by Adrian Northrup & Julia Spiro
Your vacations aren’t solo getaways or romantic trips for two. They’re more like action packed for three or more. With your children in tow, you love to travel, exposing your family to all sorts of worldly experiences, from historical sites to outdoor adventures. You have a lot of people to please. From your angst-filled teenager to your bug-loving eight-year-old, your trips need to have a variety of activities.
Bring on the challenge!
Your destinations vary from family-friendly beach resorts to chalet rentals in the mountains. Your activities vary from (almost) extreme sport to shopping. But really, the vacations are about spending time together as a family and making memories. Here are some of Tango Diva’s picks for family-friendly vacations and resorts.
Flagstaff, Arizona: Fairfield Inn Flagstaff Hotel
For family vacations to the Grand Canyon, staying in nearby Flagstaff allows visitors to see a wide array of historical sites within a short distance. This hotel is ideal in its proximity to the Grand Canyon as well as other family-friend sites such as the Four Corners State Park, the Lowell Observatory, the Arboretum at Flagstaff, the Meteor Crater, and the Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. A stay at the hotel includes complimentary breakfast, wireless internet, and access to the fitness room, the outdoor heated pool, and services such as dry cleaning. While the hotel only offers breakfast, guests will want to enjoy Flagstaff’s renowned restaurants that offer a variety of cuisines to suit any child’s picky palette. And if you’re family is completely beat after a day of exploring, the hotel offers local restaurant delivery.
San Diego, California: The Hotel Del Coronado
Not only have many happy families spent time at this historic hotel, but so have a string of celebrities, presidents, and princes. “The Del,” as the landmark is fondly referred to, was the setting for the classic “Some Like it Hot,” and its allure still remains the same. Sitting on the clean, white-sand beaches of Coronado Island, this hotel has enough to keep an entire family busy. For the little tykes, the hotel offers their exclusive Tent City Kids Camp, with daily activities such as a wide array of crafts projects, “beach olympics,” s’mores making, and game nights. The teens will be satisfied as well with the hotel’s Coast Club, a space exclusively for guests age 12 to 17, which offers video games, pool, computers with internet access, television, and food. Guests of any age can take tours and lessons in surfing, kayaking and biking. The Spa, as well, has treatments and packages designed specifically for family members, such as the Teen Spa Sampler. A venture outside of the hotel also offers an abundance of family activity and sights, such as the San Diego Zoo, Sea World, Legoland, and much more.
For more information and to make a reservation, visit the Hotel Del Coronado site.
Quebec: The Marriott Courtyard Quebec City Downtown
Canada is full of excitement for all ages, especially in the dazzling city of Quebec. For families in the US, this city is the perfect place to show your kids traditional French charm without having to trek across the Atlantic. While Quebec is beautiful at any time of year, the best time to bring the kids is for the annual Quebec City Winter Carnival, which will be from January 30 to February 17 in 2009. The carnival transforms the city into a winter wonderland featuring everything from sleigh rides, snow slides, ziplines, ice skating shows, dog sled racing, and the famous international snow sculpture event, which always turns out massive, building-size sculptures of ice. The Marriott, centrally located within the limits of the old city, features luxurious, family-friendly rooms with full amenities. But the hotel truly stands out because of its strong reputation of amazing staff and customer service.
For more information and to make a reservation, visit the Marriott Bonvoy
For more information on the Quebec Carnival, visit the site.
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