Traveling with the family can be a great pleasure, especially when you book a getaway at a great vacation spot where everyone can benefit from the activities and adventures. At Select Registry, we always have ideas for where to go, with exceptional inns and bed & breakfasts to stay in to make your holiday complete.
Here are our current top 9 recommendations that will give you some ideas of what you can find across the country:
1. Albuquerque, NM
Art galleries, museums, hiking, nature trails, historic sites, winery tours, hot air balloon rides, horseback rides, golf, downhill and cross country skiing areas, sports events, and state and national parks are some of what you can expect to find in the beautiful city of Albuquerque. Take the family on sightseeing tours to visit the National Hispanic Culture Center and the Indian Pueblo Culture Center; enjoy local cultural performances; and soak in the special atmosphere that is so much a part of the New Mexican landscape.
For a perfect stay, Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm offers 25 acres of lavender fields, lush gardens, and 20 exceptional guestrooms. Designed in 1932 by John Gaw Meem, known as the father of Santa Fe style, you will be enthralled by the original artwork, the antique New Mexican furnishings, wood-burning fireplaces, hardwood floors, and impeccable hospitality. A great place for the family, Los Poblanos gives you the chance to experience a real working farm, with animals, barns, and crops. Take a swim in the salt-water pool, walk among the gardens, and take an architectural tour or class to fill your days.
Awarded one of Top 100 hotels in world by Fodors, the Inn has been featured in many magazines. Boasting a Top Foodie Destination award by Zagat for its “field to fork” dining, eating here is an experience all its own, with organic ingredients from the farm to create a regional haute cuisine combined with indigenous recipes. Enjoy multi-course farm feasts and a full, complimentary, organic, gourmet breakfast each morning.
2. Richmond, MA
Located in the Berkshires, Richmond is perfectly located for visiting the famed locations of Jacob’s Pillow; Tanglewood in Lenox; the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge; and The Colonial Theatre, Barrington Stage Company, and Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield. Besides the resplendent culture, there are excellent opportunities for hiking on the many nature trails where wildlife abounds. If you come in wintertime, you can go cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Richmond offers the deep peace of nature to fill your soul and intensify family ties.
The Inn at Richmond is the perfect place for a family with children who are 12 and over to stay in any season. In the Main house are five beautiful guest rooms, including three suites; a library; dining room; parlor; and garden room. There are also four lovely cottages, some with kitchenettes for creating your own meals. Enjoy a lounge area with pool table and comfortable gathering areas where you can meet other travelers. There is a delicious complimentary breakfast offered each morning and for other meals, SoMa Catering is just down the road where you can order box lunches, dinner entrees served in dining room, or even full scale catering service.
The Berkshire Equestrian Center offers stalls for guest horses, so if part of your family is equine, please bring him or her along. With a state-of-the-art indoor riding arena as well as the great outdoors, you can enjoy the area on horseback as well as on foot.
3. Mystic, CT
Known for its old-fashioned charm and historic seaport, Mystic is the ideal locale for a family getaway. Visit Old Mystic Village, B.F. Clyde’s Cider Mill, and the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat to see the countryside and the Connecticut River. Visit wineries, the Dinosaur Place, and Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center with more than 300 acres of preserved land providing eight miles of hiking, bird watching, a wildlife sanctuary, and natural history museum with interactive exhibits.
Steamboat Inn offers tantalizing waterfront views of the Mystic River and lies right in the heart of historic downtown. Near to great seafood restaurants, shops, galleries, the Mystic Aquarium, exciting casinos, historic sites, and museums, this delightful Inn offers 11 rooms decorated in nautical themes. With a sumptuous complimentary breakfast every morning, you will be well prepared for a day filled with exploration.
4. Portland, OR
Skiing, hot air ballooning, hiking, biking, exploring the zoo, visiting the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, meandering through the Portland Japanese Garden, enjoying the Portland Art Museum, seeking thrills at the Oaks Amusement Park, and tax-free shopping are just some of the advantages of taking a family vacation in this beautiful city. And while you are there, make sure you stay at Portland’s White House, an Inn that is similar to the famed White House in Washington, District of Columbia.
Built in 1911 and now perfectly restored, the mansion is the former summer home of lumber baron Robert Lyle. Elegant and regal with a grand staircase, ballroom, and formal dining room, the home features an extraordinary porcelain collection, 18th- and 19th-century oil paintings, and eight luxury suites. A gourmet complimentary breakfast will prepare you for the day ahead, and later on you can enjoy the excellent restaurants in the area for lunch and dinner.
