minutes away to another stunningly beautiful location!Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino Plus a Private Island!With your room key you can board the water taxi from  7am-7pm every 15 minutes in the lobby or if you’re staying on the Ocean Suites side, at their dock.  Once you arrive, believe me, you’ll want to stay all day and for the length of your trip!  Upon arriving to Renaissance Island, there are two beaches separated for families and adults-only with complimentary towels, chaise lounges, and if you’re lucky a hammock to enjoy the stunning views!Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino Plus a Private Island! Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino Plus a Private Island!Flamingo Beach is the adults-only side and literally has flamingos greeting you as you arrive.  Food can be purchase and hand feeding the gorgeous animals is encouraged.  Their beauty is stunning and just adds to the magical island experience!Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino Plus a Private Island!The adult side of the island can leave you feeling free and alive and if that includes going topless for some women, it’s absolutely allowed.  Papagayo Bar and Grill offers grilled fare, fresh salads, wood fired pizza, burgers, and the best tropical drinks around, request the Aruba Arriba!  Waiters will comb the beaches and take your order so if you’re snuggling in the hammock you don’t have to move a muscle!Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino Plus a Private Island! Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino Plus a Private Island!

My media trip was pretty tight daily with our agenda, but I looked so forward to our free time when it could include a boat ride over to Renaissance Island.  There is something to say about being in paradise with your best friend!  Now a month from our trip, I still daydream about the weather, the views, and moments we shared from that hammock!Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino Plus a Private Island!Whether you are with a group of your best friends (or some you just met ;)), your husband of 18 years, or a family vacation, the Renaissance Aruba is the way to go!Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino Plus a Private Island!To learn more, visit your next vacation. When you go, come back and tell me how much you loved it, because I know you will!

Our stay was hosted as part of our media tour, all opinions 100% our own.

Romance on the Riverfront: Napa River Inn Review

Romance on the Riverfront:  Napa River Inn Review Napa is becoming one of our favorite romantic getaways and it’s a great sign when my husband constantly asks when we were heading back! My answer would be every weekend if possible, with so much good food, great wine, and charming places to stay we are just hooked on the Napa Valley. Right on the very river that I kayaked on almost a year ago is the Napa River Inn, the highest Michelin rated hotel in Downtown Napa. Romance on the Riverfront:  Napa River Inn ReviewThe Inn is located within the Historic Napa Mill that was a shipping and merchant business in 1884 along the riverfront.  The mill as a warehouse for stocking supplies and wines for local vineyards led by Captain Albert Hatt, designating it a Historic Hotel of America.  It’s a wonderful place to stay with so many great amenities that will have you come back time after time!

I love wine country hospitality at the Napa River Inn.  The welcome glass of wine at check in is a treat after our drive and was happily taken to our room and enjoyed on the balcony overlooking the river.  Romance on the Riverfront:  Napa River Inn ReviewRomance on the Riverfront:  Napa River Inn ReviewOur nautical themed Embarcadero Building room included a queen bed and fireplace to make for romantic quarters. The circle mirror reminded me of a porthole combined with the wood paneling, we could have been on a ship.  The view across the river houses the Napa Wine Train, an excursion we included on this very visit.Romance on the Riverfront:  Napa River Inn ReviewRomance on the Riverfront:  Napa River Inn ReviewWalking around the property we found the Plaza Building rooms surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens with palms and flowers making us feel like we’re on a tropical island.  We’ll request those rooms next time!Romance on the Riverfront:  Napa River Inn ReviewRomance on the Riverfront:  Napa River Inn ReviewOver 20 wine tasting rooms, many fine dining restaurants, and shopping are within a few walking blocks in distance from the Inn, but right on site you have the Napa General Store, Angele, Silo’s (live music, tribute bands, humorists), Sweetie Pie’s Bakery, Vintage Sweet Shop, and Celedon at your fingertips.  Romance on the Riverfront:  Napa River Inn ReviewThe Vintage Sweet shop offers lots of decadent pleasures and includes wine tasting with or without chocolates and will dip wine bottles in chocolate for unique gift ideas!Romance on the Riverfront:  Napa River Inn Review

Evenings on the balcony or a walk on the riverfront are romantic and add to the overall charm of the Inn.Romance on the Riverfront:  Napa River Inn Review

