• Winter Wonderlands

    A Few Of Our Favorite Travel Bloggers Share Their Picks For Family-Friendly Destinations

    By New York Family

    Whether you’re looking to ski the slopes or escape from the snow for a warm-weather getaway, winter is a wonderful time to travel with your family! For some destination inspiration, we asked a few of our favorite NYC-based travel bloggers for their favorite picks for families.

    NY City Mama’s Picks

    Woodloch Pines Resort, Hawley PA

    Located two hours outside of New York City, near the Pocono Mountains in Hawley, PA, Woodloch Pines has been a family-owned business catering to family-travelers for 52 years. Guests have several choices in lodging and meal plans to fit any budget. This all-inclusive resort has an endless list of things to do ranging from activities in an arts and crafts room, bumper cars, the indoor Woodlock Forest soft play area, an indoor pool, and a game room, just to name a few. In the Winter months, outdoor activities include snow shoeing, tubing, snowmobilings, Winter Olympics, Winter hayrides, ice skating, ice fishing, and more. For parents wanting a date night, the resort also offers live, Broadway-style performances, dance at the night club, and of course, babysitting service available upon request.

    Pico Mountain, Killington, VT
    For those who love to ski, or want
    to learn to ski, without the big crowds and over-sized resort environment, Pico
    Mountain is the place to be. One of the most family-friendly ski resorts in the
    area, it caters well to the entire family. The environment is perfect
    for beginner skiers and children, though more advanced skiers will still feel
    that the variation of slopes provided offer enough options for various levels.
    There is a separately owned day care on-site called Kid’s Quest for children 6
    months to 3 years old and a ski lessons program called Mini Stars Slide and
    Play, set for kids ages 4 to 6. The
    resort hosts a Sports Center which is equipped with a weight room and a pool,
    and also serves as a membership gym for community residents. All equipment
    rentals, from skies to snowboards and all necessary gear, can be rented on site
    as well and the lodging ranges from hotel room stays to private townhouse
    experiences.

    Whiteface Lodge, Lake Placid, NY
    Located in the heart of The
    Adirondacks, about a five and a half hour drive outside of the city, Whiteface
    Lodge offers family-travelers a serene, nature surrounded experience away from
    it all. It is a favorite retreat for ski bunnies and snow loving families
    during the Winter months. Nearby ski-lovers can enjoy Whiteface Mountain, best known by city dwellers as
    being one of the best ski destinations in New York state, and the namesake for
    this luxury resort. Kanu Lounge offers amazing dishes from local farmers
    as well as views of Whiteface Mountain. Some indoor activities include a
    56-seat movie theater which hosts family-friendly movies at no extra cost
    throughout the day and a game room with a pool table, shuffleboard, air hockey,
    as ell as a two-lane bowling alley. Aside from skiing, outdoor activities
    include an on-site ice rink. Also worth a visit when in the area, The Natural
    Museum of The Adirondacks.

    Six Flags Great Escape Lodge and
    Indoor Water Park

    About a 2
    hour drive from New York City, this resort is owned by Six Flags theme park and
    caters to the adventurous family who would rather splash in the water then play
    in the snow. The feel is that of a lodge in The Adirondacks, fire place and
    all. Activities include access to White Water Bay, a 38,000 sq ft
    indoor water park, character meet and greet throughout the day, arts &
    crafts activities, games, contests and scavenger hunts. Adults can indulge in
    their on-site spa as well as the fitness center. There are about 180 one-room
    family suites which can comfortably sleep six, with two Queen-beds plus a pull
    out sofa. Twenty more suites have two rooms and sleep between eight to twelve.
    The Great Escape Lodge also has a restaurant, ballroom and an arcade for extra
    fun.

    Carol Cain is a freelance
    travel and food blogger living in New York City. She is the founder of The
    Adventures of a NY City Mama (www.nycitymama.com).



    Meryl Pearlstein’s Picks

    Riviera Maya, Mexico

    An easy beach
    vacation is the perfect ticket for a multi-generational holiday. With direct flights from New York to Cancun, Riviera Maya has beautiful
    beaches, massive resorts, and a dose of Mayan history within driving
    distance. Ocean waters are warm and
    invite with jet skis, snorkeling, and sailing. You can also do it the Mexican way and swim in a cenote, a dramatically
    blue water hole often located in a cave. Chichen Itza and Tulum will
    bring out the spiritual as you contemplate Mayan civilization and the wonders
    of pyramid architecture. Stay at Grand
    Velas
    , a brilliant all-inclusive resort close to Playa del Carmen, with eight restaurants,
    an amazing spa with treatments for the entire family, non-stop supervised kids’
    activities, eco-education and one-on-one butlers. If possible, opt for the beachside
    accommodations to save the little ones from long walks from the jungle
    rooms.

