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About La Jolla Mom®

Katie Dillon walking on La Jolla Shores Beach in San Diego, California.
I’m Katie. I write La Jolla Mom.


I started La Jolla Mom as a place to write about lifestyle and motherhood topics. It ballooned into a travel business after I started to include tips from our lives as ex-pats in Hong Kong and London — we often flew with a baby and lived in a luxury hotel. Until then, I didn’t realize that people do like to read travelogues which is really up my alley.

Next, readers started to ask for San Diego travel advice. (We live in La Jolla, a seaside community in San Diego.) The site evolved into a top San Diego family travel blog that also focuses on theme parks. We have four of the world’s best and are close to others in California.

We still travel a lot and stay in nice hotels. I love hotels and have a keen eye for what a stay should be like.

So that’s why you’ll mostly find four main topics woven throughout the site: San Diego vacations, theme parks, luxury hotel reviews, and recaps of our personal travels worldwide — with a handful of lifestyle tips sprinkled in.

My Services

I Will Help You Plan San Diego Vacations &

Travel Well for Less

There are four main ways that I can help.

San Diego Vacations

There is no better San Diego resource.

No one keeps tabs on things to do in San Diego for kids (and adults), local events, how to save money on sightseeing, and hotel news better than I do. You’ll benefit from my expertise whether you’re a tourist or resident.

I have perks at these San Diego hotels.

Theme Parks

Discounted tickets and tips.

I have lots of tips on how to maximize your day at theme parks and for buying tickets. For some, the best deal is through my aRes Travel site. I have exclusive discounts to San Diego Zoo and San Diego Safari Park that are so good they are unpublished (you need to request the promo code from me).

Find discount theme park tickets.

Luxury Hotels

I know what a stay should be like.

I review luxury hotels and as an Independent Affiliate of Cadence in La Jolla, I can offer you perks when you book into them through Virtuoso and other preferred hotel partner programs. Did you know that pretty much every major five-star brand has a VIP program? You have access to them through me.

Find a luxury hotel.

Advice on Places We Travel to Regularly

We’re creatures of habit. Sure, we’ve seen the pyramids and gone swimming with pigs but we tend to return over and over again to favorite major destinations. (We’ve also been to every Disney Resort and Universal theme park in the world.)

Frequently Asked Questions

Some of what hits my inbox.

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Top photo credit: Natalie in San Diego for Flytographer.