Staycation at Sahara Sam’s Oasis


It’s a crazy time we’re living in and 2020 has been eventful to say the least. Many had vacations canceled due to travel bans and shutdowns, including myself.

If you’re looking for a staycation to make Summer feel like you’re at a resort, check out Sahara Sam’s Oasis in West Berlim NJ right off of exit 4 on the NJ Turnpike!

The inside waterpark and arcade area is currently shutdown due to social distancing policies however the outdoor area is full fledged fun. They have 50% capacity rules in place so make sure to purchase tickets ahead of time online as they’re not selling any on site to limit patrons.

I still found it to be a bit more crowded for my liking however we had a great time and just kept our distance from others.

The outdoor lagoon pool was our favorite. A perfect temperature heated large pool with majority of the pool 3ft deep with a roped off 5ft area.

Life vests are available as needed and there is enough room to social distance as long as every plays by the rules.


We were supposed to be going to the Hard Rock next month so my kids lounged back and said look mom “this is the hard rock” as that held on to the hot rock lining the lagoon pool. It was so refreshing on this hot 90° Summer day.

The other areas of the outdoor section consists of a “toddler section” for kids 48″ and below. It is a nice shallow pool with buckets and sprinklers perfect for little ones, and a wave pool.

The wave pool is like any other, it goes for about 5 minutes,  then stops to settle,  and goes and stops.  It was really fun but a bit more crowded than I liked so we didn’t spend too much time in that area although the water was a perfect temperature and that made it hard to leave.


All in all, it was a wonderful staycation and my boys both said “mom, we are definitely giving this a good review”.

Lockers are decently priced at $10 for a small, and you are allowed to bring in water,  and they have a small limited outdoor food area and ice cream station. Masks are not mandated in thre water areas (of course) but they are in the  bathrooms and food lines.

I hear it’s less crowded earlier in the day before 2pm and I’m sure the crowd lessons just befotte closing at 7pm so I suggest to go early or late if you’re trying to avoid crowds.

Every Friday, starting July 17th, is a Family Fun Friday! They’ll have a DJ spinning tunes in the Outdoor Water Park from 12 – 4 PM PLUS enjoy a personal pizza and small drink for just $6.99. *Outdoor Water Park ONLY is open (indoor water attractions closed). Reservations are required.

Let us know if you visit!

*I was provided tickets to review our visit but opinions are my own.

Airbnb’s Presidential Getaway: 10 Trending Destinations + Most Wish-Listed Homes

Want to get away this President’s Day long weekend? Check out what made the list of Airbnb’s most wished for and trending destinations!


Airbnb’s Presidential Getaway: 10 Trending Destinations + Most Wish-Listed Homes

With 1,000 homes offered by Airbnb hosts that include “president” or “presidential” in their listing description, there’s something for even the most dignified travelers. And, with President’s Day almost here, it’s not too late to plan a long-weekend getaway.

These 10 trending destinations have surfaced as must-visit locales for travelers looking for history, sunshine, or access to national sites, along with the most wish-listed home in each place. Percentages indicate the jump in bookings form last year.* Some interesting stats to consider:

  • The Caribbean claims five spots on the list, with Puerto Rico taking three of those in the top five.
  • In the US, travelers are heading to places with historical significance and access to national parks.

Top 10 trending destinations and most wish-listed homes for President’s Day

Starting at just $98 per night!

  1. Vieques, Puerto Rico (845%) –Beach Guesthouse
  2. Cruz Bay, U.S. Virgin Islands (647%) –Hawk’s Rest Private Room
  3. Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico (506%) –Escape to Paradise
  4. Río Grande, Puerto Rico (504%) –Panoramic Ocean View
  5. Port Aransas, Texas (457%) –Angler’s Court Beach Bungalow
  6. Williams, Arizona (387%) –Rustic Airstream Basecamp Near the Grand Canyon
  7. Evansville, Indiana (382%) –1850s Historic Home
  8. Winnipeg, Canada (361%) –Industrial-Style Loft
    9. Monticello, New York (270%) –The Rose Cottage
  9. Cabarete, Dominican Republic (152%) –Casa Luna Guesthouse

Fun facts!


How to Travel Like a President

Did you know U.S. presidents were among the first Americans to stay with strangers? In fact, George Washington would stop at this farm stay, now offered by host Agnes on Airbnb. For a quick history lesson, Airbnb teamed up with notable historians Clay Jenkinson and Alexander Shane to reveal how travelers can learn from three trendsetting homesharers – Washington, Theodore Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson – and book the types of trips these historic figures may have wanted to take if they were alive today.

George Washington

Enthusiast of Extended Journeys, Farming and Woodworking 

Washington did homestays while making extended journeys during the course of his presidency, one to the south and the other through New England, according to Jenkinson. While traveling, the man appreciated his privacy and liked to have an entire home to himself.

Washington would stop at the farm stay in St. Stephens Church, Virginia to rest while making the journey from Williamsburg to Mount Vernon. Host Agnes shares that the historical Home bookable on Airbnb is complete with original woodwork, horses for riding, and a rumored ghost of an occupant past. Could it be the first president?

