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 We love our little getaways. Some enjoy taking a few weekly vacations. While others like us prefer to get away just about every weekend. We work hard four to five days a week and play well two or three days a week. It works best for us this way.

San Francisco North/Petaluma KOA Camping Resort

We have stayed in a human size nest before and pretty much have experienced every kind of camping out there except for KOA. I’m not sure why we’ve never stayed with them before because they are so kid friendly and we love camping facilities that offer a variety of fun activities for children. Once we arrived we did not leave, I guess it’s the first time for everything.

This cabin was perfect for our family. We felt like we were camping because we had a fire pit and made our entire dinner on it. We felt like we were staying in a hotel or resort because there is a swimming pool. There is a jumping pillow which makes you feel like your at a kids park. Our kids loved the petting zoo (Eve asked if she could kiss one of the goats) and a playground with two slides which was great to see who can come down the slide first.

The cabin was so spacious. Hubby and I had our own private room. Above our room is a large space where our older two slept and our younger two shared a room which had bunk beds in it. I liked that we were able to make breakfast inside the cabin. I’m not big on eating outside in the morning while it’s still cold outside. This was the first time that we were able to get a good night sleep while camping because nighttime bathroom breaks are frequent while camping because my husbands gets up and walks our children to the restroom. We did not have to do that at KOA.



Turtle Back Hill Trail

A weekend trip is never truly complete without a hike even if its only a 0.7 mile round trip loop. The views are beautiful from here. You get to see many birds and marsh areas from this trail. This is a perfect trail to walk on after you’ve sat in the car for a few hours and you’d like to stretch your legs until you get to you next destination.



Mrs. Grossman’s Sticker Factory Tour

Getting to witness how things were made or created helps us to appreciate the product and the individuals who made them. I’m not sure about you but it’s not every day that when I place a sticker on my journal or pen pal letter that I appreciate all the hard work, energy, love, creativity, and money that went in to make that sticker possible.  After we went on the educational tour we now look at stickers differently. The tour was fun and educational. During each station of our tour we received stickers that we were able to take home. We got to see the timeline of all the stickers that have been created eversince 1979.  If you weren’t a fan of stickers before, you might become one after visiting the only sticker factory in the United States.

You want to make reservations over the phone beforehand. Their phone number is 1-800-429-454. They are located at 3810 Cypress Drive Petaluma, Ca 94954.



Eve’s bunny hooded sweater is from Baby Super Cute

Esther’s top is from Lele for Kids


Sonoma’s Cornerstone Marketplace

This was my husbands and my third time visiting the gardens of Sonoma’s Cornerstone Marketplace. The amazing thing about this place is that they change the rooms so that if you come here once a year your likely to see new garden rooms.This garden has 20 different rooms which are each designed by different  landscape architects and designers from around the world. This is a great place to come and get inspiration for your next landscape project and to take some unique pictures at. Before you plan to visit the garden check on their website if the garden will be opened to the public because they host private events here. They are located at 23570 Arnold Dr, Sonoma, Ca 95476.


My beautiful dress is from Effie’s Heart and I love all their beautiful pieces.

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Thank you KOA for hosting us.

Do you prefer a long getaway or many short getaways?

31 Responses

  1. robin rue

    We do a little of both in our family! We take two week long trips every year and lots of weekend getaway in between.

  2. Your pictures are lovely! It looks like y’all had a wonderful time as well. I need to plan a family vacation soon so I like getting ideas for fun places to go.

  3. Love your picture with purple dress and purple flowers. You look gorgeous!

  4. Ok – first, can I just tell you how JEALOUS I am that you were at Mrs. Grossman’s sticker factory? I was obsessed with those stickers as a child. Second – this campground looks so fabulous! So much to do and so nicely presented. The cabins are even chic!

  5. I’ve always been interested in staying at one of the KOA locations. This one looks like it has a lot of family fun things to do nearby. I like that the cabin is like a little home away from home .

  6. That sticker factory tour looks awesome! And the whole trip! The cabins are super cute and I love your purple dress!! This all sounds like a great idea for a family trip

  7. First off you look great in that effie dress. Secondly I like the idea of having a weekend vacay. You work hard so you deserve it x

  8. This looks like my kind of camping! I love that play structure! Trying to get enough courage to camp with my family. This post makes me want to explore KOA spots near us!

  9. Lovely pictures. I loved how you narrated the whole thing through pictures. Beautiful post.

  10. I never would have guessed the KOA offered accommodations such as this. And holy cow, that sticker store is amazing!

  11. Your pictures are absolutely beautiful! I had the chance to go to Sonoma last year for the first time and it was so pretty!

  12. Kristina

    This looks like so much fun! Love the pictures. I love having a few trips lasting 3-4 days. Its fun and this looks like a blast.

  13. That hike and the flocks of flowers look so gorgeous! And I love sticker rolls like that!

  14. Those cabins are so cute. They kind of remind me of the tiny house trend, except you only have to stay in them for a short time. I used to love camping and going exploring. It’s a nice way to get away.

  15. This looks like a great place to visit! We haven’t been on holiday as a family yet but definitely want too! loving the floral print dress too

  16. Oh how fun! It really likes your whole family had a great time. what awesome memories you will have to hold onto!

  17. I love what you just let your family enjoy! It is truly a great time for your whole family. It seems that, it is not just the kids, who are having fun of their lives but also the parents!

  18. This is such a family-friendly destination. I love all of the activities that families can take part it and the scenic views.

  19. My husband and I are anxious to go camping soon. KOA Campgrounds are a great place to stay. We might just stay there when we decide we are going to go camping.

  20. We used to camp at the koa a lot when I was growing up. We always had a great time. Camping is not something we have attempted with our kids yet – but it is something that we definitely want to do! We actually have a koa local to us, maybe that would be a great place to start!

  21. Your pictures are so awesome! Looks like a ton of fun! I can’t wait to travel this summer.

  22. This is an awesome camping site. We haven’t camped this season but We are in the middle of planning one. Your post inspired me to visit KOA

  23. Brittany

    Wow it looks amazing! I would love to take the whole family here to spend some good family time! Thanks for sharing!

  24. Awwwww looks like y’all had a great time!!! I’m not usually a fan of camping, but I could totally do cabin camping!

  25. What a fun family getaway. I’m sure my daughters would absolutely love this for a weekend!

  26. This looks like a great place for a family trip! It looks like there are tons of things to do and I think my kids would love to visit.

  27. I think this is a really nice place to spend some time with the family. A quick weekend getaway or a week’s worth of vacation, there’s plenty of things to do here and it’s really peaceful and quiet. You can enjoy each other’s company.

  28. Wow this brings me back to memory lane. I remember when I was a kid, I love collecting stationaries and stickers. Good to hear you had an awesome time with them.

  29. Angela Milnes

    This is absolutely a lovely photos and a great place to visit with my family, I bet they have fun there too.

  30. Wow this place looks like a fantastic place to visit with my kids! I think they would really love it! I love these really awesome cabins! I would love to own one of my own someday!

  31. PRETTY DOPE! I’m heading out to my first camp site in a week and I am beyond excited!

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