    Turks & Caicos
    If an island vacation is your idea of a Christmas
    holiday, flying to the Turks & Caicos Islands keeps it easy and beautiful,
    also with direct flights from NYC. Our
    favorite resort Is Grace Bay Club on Providenciales. The resort’s Villas section is designed for
    families with its own swimming pool, kids’ program and beach area. Dining is also separate for families so your
    little ones won’t disturb any romantic encounters. Kids will love the gorgeous turquoise waters
    and the chance to spot one of the island’s legendary treasures, JoJo the
    dolphin. Older kids will enjoy the jet
    skis, parasailing and deep-sea fishing. Book a nanny so you can escape to the
    resort’s newly redone Anani Spa and seemingly endless Infiniti Bar. 

    Germany
    Off-season Europe has many charms
    for those who don’t mind a bit of cold weather. You can combine a city visit with a ski holiday, for example, choosing a
    centrally located hotel like the Steigenberger, in Berlin to enjoy the many Christmas markets,
    festive decorations, choral events and, of course, holiday shopping. For city-loving New Yorkers, fascinating Berlin is a city in
    evolution, a living history lesson with a side of edginess. The Sony Center in Potsdamer Platz
    will wow all ages with its fabulous light show and spectacular visual
    effects. If you’re in the city on New Year’s, the
    outdoor festivities around the Brandenburg Gate rival those in Times Square. You can also scoot around the country by
    train — book a private compartment, a chance for all ages to experience what
    luxury train travel is all about.

    Boston
    Looking for
    something a bit more traditional and closer to home? Boston has it all. In winter, the city turns into a Christmas
    village, especially after a snowfall. Time your visit around New Year’s to experience Boston’s magical First
    Night
    events. Started nearly 35 years
    ago, First Night is the ultimate holiday party with day-to-night events for all
    ages scheduled on December 31. Evening fireworks
    over the Boston Common and Boston Harbor are spectacular and if you stay at
    either the Lenox Hotel, or the new Fairmont Battery Wharf, you can walk to each. In the midst of the shopping area and close
    to many of the city’s historical sites and churches, the Lenox is near the ice skating
    pond and snowman-building (pray for snow) on Boston Common and a short ride to
    the Museum of Science and the Children’s
    Museum
    . The waterfront location of the Fairmont puts you within
    walking distance of the Aquarium, Faneuil Hall marketplace and the festively
    decorated North End. For more ideas, check out BostonUSA.com, which offers a full
    schedule of all holiday events. If the kids are missing Nate Robinson, you can
    take them to see him play in his new uniform with the Celtics.

    As a travel writer, travel publicist, and restaurant reviewer, Meryl Pearlstein
    loves exploring and introducing the world to her two sons (and husband). Meryl
    has written for New York Magazine, the Boston Herald, Fodor’s and Gayot, among
    others, and pens two always-interesting blogs, www.travelandfoodnotes.com and
    www.allny.com.

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    Winter Wonderlands

    A Few Of Our Favorite Travel Bloggers Share Their Picks For Family-Friendly Destinations

    By New York Family

    Whether you’re looking to ski the slopes or escape from the snow for a warm-weather getaway, winter is a wonderful time to travel with your family! For some destination inspiration, we asked a few of our favorite NYC-based travel bloggers for their favorite picks for families.

    NY City Mama’s Picks

    Woodloch Pines Resort, Hawley PA

    Located two hours outside of New York City, near the Pocono Mountains in Hawley, PA, Woodloch Pines has been a family-owned business catering to family-travelers for 52 years. Guests have several choices in lodging and meal plans to fit any budget. This all-inclusive resort has an endless list of things to do ranging from activities in an arts and crafts room, bumper cars, the indoor Woodlock Forest soft play area, an indoor pool, and a game room, just to name a few. In the Winter months, outdoor activities include snow shoeing, tubing, snowmobilings, Winter Olympics, Winter hayrides, ice skating, ice fishing, and more. For parents wanting a date night, the resort also offers live, Broadway-style performances, dance at the night club, and of course, babysitting service available upon request.

    Pico Mountain, Killington, VT
    For those who love to ski, or want
    to learn to ski, without the big crowds and over-sized resort environment, Pico
    Mountain is the place to be. One of the most family-friendly ski resorts in the
    area, it caters well to the entire family. The environment is perfect
    for beginner skiers and children, though more advanced skiers will still feel
    that the variation of slopes provided offer enough options for various levels.
    There is a separately owned day care on-site called Kid’s Quest for children 6
    months to 3 years old and a ski lessons program called Mini Stars Slide and
    Play, set for kids ages 4 to 6. The
    resort hosts a Sports Center which is equipped with a weight room and a pool,
    and also serves as a membership gym for community residents. All equipment
    rentals, from skies to snowboards and all necessary gear, can be rented on site
    as well and the lodging ranges from hotel room stays to private townhouse
    experiences.

    Whiteface Lodge, Lake Placid, NY
    Located in the heart of The
    Adirondacks, about a five and a half hour drive outside of the city, Whiteface
    Lodge offers family-travelers a serene, nature surrounded experience away from
    it all. It is a favorite retreat for ski bunnies and snow loving families
    during the Winter months. Nearby ski-lovers can enjoy Whiteface Mountain, best known by city dwellers as
    being one of the best ski destinations in New York state, and the namesake for
    this luxury resort. Kanu Lounge offers amazing dishes from local farmers
    as well as views of Whiteface Mountain. Some indoor activities include a
    56-seat movie theater which hosts family-friendly movies at no extra cost
    throughout the day and a game room with a pool table, shuffleboard, air hockey,
    as ell as a two-lane bowling alley. Aside from skiing, outdoor activities
    include an on-site ice rink. Also worth a visit when in the area, The Natural
    Museum of The Adirondacks.

