Travel with Kids: Irvine

Metropolitan Mamma
By Stephanie

 Irvine is famous for many things. For starters, it's part of ever-popular Orange County. As an affluent suburb in Southern California, it's won a number of awards over the years - 4th Best Place to Live in the United States (CNN Money, 2008), 5th Best City in the USA (BusinessWeek, 2011), and The Best Run City in America (24/7 Wall Street, 2014). The FBI also recognized it in 2010 as having "the lowest violent crime rate among cities in the United States with populations of more than 100,000."

With 10 university campuses in the city, an average median income of $92,000+, and a pleasant Mediterranean climate, it's no wonder that over 200,000 people call it home.

On our recent trip to Irvine, we stayed at the Embassy Suites near Orange County Airport. Because of its proximity to the airport and to many of the numerous corporations that headquarter in the city (Ford Motor Company, In-N-Out, LA Fitness, Asics, and Kia Motors - to name a few), I can see how the hotel would be a hot spot for business travelers. That said, it's also a terrific pick for families! The spacious two-room suites and complimentary hot breakfast (with cooked-to-order options!) are top-notch. We always enjoy the evening reception as well - snacks and drinks on-the-house! The hotel is 18 minutes from Disneyland, 19 minutes from Newport Beach, 23 minutes from Huntington Beach + Laguna Beach, and 25 minutes from Knott's Berry Farm...