For the traveler looking to travel like Washington but with a twist, the Airbnb community offers unique Homes in the areas the great general frequented, such as this yacht in Boston, this secluded treehouse in Bridgewater, Virginia, and this tiny house on a community farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

In his free time, Washington’s hobbies were wide-ranging, from farming to horseback riding. Today do you think he would give this home hydroponics workshop in Annandale, Virginia or horse yoga in Palmerton, Pennsylvania a try? And for a man who also loved wood sculpting and whiskey making, learning to power carve a log into a bowl in Johnson City, North Carolina and how to make a classic cocktail in Washington D.C. could take these skills to the next level.

Theodore Roosevelt

 Connoisseur of Homestays, Fitness and Nature

Born in New York City, Theodore Roosevelt loved homestays, according to Jenkinson. He would spread out and fit right into people’s homes, like when he would travel to the Badlands of the Dakota territory to hunt buffalo, perhaps staying in a place like this farm stay in Interior, South Dakota.

During these trips, his hunting guide would go to bed after supper, exhausted, but Roosevelt and the host of the home would stay up to talk deep into the night, as he thrived on late night conversation.

“The guide would think, okay, maybe this dude will sleep in. But Roosevelt would be up at first light ready to go out buffalo hunting.”

Clay Jenkinson, Historian

Roosevelt also traveled to places throughout New York and Puerto Rico, which marked the first presidential visit to the Caribbean island. He loved connecting with locals in these places, while staying in privates rooms that may have been similar to this perfect room close to Central Park in New York City, this Victorian suite in Buffalo, New Yorkor this studio in San Juan.

As he drank “oceans of coffee” – perhaps to recover from the late-night chats – a modern Roosevelt may partake in this coffee farm tour in San Juan. He was also into fitness, from hiking to boxing. Perhaps today he would brush up on his skills boxing with a world champion in New York City? Well known for creating national parks and wildlife refuges, Roosevelt also loved birds and may today enjoy activities like a falconry lesson in San Diego or a hiking and photo adventure in Hudson, New York. Plus the man read with vigor, and was rumored to have read a book a day. Can’t you just imagine him on this Upper West Side bookstore crawl in New York Citysnagging his next read?

Lyndon B. Johnson

Lover of Pool Time, BBQ and Mexico

Lyndon B. Johnson loved spending his leisure time in the big ol’ state of Texas and would fly to his ranch known as the “LBJ Ranch” to show friends a slice of America they could not get anywhere else, according to Shane.

Outside of Texas – where LBJ-inspired travelers can find homes like the Caplin Ranch in AthensLBJ Lake Farmhouse in Horseshoe Bay, and Modern Chateau in Austin – he ventured to many places in Mexico, often to Acapulco where he would stay in villas, according to Shane, which may have been similar to this villa with breathtaking views.

A man who loved driving his Lincoln Continental around, a modern Johnson may want to try taking another set of wheels for a spin, exploring landmarks on a Segway® in Austindiscovering Chapultepec by bicycle in Mexico City, or biking for a BBQ tour in Austin. Speaking of BBQ, Johnson was such a big fan of the fare that he even hosted state dinner BBQs at the LBJ Ranch. When he wasn’t on the go, Johnson could be found at the pool either soaking in the water or poolside lounging on a fiberglass chair. Today would he embark on this leisure hike to a natural swimming hole in Austin?

For even more inspiration for presidential travel, visit here to find out where U.S. travelers are heading for Presidents’ Day weekend and the most wish listed Home in those destinations.

Valentines Day Date Ideas New Jersey & New York

Oh the places you’ll go once you know they are there. And by there, I mean here! In New Jersey/New York area for those of you local.


Be prepared to be intrigued! If you’re looking for Valentines ideas for you an your sweetheart to have a night on the town, you’ve come to the right place.

These are just some of the ideas from Cloud 9 Living and if you haven’t checked out their site, you have no idea what you’ve been missing.

Whether you want a night out, a cheap thrill (literally, you can race a lamborghini) or a stay-cation, they have you covered. Some of the activities are quite pricey, but I have put together a few of the best Valentines deals for you right here;




FROM: $55
Explore Hell’s Kitchen and discover some of the best sweets in New York City’s busiest neighborhood on this tasty dessert tour!

Brooklyn Pizza



FROM: $125

Brooklyn is home to 2.5 million people, diverse cultures and a tour that will satisfy your hunger for cultural food and knowledge!

Mytery Dinner



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Prepare yourself for an evening of intrigue as you figure out whodunnit during this Murder Mystery Dinner Show in Fort Lee!

Dinner Cruise



FROM: $167

Delight in a magical evening aboard the New Jersey Dinner Cruise, surrounded by delicious food, dazzling city lights, famous New York sights, and endless entertainment.

None of these working for you? How about racing a Lamborghini? Yea, I’m serious.




FROM: $468
Put the pedal to the metal as you race a Lamborghini down the straightaways of a real race-course and make your wildest dreams come true!
Willing to venture a bit farther away? There are many ideas to choose from. Happy Valentines!
Disclosure: I have no affiliation with cloud 9. I just thought it was awesome and wanted to share!

Hotels Tonight App w/ $25 off Coupon Code

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Check out the hot places to go local to you and find the staycation you’ve been wanting!


Happy travels!