Photo credit: Rancho Bernardo Inn

Photo credit: Rancho Bernardo Inn

The place you choose to stay can shape your entire trip. Sometimes, that hotel “sameness” can detract from the overall atmosphere and even make it difficult to know what city you’re visiting once you’re inside for the night. Not so when you visit the San Diego area, and make the Rancho Bernardo Inn your shelter of choice.

You may find it difficult to leave the property to sight-see – they make it too inviting!

Nestled in the rolling hills of Rancho Bernardo, CA, the Inn has cultivated charm and facilitated memory-making for  the past fifty years. The results of decades of care and attention to detail are on display everywhere – from the manicured golf course and grounds to the meticulously kept facility and the attentive, welcoming staff.

From the word go, you’ll know you’ve arrived at a one of a kind destination, not a cookie cutter accommodation.

TMOM disclosure graphicIt won’t take long for you to realize why the Inn has been awarded the 2013 Conde Nast Top SoCal Resort and 2013 Travel + Leisure World’s Top Resorts Awards. Ah, but awards of that calibre may have you thinking,  “Whoa. This is can not be kid friendly.”

Well, think again. The Inn has also earned themselves a place amongst Preferred Family Hotels as part of the Preferred Hotel Group, to which they belong. They go out of their way to earn that designation, and more importantly, to make each guest feel welcome…regardless of age.

Dad needs some time away for golf?  They’ve got it. Mom needs some TLC at the spa, and her mini-me wants to tag along for kid treatments?  They happily make room for your darling diva (I’ve got two of those) too. Mother-daughter bonding time over a mani-pedi is the best.

Artwork and sculpture throughout the Inn lend to it's Mission Style feeling. photo credit: Lara DiPaola

Artwork and sculpture throughout the Inn lend to it’s Mission Style feeling. Photo credit: Lara DiPaola / Scenic Route TravelingMom

As just about any Traveling Mom what amenity ranks at the top of the list when it comes to keeping a family happy at the hotel and you’re bound to hear a resounding “Pool!”. Here they have one set aside just for us, replete with wading pool and slide. It is also separate from the ‘adults only’ pool, so everyone’s happy.

Other family friendly amenities they offer that topped our list include;

  • A selection of family friendly DVDs, delivered to your room on request.

  • Wii available for those of us with gamers.

  • Babysitting services.

  • In-room tents (I love this – it appeals to the kid in me!)

If you visit in the summer, their “Kids Rule” Summer program is available with fun activities for ages 4-16, or if the whole family needs to “get the wiggles out” with exercise…they’ve got bikes! Story time, a supervised kids’ play room, crafts, in-room kid tents and sleeping bags – no stone is left unturned to ensure that your family enjoys their stay at the Rancho Bernardo Inn.

When you feel welcome, you sleep like you're at home. photo credit: Lara Dipaola

When you feel welcome, you sleep like you’re at home. Photo credit: Lara Dipaola / Scenic Route TravelingMom

While you enjoy fresh and creative culinary delights prepared by world class chefs, your offspring enjoy the same quality fare designed for their palates.  Kiddos have their own menus at on-site restaurants (we loved the Veranda – and more importantly my 9 year old son loved his gourmet birthday s’mores!)  and through room service.

From milk and cookies upon arrival to the makings for s’mores out by the fire pit, even your fussiest eaters will feel cared for and pampered.  And really – isn’t that what we all want?

Five things to know before you stay at the Rancho Bernardo Inn

The "Welcoming Committee" on the Greens. photo credit: Lara DiPaola

The “Welcoming Committee” on the Greens. Photo credit: Lara DiPaola / Scenic Route TravelingMom

  • The property is tucked inside of a residential area. I found this confusing at first, I thought perhaps the navigation system in the car had gotten me lost.

  • If you enjoy craft beers you must try the local offerings. I really enjoyed Lost Abbey, they had several brews on tap.

  • Celebrating an occasion? Be sure to let the staff know. My youngest son was celebrating his 9th Birthday and the staff made sure it was special for him.

  • Traffic can sometimes be an issue if you’re driving to attractions like downtown San Diego, Sea World, or Balboa Park. That said, it’s well worth the drive.

  • As family friendly as the Inn is, I’d say it’s even more romantic. I’d highly recommend it for a grownups getaway.