It’s difficult to really choose where in the country one might want to go for a nice vacation. If you’re aiming at a resort, the field gets even more overwhelming, what with all of the choices that are out there these days. It is an expensive proposition, trying to decide exactly where to stay and how much you can spend. You don’t necessarily have to fly to Jamaica or other exotic locations in order to have a good time. Here is a guide to some of the best places to take the family in the country, some of them being in places that one might not have expected.
Tyler Place Family Resort, VT
Nestled comfortably next to the shores of Lake Champlain in northwestern Vermont, this resort is one of the few that enjoys having a staggering 90 percent return rate of the people who choose to stay there. It is a family run resort that was set up back in the 1950’s and was one of the pioneers of having an all-inclusive set up for their customers. The best kind of all-inclusive resorts have a large array of activities offered in far away picturesque places. This fits that description.
Lodge on Little St. Simons Island, GA
This is the kind of place that one should take the family if you really wanted to get away from it all. Reached only by boat, this humble little place only can accommodate a maximum amount of 32 guests at a time. It was a private hunting lodge built in 1917, but opened up to the general public in the 1970s as a resort. The lodge is within a 10,000 acre nature sanctuary, so you are bound to come across a large array of wildlife. If you take the family here, prepare yourself for VIP treatment. Rates include meals, snacks, and all beverages; naturalist-guided hikes, kayak tours, fishing trips, reptile safaris, and evening owl prowls; boat transfers to and from the island; and unlimited use of the island activities and recreation gear.
Vista Verde Guest Ranch, Steamboat Springs, CO
If you’re into the rugged kind of getaway, with rolling fields and high mountains, horseback riding and hiking, then this is the place to go. Here, one can learn to ride horseback, herd cattle, watch the kids compete in a just-for-fun rodeo (which we hope doesn’t include actual bull-riding!) and then unwind after a long day of great activities in their private jacuzzi included with your private cabin. Rates include meals and all beverages; horseback riding; guided hiking, biking, and fly-fishing; river rafting and kayaking; kids’ and teens’ programs; evening barn dances and rodeos; and shuttle service to and from Steamboat Springs.
Travaasa Austin, TX
Moving more into the natural side of things, this resort is what is known as a holistic retreat house. Located on the edge of the 24,000-acre Balcones Canyonland Preserve. It’s the kind of place where you can go for a gorgeous hike, take a cooking class, have a massage, and enjoy a gourmet farm-to-table meal all in the same day. Leave time to chill in the infinity pool, which delivers a panorama of the hill country landscape. The rates include meals, snacks, and nonalcoholic beverages; challenge course, yoga, culinary, and other group classes; and a $125 resort credit good toward spa treatments, a private class, or golf.
Club Med Sandpiper Bay, FL
If you’re looking for more of the classic paradise kind of getaway, then head to Club Med Sandpiper Bay down in Florida. Club Med is one of the most world-famous all-inclusive brands of resorts. This place boasts one of the best kids programs and a full-service nursery, as well as having a circus school where kids can learn the art of being a clown, and a full-on tennis academy. The setting on the sandy banks of the St. Lucie River is perfect for kayaking, sailing, and paddleboarding.