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Hi Californian Mum needed
triplets · 16/01/2006 22:13
There must be a mumsnetter out there who could help me, we are hoping to go to California in 2007, have been looking for a nice cottage to rent, budget of around £600 a week, can find nothing for that in the popular destinations, unlike Florida where there you are spoilt for choice from £350! We have been before so know it very well, bur want to visit my penpal in Modesto and then have a couple of good bases. Can anyone help, tried cyberentals, holidayrentals, etc.
triplets · 17/01/2006 18:29
Lovely to hear from you! Never been to Colorado, on my hit list though. Well we have pretty well covered California, but that was in the 90`s with our son who sadly died in 94. So now its a different ball game, as we have 8yr old triplets! Basically we think we would like to have 2 or 3 bases, renting a house. San Fran area so that we could see Karen, Modesto is NOT nice to stay in. Would like to visit Santa Cruz as we never went there before, but its horribly expensive, would very much like to take them to Yosemite, Matthew loved it there, again finding reasonable accomodaton seems hard, even staying say in Mariposa. San Diego area, lots to do there, not Disney as we have been to Florida. What I would really like to do is find the smaller not so well known places that the locals would go to, I would love a cottage with a white picket fence and porch, a deck and a hot tub!So any ideas would be fantastic!
jetlagdZebra · 17/01/2006 18:59
CAT hub2dee because he was/is on hols in San Diego County & he must have found out a lot about affordable self-catering for his family.
You can stay in a Motel 6 for as little as $45/night in the Central Valley, which is well within your budget for Modesto ($45=£30/night). Not self-catering & not that nice, but would be clean & would fit with visiting your friends. There are plenty of other budget motels.
Have you considered staying in a youth hostel in San Diego?
triplets · 17/01/2006 23:14
Don`t intend actually staying in Modesto, its not that nice, even Karen says that!So somewhere we could meet up or if we had a cottage she could come and stay. Having three kids in tow I like space, they would drive me nuts in a small hotel room, also we would probably have to pay for two rooms, lots of place only sleep 4.
Alipiggie · 18/01/2006 02:39
Okay here goes with some websites
I'm sure there must be plenty more websites, but the first two will give you a starting point. Does your friend in Modesta have access to the regional newspaper, holiday lets often appear in the local press. There are always ones lurking in my one Daily Camera for the Rockies etc etc. Well if you ever want to head this way let me know. My ds's 4 and 2 would definitely keep your three occupied. Let me know what else I can do to help. Will keep surfing for links for you.
triplets · 18/01/2006 13:46
Couldn`t get all the links to work, I have looked at those web sites, nothing grabbing me atm. What about resort accomodaton, maybe a 2 bed suite with facilities, pool etc for kids? Just seems so expensive compared to Florida, but I love it far more!
jetlagdZebra · 18/01/2006 14:30
I live in UK but am only 9 days back from hols in California ; mostly san diego (my hometown), also drove to Sacramento & back.
I tried to find accomodation for a good friend in San Diego a few years back (he needed about 2 months) & it was impossible... really tough to avoid paying thru the nose there. I kip at my dad's so not an issue for me, thank goodness. There are "reasonable" hotels, I could possibly suggest.
colinandcaitlinsmommy · 18/01/2006 17:04
Well, I am from Southern Oregon, so not quite California, but asked my friend from San Diego and then asked DH's step-mom's kids from San Franscisco what they thought. My friend just looked at me and asked if I was kidding, and the other people just laughed and laughed and laughed. I know when we went for FIL's surgery in SF 2 years ago we were very very lucky in finding a 2 bedroom apartement with full kitchen that slept 6 for $125 a night(after searching for days for something reasonable), but that was run by a little old lady who was providing cheap lodging for families of patients of the hospital, and you had to have proof someone was a patient of the hospital. The other thing about SF I forgot that they told me is most places charge you for parking, which can be quite expensive running around $15-20 a night. They both suggested changing your budget or standards, I'm afraid. (And having had the unfortunality of having been to Modesto, don't stay there!!!!!!) Good luck, and if you can find anything for cheap, let us all know.
jetlagdZebra · 19/01/2006 14:33
Probably a long shot, but I wondered if maybe you could get into student dormitories during the summer vacation at either of the big universities: sdsu or ucsd .
You would dial 00-1-858-(7 digit number) for ucsd phone numbers & 00-1-619-(7 digit number) for sdsu numbers.
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