Mornings are the best at the Napa River Inn, probably my favorite part of the stay was Breakfast in Bed!  Included in your stay is a hot breakfast from Sweetie Pie’s Bakery that included for us a ham and egg croissant sandwich and fresh danish, hot coffee, and juice.  Romance on the Riverfront:  Napa River Inn Review Romance on the Riverfront:  Napa River Inn ReviewDelivered to your room in a basket, you can immediately hop back into bed with it or cozy up by the fireplace and enjoy it picnic style.  Let me tell you, the food was incredible but those pastries I could buy in bulk.  After breakfast you’ll be sure to be visiting the bakery/cafe to see what else you can sink your teeth into!

Romance on the Riverfront:  Napa River Inn ReviewAfter breakfast indulge in the shower with the invigorating NV Organics body products, the shower is just big enough for two!  With names like Champagne Sparkling and Cabernet you almost are tempted to taste them (just kidding), they are very fitting for wine country and also available for purchase, you’ll love their intoxicating scents!

Stay in bed and enjoy a late checkout upon availability, head out for a leisurely bike ride with the “bicycles to borrow” program, or book a couples treatment at The Spa, possibilities are plentiful! With so many amenities, we will return again and again!  For more information and to book your stay, visit

Our stay was hosted to provide the review, all opinions always our own.


Carmel Valley: Plan Your Next Event at Holman Ranch

Carmel Valley, Holman RanchSince our visit over the summer, I have been suggesting many different events to my husband that we can plan at Holman Ranch.  I mean, I even came up with trying to get my friend to have her son get married there to planning a family high school graduation for my daughter in 2016, it’s that special of a place!

Nestled in one of California’s most beautiful locations,  Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley is inland from the Monterey Bay and surrounded by grand oaks and rolling hills.  Once the center of social life in Carmel Valley, Holman Ranch hosted Who’s Who in Hollywood entertainment parties with the likes of Clark Gable, Vincent Price, Joan Crawford, and Marlon Brando!  The lovely manicured grounds immediately inspire peace and tranquility, the quiet surrounds you all but a the chirping birds and buzzing bees.

Carmel Valley, Holman RanchThe focal point of the 400 acre Holman Ranch is its recently restored 1928 Carmel stone Hacienda, a magical estate that sits atop a grassy hill, offering breathtaking 360-degree views of the Santa Lucia Mountains.

The beautiful private estate  offers unlimited possibilities for weddings, engagements, family reunions, holiday parties, or business seminars and any other occasion you can think of.

Carmel Valley, Holman RanchHere are four very special reasons you should plan your next event with Holman Ranch!

1. Amenities
Planning a wedding? The picturesque location offers so much for the bride and groom and the wedding party. Imagine sipping estate-grown wine in our stunning vineyards, exchanging vows al fresco among the rolling hills, tasting buttery and sumptuous house-pressed olive oil at your rehearsal dinner in our enchanting olive orchard. Carmel Valley, Holman RanchExchange vows outdoors and within the sanctity of the Catholic Church doctrines or inside the private chapel, ensconced in the hacienda that has been sanctified by a Catholic Priest and seats up to 50 people.

Family Reunion in mind? Carmel Valley’s first pool was placed at Holman Ranch, stroll past the Pinot Noir vineyard to the Wine Cave for barrel tasting, or head to The Stables for a horseback or carriage ride! Carmel Valley, Holman RanchGather and perhaps dance (quincenera?) in the Rose Patio.  Other family events such as baptisms, memorial services, private masses, blessings, interfaith unions, and memorials are also welcome in the chapel on the property.

