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    Default Last minute sunny getaway from PNW

    We live in the Pacific Northwest, and I'm craving some hot, sunny weather. We are a family of six, with kids ages 7,4,2,1. I would like to have a short getaway, 3 or 4 nights with our kids before prices go up for the summer. We're looking at mid-May.

    I would like to stay at either a resort with a nice pool area with a kiddie pool, or a hotel with a small outdoor pool in a downtown area near a park, restaurants, etc. It would be nice if we could get a shuttle from the airport to the hotel and not have to rent a car. As this is last minute and unplanned, I would like to keep the cost down.

    Budget for airfare is $250-300 per person. Hotel budget must be less than $200, preferably less than $150. We are Marriott Rewards members, so Marriott properties are our first choice.

    The problem I often run into is our larger family, we exceed the max occupancy on standard hotel rooms.

    Can anyone help with suggestions? It would be so appreciated. Right now I am looking at San Antonio. We are looking for some sunshine and relaxation, but also some low-key activities to keep the kids happy.

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    Tondi G is offline Red Diamond level (10,000+ posts)
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    Palm Springs CA maybe? Fly into Ontario Airport. You would still need to rent a car though. I know there is an airport in Palm Springs, not sure if there is airline service from an airport near you? http://www.ci.palm-springs.ca.us/index.aspx?page=270

    this resort has an awesome pool area
    http://www.rancholaspalmas.com/splashtopia

    There is a Marriott in Palm Desert

    http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel...esort-and-spa/

    Another Marriott

    http://www.marriott.com/hotels/trave...springs-hotel/

    In Palm Springs they have a water park
    https://www.soakcityps.com/

    I've heard the living desert is cool
    http://www.livingdesert.org/

    This could be fun too
    http://www.pstramway.com/
    Last edited by Tondi G; 04-22-2013 at 03:41 PM.

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    ged is offline Gold level (500+ posts)
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    My first thought was the Palm Springs area as well. Lots of resorts there.

    Or, perhaps someplace in Arizona? Many resorts around Tucson and uh...drawing a blank here, but that other main city/area up north from Tucson...Scottsdale/Phoenix!

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    Palm Springs is perfect! I wouldn't have thought of that myself. I love southern Arizona too, as I grew up there and have lots of family in the area. It sounds sort of terrible to say, but on this trip I really just want to spend time with my kids and husband. We live right next to my in-laws and don't get to spend a lot of time on our own. If we were in AZ we would definitely need to get together with everyone. That's for another trip.

    Thanks again!

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    sunnyside is offline Sapphire level (2000+ posts)
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    We live in the PNW and had a great Spring Break trip to Palm Desert. We stayed at Marriott Desert Villas and it was really nice.
    Mama to two sweet girls - Summer 2010 and Spring 2015

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