    Six Flags Great Escape Lodge and
    Indoor Water Park

    About a 2
    hour drive from New York City, this resort is owned by Six Flags theme park and
    caters to the adventurous family who would rather splash in the water then play
    in the snow. The feel is that of a lodge in The Adirondacks, fire place and
    all. Activities include access to White Water Bay, a 38,000 sq ft
    indoor water park, character meet and greet throughout the day, arts &
    crafts activities, games, contests and scavenger hunts. Adults can indulge in
    their on-site spa as well as the fitness center. There are about 180 one-room
    family suites which can comfortably sleep six, with two Queen-beds plus a pull
    out sofa. Twenty more suites have two rooms and sleep between eight to twelve.
    The Great Escape Lodge also has a restaurant, ballroom and an arcade for extra
    fun.

    Carol Cain is a freelance
    travel and food blogger living in New York City. She is the founder of The
    Adventures of a NY City Mama (www.nycitymama.com).



    Meryl Pearlstein’s Picks

    Riviera Maya, Mexico

    An easy beach
    vacation is the perfect ticket for a multi-generational holiday. With direct flights from New York to Cancun, Riviera Maya has beautiful
    beaches, massive resorts, and a dose of Mayan history within driving
    distance. Ocean waters are warm and
    invite with jet skis, snorkeling, and sailing. You can also do it the Mexican way and swim in a cenote, a dramatically
    blue water hole often located in a cave. Chichen Itza and Tulum will
    bring out the spiritual as you contemplate Mayan civilization and the wonders
    of pyramid architecture. Stay at Grand
    Velas
    , a brilliant all-inclusive resort close to Playa del Carmen, with eight restaurants,
    an amazing spa with treatments for the entire family, non-stop supervised kids’
    activities, eco-education and one-on-one butlers. If possible, opt for the beachside
    accommodations to save the little ones from long walks from the jungle
    rooms.

    Turks & Caicos
    If an island vacation is your idea of a Christmas
    holiday, flying to the Turks & Caicos Islands keeps it easy and beautiful,
    also with direct flights from NYC. Our
    favorite resort Is Grace Bay Club on Providenciales. The resort’s Villas section is designed for
    families with its own swimming pool, kids’ program and beach area. Dining is also separate for families so your
    little ones won’t disturb any romantic encounters. Kids will love the gorgeous turquoise waters
    and the chance to spot one of the island’s legendary treasures, JoJo the
    dolphin. Older kids will enjoy the jet
    skis, parasailing and deep-sea fishing. Book a nanny so you can escape to the
    resort’s newly redone Anani Spa and seemingly endless Infiniti Bar. 

    Germany
    Off-season Europe has many charms
    for those who don’t mind a bit of cold weather. You can combine a city visit with a ski holiday, for example, choosing a
    centrally located hotel like the Steigenberger, in Berlin to enjoy the many Christmas markets,
    festive decorations, choral events and, of course, holiday shopping. For city-loving New Yorkers, fascinating Berlin is a city in
    evolution, a living history lesson with a side of edginess. The Sony Center in Potsdamer Platz
    will wow all ages with its fabulous light show and spectacular visual
    effects. If you’re in the city on New Year’s, the
    outdoor festivities around the Brandenburg Gate rival those in Times Square. You can also scoot around the country by
    train — book a private compartment, a chance for all ages to experience what
    luxury train travel is all about.

    Boston
    Looking for
    something a bit more traditional and closer to home? Boston has it all. In winter, the city turns into a Christmas
    village, especially after a snowfall. Time your visit around New Year’s to experience Boston’s magical First
    Night
    events. Started nearly 35 years
    ago, First Night is the ultimate holiday party with day-to-night events for all
    ages scheduled on December 31. Evening fireworks
    over the Boston Common and Boston Harbor are spectacular and if you stay at
    either the Lenox Hotel, or the new Fairmont Battery Wharf, you can walk to each. In the midst of the shopping area and close
    to many of the city’s historical sites and churches, the Lenox is near the ice skating
    pond and snowman-building (pray for snow) on Boston Common and a short ride to
    the Museum of Science and the Children’s
    Museum
    . The waterfront location of the Fairmont puts you within
    walking distance of the Aquarium, Faneuil Hall marketplace and the festively
    decorated North End. For more ideas, check out BostonUSA.com, which offers a full
    schedule of all holiday events. If the kids are missing Nate Robinson, you can
    take them to see him play in his new uniform with the Celtics.

    As a travel writer, travel publicist, and restaurant reviewer, Meryl Pearlstein
    loves exploring and introducing the world to her two sons (and husband). Meryl
    has written for New York Magazine, the Boston Herald, Fodor’s and Gayot, among
    others, and pens two always-interesting blogs, www.travelandfoodnotes.com and
    www.allny.com.

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