That time of year is approaching when cooler weather arrives and we start to think about snow and taking a vacation for Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years. If you are planning a winter holiday getaway for your family to enjoy some snow there are many family-friendly choices all over the United States. Many snow resorts and hotels offer a large variety of organized winter activities for adults and children. These winter holiday vacations will also help you save money since most people want a beach vacation in the winter you can find some great deals to hit the slopes. Here are a few budget and family friendly winter vacations for families that offer lots of fun.
Jackson Gore Inn
Located conveniently close to the popular Okemo mountain, the Jackson Gore Village consists of the Jackson Gore Inn, Bixby and Adams houses. The Inn offers all the room, amenities and activities you could want on your winter vacation. They have a top-notch ski school if you and your family is interested in lessons. They will even teach children as young as age two on their bunny slopes. If you want to enjoy the sun but not ski there is still plenty to do. Starting right outside the door of the Inn your children will love the “ant hill’, a giant mound of snow to climb on and crawl through. You will find an outdoor ice skating rink, broomball (ice hockey wearing tennis shoes and using frozen brooms for sticks) and snow-tubing where you can hook the tubes and go down together. Children under six get free ski lift tickets, on their Website you can get detailed room and amenity listings. Even after dark there are fun family activities like: trivia contests, moonlit snowshoe treks using glow sticks, animal track tours and bingo games. Depending on the type of room, and date you choose to visit you can expect rates to start around $150 per night.
The Lodge at Suncadia
Cle Elum, Washington
This snowy resort getaway located about a hour and a half away from Seattle is a true winter wonderland. Starting on Thanksgiving weekend they have a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony that kicks off what they call Winterfest. It is a months long celebration where you and your family enjoys extra holiday activities. You will be able to make s’mores on their outdoor fireplace, take a ride in a horse-drawn sleigh, enroll your children in cookie-decorating classes and even get them an elf bedtime tuck-in with a story and a complimentary trinket. Room rates begin at a reasonable $129.00 per night. Your family will also get to participate in the everyday activities including ice skating, cross-country skiing, snow-tubing, an indoor pool with waterslides and even Mom and daughter spa treatments. With so much fun you and your family may never want to leave.
The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, Beaver Creek
You will find this luxurious resort in Colorado’s picturesque Vail valley. This is a winter vacation destination where you will find all kinds of fun for the children and luxuries for the parents. You can check their Website for room descriptions, nightly rates start at $249.00. If you choose this for your holiday getaway you will take home many memories. At this resort they are very detail oriented, on check in you get goodies for your children. They have a car-pool service to take your kids to their new ski-school featuring a kid-friendly Wild West theme. On Thursday nights your entire family will be able to enjoy fireworks, they also have a craft night and movie night. If you would like a date night your children can attend the supervised kids’ club activities like building snow forts. For family outdoor fun they have a heated pool, ice-skating, sleigh rides, tubing, skiing and afternoon cookie breaks. After a long day of outdoor activities the concierge takes your cold skis and boots for you while you get warmed up. It is this level of attention that makes your families stay here one of your best vacations ever.
“Winter Wonderlands”, Parents Magazine, November 2009;194-199