The school year and travel plans certainly took a left turn in 2020. On the bright side, hotels (and parents) are getting creative on how to safely mix in a little vacation time with the newfound freedom that comes with working from home and remote school. Take virtual learning to paradise with an education-vacation (aka: an edu-cation!) at one of these California hotels offering remote work and school promotions that will be a welcome refresh from your homeschooling routine. Read on for the details!

photo: Terranea Resort

Terranea

Relax into resort life while you leave the preschool activity planning to Terranea. Along with their stunning panoramic ocean views, Terranea is offering locals a 25% discount and fun activities for kids at their picturesque Rancho Palos Verdes resort. While the Kids' Club is temporarily closed, Terranea has created contactless DIY activity kits for guests including Stargazing Kits, Coastal Kite Flying, Kids' Club Activity Boxes and S'mores Kits. When the work and school day is done, enjoy a dinner and a movie night with in-room dining and complimentary movies. Book one of Terranea's spacious Villas and Casitas for living room, full kitchen and up to three bedrooms. 

Details: Use promotion code LALOVE for 25% off their best available rate through December 30, 2020.

Online: terranea.com

photo: San Diego Mission Bay Resort

San Diego Mission Bay Resort

After a multi-million dollar luxury renovation, parents and students will love relaxing poolside (and bayside!) at the gorgeous new San Diego Mission Bay Resort. The hotel's Recess at the Pool package includes complimentary WiFi for Zoom classes, a $25 daily food and beverage credit, two complimentary bike rentals to explore the Mission Bay waterfront and a complimentary S'mores Kit for the perfect after-school treat. 

Details: Rates begin at $215 per night, use promotion code RECESS.

Online: missionbayresort.com

photo: Courtesy of The Lodge at Torrey Pines

The Lodge at Torrey Pines

Balancing daily work and life tasks while overseeing remote schooling can be a challenge for even the most organized parent. La Jolla's The Lodge at Torrey Pines is now offering a Learn at the Lodge: Arts & Crafts Kids package that will take stress off parents and caregivers while the kids have a blast. The customizable child care program allows parents to schedule a qualified childcare professional to be an Activity Guide, helping children with remote learning, completing schoolwork or organizing outdoor games and art projects. Booked in 4 or 8 hour blocks, the interactive program includes lunch, snacks, a private study space and activities such as painting, seasonal decorating and guided botanical walks.

Details: Pricing for the first child 4-hour program is $120 and 8-hour program is $240. Additional children are $30 with a maximum of 5 children per group. Get the full details here.

Online: lodgetorreypines.com

photo: The Portofino Hotel & Marina

The Portofino Hotel & Marina

Add some seaside marina views to your daily grind with a stay at The Portofino Hotel & Marina in Redondo Beach, California. The resort's new Seaside Students program offers unique activities and incentives for your little learners. Start the school day with kids' to-go breakfasts from the hotel's onsite restaurant, BALEENkitchen, and then get to work utilizing the in-room desks.

Recess for Seaside Students includes two water activities at the Dockside Adventure center or grab complimentary bikes for a self-guided field trip that includes kids' snack packs and a list of educational spots. The Portofino Hotel is giving students an extra incentive to ace their school work. When students earn a perfect score on three or more tests, they can present their results to the front desk for a sweet treat!

Details: The Seaside Students package starts at $359 and is valid through December 30, 2020. Use code STUDENT when booking.

Online: hotelportofino.com

photo: Paradise Point

Paradise Point

Is there anything better than sand between your toes in-between classes? Take virtual learning to paradise while you remote school and work from San Diego's island resort, Paradise Point. With their Work from Paradise promotion, guests receive up to 20% off room rates, complimentary resort fee and parking plus a $15 daily resort credit.

School time will feel like island time while you take in those gorgeous bay views, resort-style pools and waterfront dining. Opt for a Bungalow Room with enough space for the whole family to get their work done before it's time to play on the bay.

Details: Promotion details can be found here.

Online: paradisepoint.com

photo: Monarch Beach Resort

Monarch Beach Resort

Take remote learning to the beach with an education-vacation at Dana Point's Monarch Beach Resort. The AAA Five-Diamond luxury resort is offering an 'Edu-Cations' package which includes a dedicated study room with high-speed internet, stand-up desk, seating area, printer/scanner, restroom and private terrace.

The program also offers your little learners one hour of online on-demand K-12 homework help from Tutor.com, a welcome tech gift and a $100 daily resort credit. When the school day ends, the fun begins with complimentary activities like outdoor family fitness classes, sparkling pools and private beach club access. 

Online: monarchbeachresort.com

photo: Bob McClenahan

Carneros Resort & Spa

Get out of the house and into Wine Country with a Resort Learning package at Carneros Resort & Spa in Napa, California. With 28 acres of rolling vineyards, remote work and school life here comes with a picturesque backdrop and luxurious details. Families will love free of charge activities such as Kids P.E. with exercise and games, Mommy Meditation and Recess at Otto’s Pool, a zero-edge wading pool with toys and floaties for little swimmers.

Need to get some work done while the kids play? Opt for their Work from Wine Country package where complimentary add-ons to the resort’s Harvest Cottage include a work-friendly office space with a desk, monitor, keyboard and office supplies.

Details: Find the details of their Resort Learning package here.

Online: carnerosresort.com

––Kerry Cushman

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