Last weekend, Petra and I took a road trip to Newport Beach. Travel is obviously something very important to Bradford and me, and we both so looking forward to sharing new places and experiences with our children. "Vacations" with a 1-year-old don't really exist, however exploration and excitement seems to be at an all-time high when you take a child somewhere new. Petra was so amped the whole weekend, hardly napping, and we had such a great time with family enjoying the gorgeous California coast that I love and miss so much.
We stayed at Marriott's Newport Coast Villas, which is a really great spot for families. They have suites with a full kitchen, great play areas and daily activities for kids, and it's within walking distance of Crystal Cove State Park, which has great tide pools for exploring and adventuring.