A family getaway is always a great opportunity to bond with our children, teens and tweens. We all need a little adventure every now and then, and winter getaways can be the best. Here are a few great ideas for a fantastic, fun family winter getaway before we lose all our winter wonderland!
Methow Valley-Winthrop, Washington – Winthrop, a population of approximately 400, is a popular base for the variety of outdoor activities in Methow Valley. The entire family is welcome to partake in the many adventures offered. It’s maintained by the Methow Valley Sports Trails Association (MVSTA). MVSTA built a 200km trail system for biking, hiking and horse-back riders in the summer and Cross-country skiers, telemarkers and snow-shoers in the winter. You can ski from Winthrop to Mazama, Sun Mountain, or lodge-to-lodge skiing, lessons and back country adventures. Rent skis and a pass for groomed trails at one of the lodges in Methow Valley. If you prefer, stay at a lodge in Methow for Skiing right out your front door. Here you will enjoy one million acres of sparkling federal wilderness, ski school clinics, races, and fun, family oriented, year round activities in a well maintained environment.
Taos, New Mexico – Angel Fire Ski Resort: A comfortable and relaxed atmosphere at the resort provide a great place to keep the family happy all week long. The resort boasts 72 trails, three terrain parks, snowtubing, sledding, Children’s Ski & Snowboard School, sleigh rides and night skiing to name a few activities. Located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains just 23 miles from Taos. www.angelfireresort.com
Or try the Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort located just 20 miles southeast of Taos. Sipapu, offers some of the best deals in the area. They strive to be the most family-friendly, family fun resort in the Rockies. They offer a Parents ski Free week and Free lodging slope-Side with the purchase of a $44 lift ticket (learn how at their website: www.SipapuNM.com). Sipapu offers downhill skiing, snowboarding & snowblading, ski biking, terrain parks and much more all at an affordable price.
Williamsburg, Virginia – Kingsmill Resort: Stretching over 3,000 acres of Virginia wilderness, Kingsmill Resort boasts its own long list of recreational activities as well as close proximity to the fun found in nearby Colonial Williamsburg and Busch Gardens. Stop by the concierge desk for special Junior Guest Registration: children receive a Kids Fun Pack introducing them to the resort. Kids Camp is the perfect opportunity for 5-12 year olds to play tennis and golf, swim, fish, have theme days and make arts and crafts. Don’t forget to sign little ones up for Kids Night Out, a pizza and game party that allows for a parents’ romantic date night at one of the resort’s 6 signature restaurants. They offer signature spa treatments for the whole family. www.kingsmill.com
Tucson, AZ – Tanque Verde Ranch City slickers and country folk will enjoy their stay at the Tanque Verde Ranch, a family resort “aiming to lasso the cowboy outta everyone”. Literally meaning “Green Pool,” the 640-acre Tanque Verde Ranch is a serene oasis nestled into the Sonoran Desert, adjacent to Saguaro National Park. With over 120 horses, this dude ranch offers ample riding opportunities. Specialty rides such as the Breakfast Ride (to a meal at the Old Homestead), 6-hour-long Day Rides and Picnic Rides with lunch in Cottonwood Grove are all available. Newcomers can take riding lessons at a variety of levels. Naturalist guides offer hikes through the desert wilds, exploring canyons, cacti and secret waterfalls. The popular Kids Program offers “little cowpokes” (ages 4 – 11) the chance to “ride ’em cowboy!” Children are divided into two age groups — the Buckaroos and Wrangler Kids — and treated to riding lessons, tennis, swimming and arts and crafts. The soothing spa treatments are organic and locally made. What better way to begin or end your vacation with a little pampering?! www.tanqueverderanch.com
Snowbird, Utah – Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort: If the sight of snow gets you and your family excited, snap on a pair of skis and head to Snowbird for a wonderful vacation. The resort resides in Little Cottonwood Canyon, which offers 3,240 feet and 5,000 acres of mountain to explore, and over 500 inches of snow fall annually. March is their snowiest season and they offer some great package deals this time of year. The resort features 10 lifts, 85 runs and an uphill capacity of 16,000 people. Beginner skiers from ages 3 to adult can learn skiing and snowboarding at the Snowbird Mountain School. The resort offers ice skating, snow tubing, snowshoe tours and luge sleds. Parents can unwind with a stone massage or herbal wrap at the luxurious Cliff Spa or hit Snowbird’s shops. www.snowbird.com
Orlando, Florida – Disney Animal Kingdom Lodge: At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, families experience the thrills of an African safari without ever leaving their hotel. If a trip to the Serengeti is out of your price range, a visit to this wild lodge will more than suffice. Guests are initially greeted to the 33-acre property through the lobby’s awe-inspiring 65-foot window. Strolling throughout the property are over 200 animals representing more than 100 different species, including antelopes and gazelles. Many suites and rooms overlook the resort’s savannahs, and balconies afford families an opportunity to come face to face with a giraffe. Featured within the lodge are 380 museum-quality works of art. When it’s time to dine, experience the tastes of Africa at one of the resort’s 2 inspired restaurants, Jiko or Boma, which feature wood-burning ovens and thatched roofs. This resort offers spectacular pool areas, exciting animal & cultural programs, face painting, campfire storytelling and wildlife games. There are jogging trails and walking paths to explore as well. www.disneyworld.disney.go.com/resorts/animal-kingdom-lodge
I hope one of these destinations is intriguing to you and your family. Many of them offer great rates this time of year and tons of family fun! Bon Voyage!