Save money on vacation by enjoying meals cooked in your hotel room. Pizzadillas are easy to make and stuffed with kid-friendly flavors. Read how we managed to make a Disney vacation a little more affordable thanks to Extended Stay America and in-room kitchens!
Most of the time, our schedules and budget do not allow for a typical vacation where you pack up and head off to some exciting location for a week or two. Instead, what usually happens is we sneak a few days away here and there throughout the year.
Last year we hit a few different hot spots in southern California. We stayed at an Extended Stay America near the beach in San Diego for a couple days, went to a water park and visited a mountain cabin in Big Bear with the whole family. I wrote a whole “What I did this Summer” report if you want to see pictures. 🙂
The year before, we stayed at an ESA in Huntington Beach and visited some great local parks and beaches. Adventure Park was so fun and rugged-perfect for boys. You can read more about it here. It doesn’t matter where we go-staying in a hotel overnight is what makes it a vacation for us!
This year, we kicked off the summer a little early and headed to Orange County for a couple magical days at Disneyland! Once again, we stayed at Extended Stay America, which is literally around the corner from Disneyland. It was so exciting to be right there and get into the parks first thing in the morning.
The main reason we choose to stay at Extended Stay America locations is their kitchen amenities. The prices are competitive already, and when you add in the extra feature of a full sized kitchen, it just makes sense! We save a fortune on food just by not having to eat out for every single meal! We brought cereal for breakfast and took advantage of the free coffee and “breakfast-to-go” options down in the lobby every morning. We packed our lunches to go and ate dinners in the room.
Every kitchen comes stocked with the pots, pans, a toaster, a coffee maker, dishes, silverware, etc. They even provide dish towels and soap for cleaning up. The rooms are clean, large enough for our family, and the employees as this location were exceptionally friendly and accommodating.
The only thing missing from the kitchen that would be in a typical home kitchen is an oven. So when planning meals for a hotel, stick with things you can cook on the stove top or in the microwave. Pizzadillas are a great option for hotel dinners.
- pizza sauce
- cheese (we like mozzarella and Colby Jack)
- pepperoni or other desired toppings
- Heat a pan on Med/High and spray with cooking spray
- Spread a little pizza sauce on the tortilla, getting as close to edge as you can
- Add cheese and toppings
- Carefully place the tortilla in the pan (topping side up) and allow to crisp up a bit while the cheese melts. Then fold it in half and finish crisping on both sides.
- Slice into triangles and serve with extra pizza sauce for dipping
Normally when you’re trying to keep a tight budget, fun little extras like these are off the table. Thanks to generous grandmas and the extra money we saved because we ate meals in the room, the boys each got souvenirs and fancy snacks at Disneyland. Little things like that are what make vacation special!
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