Once upon a time, charming bed and breakfasts, antique-filled inns and romantic boutique hotels held lots of vacation appeal. That was before you had kids. When you’re traveling with children, your needs change and choosing the right hotel is an important part of a successful family vacation. Parents want bigger rooms, convenient amenities, and a clear idea of what they can expect when they check-in, regardless of what city, town or country they are in. The following hotel chains are all family-friendly, each with a specific strength that distinguishes them from the pack. Here are our picks for the best hotel chains for family travelers.
Allison Tibaldi - Writer
Allison is a native New Yorker who's been lucky enough to have lived in Italy, Australia and Canada. She is fluent in Italian and Spanish, and
believes that language is a key to understanding other cultures. She frequently contributes travel pieces to Family Travel Forum, using her own children as guinea pigs as they journey around the globe. She's also a senior writer at offManhattan.com, contributing car-free vacation ideas. Her background as an Early Childhood Educator gives her an added understanding of what it takes to travel with kids in tow, and she firmly believes that the most important part of education takes place outside of the classroom on the road. Her love for travel goes hand-in-hand with her love for food and wine.
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Getting away before the hectic routines of the school year start is an excellent way to end summer. If a Labor Day or late summer vacation is in your plans, there are deals to be had. Orlando and its theme parks are relatively quiet this time of year and visitors benefit with lower prices. Consider a trip that will immerse your family with small town charm in Cooperstown or Vermont. If you prefer the action of a big city, there are discount hotel deals in New York City and Washington, D.C. If you are craving a beach getaway, consider Hilton Head, Turks and Caicos and Fort Lauderdale.
Summer is here, and vacation deals are plentiful for those looking to score a discount. Hotel chains like Embassy Suites and Millennium are featuring excellent rates and bonus giveaways at popular locations. Consider an exclusive resort in Vermont, back-to-nature yurt camping at Yosemite, a family-friendly town in Georgia, a Florida beach resort and more options for your next family holiday.
There are many reasons for families to vacation in Virginia. Major cultural attractions like Colonial Williamsburg, Monticello and Mount Vernon help bring classroom history lessons to life in an entertaining fashion. Families looking for an urban getaway can explore Richmond or Norfolk, which both have plenty of big city verve, festivals galore and revitalized downtowns. There is tremendous geographical variety, from the sandy shores of Virginia Beach to the lush Shenandoah Mountains. Outdoors enthusiasts have plenty of options, from hiking and biking to white water rafting and surfing. Those looking for manmade thrills gravitate towards Busch Gardens and Kings Dominion, where they can enjoy dozens of amusement rides.
If you are planning a Virginia vacation, there are several resorts that cater to families who want to see the sites and attractions, while enjoying the activities and amenities of a large, family-oriented hotel. The following six resorts offer so much to do that you could never leave the grounds and still have a great vacation.
Father’s Day is just around the corner, and discount getaways are still available if you want to plan a quick family getaway to celebrate Dad. Summer vacation has already started in many parts of the country, so it is also prime time to start planning a family holiday. There are deals to Mystic Aquarium, Bretton Woods in New Hampshire, Doral Arrowwood in Westchester County, Myrtle Beach, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale and Texas Hill Country. California families might want to consider a beach weekend in cute Cambria, and globetrotters can think about venturing to Cuba. Sun-seekers should be pleased with deals that will have you relaxing in the Bahamas and family-friendly Marriott Resorts in the Caribbean and Latin America.
Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer and the busy season for family vacations. It’s not too late to score a discount holiday weekend getaway or too early to start planning a bigger summer trip. We’ve found deals up and down in the Northeast, Florida, Virginia, Arizona and Costa Rica.
Unfortunately, not many kids tolerate sitting through a full-length production at the Metropolitan Opera House, but culture-craving parents can rejoice—summer is full of arts-oriented festivals that are foolproof kid-pleasers. Summer festivals celebrating music, dance, comedy and other arts get the whole family involved in the fun.
The following 12 summer art and music festivals are located in interesting destinations, so you could easily build your summer vacation around them. The outdoor festivals cause the locations and the performers to merge seamlessly, blurring the line between art and reality, and creating a magical environment that is sure to make a memorable vacation.
Mother’s Day is nearly here, and a getaway just might be your favorite way to be pampered. Resorts are starting to promote summer discounts too, so it’s not too early to be thinking of your summer holiday. Deals in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Fort Lauderdale, Puerto Rico, New Orleans, Phoenix, the Finger Lakes and Cancun provide plenty of options.