There's no better place on the East Coast for a family to hit the slopes than Vermont. With dozens of downhill and cross country ski resorts, the state offers more options for skiers of every age and ability than anywhere else. But some are especially well suited for families, with ski and board lessons, special family activities just for kids, and child care options for parents.
Okemo, Stratton, Sugarbush, Smuggler's Notch, and Stowe are the big names in Vermont skiing, but there are some lesser known gems too. With a parent's eye to what families are looking for, we've reviewed the top ten best mountain resorts for family ski vacation in the Green Mountain State. Find all our ski reviews in our Ski and Snow Sports Guide.
Living in SoCal without ever visiting Big Bear would be like living in SoCal without ever going to Disneyland; and until this past weekend, I was guilty of that very sin. It was time for my family to take a ski trip that was more than a day trip and enjoy the beauty of the mountains around Big Bear Lake - a spot so peaceful and alpine that it's hard to imagine it's less than three hours from the Los Angeles area. But a place as popular as Disneyland needs a plan worthy of Disneyland; if you want to spend more time skiing than waiting, I urge you to read on.
San Diego is a great place to live or visit with kids. What better weekend is there than Saturday at Sea World and Sunday at the Zoo, or vice versa? Unless you are fortunate enough to live nearby, another trip will be required for LEGOLAND and the Safari Park (formerly the Wild Animal Park). In short, whether you live there or elsewhere, San Diego is a great weekend destination for families. I grew up going to the Zoo and Sea World; my kids have grown up with LEGOLAND. Yet, splendid as these attractions are, and as much as we sometimes aspire to pack big ticket items into our weekends, there are many other ways to enjoy our southern-most county.
We were warned. From the Farmer’s Almanac to Al Roker, weather forecasters across the nation predicted a ruthless winter. It only took a few days of frigid air to get me dreaming of warmer climes. The ingredients for a toasty vacation are only a plane ride away. Here are twenty five destinations to escape the grip of the polar vortex. Let Jack Frost knock on the door; you won’t be home.
2014 was a great year for travel. Our bloggers visited dozens of southern cities, mountain towns, Caribbean beaches, and kid-friendly resorts so we could share some of the best travel destinations for families with you. We discovered fantastic new beach resorts, revisited great national parks and broadened our horizons at new destinations. Whether you’re planning your next trip, or you just want to do a little armchair travel through our photo galleries, here are our top ten travel destinations from 2014.
Most Long Island kids have two full weeks off for the holiday break, so parents will be looking for different ways to keep the little ones occupied. Why not take a little trip? A great escape doesn't have to be far away. With plenty of staycation destinations on LI, they're closer than you think. Nestled on the north shore of eastern Long Island, Port Jefferson boasts shoreline views, family fun, good eats and sweet treats.
We've reviewed plenty of hotels and resorts in the Caribbean, the go-to choice for most travelers to the region. But for some families, skipping the hotel and renting a private home might be preferable. A house provides many advantages for families, like more room and amenities that can make travel with children much easier. It's one reason we like home swapping so much.
The one drawback to renting a vacation house can be missing out on some of the services and amenities that you get at a hotel or resort. The family who wants the advantages of a house rental and the luxury service of a resort can find it with a company like Villas by Linda Smith in Jamaica.
Imagine, if you will, spending the weekend someplace so laid back that comfortable shoes are mandated by city ordinance. For real. A place where businesses don't have street addresses and Main Street has more trees than signs. Or stop imagining and just hop on the 101 toward Carmel-by-the-Sea. We recently did just that and recharged the family batteries with a Carmel weekend - a treat of a getaway that I had not indulged in since I was a kid myself (decade to remain nameless). Returning as an adult, I discovered things to entice adults and children alike, from pristine beaches and the start of Big Sur to missions and wine tastings and even some wildlife.
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