US: Northeast, Spring Break Family Vacations with Snow, Sunshine, and Urban Adventures.
Get away for the fun of it. Looking for one more escape to the snow country before it melts? Whatever your family’s passion, we have spring break vacation ideas to fit the quest. Try ski school in Vermont; go snow shoeing or cross-country skiing in New Hampshire; consider a family field trip to Boston; enjoy the best of New York City.
How about a sleigh ride? Maybe sledding, ice skating or tubing or just sit by the fire with a storybook and hot cocoa. The fun stuff is waiting. Get away with the whole family or go one-on-one with your kid. We have assembled highlights for the year. Have we missed something? Our Family Vacation Ideas Directory has at least 101 more ideas for the perfect spring break.
Vermont: Smuggler’s Notch, FamilyFest.
The snowman pictured above was created at Smuggler's on one of those picture perfect days before the snow-melt. Acknowledged as one of the best family vacation spots in the Northeast, Smugglers has fun in mind until the snow thaws. Stay in a cozy, family-style, furnished condominium unit with fully equipped kitchen, cable TV, phone, Internet access, and add a FamilyFest Package to make all the vacation details come together. Here's the deal.
The resort offers programs and lessons for all ages starting as young as six weeks. Bonus points: Enjoy the March Break Torchlight Parade & Fireworks! Family games, sliding parties, skiing and riding all week long. End the holiday with a Grand Celebration on Thursday begining with a show at the Showtime theater hosted by and featuring a fun cast of characters. Then head over to the Village Green for the Torchlight Parade followed by a Bonfire and Fireworks display. Need to know:
The FamilyFun Magazine Winter Carnival hits the slopes on February 21, 2013. Location on the planet:
Smuggler’s Notch Resort 4323 Vermont Route 108, 05464-9537. Make it happen.
Toll-free 1-800-451-4615 (US & Canada), 0800-169-8219 (UK) or www.smuggs.com
New Hampshire: White Mountains - Skiing, Tubing and Ice Skating.
As the winter season concludes it is still possible to find a few affordable snow adventures to soften your spring break. Purity Spring Resort, located on a private lake with more than 1000 acres of natural wooded surroundings, provides families with full program of fun. And when springtime days bring warmer temperatures King Pine is the place to ski. The snow conditions are amazing and with the sun higher in the sky, the temperatures make it perfect for skiing in a sweatshirt. Enjoy snowboarding on the family-friendly slopes or explore the Nordic Terrain surrounding Purity Lake. Go snowshoeing; try snow tubing at Pine Meadows Tubing Park, and ice skating around the zamboni-groomed Tohko Dome. And the Mill Indoor Pool, Hot Tub & Fitness Center is always available to all lodging guests. Bonus points:
Sleigh rides are complimentary each Monday or Wednesday evening with any non-holiday, midweek stay. Here’s the scoop.
They offer tons of different packages year round, so check out the website for more information. Location on the planet:
Purity Spring Resort 1251 Eaton Road East Madison, NH 03849. Make it happen.
Toll-free 1-800-373-3754, (603) 367-4042 or www.purityspring.com Vermont: Stowe - Cross-country skiing and Broadway sing-a-longs.
Trapp Family Lodge, with its extraordinary mountaintop setting, provides oodles of family activities all year long but during the winter months the Nordic Center at the resort is the focus of all things snowy. The trail system, which is constantly expanding and improving, offers some of the best cross-country skiing in the USA. The network of trails spans more than 100 kilometers and includes terrain suitable for every level of Nordic skier or snowshoer. Family activities easy to share include snowshoe treks, sleigh rides, cross-country skiing lessons, and s'mores by a campfire. Organized activities for children include: feed the fish, create cool crafts, play air hockey, ping pong kickball, Wiffleball, soccer and football outside in the snow. Bonus points:
Based from the Lodge daily activities for adults and kids include baking class, painting, music, dance, daily yoga practice, and a super cool indoor rock climbing wall. There’s a weekly show Thursday night of "The Sound of Music" and everyone is invited to sing-a-long of old and new tunes, Broadway hits and of course "Sound of Music" selections. Here’s the scoop.
Trapp Family Lodge is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Their website features many different packages so check out the website. Location on the planet:
Trapp Family Lodge 700 Trapp Hill Road P.O. Box 1428 Stowe, Vermont 05672. Make it happen.
Toll-free 1-800-826-7000 (Nationwide & Canada) (802) 253-8511 (In Vermont) or www.trappfamily.com
Vermont: Stowe - Getaway and ski free.
Topnotch Resort and Spa offers delightful snowy spring break possibilities. I like this spot because it has spa in the name meaning pure pampering can be part of a family vacation and Topnotch Spa specializes in teen treatments. As for the rest of the fun the Nordic Barn offers guided horseback riding, cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing for all ages and abilities. The resort has a game room with ping-pong, a pool table, and hoops and the video game room is equipped with Playstation2, XBox360, and Nitendo GameCube and a multitude of games. For more classic parents they even have board games to be played in the living room by the fireplace, or back in the room. All winter long the Teen Center is open for young Topnotch Guests. Activities include music, video and board games, including Wii, internet and feature movies and kids' shows. Here’s the deal:
Not only ski free but enjoy the multiple amenities that will make your ski escape heavenly. Like rentals arranged before you arrive; tickets awaiting you in the morning; Topnotch shuttle service to and from the mountain; a special spot (or spa!) for après ski. Location on the planet:
Very conveniently located 40 minutes from the Burlington International Airport, Topnotch Resort & Spa is in the heart of the Green Mountains just two miles from Mt. Mansfield, Vermont's highest mountain. Make it happen.
Topnotch Resort and Spa, 400 Mountain Road, Stowe, VT 05672. Toll-free 1-800-451-8686 or www.topnotchresort.com
Massachusetts: Cambridge, “Kidding Around” on Spring Break.
Located in the heart of Harvard Square, just minutes from downtown Boston, Massachusetts, the Charles Hotel offers the finest, most distinctive guest accommodations in the Boston area with 294 spacious guestrooms, including 45 suites that combine Shaker-inspired aesthetic with modern touches. Bonus points:
The Hotel has its own skating rink available for guests from December until the end of March, weather permitting. For cozy times young guests are welcome to borrow any of the classic board games from the hotel’s collection. Here's the scoop.
The Charles is known for being a extremely family friendly hotel. They offer lots of activities for kids. Go to their website for more details. Location on the planet:
The Charles Hotel 1 Bennett St. 02138. Make it happen.
1(617)864-1200 or www.charleshotel.com
New York: NYC, American Girl Family Package.
Great location, friendly staff and spacious rooms set the tone at the Affinia50, an Executive Club Suite Hotel that welcomes families. Newly renovated rooms offer modern amenities, high-speed Internet access, and the luxurious Affinia bed and pillow menu for the perfect night's sleep. Located mid-town on the east side within walking distance of the American Girl Store. Stay at the Affinia 50 when you visit New York and we will treat you and your American Girl. Here's the Scoop.
The package includes: guestroom, spacious studio suite or one-bedroom suite; complimentary American Girl gift bag which includes a special American Girl gift, tools for planning out your visit, activity sheets, and more; in-room Molly bed, bedding & pillow for your doll to rest on during your stay and viewing of American Girl movies in the Club Room upon request, and a special turn down “sweet treat”. Need to know:
The actual American Girl Experience at the store on Fifth Avenue must be booked separately. Location on the planet:
Affinia 50 Hotel 155 E 50th St New York, NY 10022. Make it happen.
Toll-free 1-866-246-2203, (212) 751-5710 or www.affinia.com