Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Trip Report Tuesday: California Day 8 // Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa

This trip report is bittersweet to share as it concludes the first half of our vacation spent exploring the stunning state of California.  It was a dream road trip and a true treat to recap and share with you, friends!  While I'm sad to see that part of the trip concluding, I'm delighted to begin sharing all the magic of our week at Disneyland!  Who's ready for a the second half of these trip reports?  Plenty of pixie dust awaits! 

Day 8 - Saturday, September 17, 2016

Saturday morning we woke to a foggy farewell to our time at Pismo Beach.  Jason and I enjoyed relaxing on our private patio while the girls got up and ready for the day.

Our hotel offered complimentary breakfast and had charming ocean view seating with fire pits to warm guests on this cool morning.

After breakfast we took our final beach stroll searching for seashells and enjoying the waves as they washed in.

I love animal prints, whether in the sand or on Disney pavement. ;)  These were too cute!

Princess with a handful of ocean gems.

The time had come to wave goodbye to the ocean and make the last journey of the trip, to our final destination, Disneyland!

Palm tree lined roads.  Yes, please!

At last!

Our home for the next week!

Jason dropped Little One and I off at Disney's Grand Californian Hotel and Spa.  Then he and Princess headed to the airport to return our rental car. 

Meanwhile, my littlest sweetie pie and I rocked and rolled into our first Disney shop of the trip!

Would you care for a tour of our one bedroom Disney Vacation Club villa?

Our room had a full kitchen with a refrigerator, stove, microwave, dishwasher, and was fully stocked with small appliances, dishes, and anything needed to cook and serve a meal.

Just past the kitchen a hall leads to a bathroom complete with shower, a closet with washer and dryer, and then on to the master bed and bath.

Princess unpacked the seashells she found that morning and got to work cleaning them in the girls' bathroom.

I was a bit busy swooning over our very Californian Master Suite!  

I am so glad that we spent the week before adventuring all over that diverse state!  Prior to this trip when I heard "California" I thought only of palm trees and beaches.  After spending time in places like Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks I had a much greater appreciation for just how "Californian" themed this hotel truly was!

The master bath was beyond gorgeous!

Isn't this Pinocchio wallpaper in the master bath so sweet?!

I'll show you a little more of the dining and living room areas...

Our private deck with this entry from the living room and a sliding glass door from the master bedroom had a pool view, but it was more like a scaffold view during construction.  Jason, putting a positive spin on it said, "At least it's private." 

This couch also made into a bed.

Art featuring this fabulous hotel

Hidden Mickey Finding Time!

First Disney Dinner of the Trip
Jason found his way to White Water Snacks downstairs and grabbed us dinner to be enjoyed in our room. 

A little relaxation and we called it a night!

Big Disney adventures straight ahead!

Blogging Break Notice & What's Next:
I am taking some time off for an extended weekend with family over Easter.  My Trip Report Tuesday series will return two weeks from today, April 25th.  I look forward to bringing you a whole lot of Disney history and a magical (first) meet up with my blogging bestie in that next trip report!  You won't want to miss it!

Sometimes snapshots just don't do things justice!  Be sure to check out the video footage from this day and more on my family's YouTube channel, 
Eat, Sleep, Dis, Repeat!

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  1. Seems like you guys had a wonderful time!

    - Claudia

  2. Oh my goodness! I'm giddy with excitement for this portion of the trip! Those purple flowers are PERfect, that suite is ah-mazing, and that is truly an ideal dinner for your fam to begin your time at Disneyland! Mmmm!!!!!

  3. What a FUN trip!! I so love the animal prints!

  4. Those beach photos leave me swooning! Enjoy your time off friend. I cant wait to read more about your trip.

    Oh! I got some snail mail from you yesterday and it really made my day!

  5. Oh my goodness how absolutely lovely! You're so much like me with the prints - I have Emma's first paw prints at our bay house beach framed!

  6. What a fantastic villa! I love the whole kitchen area and that booth for dining! I can't wait to see more from the Disneyland part of your trip.

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven

  7. First, love that lemon dress! Second, the beginning of a Disney stay is so magical!! Love finding all the hidden mickeys.

  8. I've never been to Cali! What a fun trip!!


  9. I gave ALWAYS wanted to stay there--have seen the lobby many times and enjoyed walking around. LOVE the hidden Mickeys. And DL is my FAVE!!!

  10. I have always wanted to stay there!! It looks so amazing! Love all the hidden mickeys. Enjoy your break! Happy Easter.

  11. I'm so, so glad that you guys got to experience a lot of California. It's so diverse and beautiful here.
    The next time you come back to the Grand, the rooms and pool area will look different!


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