Ace Hotel & Swim Club

Mother’s Day is this weekend, and while I type out this post I’m looking at the wonderful photos I had taken during my stay 4 years ago. My Mom Springs post was an introduction to my Palm Springs getaway. As the kids and I only have about 9 more school days left of school, I’m definietly ready to go on summer vacation mode. A couple of Airbnb stays are planned, along with some family fun. If you haven’t read my previous post about my Mom Springs, click the picture below to get all caught up!! 

CATCH up with my Mom Springs post HERE.

As it’s mother’s day week* and I say week, because with all the work we mother’s do for our children, one day just isn’t enough. We all need to take time out, and get a little r&r. So if you’re looking into planning a trip for yourself, with girlfriends, or maybe with your spouse, the following hotel may be a place to check out!!

As I had mentioned in my previous blog post, during my Mom Springs, I had stayed in 2 different hotels during that weekend. One, was the Ace Hotel And Swim Club.

Ace Hotel And Swim Club

701 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264

The Ace Hotel is such an amazing chill resort!! Relaxed, hip, fun, and definietly kid friendly!! Which drove me nuts at the time, because although I was there for a “no-kid/no husband trip,” I couldn’t stop thinking about how cool it was if they were there with me. It took me a few times that weekend, and even to this day to shake things off like that to always feel like I need to constantly be with my family. Time alone as a mother is important.

Let me say it again, time alone as a mother is important. Think of it this way, your alone time as a mother is for everyones safety!! Everyone in the family knows this, and we as moms sometime forget, because we’re constantly juggling soo many things at once. That’s what the purpose of this trip was for. Time away for mama to recharge, and reflect.

Ace Hotel as a relaxed design and style feel. It was nice not to have to worry about the preciousness of anything.  I absolutely loved the pool area, the upper deck over looking it, the ping pong table, the variety of sunny and shady places to be, and the great open atmosphere and mixed crowd. There were tiny dogs, kids everywhere, couples, cocktails, books, and giant blow up pool toys (swans!). The surrounding view of the hills and tall palm trees was perfect.

I know it sounds like I’m repeating myself, but the Ace Hotel & Swim Club has so much character.

Want to play in the pool or read by the pool (I did both)? You won’t be sorry.

The pool was great, as they also have DJ playing music for the majority of the time. It’s totally ok if you’re in the mood for it, but if you want peace and quiet, the pool isn’t the place….It all depends your focus. People watch, and read. It’s all good.

Next time, I plan to reserve a room with the outdoor garden patio. I really loved the little nooks around the property with fireplaces and areas to relax as well. If you want to relax in your room and read a book; this is the spot.

Whatever your case may be, bring your friends, family or just travel solo. You won’t be disappointed to make the trek. If you want to explore the area, it’s perfectly situated.

Do you crave 1960s MOD Style? Rent a bike and peddle around the neighborhoods.

Thank you, Ace for a memorable weekend! Thank you, Palm Springs, for the sunshine!

Is it your turn to visit the Ace Hotel? — Sure is.

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Facebook has been reminding me of all the cool memories such as vacations I’ve taken in the past around this time. May, June and July are definietly the high traveling months for all of us, but as the boys get older, having their own activity schedules, it’s getting harder and harder to plan out a long vacation.

Earlier this week, I stumbled upon a Facebook memory of a trip to Palm Springs which I did with my older cousin. We called it “Mom Springs,” as it was a treat for the two of us moms, the weekend before Mother’s Day to relax and celebrate being moms, without our partners and children. It was a weekend trip to Palm Springs checking out two different hotels. One night at the beautiful luxury hotel of the Riviera Palm Springs, and then the rest of the weekend at Ace Hotel And Spring Club.

During our Mom Springs, we ate out, relaxed by the pool, and just enjoyed peace without being interrupted. Once place that I loved was FARM.

Farm is located right along South Palm Canyon hidden, in a quiet, charming, rustic, beautiful corner. It’s honestly, the best place for brunch.  If the weather is nice, you can sit outside under one of their many red umbrellas or smack in the middle where there’s a wooden covered area. If it’s raining, inside is just as quaint and adorable so you won’t lose either way.