Carmel Valley, Holman RanchPlanning a friends’ retreat? Skeet Shooting, scavenger hunts, poker nights, billiards, and darts in the game room is available. Wine and olive oil tasting is available, space in the Carriage House can include tables for scrapbooking or crafting, yoga or Zumba!Carmel Valley, Holman Ranch

Planning a business seminar? All the technology you need is included:
-Drop Down Screens, Projectors and Conference Phone
-Audio Visual Equipment
-Wi-Fi Access
-Fully Appointed Executive Board Room

2. Amazing Photo Opportunities
Everywhere you turn there is a view that you can’t miss.  There are gardens of flowers you have to see.  The architecture of the buildings themselves are so ornate and unique they can be the stunning backdrop to wedding or family photography.  Even if you’re there for a business seminar, you can’t help but snap a shot that may be the next framed art in your living room or office!  Here’s what I mean!Carmel Valley, Holman RanchCarmel Valley, Holman RanchCarmel Valley, Holman RanchCarmel Valley, Holman RanchCarmel Valley, Holman Ranch

3. Cozy Cottages
10 guest rooms, most with two beds or a bed and sofa bed (sleeps up to 4) provide a comfortable setting to get back to at the end of a great day.  Heating and air conditioned rooms offer a private full bath with organic bath products, and there is also a lobby area with a full kitchen and fireplace.  Carmel Valley, Holman RanchWe loved the patio decks most with their wooden rocking chairs and tables to enjoy your morning coffee or a night cap in the evenings.

4. The Wine
Holman Ranch has a small 20 acrre estate vineyard located in the world-class Carmel Valley appellation.  Harvested by hand and cellared in their estate wine cave, the wines are crafted to present the true varietal character of the fruit “vine to bottle.”  Thanks to the climate of central coast California, the warmth of the valley combined with the cooling marine layer provides optimal growing conditions for Pinot varietals.Carmel Valley, Holman Ranch

Their off-dry Pinot Gris was amazing, and if you love sweet whites, the Sweet Love late harvest Savignon Blanc tastes like Hawaii in a glass!  The 2010 Hunter’s Cuvee named for Holman Ranch owner Hunter Lowder is an award winner and has a delightful story to go with it!

Tasting Holman Ranch wines can be done at their tasting room less than a mile from the ranch, 19 E. Carmel Valley Road.  and events can be planned at that location as well!

I’ve dined with the owners, enjoyed the wine, stayed in the cottage, and have toured the gorgeous grounds, vineyard, cave, and olive grove.  Carmel Valley, Holman RanchThere is so much history, beauty, love, and professionalism at Holman Ranch that it inspires me to plan an event every time I think about it, it’s truly an idyllic location!

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My stay was hosted, all opinions my own!

A Taste of Tuscany in Napa: The Meritage Resort and Spa

A Taste of Tuscany in Napa:  The Meritage Resort and SpaWhen we’ve traveled to Napa’s wine country in the past our trip included stops at a variety of wineries, a restaurant or two, and then we’d spend the night in a great hotel.  Recently, we had a similar experience at The Meritage Resort and Spa that included delicious meals, the finest resort amenities, wine tasting in Trinitas Cellars, a vineyard walk, and spa tour all without moving our car!  With only about 24 hours to spare, it was the perfect romantic escape my husband and I needed in an all-in-one location!

A Taste of Tuscany in Napa:  The Meritage Resort and SpaAfter checking in, we had to explore this beautiful location.  Taking a walk around the 32 acres of property the beauty is imminent with gardens of flowers, plants, and of course grapes lining the buildings.  A Taste of Tuscany in Napa:  The Meritage Resort and Spa

A Taste of Tuscany in Napa:  The Meritage Resort and SpaStrolling around their 9 acres of hillside vineyards dotted with Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc, and Petit Verdot grapes has you thirsty for a taste of wine country. Then hike to the famous Grape Crusher statue atop the hill.  A Taste of Tuscany in Napa:  The Meritage Resort and Spa

A Taste of Tuscany in Napa:  The Meritage Resort and Spa

The Grape Crusher, The Meritage Resort and SpaThe fabulous open air gym is something I haven’t seen much in resorts, check out this view for guests needing some motivation during their workout:A Taste of Tuscany in Napa:  The Meritage Resort and SpaOur room was ready and we were eager to see it.  The resort first opened in 2006 and had their guestrooms remodeled in 2013 with a taste of Italy right here in California! A Taste of Tuscany in Napa:  The Meritage Resort and SpaOur Superior King guest room was completely stunning with Tuscan-decor and luxurious bedding in gold, brown, and maroon.  Believe me it was HARD to get out of bed the next morning, it was like sleeping in the clouds.  There’s a rich wood desk to get some work done, if you must,  as well as more seating bedside with a comfortable chair and foot rest.  But, my favorite part of the room is the balcony with seating and a table for your wine as you gaze out onto the breathtaking view day or night! A Taste of Tuscany in Napa:  The Meritage Resort and Spa Now that’s a spot I can spend hours relaxing on.  Our doors stayed open throughout the night and other than the singing of the crickets, the quiet was so peaceful.

