Auto Club reveals ways to deck holiday travels with festive fun

As Alhambra residents make plans to travel this holiday season, hotels and restaurants are unpacking decorations and spicing up menus to help their guests get into the holiday spirit. Travelers and diners looking for the comforts of home without the stress of hosting during the holidays can find festive and family-friendly activities, extravagant light displays and décor, sensational seasonal menus, and much more at AAA Diamond-rated properties across the United States and Canada.

The Automobile Club of Southern California’s team of professional inspectors, who conduct annual evaluations of local hotels and restaurants, have selected a few of their favorite festive Diamond-rated properties to visit this holiday season. To make reservations at these holiday favorites or any lodgings around the world, travelers can visit the Auto Club’s Alhambra branch, 401 E. Main St., phone 626-289-4491, or use the AAA.com website.

In Southern California, several AAA Diamond-rated properties offer special ways to celebrate the season, including these inspector picks:

Both these iconic properties will celebrate the Christmas season in family-friendly style with tree-lighting ceremonies, special holiday dinners, kids’ stories and crafts with Santa Claus, and cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus — all amid breathtakingly beautiful surroundings transformed from Southern California oases to festive winter wonderlands. Events are complimentary for resort guests.  –Inspector #546

Holiday magic abounds at the beachfront property, from tree-lighting festivities featuring hot cocoa to seasonal treatments at the spa and celebration-worthy menus at the on-site restaurant. And, what’s that sound? It’s the friendly staff, caroling and bringing cheer to guests throughout the magnificently decorated hotel.  –Inspector #546

At holiday time, the already beautiful and charming inn shines bright with multiple brilliantly decorated Christmas trees and on-site events including holiday-themed brunches and a New Year’s Eve celebration overlooking the property’s enchanting lake.     –Inspector #546

The year-end holiday season is one of the busiest times of year, when millions of travelers take to the roads and air to spend time with family and friends. To help those who will set out on a holiday getaway this year, AAA’s travel experts offer these travel tips:

  • Plan ahead – Book early for the best deals and availability on hotels, airfare, car rentals, and more.
  • Work with a travel agent – Travel agents often have access to extra amenities and added benefits to help plan a magical holiday getaway. They can also be a tremendous help in the event something changes or goes wrong on your trip.
  • Be flexible – If your schedule permits, consider traveling on the holiday itself to encounter less congestion and fewer crowds.
  • Safety first – Get plenty of rest before setting out on a holiday trip. If driving, schedule breaks every two hours or 100 miles to remain alert and avoid driving drowsy.
  • Make sure your vehicle is road trip ready – Motorists should check the car battery and windshield wipers, inspect tires, and pack a winter emergency kit containing a snow shovel, flashlight, ice scraper, jumper cables, warning devices, and extra warm clothing for everyone riding in the vehicle.
  • Be patient – The holiday season is one of the busiest times of year for traveling. Expect heavy crowds and allow plenty of time to get to your destination safely.

For more information to plan a holiday getaway, visit AAA.com/HolidayDiamonds.


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