I’ve been posting pictures all weekend from our little getaway to Ventura, and I just want to leave my final word and vote of approval for Country Inns & Suites.

My little family had a great time!!

Next time we take a trip though, I think I will elect to bring my car.  Taking the train was nice and all, but we were very limited with what activities we could do.  Country Inns & Suites provides some great vacation idea’s with their fun-filled itineraries, but since we couldn’t get to any of them by foot, we were stuck.  Lucky for us, my kids only wanted to swim in the pool…so it worked out nicely!

Our hotel in Ventura was full of friendly staff.  I especially liked Jackie who was serving up FREE happy hour!  We sat and chatted for a long time while she cleaned up.  The girls at the front desk were also great.  They were very accommodating when I asked for a late check out due to our train not leaving until 3pm.  Could you imagine wandering around for 3 hours with kids and luggage while you waited for your train??  Yikes!

The fact that Country Inns & Suites serves up a free hot breakfast is an amazing value for families.  We saved a ton of money not having to go out with a family of 5.  There was a large selection to keep even my picky toddlers happy and their tummies full.  Combine that with having the convenience of a full kitchen in our room, and we only spent about $100 on food the entire 4 days ($76 at the grocery store and $30 at the burger joint).

Thank you SO much to Country Inns & Suites for providing my family free accommodations so we could see first hand what a great family hotel they are.  I will not hesitate to book rooms with them for any future family trips!

Have you seen our pictures yet?  If not, check them out:

Country Girl in the City

Days 1 & 2

Days 2 & 3