The daily resort fee added to the room rate includes bottled waters daily, internet use throughout the property, daily newspaper, self and valet parking and more but what would a stay in Napa be without a bottle of wine in-room as well?!  A Taste of Tuscany in Napa:  The Meritage Resort and SpaA lovely bottle of Trinitas Apprentice was included in our room for us to enjoy on that lovely patio.  The bathroom is large and has a marble-topped vanity as well as lovely  Travertine tile in the bath/shower.  As much as we wanted to spend the entire time in our room, we had so much more property to explore!

A Taste of Tuscany in Napa:  The Meritage Resort and SpaA little hungry for lunch, we multi-tasked and headed to Crush Ultra Lounge.  Just at the bottom floor of our room’s building, this fun spot offers a sports-themed lounge with six luxury bowling lanes, a pool table, big screen televisions, and great dining options.  My husband and I love to bowl and do it every chance we can, so we got a little friendly competition going and had something to eat.  We shared flavorful sliders and ordered beer and bowled two games.  A Taste of Tuscany in Napa:  The Meritage Resort and SpaIn the evenings Crush is lit up with neon and  music gives it a trendy nightspot for guests as well as the public.  Private corporate, wedding, or family events can be arranged in this space as well.

A Taste of Tuscany in Napa:  The Meritage Resort and SpaNext up, a visit to one of the two pools and we chose the Adults Only pool.  Cabanas, lounge chairs, covered couples chairs and more surround the heated pool and whirlpool and we indulged in some of the delicious drinks that are delivered to you right in the water!  The Napa Sunrise was my ultimate favorite drink during our stay but I was a tad disappointed they didn’t make it back at Crush Ultra Lounge.  The space was full of people while we basked in the sun, and we encountered a fun bachelorette party poolside.  Enjoying the Adults Only pool kept us from missing our kids too much, but the second pool on property is family-friendly.  At night the area has some great spots to relax fireside.

A Taste of Tuscany in Napa:  The Meritage Resort and Spa

A Taste of Tuscany in Napa:  The Meritage Resort and SpaThe courtyard between our building and the main lobby building is lit up at night and reminds me of photos I’ve seen of Italian streets with more lovely spots to enjoy your wine by a cozy fireplace or fountain.

A Taste of Tuscany in Napa:  The Meritage Resort and SpaJust steps from our room and the pool, Trinitas Cellars offers wine tasting inside their cool Estate Cave.  It was warm out, so this was a great place to escape the heat for an hour or so and get to know the wines.  A Taste of Tuscany in Napa:  The Meritage Resort and SpaSomething I love when I taste is to enjoy a custom flight.  With 5 tastes ($20 fee, waived with a $100 purchase) available I looked down at the list and took into consideration my personal taste and the employee’s suggestions and came up with my selections. I love whites, so I tried two Chards and then I enjoyed the honey finish on the Rose’ary.  The Zinfandel is one of my current favorite reds, so I tasted the RatZINger named for former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI.  The Busch family who founded Trinitas and built The Meritage visit the Pope each year and he has a bottle of this wine in his apartment!  My favorite though was the silky Mysterium that is a blend made up mostly of Carignane and Zinfandel grapes.

A Taste of Tuscany in Napa:  The Meritage Resort and SpaWith a few great choices for dinner, we headed back to Crush Ultra Lounge, we looked for something to share since our appetites were small.  We ended up with the California Chicken Club, this grilled chicken sandwich was beautifully dressed with  avocado, queso fresco, and avocado cilantro cream, pico de gallo, lettuce and tomato.  Each bite was full of flavor and crunch from the toasted bread.  With a salad on the side, it was a perfect small meal. The Commons is a full bar in the main lobby of The Meritage and offers 30 of the finest wines from Wine Country by the glass, single malt scotches, small batch bourbons, signature hand crafted cocktails, small bites and shared plates.  A cheese plate, panini, wrap, or soup and salads can be found at Blend until 7pm along with a variety of snacks.  Award-winning Siena Restaurant has be lauded with such prizes as Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence, Napa Valley Vintners’ Napa Valley Restaurant Award, and OpenTable’s Diners’ Choice Winner. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, Sunday Brunch is all done with a Tuscan flair and most dishes blend both Italian and Californian influences.  Our next (longer) stay will have Siena at the top of our list!

