February 17, 2011

Away We Go!


Whether You’re Looking For Fun In The Sun Or A Final Trip Down The Snowy Slopes, A Few Inspired Destinations For Spring Family Travel

By Ivy Tan


Loews Miami Beach Hotel—South Beach, Florida
The recently renovated Loews Miami
Beach Hotel in South Beach, Florida is a perfect destination for families
looking for fun in the sun, tons of kid-friendly activities and a luxurious
setting. Parents will appreciate the convenient beach access, breathtaking
views and array of shops and restaurants, while kids enjoy the vast selection
of water sports, Pottery Barn’s SoBe Kids Camp (complete with Wii competitions,
beach sports, sand castle contests and more) giant oceanfront swimming pools, a
vintage-inspired ice cream parlor and lobby aquarium. Recently named one of the
top 10 beach resorts for families by Parents Magazine, the resort is also close
to other kid-approved attractions like the Children’s Museum and
Jungle Island. (loewshotels.com)

Rocking
Horse Ranch Resort—
Highland, New York

The
Rocking Horse Ranch Resort allows families to experience the Wild Wild West—all
without leaving the state of
New York! The Catskills resort boasts a wealth of activities
for kids, like an expansive indoor water park, unlimited horseback riding,
bungee jumping, nature hikes, horse drawn hay rides and much more. When the
weather warms, the resort also offers plenty of outdoor water sports, like a
125-foot water slide and banana boating and water skiing on a private lake.
Parents will also love the all-inclusive meals, cocktail parties and 24-hour
coffee, ice cream and hot chocolate stations, and can even de-stress with a
visit to the fully-equipped fitness center, spa and saunas. (rockinghorseranch.com)

San
Francisco, California
Turn spring break into an adventure
by taking a trip to the Golden City of San Francisco, which boasts stunning,
bayside views and plenty of fun for parents and kids alike. Must-see
destinations in this culturally-rich city include a trip to the Exploratorium
(an all-inclusive museum that covers science, art and human perception), a
stroll across the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge, a taste of the fresh seafood
at the historical Fisherman’s Wharf, a cruise trip to and tour of Alcatraz
Island, and a visit to the expansive San Francisco Zoo, which houses 250
species, a children’s zoo, miniature train and carousel. Of course, no trip is
complete without a ride on one of the city’s iconic cable cars! (onlyinsanfrancisco.com)

Aspen
Snowmass—
Aspen, Colorado
If you’d like to escape to a winter
wonderland one last time this season, Aspen Snowmass is a fun-filled
destination for skiers and riders of all ages and skill levels. The mountain
offers lessons and ski and snowboard school, ice skating, storytelling and
s’mores by the campfire, and indoor fun at the Treehouse Kids’
Adventure Center, where kids can explore themed rooms, enjoy movie nights and partake in
tons of hands-on activities and projects. Eco-minded families can also enjoy
free, interactive nature programs and tours, where kids can learn about the
local wildlife and their natural habitats. Parents will also be pleased to know
that the mountain offers airfare discounts, reduced hotel rates and great
family packages in which kids ski and stay for free! (aspensnowmass.com)

Photo: The San Francisco Carousel; courtesy of onlyinsanfrancisco.com.


Family Fun Day & Travel Fest!

Family travel guru Kimberly Wilson Wetty has been
contributing her expert destination tips to our pages for several months. Now
we’re teaming up with her to throw an amazing and free Family Party &
Travel Fest next month, featuring three of the most family-friendly travel
excursions in the world in conjunction with Valerie Wilson
Travel
:
the large and well-regarded travel consulting firm, which will
be on hand to help inspire you with ideas about family travel for spring and
summer.

* Adventures
by Disney
,
offering Disney vacation magic in a whole new form.
Disney Adventures provides expertly planned and guided vacations in locations
like
Egypt, China and Costa Rica. Families can experience the destination of their
choice in an eco-friendly, environmentally focused setting.

* Club
Med
,
with its affordable but luxurious all-inclusive family deals at
stunning, newly renovated properties. Families can visit destinations like
Cancun Yucatan, Mexico and the Dominican Republic and enjoy amenities like award-winning Children’s
Clubs and lessons in outdoor sports and adventure.

* Royal Caribbean International, which packs every
conceivable family desire and need into its amazing cruises. Kids can partake
in activities like ice-skating and rock climbing while parents indulge in the
onboard spa, wine bar and fine dining.

The event will take place on Sunday, April 10th at The Sports Club/ LA, located
at 330 East 61st Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues), from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30
p.m. Please RSVP at familytravelfest@manhattanmedia.com or visit newyorkfamily.com
for more information.

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