Mr. Meremade took a boys trip to Vegas a few weeks ago. Us leftovers at home thought we should go on a trip as well, so we packed it up, packed it in and drove an hour north east of Los Angeles to the quiet and peaceful town of Ojai where we had the pleasure of staying at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa. It almost felt like we were in Hawaii. This place has so much to do, movie nights, taco bars, evening s'mores, story time for kids....
The kids loved that they got to ride in a golf cart to their room (while I followed behind in my car.)
During mealtimes, the kids ran around in the grass / golf course.
We had fun by the pool.
And even more fun when the sun fell and the pool turned into an outdoor movie theater:
There were breakfasts on the patio:
And a visit to this amazing bookstore where we spent a long time perusing and reading:
We strolled the streets of Ojai (and by streets I mean one main street):
We stumbled upon Kingston's Candy Company:
And relaxed in a nearby Libbey Park:
There was some excitement when a fire broke out at a restaurant across the street form a park. You can't see it in this picture, but there were four blaring firetrucks and lots of hose action:
I dropped the kids off at the kids club and did this for three glorious hours:
There was a fro yo stop:
Lots and lots of walking (oddly enough, no complaining!)
More lounging (See, it is like Hawaii!)
Poolside movie viewing after the pool got too cold:
And on the way back home, we checked out the Lake Casitas Recreation Area and Park. This place was awesome! With a water fun zone and lazy river (inner tubes included)
I don't do much traveling alone with both kids. And I was kind of nervous about it, but it turns out, it was not only easy and enjoyable, but relaxing! No really! We all went to bed by 9:30 or 10 and slept til 8. It's the most sleep I've gotten in years!