My Birthday Staycation at The Catamaran Resort & Spa
Somewhere between getting married, having three children and building a whole new life with my husband I managed to find my true self. In my twenties I always feared the idea of growing older. Back then, I couldn't have imagined being 32 and feeling as comfortable as I do in my own skin. I'm not exactly sure how I got to this place of comfort, maybe it was having children that changed my perspective, maybe it's just something that comes with age, but whatever it is, I can honestly say that I've never felt more comfortable to be me than I do today.
Last year Vinny and I decided to start a tradition for my birthday of doing a "staycation weekend" somewhere local spent with friends and family. This year we chose Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa as the destination. The Catamaran is one of my top fave local resorts because from the moment you step foot on property it feels like you've been transported to tropical island hideaway. It's so lush and full of greenery, with wild ducks roaming around, ponds with koi fish and parrots you can interact with.
The Catamaran offers one of the most unique hotel room settings in all of San Diego with their bay front rooms. If you're considering staying here, you definitely need to request a room ground level on the bayside which is exactly what we did. You literally open up your patio sliders and you are 10 steps from the bay where there are lawn chairs and umbrellas set up and you can also rent boats, paddle boards, bikes, etc. directly from the hotel.
We checked in on Friday afternoon just in time to play a little bit on the beach before dining at the resort's Oceana Coastal Kitchen. I had heard it was a great restaurant but was unexpectedly surprised at how kid friendly it was as well as how many gluten-free options they had. We sat on the patio which overlooked a grassy area and the bay. It worked out perfectly because we were able to break up dinner by letting the kids run around on the grass while waiting for the food to come.
After dinner we all ran and played in the water as the sun was setting which made for the most magical evening. The water and sky looked just like cotton candy.
Lately we've bring packing the kids scooters for our weekend hotel getaways. The kids loved riding on the pathways around the resort and we also rode on the bayside to one of our Fave little coffees shops in mission beach, Swell Coffee, to grab some tea and snacks.
Our plan for Saturday was to keep things simple. We spent the whole day just playing on the beach and grass, eating, and listening to music. We also rented a paddle board and took turns taking the kids for rides.
On top of having the bay to play with, the hotel also has a nice little pool that we took advantage of on Sunday. We checked out of our room and headed to the pool early to spend the entire day there wearing the kids out just in time to bring them home for bed.
It's weekends like this that remind me that San Diego truly is a paradise.