Our family was recently invited to spend a couple of days in the Palm Springs area at The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa. Unfortunately Randy had to work, and Jay was in summer school, so Marisol, Flynn and I enjoyed a fabulous a mini vacation together.

We did so much over the three days that I'm going to break up each day into separate posts so I can cover as much information as possible on not only the resort, but also fun things to do in the area with kids. 

Mini Road Trip with Kids - from San Diego to Palm Springs #californiaweekends #ad
The drive from San Diego to Rancho Mirage, where the The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa is located, is a little over two hours. We couldn't check into our hotel until 3pm, but I wanted to make sure we stopped along the way to break up the drive for the kids, enjoy lunch and visit a new location, so we hit the road mid morning.

After mapping out our route, I decided to stop at about the halfway mark of our trip at Lake Perris State Recreation Area. On the way, we picked up sandwiches and drinks at Quiznos to enjoy a picnic by the lake. It's $10 per vehicle to enter this State Park, and even though we only stayed about an hour and a half, it was well worth it just for the quiet, the beautiful view and to let the kids breathe fresh air and stretch their legs for a bit.

Lake Perris State Recreation Area
We had a quick drive around and then settled on a quiet, shaded spot by a playground to enjoy our picnic lunch. There were very few people here on this day so it was perfect.

Lake Perris State Recreation Area
After lunch, and a short play on the playground, we headed down to the beach where the kids walked through the water … until Flynn decided to float his Crocs on top of the water and then had to swim after them. There was a large school of very small fish by the shoreline and he had a great time playing with them.

Lake Perris State Recreation Area
The kids were refreshed and happy, and ready to pick up their travel bingo boards in the car for the last hour of our drive.

We arrived at The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa right in time to check-in. I had already told the kids that there was a pool with a waterslide, so as soon as we were checked in and had unpacked our bags from the car you can guess where the kids wanted to go. Of course I made them unpack first though so I could have a look around the room.

Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa in California
We had a fabulous room. It was spacious and bright, with two double beds, a large bathroom and dressing area, and a great view of the golf course. The first image I included in the post of the palm trees, was our view from the room. This next photo is the view of our building as we were walking back from the pool. We were in one of the second floor rooms to the left of the photo.

Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa in California
After unpacking, we headed straight for the Las Brisas pool, which also has the 60-foot waterslide.

Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa in California
There were waterfalls and music playing, a large pool with a water volleyball net, two spas and deck chairs everywhere that were shaded by umbrellas. There is no need to bring towels either as they are provided at the pool, and you can order poolside beverages and food too. While I made myself comfortable in a chair under an umbrella the kids headed for the waterslide where they were given life jackets and mats and I waved at them for the next hour until the waterslide closed.

We headed back to the room to freshen up and dry them off, and then enjoyed a lovely dinner at the resorts Italian-inspired restaurant, Pinzimini.

Pinzimini at Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa in California
Despite how elegant it appears once you walk in, it's very kid-friendly; the staff were quick to bring out a kids menu, with an activity sheet and pencils to keep them entertained.

Pinzimini at Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa in California
The kids enjoyed pizza and I ordered Salmone alla Griglia (grilled salmon, salsa verde, and grilled lemon with creamy risotto).  It was amazing. 

Pinzimini at Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa in California
For dessert, the kids had ice cream and then helped me eat my Bombolini (Italian donuts with lemon curd and chocolate ganache).

Pinzimini at Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa in California
I decided we needed a little exercise after all of that food, so we went on a short walk around the resort, which is absolutely beautiful at night, and then enjoyed a night swim in the pool, because night swimming is so much more fun than sleeping, right!

Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa in California
Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa in California
Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa in California

 

The kids slept very well that night.

How would you spend a weekend in California? Where would you go, and what would you do?

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Disclosure: We were provided with two nights accommodation at The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa and dinner at Pinzimini.

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HipMamaB Beth August 5, 2013 - 11:40 am

I love the desert!! Glad you had fun… I need to get out there. 🙂

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BabyBumpBeyond Heather August 5, 2013 - 3:00 pm

Looks like an amazing trip!

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Joann Woolley (@sign4baby) August 6, 2013 - 8:31 pm

I’ve been telling my husband that everyone here seems to go to Palm Springs for quick little get aways and we need to do this! Going blind will never happen so now I love that I have your insider tips to steal and create a little magic for the family down the road – the water slide would for sure be a huge hit!

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laura August 7, 2013 - 12:06 pm

beautiful photos! I need to get there before we pcs again.

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