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4 Reasons This Carlsbad Resort Is Perfect for a Winter Family Escape

‘Tis the Season for a Festive Getaway With the Fam!

While it’s common to associate wintertime with staycations, there’s something magical about stealing time at a warm destination when it’s cold at home. Imagine a family-friendly place where the adults can do adult things and the kids can do kid things, all without bundling up before you leave the house. The Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa offers a cozy winter getaway—minus the chilly temperatures. Carlsbad boasts mild weather and sunny days, even throughout the winter months. Located in North County San Diego, this coastal town is far from all the hustle and bustle of the city, yet close to tons of restaurants, gorgeous beaches and the famous Legoland. Whether you’re here for a Lego adventure, a beach vacation or a cozy hotel getaway with firepits and s’mores, Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa is the perfect place for your family’s winter escape. Here are four reasons to unpack your bags this season at this chic hotel in the heart of Carlsbad!

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1 | Seasonal Savings

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We all love a good deal—especially around the holidays—and Sheraton Carlsbad offers lots of packages to choose from. If you have a furry friend to bring along, check out the Pets at Sheraton package. From now through the end of January, you can use this package to get a waived pet fee and pet snacks, as well as a mat, water bowl and pet bed. If you’re coming with kiddos, the Family Fun package is the way to go. You’ll get a $100 credit to 7 Mile Kitchen, the resort’s poolside restaurant known for its woodfired pizzas, plus a basket of arts and crafts activities for the kids and a $100 credit to the Ocean Pearl Spa (because family vacation doesn’t mean no “me time”). Another option is the S’mores and More package, which also comes with $100 to 7 Mile Kitchen and includes a reserved fire pit and s’mores kit as well. 


2 | Perks + Amenities 

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We’d say the main selling point of this place is the free gelato, but the private entrance to Legoland doesn’t hurt either. If you’re coming here to visit the amusement park, there’s no better place to stay. And for the days you’re not riding the Coastersaurus or exploring Fun Town, there’s plenty of fun to be had at the hotel’s heated pools (yes, there’s a waterslide). As for the rooms, they’re as comfy and luxurious as you’d expect from a Marriott hotel, with plush bedding, seaside views and flat screen TVs for the ultimate room service movie night. Just next door you’ll find The Crossings at Carlsbad, a sprawling 18-hole championship golf course with stunning views and a challenging layout, perfect for practicing your long drives and putting. The hardest part of this whole trip will be trying to fit in all the fun!



3 | Seasonal Culinary Specials

We already mentioned the poolside paradise that is 7 Mile Kitchen, but now we’re going to dive into the details (pun intended). Their pizzas are made with fresh housemade dough, and they have unique and delicious options like the Truffle Tartufo, made with wild mushrooms and truffle cream sauce, and the Prosciutto and Brussels, made with roasted garlic, gruyere and honey balsamic. Aside from pizza, Chef Jason Luke is also known for his burgers, ranging from your classic cheeseburger to a salmon burger with arugula, dill mayonnaise, cucumber and lemon. Can’t decide? They even have a cheeseburger pizza so you can get the best of both worlds. During football season, head over for Sunday Night Football and grab pizza, caesar salad and wings for four for just $65. And if you’re there during the week, be sure to stop by for Wine Wednesday to get half-off a bottle of wine from 5 p.m. to close. 


4 | Winter Wellness at Ocean Pearl Spa 

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Traveling with kids usually means more action-packed days and less R&R. While it’s sweet of you to plan a family vacation filled with fun for the little ones, you can’t forget to take some time for yourself as well—you deserve it! Lucky for you, there’s a gorgeous spa right next door at The Westin Carlsbad, complete with a eucalyptus steam room, relaxation lounge, fitness center and jacuzzi. Ocean Pearl Spa has everything you need for ultimate relaxation—from massages and facials to mani-pedis. This time of year, they offer a seasonal special called Signature Spice & Everything Nice, a sugar coffee scrub and illuminating body peel cream followed by a fall enzyme facial. If you’re short on time, they’ve got express treatments as well—you know you can  find time for a 25-minute facial!


Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa
5420 Grand Pacific Dr
Carlsbad, CA 92008

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Sara grew up in San Diego and recently moved back after living on the Central Coast and traveling around Latin America for a while. Passionate about wellness both personally and professionally, she's worked for brands like Mindbody, Classpass, and Headspace and is a 200-hour registered yoga teacher (come take her class at YogaSix North Carlsbad!). Through it all, she's always had a passion for writing and loves contributing to Locale Magazine.




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