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The Sequoias – great family getaway

by leeroseemery on July 8, 2016

TreeHere’s a great post from LACityMom’s intrepid Beth Szymkowski, who just returned from a trip to the Sequoias.

“I am not a camper. The thought of hauling my kids along with supplies to feed and house them does not sound like a vacation to me, so I was a bit hesitant when good friends invited me and my two sons to join them for a trip to the Sequoias.

But I was a quick convert when I realized they were suggesting a trip that wasn’t exactly camping. It involved a bare-bones cabin with comfortable beds and electricty, and heated community bathrooms nearby. We stayed two nights in the Grant Grove Cabins in Kings Canyon National Park, about a four-hour drive north of Los Angeles. The park abuts Sequoia National Park and we drove through the latter on our way home, stopping to see Crystal Cave and the General Sherman Tree, a 2000-plus—year-old behemoth that defies description because any word I know to describe insanely huge just isn’t insanely huge enough. Both parks have their share of majestic trees with plenty of hiking trails of various difficulty levels to see them. The cave involved a fairly strenuous hike to get to the entrance and back. I was grateful my kids were long past toddler age.

The entire trip was idyllic. Traveling with another family with kids the same ages as mine meant my two boys, aged nine and 11, had like minded companions. They would pair up with their friends each morning and roam either the meadow below the cabins or the rocky hill above them. The other parents and I let our kids use pocket knives and marveled at how much time they could spend sharpening sticks. It was better than any video game, although they didn’t have much choice. The area is an absolute cellular dead zone. I didn’t get a phone signal in either park, and when I needed to check my email for work I had to walk up to the hotel nearby for its marginal wifi.

Each rustic cabin has a wood stove on its patio and my friends brought a portable gas grill. (Open fires aren’t allowed). We shared meal duties and took turns running to the market nearby to supplement the groceries we’d brought in.

We were lucky with weather and had moderate temps during the days and brisk 40 degree nights, which made the trips to the bathroom as close as I get to roughing it.”


LACityMom Family Travel : Istanbul, Turkey

by leeroseemery on June 16, 2014  in TurkeyWe have been incredibly lucky with our fantastic travel opportunities over the past two years. I wanted to share our latest adventure a trip to Istanbul Turkey. It’s a long haul from LA, but if you have the chance to visit Turkey, the city is fascinating. Here’s a link to a piece that I wrote for the Four Seasons Istanbul, and you can click on this video that links to LACityMom’s new you tube LACityMom Travel channel.

From the Four Seasons Family Holidays Website: 

“Your family will love Istanbul, Turkey. And the good news is: there are two Four Seasons in this exotic, historic, friendly city: Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus, a gorgeous luxurious property perched right on the banks of the Bosphorus River, and Sultanahmet. Visiting both is a great way to experience different areas of this fascinating place.”  Click here to read full article. 






Ace Hotel Family Crafting Event If you have never been to the Ace Hotel and Swim Club in Palm Springs, you are in for a treat. See my full review here. If you are crafty or have crafty kids there is a great two day weekend getaway event planned in October 4-6th that is not to be missed.

There will be two full days of art workshops (more than 20 total) challenging kids, adults, and families to exercise their creative muscles. Artists include Confetti System, Tanya Aquiñiga, Rachel Craven, Clare Vivier + special guest Todd Oldham. Recreation will be powered by Undefeated. Sunrise yoga, complimentary bike rentals, unlimited pool access, and family game night keep bodies busy too.

Package rates start at $1,500.00, based on triple-occupancy (two adults, one kid). Package includes lodging, meals, and family activities throughout the weekend. And there’s a special rate for folks who want to stay through Sunday.

Click here for more information.

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LACityMom in Prague

November 9, 2012 Retreat

This year I have been given the incredible opportunity to travel with the family to many European destinations. This of course means a greatly expanded Family Getaway section for Here’s a link to my first LACityMom Euro post, which I wrote for folks at Have Family Will Travel – the Four Seasons Hotel Luxury Family […]

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Family Getaway – Four Seasons Westlake Village

May 16, 2012 Play

One of my favorite things to do with the family is an overnight at hotel.  Even just twenty-four hours a way can feel like a mini-vacation.  It’s hard sometimes to pull off the whole weekend, especially now that my kids are getting into athletics, but if you can do the whole weekend that’s even better.  […]

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March 5, 2012 Retreat

When you think about it the whole idea of a spa day really is the antithesis to motherhood. Imagine a place that is quiet, pretty, where people are lounging and no children are allowed. The entire experience is designed to make you feel appreciated, relaxed, and pampered.  (Just like a morning at home — HA!) But […]

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$10 off at Stark Waxing’s new Studio City Location

January 25, 2012 Retreat

Stark Waxing Studio of Silver Lake just added a new studio in Studio City, and it is fantastic. Whatever your personal preferences are on body hair removal, I bet we can all agree that if you do get a wax of some kind, you want it done quickly, as painlessly as possible, and by a […]

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Spaphile, Jewelmint & Pose Pampering Event

November 16, 2011 Retreat

Here’s a fun event of pampering if you are on the West Side or will be heading that way this weekend. Spaphile, Jewelmint and Pose are hosting a day of pampering. Spaphile if you are not familiar with it,  is a local deal company that specializes in Spa Treatments! How perfect is that for busy, […]

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SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills – an urban Mommy escape

October 3, 2011 Eat

Oh to be a young Hollywood Hipster. You can actually. That is the beauty of living in a big city. Okay, maybe you don’t feel quite like your pre-baby hipster self, and sorry to say…you may NEVER feel that way, but as your kids start to become more independent you will start to feel like […]

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Yoga Shelter – a great deal for a calmer year

January 3, 2011 Retreat

Ah, New Year’s Resolutions: One of my top resolutions is to practice more yoga. After I do yoga, my whole day is better. I am less reactive; I am calmer with the kids. My thinking is clearer. I just feel better, and somehow more like myself. One new place I have discovered that I LOVE […]

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