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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Huntington Beach…Surf City Without the Surf

Our two nights in Huntington Beach are already over! This week is going too FAST, people. I think we should have given ourselves twice as much time…too bad work and school have to get in the way, eh?

We were beyond lucky enough to get a chance to stay at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach. Okay, I thought I wanted to move into the Canary Hotel in Santa Barbara. Then we got to our room at the Hyatt. The PR woman who I’ve been working with pulled out ALL the stops. I am not exaggerating when I tell you that our suite was actually bigger than our apartment at home. And THIS was the view off of our GIGANTIC balcony.

Yeah. Craziness.

Needless to say, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves…despite the fact Nate was staying in a hotel on the beach, surfboard at the ready, and there were NO waves, rendering surfing impossible. Total bummer. But the resort made up for it. The hotel was beautiful and the staff was fantastic.

When we arrived Tuesday night, the executive chef for the hotel, Chris Savage, was waiting to cook dinner for us. Our dinner was prepared and served in a private dining room set aside just for us. I think this may have been one of the most fun, relaxing, delicious dinners I’ve ever had. The chef was wonderful, kind and interesting (not to mention busy…I can’t imagine doing his job!), and the Hyatt folks were beyond nice and helpful.

First we had a chicken tortilla soup, followed by a trio of salads, all of which were delicious. The bread served alongside was also great…I stole Anna’s leftover bread when she wasn’t looking. Yeah, I’m a good mom like that.

The main course was one of the hotel’s signature dishes – fish tacos with grilled mahi mahi. Oh my, these were some of the best fish tacos I’ve had. And I’ve had many.

Dessert was strawberry shortcake, accompanied by a giant chocolate covered strawberry. The biscuit was still warm, the cream perfect, and the strawberries just the right amount of sweet.

We were truly spoiled.

A few words on the resort. And I’m not just saying this because they paid for part of our stay. This place was SO MUCH FUN. On our full day at the resort, we spent the morning at the beach – the most fun the girls have had yet on the trip, resulting in very sandy, very wet clothes and very tired but very happy little girls. The afternoon was spent at the pool. They have these totally fun water slides that Cate could not get enough of. We ordered room service poolside (money well spent, by the way)…the food was super tasty and we got to stay out by the pool in the beautiful weather.

We seriously did not want to leave. And we’re already trying to figure out when we can get back. We are walking away from our time at the Hyatt in Huntington Beach with really wonderful memories. This may sound cheesy, but when we were sitting out in the beautiful weather eating lunch at the pool, I looked at my family and felt an overwhelming sense of joy and gratitude. Those are the moments that you never forget.

Thank you, Hyatt!

On to Newport Beach and Disneyland!


  1. 1

    Sounds like you are all having a wonderful time! I love your photos! Oh, and that strawberry shortcake looks DIVINE!

  2. What a fun trip and the food looks delicious 🙂

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    Jessica Hansen

    J. to the E.A.L.O.U.S.

    Wow. What a resort! I have got to go there!! I hope Cuyler gets a consulting assignment to Santa Barbara A.S.A.P!

  4. 5

    Ahhh….you are in my old stomping grounds. We’ve enjoyed many a wonderful family vacations at the Hyatt in HB! That place is amazing, and we’re looking forward to a trip in July. What a fun vacation!

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