6 Plz Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262
With housemade jams, local produce, and really really good French press coffee, their omelettes, salads, and a few over-the-top French toast dishes, are to die for!!! There’s also a long list of crepes ranging from nutella and banana to ham and gruyere.  There’s also a brunchy cocktail menu with concoctions like a bacon-garnished Bloody Mary (Yum!) and a gin-basil cocktail.

If ever you’re planning a trip to Palm Springs, I’d definietly check out FARM. And as for my experiences with the two hotels……Stay tuned for my follow up blog post! Juicy, eye candy pics, that will make you want to book for your next trip to Palm Springs right now!!

Airbnb Getaway

I’ve been itching for an Airbnb trip for about 2 months now. My last visit to San Francisco was in January. So visiting San Francisco last weekend for a little rest & recreation with my husband is definietly needed. It was also my husband’s 31st birthday, so having a nice getaway together was absolutely well deserved.

For new readers to my blog, welcome! Once a month for business my husband stays in SF for a couple days at an Airbnb. Working remotely from Sacramento, he gets the chance to meet with his team, and be in the office. If schedule’s work out between him, the kids, and myself, we can usually squeeze in some mommy daddy time during his visit. This past weekend….We made it work. I’ve made the executive decision to skip out on one of my sons basketball games, including missing out on pictures!! (Yes! I know, bad mom!) BUT, am I really a bad mom?! A little weekend –parents only– getaway never really hurt anyone. Plus, I keep devote all my time to children here in Sacramento. So….Missing his game, and pictures. Not a huge biggie to me.

Every time my husband stays in San Francisco, he always at an Airbnb in one of our favorite “dream neighborhoods,”Potrero Hill. Potrero Hill is a residential neighborhood in San Francisco, California. It’s actually our dream neighborhoods if ever we return back to the Bay Area. It is known for its views of the San Francisco Bay and city skyline (right along 18th-20th St. CHECK it out!!!), and its very close proximity to many destination spots, and its sunny skies.

We’ve been using Airbnb for about 4 years now, and haven’t really turned back to hotels during vacations/mini-getaways.

UNLESS we get to stay for FREE using our Points we receive from our Chase Sapphire card. ;P

We do occasionally stay at a boutique hotel, which we did last February for our 16year anniversary – which we spent in Santa Cruz.

You can read more about our Santa Cruz weekend HERE at Hotel Paradox.

Overall, our getaways are usually at an Airbnb.

FUN FACT:

Running our own Airbnb is definietly a goal within the next few years!!!

Soooooo please stay tuned to watch me turn from an Airbnb renter, to host!!!!!

Our visits to San Francisco have been way more frequent than ever! Even while we were living in the Tri-city, we rarely came into San Francisco. So it’s just funny how life works in mysterious ways as we’ve moved to Sacramento, and now visit every month or so, and stay at a fabulous Airbnb for a few days to live like locals.

You can check out a video of one of our last visits with the kids in San Francisco. I made a separate YouTube Channel away from my TiffanysTidings channel to hopefully share more traveling adventures!

Click the icon below to watch!

The pictures shown within the post were taken at my last visit (in January) prior to this past weekends.

I’ll post more of my most recent visit next, so keep a look out for that, but please enjoy the pictures of this lovely Airbnb!!

If you like the Airbnb you see in this post check them out HERE!

It’s a Classic Victorian apartment in sunny Potrero Hill! As I mentioned earlier, Potrero Hill is my husband’s and mine’s FAVORITE neighborhood. The host Bethany, is originally from Seattle, and love’s the outdoors, traveling, reading, eating, meeting new people, and playing games, especially Settlers of Catan (Who doesn’t love Settler’s of Catan?!?!?! Junior version is also dope as well!!!)

 

Bethany’s Airbnb is again, in the sunny and quiet Potrero Hill, 1 bedroom/1 bathroom lower unit in a 1900s Victorian house. Great central Potrero Hill location, close to The Mission, Dogpatch, SOMA and walking distance to many tech companies (close to my husbands work, which is why he booked it!) Shuttle stops and Caltrain are near, plus, easy access to 280 and 101 freeways for those commuting down the Peninsula. Whole Foods is around the corner along with many great neighborhood restaurant options and local businesses so a car is not necessary when we stayed.

