There has never been a better time to travel with your family. Hotels, resorts, tour operators and more have embraced the idea of multigenerational travel and families are spoiled for choice when it comes to planning a family vacation this summer. These five curated family travel escapes are perfect for summer getaways.
Stowe Mountain Lodge, Stowe, Vermont
The four-season resort boasts the tranquility of New England and enviable access to Stowe Mountain Resort ski area, as well as the charming village of Stowe. Get Out and Go offers families two-night accommodations, a rustic furniture-making class, a guided family hike or snowshoe adventure, dinner at the sophisticated-yet-laid-back Hourglass Lounge and a classic welcome amenity of milk and cookies. Rates begin at $1,254 for two nights, for a family of four. www.stowemountainlodge.com
Lansdowne Resort, Leesburg, Virginia
A true luxury escape, Lansdowne Resort combines impeccable service and urban style with scenic views of the Potomac River. Lansdowne Resort’s Education Package provides overnight accommodations in adjoining guest rooms and dinner at the signature bar, Stonewalls Tavern or the elegant clubhouse, Crooked Billet. Grab your family for a geocaching adventure on the hotel’s grounds for a grown up version of hide and seek. After, hop aboard the shuttle transfer to Udvar-Hazy Air & Space Museum, the home to the largest collection of aircraft and space artifacts in the world including the Space Shuttle Discovery. Rates begin at $174. www.lansdowneresort.com
Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum, Washington
The Pacific Northwest’s famously breathtaking setting and rich history offer an unlimited amount of activities for guests of Suncadia Resort. The Suncadia Family Adventure takes families on a guided Nature Trail Hike to catch the views from Manashtash Ridge, Thorpe Mountain, or to take in the stunning setting of the Cooper Lake hike. Prepare for a downriver adventure on a three-hour guided rafting River Float Trip on the Yakima or Cle Elum River. Return to the hotel’s Portals Restaurant for a home-style dinner followed by a relaxing night in the sumptuous one-bedroom suites. Rates begin at $929. A minimum two-night stay is required. www.suncadiaresort.com
The Embassy Row Hotel, Washington, D.C.
Nicknamed “Millonaires’ Row,” Embassy Row is a street of mansions on Massachusetts Avenue. Nestled between historic embassies and enchanting row homes, The Embassy Row Hotel’s ”Mini-Monet” family vacation package allows families to unleash their inner artist in Dupont Circle. Families start their day at The Phillips Collection, a private art gallery that features permanent exhibitions such as Rothko and Georgia O’Keefe. You’ll leave the gallery inspired to paint your own masterpiece. Walk nearby to ArtJamz for two-hours of studio time, including blank canvases, painting supplies and drinks for four. Continue to explore the nation’s capital with four all-day metro passes, and then retreat to the hotel’s superior room to unwind with stunning city views. Rates begin at $361. www.embassyrowhotel.com
La Cantera Hill Country Resort, San Antonio, Texas
Perched atop one of the highest points in all of San Antonio overlooking the rolling Texas Hill Country sits La Cantera Hill Country Resort. For the ultimate thrill, the Hidden Passages Adventure Tour brings families into one of the most treasured natural attractions Texas has to offer, Natural Bridge Caverns. Once outfitted with caving gear, each guest will be lowered by rope through a 160-foot well shaft. Travel approximately one mile, going down to 230 feet below surface level to the Fault Room which features one of the longest soda straw formations in North America. This three hour adventure will have your teens talking about this vacation for years to come! Rates, based on a family of four, start at $759 for one night. Each additional night starting at $199. www.resortlacantera.com
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