Thanks to Discover Torrance for hosting our visit. Opinions are our own.
Your family doesn’t need to go to faraway places for an adventure. SoCal is packed with wonderful, diverse cities for a mini-vacation. Simple road trips to nearby destinations can be enough to reboot your hectic schedule, and create wonderful memories for every family member.
My family and I recently stayed in sunny Torrance for a mini-getaway. It is still in Los Angeles, but along the Coastline making it the perfect getaway destination. Even though we were within an hour of metro LA, Torrance feels a world away. Located in the South Bay, the city is great destination for every visitor with tons of choices – whether you are a shopper, foodie, beach goer, nature photographer, hiker, Asian art fan, or aerospace aficionado – there is something in Torrance for you!
With its expansive mile and a half of quiet white sandy beaches, Torrance is a natural destination for running, walking, beach games or just lounging with a good book. Unlike other beaches, these beaches are less crowded and family friendly.
While in Torrance, we booked rooms at the Doubletree by Hilton. Located across the street from the Del Amo Shopping Center, it’s a convenient location easily walkable to restaurants and the sights on our bucket list.
We felt immediately welcomed by the friendly hotel staff at this large hotel with its intimate, boutique vibe. Our favorite Doubletree perk is the warm cookies upon arrival, or anytime you need a sweet treat.
We spent some time at the pool area which is conveniently fenced off – great feature for families with small kiddos. Nestled within a lush garden, and flowing streams, the pool is an escape for all ages. The courtyard is surrounded by the buildings which creates a bit of a wind tunnel – the nice breeze keeps you cool on warm days. Fire pits, a nice workout room (kids aren’t allowed) but if you want to get a workout in before your day starts. Weights, treadmills, and more. Then jump into the hot tub!
Included in the hotel amenities is free parking! That’s almost unheard of these days, and free wifi! Free is an added plus for families. Why spend money on parking fees when there is so much tasty food to try in Torrance?
The Doubletree’s rooms are nicely designed, with light-darkening curtains for leisurely late mornings in. We stayed in a clean, attractive double room. There were three of us so it was a little tight, we tend to overpack and brought large suitcases. The bed comfort and Heavenly pillows made up for our lack of space. Located on the 10th floor, our private balcony gave us a 180 degree view of Torrance. And my daughter was very happy with the TV.
We had breakfast in Andre’s restaurant. Guests can order off their menu, but I highly suggest the buffet. Omelette bar, breakfast usuals, cereals, pastries. The bacon was just how I liked it, crispy. There’s also a cafe, bar (check out happy hour) and a small gift shop. Plan in a trip to Disneyland, or check out Beverly Hills.