The place was so perfect for us! It’s a beautiful house in a great location. It’s so lovely, comfortable, and a well-appointed space. Bethany replied instantly to every communication and was very responsive to any request or question – KUDOS to being such a great Airbnb host. Loved how private and light-filled the apt was.

I love gathering home decor inspiration from all the Airbnb’s I stay at!! Can’t wait to host!!!!!

 

Lakeside Lounge

In past summer vacations, the family and I were really consistent in going camping. We would travel up north to the redwoods (Humboldt Redwoods), and also up to Nevada County (Scotts Flat Lake Campground) Although being around the redwoods was amazing and majestic, the family and I weren’t always down for the long 5+hour drive.

California’s northwestern edge has spectacular network of parks. Half of the world’s coast redwoods, the world’s tallest living things, (which grow over 350 feet!) So, if ever in California, please be sure to check out our beautiful redwoods!

Our favorite type of camping is definitely the kind when we’re near a lake! Scotts Flat Lake was our go to for 2 years straight. It’s a destination for outdoor fun and activities, open year round, and conveniently located between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe!! (One extra PLUS why we moved up to Sacramento! We love the outdoors!!) Camping between the June, July, and August summer months are the prime time frames to visit!

One of our favorite camping lazy day agendas, which is always on our itinerary is lakeside lounging.  Whether or not your a child, pre-teen, twenty something, or senior citizen, there is always something to do at the lake! Here is a list I’ve created for summer activities to do at the lake! Chill out, relax, and soak up the sun!!!

Lake Activities

Water Activities :

Sailing

Kayaking

Canoe

Sail Boating

Jet Skiing

Wak Boarding

Paddle Boarding

Fishing

Camp

Shore Actives :

BBQ

Picnicking

Volleyball

Badminton

Play Frisbee

Building  Sand Castles

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Some lakes also support annual no motor days. Enjoy a day on the lake without all the noise or waves. These days always draw a crowds. Support the local boy scouts by grabbing a hot dog and relaxing on the lake (Hosted at Scotts Flat Lake). Paddle Board demos, sail boat rides are provided as well as kayak and canoe rentals.

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Lakeside lounging is one our favorite past times. With the kids growing much older, I want to continue the tradition of “outdoor living” (camping Hehe). I feel blessed to have been raised by a family who loves being outdoors, as a child I remember going camping or staying a few days in a cabin in Yosemite. So many memories….Something I want to share with my kids now.

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Check out more about Scotts Flat Lake HERE.

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Do you love summer camping?

When is your favorite time to camp?

What are your favorite camp grounds?

Comment below!!

 

 

Live There

Since the move to Sacramento, the family and I have made a few visits back to the Bay Area. It’s nice to sleep at the parent’s house, and go back to what was once your normal routine. To take familiar roads/streets routes to your favorite coffee and ice cream shop. It’s always special and nostalgic to go back home. But there are parts of me not missing it. The Bay definitely is more crowded then Sacramento, and that’s what reminds me why we moved. But what about other cities in the Bay Area where I never lived? How about living there temporarily?

This upcoming month has quite a bit of traveling. The hubby, has a San Francisco business trip every month. During his stay, the company covers his expenses using Airbnb & Uber. So what better way for the kids and I to hop on that opportunity and change up the pace of living here in Sac, while we’re still on summer vacation? Airbnb has been our go-to hospitality route.

 

Airbnb San Francisco AGENDA

Today, the kids and I will traveling to meet daddy in San Francisco. Our current plans are to stay a night together, have fun the Mission, sleep, and enjoy brunch. The kids and I will continue to explore once daddy heads back to work. Since we are somewhat natives to the San Francisco Bay Area, I’ll be dropping the boys off to their grandparents house back in the East Bay (approx. 45 minutes away from SF w/o traffic)

Coming back to the Bay Area, is really refreshing for me. I have the help of my parents to watch the kids, as my hubby and I can focus on us as a couple. I’ll be taking BART (Bay Area Rapid Transportation), back into San Francisco, as my hubby has his car nestled at the Airbnb spot. All moving parts, are all carefully planned out, and set into place. A lot of coordination. but really simple.