5. Francestown, NH
Home of the Marconi Foundation and Museum, it is enough just to show up in this breathtakingly beautiful town where you can stay at the famed Inn at Crotched Mountain. The 180-year-old colonial New England farmhouse was built in1822 and offers astounding views of the Piscatagoug Valley where you and the family will really feel like you’ve gotten away from it all. Take long walks or ski the trails through the woods, wander amongst the flower and vegetable gardens that provide food and adornment for the tables and rooms, and enjoy true home cooking from the Inn’s impeccable chef.
A complimentary breakfast awaits you each morning. With many wonderful restaurants in the area, you can experiment with different locales for lunch and dinner, and then take advantage of the delicious lite fare at the Inn’s Winslow Tavern on Saturday nights.
A former stop on the underground railroad created to help slaves escape to Canada, this historic locale is where you will reconnect with your loved ones in an atmosphere of tranquility and idyllic natural beauty.
6. Groveland, CA
A visit to Yosemite National Park is something not to be missed. Groveland is nearby, offering you the chance to go whitewater rafting on the Tuolumne River, as well as taking advantage of the canoeing, kayaking, biking, hiking, fishing, and horseback riding so popular in the area. For the golfers in the family, Pine Mountain Lake Golf Course is an excellent choice. With an abundance of historic sites and plenty of outdoor and indoor activities to choose from, you won’t be worrying about what to do on your California vacation.
While there, take advantage of the motorcycle and pet friendly Groveland Hotel, which has its roots in the 1849 gold rush. The hotel features 17 guestrooms, three of which are suites complete with spa tubs and fireplaces. With all the amenities you could ask for, your stay includes a complimentary breakfast, seasonal cuisine at the Cellar Door Restaurant, live summer concerts at the outdoor Courtyard Cabaret, and so much more.
7. Valle Crucis, NC
This Blue Ridge National Heritage area is in the historical district of Western North Carolina and known for its majestic mountain views. It is no wonder visitors from all over the world come here to enjoy the fly fishing, hiking, horseback riding, skiing, white water rafting, galleries, and many festivals. Only a two-hour drive from Charlotte, Greensboro, and Ashville, Valle Crucis is a true gem.
One of the jewels of the area is The Mast Farm Inn, a Historic farmhouse with private cottages and cabins. With historic rooms, exquisite amenities, fine dining, great wines, organic gardens, and award-winning, complimentary breakfasts your family vacation experience will be greatly enhanced by staying in such beautiful and welcoming surroundings.
8. Jackson, MS
The Mississippi capitol sits just south of the Yazoo River and offers a huge range of things to do for the entire family. Visit the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, the Mississippi Children’s Museum, the Jackson Zoo, the Smith-Wills Stadium, the Old Mississippi State Capitol, and the Eudora Welty House. Spend time exploring the city, where there are great cafes, restaurants, and shopping.
Stay at Jackson’s 18-room Fairview Inn, the city’s only AAA Four Diamond award-winning small luxury hotel. Built in 1908, the Colonial Revival mansion is one of last few remaining of the period and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Inn has a great restaurant for breakfast, lunch, dinner, as well as Sunday brunch. It also offers the nomiSpa, a game room, and a comfortable guest lounge.
Located in the historic neighborhood of Belhaven near Millsaps and Belhaven Colleges, the Inn is minutes away from downtown where you’ll find exciting cultural activities to enjoy. And don’t overlook the Fondren district for antiquing and exploring the lovely boutiques.
9. Chestertown, MD Only allows children over the age of 12
A terrific time can be had by a family whose children are 12 and over at the Chestertown Farmer’s Market and the Artisan’s Market on Saturdays along Fountain Park. Look at the glorious colonial homes on the waterfront; visit galleries filled with works of local, regional and internationally known artists and craftspeople; and bike through the lush rural landscape. Take the family for a kayaking trip on the Chester River to see the great blue herons feeding on the banks, get tickets for performances at the Garfield Center for the Performing Arts, attend a concert in the park when the weather permits, or check out the Tall Ship Festival if you are in town at that time.
There are so many lovely things to do in Chestertown, including enjoying a stay at the Great Oak Manor with a view of Chesapeake Bay. Boasting its own private beach, this country estate offers spacious rooms with beautiful décor, a lawn leading to the waterfront, and sunsets that will have you mesmerized. And with pet-friendly rooms, you can bring your best friend along to join the adventure.
A tasty and ample complimentary breakfast is offered each morning to set you up for the day’s explorations. Enjoy antiquing and all of the outdoor activities the area offers and you will be making excellent memories to come.
For more information on other ideal family vacation spots in both North America and Canada, please contact Select Registry today!