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Retreat of the Week: Kimpton’s Hotel Triton

It’s time for some sweet treats in San Francisco! July is National Ice Cream Month, and Kimpton’s Hotel Triton in San Francisco is observing the occasion with its popular Haagen Dazs Sweet Dreams package. The hotel, known for its fun and playful vibe, actually celebrates the cold and creamy treat year-round in its Haagen Dazs “Sweet Suite,” which was recently refreshed.

Haagan Dazs Sweet Treat suite // (c) 2014 Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
Celebrate National Ice Cream Month in the Sweet Suite at Kimpton’s Hotel Triton in San Francisco.

Available July 1  through Sept. 1, 2014,  the Sweet Dreams package is bookable on the hotel website at www.hoteltriton.com and includes:

  • Deluxe accommodations for two
  • Haagen Dazs ice cream delivered nightly to your door
  • A groovy ice cream scoop to bring home
  • A signature Triton rubber ducky

Guests can further indulge their sweet tooth by booking their stay in the hotel’s notorious themed Sweet Suite, featuring the “Sweet Spot,” an ice cream cabinet that is stocked with bowls, scoops and spoons and complimentary cartons of Haagen-Dazs ice cream. Best of all, guests can enjoy as many cartons as they desire and a portion of each “Sweet Suite” guest’s tab is donated to the Haagen-Dazs brand’s charity of choice, Delancey Street Foundation.


Retreat of the Week: Turnberry Isle Miami

If you are headed to Miami this summer, Turnberry Isle is catering to families with a package that pottery-painting, scavenger hunts and sand-castle building for kids.

Turnberry Isle Miami is offering a Family Fun package. // (c) 2014 Turnberry Isle Miami
Turnberry Isle Miami is offering a Family Fun package. // (c) 2014 Turnberry Isle Miami

Families are invited to channel their inner-Picasso through a pottery-painting experience and cool off in the resort’s 7,500 square-foot Laguna Pool with a 180-foot long, 35-foot-high waterslide that winds around into a splash pool. There is also an 800-linear-foot lazy river with single and double innertubes, a separate hot tub and a toddler wading pool. The Family Fun Package is available from June 1-Sept. 30, and includes the following: 

–          Accommodations in a spacious Deluxe Room with king or double beds and pullout sofa bed

–          $50 daily resort credit

–          Color Me Mine at Alisa’s Painted Bistro pottery experience (includes up to two ceramic items and paint time for two, per stay)

–          Daily American breakfast buffet for two adults in Cascata Grill

–          Milk and cookies at turndown the first night

–          Overnight valet parking

–          20 percent off Pool Cabanas

–          20 percent off Beach Sports, including Kayaks, Paddle Boards and Jet Skis

–          10 percent off Select Children Programs

–          Scavenger Hunts on Fridays (offered June 9 – August 15)

–          Laguna Lawn Sports on Saturdays and Sundays

–          Sandcastle-Building on Wednesdays


Retreat of the Week: Quail Lodge & Golf Club

Guestrooms at Quail Lodge // (c) 2014 Quail Lodge & Golf Club
Guestrooms at Quail Lodge // (c) 2014 Quail Lodge & Golf Club

Quail Lodge has been a family favorite in the Carmel Valley for years. With world-class golf, a myriad of hiking trails and the Monterey Peninsula at your fingertips, the property is an ideal spot for a weekend getaway. The resort was recently rejuvenated and reopened last year. The new look features historic California ranch and Spanish colonial design elements that result in a look that is comfortable, modern and distinctly Californian. Each guestroom has a private deck or patio that overlooks the lakes, golf course or lush gardens. Some rooms have fireplaces which add a cozy feel to the atmosphere of the room.

The lobby at Quail Lodge // (c) 2014 Quail Lodge & Golf Club
The lobby at Quail Lodge // (c) 2014 Quail Lodge & Golf Club

Resort guests can dine at Edgar’s, located in the Quail Golf Club, which offers lunch and dinner featuring California cuisine. Golf is available on the 18-hole Robert Muir Graves-designed golf course that is now managed by KemperSports Management. There is a heated outdoor pool, a bocce court, tennis courts and weight and cardio center as well. For the adventurous, the on-site Land Rover Experience Driving School allows guests to climb behind the wheel and master a variety of off-road obstacles.


Retreat of the Week: El Capitan Canyon

Stay in a yurt this Easter at El Capitan Canyon.  // (c) 2014 El Capitan Canyon
Stay in a yurt this Easter at El Capitan Canyon. // (c) 2014 El Capitan Canyon

Is your family looking for an Easter to remember? El Capitan Canyon is the place for adventurous families looking for an outdoor experience this Easter weekend. The luxury camping resort nestled in the Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara, Calif., amid blooming spring colors, magnificent wildlife and coastal scenery is offering a special Easter brunch buffet, a 3,000 egg hunt for the kids and a wine-tasting event for the parents. I can’t help but recommend this because I don’t think there are three things that I love more than brunch, fun activities for my children and wine tasting — but it gets better. To experience the great outdoors in the blossoming spring season, visitors can stay in cedar cabins, safari tents and adventure yurts in villages throughout the canyon.

Children hoping to catch a glimpse of the fabled Easter Bunny can take part in a 3,000 egg hunt beneath historic sycamore and oak groves along El Capitan Creek on Sunday, April 20.  Little ones 4 years old and younger will also have the opportunity to engage in a pre-egg hunt.  Those who are fortunate may even see the native Californian jackrabbit or cottontail hare bouncing around on the forest floor.  El Capitan will also host an Easter Brunch Buffet for families and guests, celebrated with El Capitan’s very own Easter Bunny.

El Capitan offers guests an abundance of activities for making the most of their Easter weekend or weeklong getaway. Minutes away from valley villages, families can dip their toes into the Pacific Ocean and enjoy the warm spring weather on sandy white beaches along California’s central coast. Just north of El Capitan Canyon sits Refugio Beach, a hidden gem with beautiful vistas complete with picnic tables for the perfect afternoon with the family. Visitors seeking adventure can also take part in guided nature hikes through the valley, rent bicycles or Segway’s, rock-climb, surf, kayak, and even try their hand at El Capitan’s own high ropes course.


Retreat of the Week: The BodyHoliday

The BodyHoliday annual family travel retreat
The BodyHoliday annual family travel retreat

The BodyHoliday is best-known as a premiere all-inclusive resort focused on health and wellness and not for family travel. In fact, it’s an adults-only enclave with a dedication to outdoor activities and a fantastic spa. So, why is The BodyHoliday good for families? For part of the summer, the resort will welcome families with its annual Well Fit Families retreat, focused on, you guessed it, getting fit. Encouraging travelers to take a break from the typical all-inclusive vacation, the adults-only resort opens its doors to children age 12 and up between July 6 and August 31. The program, which is hosted this year by professional English rugby player Alex Goode, consists of active challenges, classes to build mental focus, and skill-building activities that are designed to encourage family bonding and friendly competition. Activities include basic first aid, CPR and lifeguard training, healthy cooking classes, a mother-daughter spa experience, father vs. son watersports competitions, abseiling adventures down waterfalls, family quiz nights, and concludes with a spirited family beach-athlon. Pricing from $482/person/night (all-inclusive rates include a daily spa treatment). www.thebodyholiday.com