Our sunset stroll had us back up the hill to The Vineyard Deck and a gorgeous spot we could envision a wedding.

A Taste of Tuscany in Napa:  The Meritage Resort and Spa

A Taste of Tuscany in Napa:  The Meritage Resort and SpaThe Grape Crusher looks cool at night as well.A Taste of Tuscany in Napa:  The Meritage Resort and SpaMorning came too soon, but we headed to Blend for some coffee, bagels, and an amazing chorizo burrito that was big enough to share.A Taste of Tuscany in Napa:  The Meritage Resort and Spa

A Taste of Tuscany in Napa:  The Meritage Resort and SpaRoom service was sure tempting, but after sleeping in and seeing what another gorgeous day awaited us, we dined al fresco just outside on a comfortable couch and told eachother we never wanted to leave this beautiful place!

A Taste of Tuscany in Napa:  The Meritage Resort and SpaThough I didn’t get a chance to enjoy it (this time), I did take a tour of the gorgeous Spa Terra nestled in the hillside in the Estate Cave. Quiet, serene, and peaceful, Spa Terra is located in the 22,000 square foot Estate Cave and includes 12 treatment rooms, including four for couples, his/her private lounges with whirlpools and saunas, a Serenity Lounge and boutique.  The lounge and the whirlpool rooms have water cascading down the walls and it soothes the senses almost immediately.  Private rooms for your massages, facials, and body treatments are available and they also have couples’ rooms for exciting “Love for Two” spa treatments.A Taste of Tuscany in Napa:  The Meritage Resort and SpaI know people from all over the world come to the Napa area and experience all it has to offer every year.  I believe The Meritage Resort and Spa is one of the must-see locations in the area!  Even if you’re visit to Napa is only 24 hours, you can get a taste of the Napa hospitality, drink amazing wine, dine on superior cuisine, and have a whole lot of fun doing it!  If you stay longer than we did, you’ll be pleased to know that included with your daily resort fee The Meritage provides an evening shuttle to Downtown Napa from 4:30-10pm daily!  You still don’t have to move your car!

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I’m appreciative of my hosted stay with dining.  Wine tasting, bowling, gratuities and my opinion all my own.

Pismo Beach: Relax at Seacrest Oceanfront Hotel & Play at Steve’s ATV

Pismo Beach:  Relax at SeaCrest Oceanfront Hotel & Play at Steve's ATVOnce again our son’s baseball playing let us explore a new location in this amazing state. Our latest tournament had us in the Pismo Beach area. Having lived in the Bay Area for over 30 years I had never been to Pismo and I’m wondering what took me so long!! It doesn’t look like much from the freeway but once we explored a bit we were completely smitten by this coastal town.

The Pismo Beach area has so much to offer for couples or families. We checked out and were blown away by all there is to do. We drove around downtown Pismo and couldn’t wait to get out and stroll around.

We were so fortunate to stay at the SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel. Our Deluxe OceanFront room in the South Tower was spacious and had everything we needed. We had two queen beds and a full size sofa sleeper. There was more than enough room for all four of us. Just a few of the amenities we also enjoyed were:

Pismo Beach:  Relax at SeaCrest Oceanfront Hotel & Play at Steve's ATV

  • Free WiFi Internet access
  • 42” Flat-panel HDTV with DirecTV
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Keurig coffee maker w/coffee
  • iPod docking station
  • Free local calls
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Individually controlled heating and cooling

The boys (all 3 of them) were most excited by the TV and DirecTV access, of course, but I was more interested in the spa like bathroom. It included a hair dryer, spa-inspired tri-nozzle showerhead, two bathrobes, and spa-inspired bath & body products. It was also large enough to allow more than one person to use it at a time.Pismo Beach:  Relax at SeaCrest Oceanfront Hotel & Play at Steve's ATV