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After moving to Sacramento, our visits back to the Bay Area, are a lot more high quality. As we use Airbnb, Uber, and other parts of local transportation, there is more of a appreciation to this place, that I wasn’t able to enjoy while living here. Not many peers understand, why we left the Bay Area. But at this point, there is no need to explain, for them to understand. We visit consistently, and explore places than we ever could.

Out decision to relocate to another city, was mature, well thought out, and the best for our family. With this move, and new lifestyle of Airbnb’ing back to San Francisco, we’ve gained a lot more than actually living and paying to live in San Francisco.

 

FUN FACT: We’ve met more people within the past 4 months of living in Sacramento and heading back to San Francisco, then we ever did living in the Bay Area, and being stagnant. Social circles were at a dead stop. Growth within our peers were moving at different paces, and we were unable to relate. Why live like that?

 

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Airbnb is a place to explore places you would have never visited, and experience them in a way as if you actually lived there. Many Airbnb spots we’ve stayed in including, Portand, OR, Seattle, WA, Sonoma, Santa Clara, and San Francisco, all have been very accommodating to us. The hosts, tend to host families. Living there, is all what they are about.

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The best part of Airbnb is choosing the right place for you! The hubby and I Chromecast our laptops to the main TV in our home and share our browsers. We poor a glass of wine/ lately, beer…Crafts beers for him and enjoy looking through different places for our next trip. We join and settle on a collaboration of our interior likes and styles. He like, modern industrial, I like that with a touch of boho chic. We’re definitely an eclectic couple! Overall, we always find the right place for us. Sometimes, we’re not able to find the Airbnb spot we like, due to availability. so we always settle for safe, clean, and location. It always works out in the end.

So theres my upcoming summer plans. Aibnb to San Francisco every month!!! Stay tuned for something special, as I’m adding more videos to the blog. Something separate from tiffanystidings video, but more personal travels. Subscribe to the channel below and stay tuned for future content! I’ll be sharing our travels, discoveries in Sacramento, San Francisco, and maybe just maybe San Diego, if we can squeeze that in to our busy summer……….

Trust me. You wouldn’t to miss out. I’ve been working hard on my video editing skills. (HAHAHA) 

 

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Water Park Playdate Essentials

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Having the kids home all during the summer, means the trunk of my car is always equipped with summer play essentials. After running errands, having the kids tag along, as a parent I do feel obligated to treat them with a trip to the park after an afternoon of grocery runs and other household/personal errands. With that said, here is my summer essential list of items that have been living in my trunk ready to go at any given/spontaneous trip to the water park.

Summer Park Essentials:

– Extra Clothes

(Extra outfit: T-Shirts/Shorts/Underwear/Socks)

– Trunks/Bathing Suits

– Flip Flops

– Beach Towels (1 Per Child)

-Beach Blanket

– Sand Toys

-Balls/Frisbees

– Stroller

– Sunblock

My Holy Grail Items:

– Collapsable Wagon (Costco/Sams Club/Dick’s Sporting Goods)

– Beach Blanket

– Cooler (CapriSuns/Fruit/Small Water Bottles)

– Camping Chair (For mommy)

– Fedora/Sunhat

– Sunglasses

– Camera

– iHome/BlueTooth Speaker

– External Charger + Phone Charger

Many of the above items are now a staple to what I typically keep in my car. There have been so many instances when my boys wanted to visit the park, and I left the bin filled with sand toys and other park toys in the garage. (Bad mom award) Don’t you hate when that happens?

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Here’s a recent photo of my last visit to our local water park.

This park visit I packed Zuppa Toscana into a heat tumbler, and packed a bowl to enjoy some homemade soup at the park, just as if I was at home!

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If you’d like to learn the receipt of my zuppa toscana comment below!!

Happy summer everyone!

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