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Across California, hotels are creating special packages and experiences that are ideal for families that want to travel while distance learning. For those looking for a change of scenery, some of the many offerings available to book this fall and beyond are included below. Check individual hotel websites for full package details along with blackout dates and restrictions.

Distance Learning Family Package at Little River Inn
Little River Inn in Mendocino County offers a Distance Learning Family Package, including learning materials (including four books) for botany, tidal sea life, geology, astronomy and history. Families will also receive a five-day self-guided itinerary including a private guided walk with local Naturalist Sue “Magoo,” a B Bryan Preserve Safari tour, a plant and mushroom identification guides for Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens and Van Damme State Park, stargazing with hot chocolate, and more. The package is for two adults and two children for four nights, starting at $325 plus the cost of the room.

InterContinental Hotel San Francisco to Debut Hotel Homeroom
InterContinental Hotel San Francisco’s Hotel Homeroom will be a new program for hotel guests and locals, allowing students to step away from in-home or virtual classrooms and enter a sanitary, socially-distanced space for in-person group learning with classmates and instructors. Amenities for students include complimentary Wi-Fi, nutritious to-go meals, and access to outdoor areas and nearby parks for recreation. Parents are provided with complimentary office space and amenities for remote work. Daily, weekly and monthly rates are available.

Hotel Zetta Offers Z-Learning Pod Package
Hotel Zetta, located in San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood, created a Z-Learning Pod package that  includes use of the second floor meeting and event space for a safe, structured learning environment for a pod of up to six students and a facilitator. The hotel’s Lumen boardroom and Demo room are ideal for classroom setups with Wi-Fi and in-room flat-screen televisions while the nearby Playroom, with its spacious layout, offers break time entertainment. Weekly or monthly pricing is available to ensure an exclusive learning space. The package is available to both hotel guests and locals.

Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa Offers a School & Pool Package
The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa’s School & Pool Package moves the classroom or office to a dedicated guest room, while immersing guests of all ages in a dedicated learning environment. The culinary team takes farm-to-fork dining to a new level with special kid-approved menus, after-school activities revolve around the resort’s geo-thermal pool, and on the weekends there are live performances on the resort lawns with local musician, Sean Carscadden. The package is available with rooms starting at $199 with 50% off a second room, until December 23.

Monterey Plaza Hotel Offers Complimentary Plaza Explorer Program
Kids staying at the Monterey Plaza Hotel receive complimentary enrollment in the Plaza Explorer Program, which comes with a kids’ beach bag equipped with an educational tide pool bingo card, magnifying glass and exploration gear, plus prizes for completing activities.

Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel Converts Conference Space for Distance Learning
Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel, South Lake Tahoe's only all-suite hotel, offers a Work and Play Special. Several of the hotel's conference rooms have been turned into workspaces,  equipped with high-speed Wi-Fi and designed to meet all social-distancing requirements. The hotel promotion also includes free upgraded premium Wi-Fi in all two-room suites, along with a complimentary breakfast and happy hour every day. The offer is available through October 31 using the code THANKU.

Remote Learning at Kimpton The Rowan Palm Springs
Kimpton The Rowan Palm Springs launched a Remote Learning at The Rowan package, which includes daily access to a dedicated meeting room, complimentary use of The Rowan’s meetings Wi-Fi network, two daily lunch boxes curated by Executive Chef Dan Grunbeck, a large monitor and a complimentary Rowan notepad. Available to  book and stay by Nov. 30, 2020.

The Portofino Hotel Introduces Seaside Student Program
Located in sunny Redondo Beach, The Portofino Hotel offers a new Seaside Students package available through December 2020. The package includes two kids’ to-go breakfasts, two water activities at Dockside Adventure Center for “Ocean Recess,” and complimentary bike rentals for self-guided “local field trips” including snack packs and a list of local educational spots. Students (aged 12 and under) who earn a perfect score on three or more tests can present their results for a free sweet treat on each night of their stay. Book using code STUDENT.

Hotel Maya Presents ‘Back to Home School Blues’ Virtual Classroom Package For New School Year
Hotel Maya in Long Beach offers a Back to Home School Blues virtual classroom package, including  a one-room “hotel school” with a workspace, free Wi-Fi, an ergonomic chair, a mini refrigerator and a single-pod coffee maker. Also included are boxed lunches for two, a recess break with snacks and drinks for the family and complimentary parking. Special day rates start at $110 for a Garden View or $120 for a Deluxe Water View that is available daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Distance Learning at Montage Laguna Beach
The Montage Academy package includes access to an all-day monitored study hall with tailored start and finish times,  high-speed internet and access to Montage’s IT support team,  24/7 access to instant virtual tutoring through Tutor.com, daily healthy snacks and lunch, movement breaks to encourage stretching and a tote bag. Montage Academy is available on an à la carte basis with five-day advance notice at $175 for a full day or $725 for a full school week.

Monarch Beach Resort Launches Remote Learning 'Edu-Cation' Program
In Dana Point, Monarch Beach Resort’s new Edu-Cations package includes luxury overnight accommodations with an additional day-use guestroom to serve as a study space, one hour of K-12 on-demand online help from highly-rated tutors at The Princeton Review, a tour of the Ocean Institute,  access to a museum exhibit on the Origins of Surfing, ocean-inspired cultural enrichment programs,  participation in world-wide student research project on Plastics and the Sea,  a complete menu of outdoor family activity options,  and a $100 resort credit valid toward poolside cabana “classroom” or dining.

Kona Kai Resort & Spa Announces New School by the Pool Programming
Kona Kai Resort & Spa, a Noble House Resort located on Shelter Island near San Diego’s Point Loma neighborhood, offers a School by the Pool package. The offering includes a two-hour cabana rental complete with snacks and water, two complimentary ice cream cones, two kids’ lunches at Vessel Restaurant + Bar, a s’mores kit for the family, and a free dessert when kids earn a perfect score on three or more tests.

San Diego Mission Bay Resort Creates Recess at the Pool Package
San Diego Mission Bay Resort’s new Recess at the Pool package features complimentary in-room Wi-Fi,  $25 daily credit to the resort’s all-new dining options, two bike rentals to explore the expansive Mission Bay waterfront, and a s’mores kit for a fun fireside evening. Rates begin at $215 per night and can be booked online using the promo code RECESS.

Note: As communities re-open after COVID-19-related closures, some parks, businesses and attractions may still be closed or have new protocols in place. Please verify local guidelines and regulations for all destinations and hours and availability of individual businesses before publishing. Check out Visit California’s Responsible Travel Hub for guidance on how visitors can travel within California safely.

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