Nate and I both work hard and we like to take time out to disconnect from the hectic activity of our day-to-day lives and treat ourselves to a weekend away. We can't often get too far with the baby, but it's fun to explore what our favorite hometown has to offer. This time around, we snuck off to a Mission Bay hotel.
We packed up the little guy and headed to the upper floors of the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay for a view that's beyond comparison. We do have a soft spot for the bay – we had our wedding reception right alongside these waves!
If you ask most San Diegans what's in store in Mission Bay, they'd come up with a few different answers: SeaWorld, lots of shopping, beaches and boating . They'd probably point you up north, towards Legoland and their water park, if you said wanted a sunny and really splash-filled experience. However, you can actually get your fill of water slides in a more central location at the Hyatt Regency's own pools. They have three water slides and three pools (including a separate children's pool). The recreation team sets up fun games and scavenger hunts all throughout the day as well as SeaWorld character visits and holiday festivities, and there are even fire pits to roast s'mores over at night. And every Saturday night at 7:30, the hotel screens a movie for its guests in the pool area.
We stayed in the tower, and the hotel room was nice and spacious. It had a big bed with plenty of room for us to snuggle and watch a movie, and they also made Some Boy comfortable by providing a free crib. There was a mini-fridge, which we jammed full with healthy snacks we nabbed at the Natural Products Expo West the day before, and a couch for us to kick back on. I've been to a couple of hotels lately that offered a shower but no bath, so I was relieved to find a shower and a tub for me to plunk Some Boy into after our long soak in the chlorine all day.
The hotel had various dining options to meet anyone's needs. For the more upscale-oriented patron, Red Marlin offers sophisticated dining options like ahi and short ribs. For pool-side fare in a more casual setting, Swim's menu is filled with things like baja tacos and marinated chicken, and the restaurant has an awesome aquarium that kids will love. There's also an Einstein Bros Bagel Company on-site!
The hotel has a lot of neat little sitting areas in a garden setting for those looking for a romantic moment or a spot to play a quite board game, read a book or just veg. Not gonna lie: we don't get a lot of those moments with Some Boy along for the ride! But they have plenty for families, too. The hotel is even adjacent to some of my favorite walking paths along the bay. Plus, SeaWorld is just down the block and the San Diego Zoo is a quick drive away.
Do you ever take weekend getaways like this with your family? What are some of your favorite destinations?
This post is sponsored by Hyatt Regency Mission Bay. All opinions are my own.