But the best part about this room was the view. It was breath taking! We had a sliding glass door to a private balcony overlooking the Pacific Ocean. We were so close to the beach it was remarkable. I could have slept out there! My hubby convinced me just to sleep inside with the door open. Listening to the ocean while going to sleep and then waking up still hearing the waves crash on the shore is something I could so get used to. I never wanted to leave!Pismo Beach:  Relax at SeaCrest Oceanfront Hotel & Play at Steve's ATV

Pismo Beach:  Relax at SeaCrest Oceanfront Hotel & Play at Steve's ATV

Pismo Beach:  Relax at SeaCrest Oceanfront Hotel & Play at Steve's ATV

They also offer a “Thirst Aid” service giving guests a chance to enjoy local award-winning wine and beer on the private balcony or patio, conveniently delivered to your room. pismo7Although I didn’t have a chance to try this out (because we had to make a detour to the local ER because of an ATV accident) I know it would have been right up my alley.

The hotel staff and service was fantastic. Everyone was friendly and helpful, even coming to our room to show my husband how to use the Keurig! ;o)

The SeaCrest has really thought of everything. They are located in one of THE most incredible locations in Pismo and the hotel provided amenities go above and beyond.

  • Continental breakfast
  • Coffee and cookies in the afternoon (3pm-7pm)
  • Direct beach access
  • Heated pool with ocean view
  • Three outdoor hot tubs
  • Entirely smoke-free guestrooms
  • Pet friendly facility and rooms
  • BBQ gas and charcoal grills
  • Complimentary wireless Internet access throughout the hotel
  • Fire Pits and heaters
  • RoofTop Terrace, 4th floor overlooking Pismo Beach
  • SeaMist Terrace with lounge chairs, firepits, and 3 gas barbecue grills

Pismo Beach:  Relax at SeaCrest Oceanfront Hotel & Play at Steve's ATV

While we were there the SeaCrest staff recommended we try ATV rides on the dunes and that’s all the boys could think about, so before we headed downtown we went there first.

We went into Steve’s ATV because they looked the most professional from the outside. Inside Michelle helped us and answered all of our questions. She was super accommodating and very knowledgeable. We ended up renting 4 ATVs – 1 for each of us. You drive out to the dunes and their yellow bus picks you up and takes you to a trailer and all the quads. Everyone at the trailer was ready to lend a hand too.Pismo Beach:  Relax at SeaCrest Oceanfront Hotel & Play at Steve's ATVWe had to watch a short safety video, outlining the rules and things to remember to stay safe. It was professionally done and to the point. After the video, we got our helmets and gear. My youngest didn’t have sunglasses and I was wearing flip flops. They had both goggles for him and spare shoes for me.

Pismo Beach:  Relax at SeaCrest Oceanfront Hotel & Play at Steve's ATVWe got a brief rundown on the machines and then we were off. You head down the dunes and it just keeps going and going. There are flat well-worn areas and then there are the dunes; miles and miles of dunes. It was truly like a mirage; you would think you had reached the end and then get to the top of a dune and realize there were miles and miles of sand that seemed to go on forever.

Pismo Beach:  Relax at SeaCrest Oceanfront Hotel & Play at Steve's ATVIt took a little getting used to, as the boys kept getting stuck in loose sand, but they finally figured out what to look for and avoid. We had ridden about an hour before my “accident” and unfortunately had to go back. The staff was really great and offered the boys the remaining 1 hour on our rental time if they wanted to come back later or the next day. We all had a BLAST!! The boys haven’t stopped talking about the ATV ride.

Our trip was cut a little short, like I said because of my untimely ATV accident, so I am looking forward to returning to Pismo Beach to explore more and we will be staying at the SeaCrest Oceanfront. They have spoiled me for any other hotel.

Bridgette writes for The Mom Reviews–I’m a mom with 3 kids (translated…a husband and 2 boys – 12 and 14 ) who’s reached that 35-47 age bracket. I love music, coffee, crafting, and devouring a good book! I currently work as the Office Administrator at a preschool. I’ve also worked as an HR Assistant, 911 Communications Operator, and Golf Course Starter. Our family loves animals, camping and fishing, baseball, hockey, and going to the movies. We have 4 cats and 1 amazing dog, Buster. When the kids aren’t playing baseball, we love spending time with our friends and family.

Our stay was hosted, all opinions my own.