When thinking about vacation getaway ideas for the entire family we are usually reminded of popular resorts that offer a gamut of activities under one roof. At Select Registry, we have decided to suggest some excellent alternatives that are slightly under the tourist radar. The short list below will give you a taste of something different, exceptional, and captivating for you and the kids:
Trout Point Lodge of Nova Scotia
Rated five stars by Canada Select and Eco Hotels of the World, True Point Lodge is one of those places that you can never forget and where you will always wish to return. A truly eco-conscious Inn, you can enjoy a culinary vacation, a wilderness package complete with swimming, stargazing, mountain biking, whale watching, sea kayaking, and more as long as the members of your family are all aged 12 and over. With beaches, historic towns, museums, golf, and many other engaging sights and activities nearby, the entire family will fall under the spell of the unique setting so beautifully set in a natural backdrop that takes one’s breath away.
Enjoy the Main Lodge made of log and stone or the Junior Suites with their hand-hewn log walls, handcrafted furniture, and brilliant river views. Here you will forget the outside world as you relax in a riverside chalet created to provide the ultimate in relaxation.
At the Lodge there is no nighttime pollution, which gives you the best views of the skies in North America. Just the star gazing alone is enough to enthrall you, let alone soaking in the healing waters of the Tusket River, taking a bath in the forest, enjoying the hot tub and sauna, ordering an in-room massage, or hiking through some of the most exquisite surroundings imaginable.
Drink mineral water directly from the taps, and enjoy delicious French Acadian dishes in any one of the several dining locations where every meal is made from traditional recipes using seasonal foods. Spend time basking in front of a hand-cut stone fireplace or relax on any one of the porches or patios. Whatever you do here, you will be taking part in an extraordinary experience with your family by your side.
Blue Lake Ranch
You will find this perfectly remodeled bed & breakfast just outside of Durango, making it a great vacation locale for discovering the four corners area of Colorado. Sitting on a private 200-acre estate and only 30 minutes from Mesa Verde National Park, Blue Lake Ranch is just 10 minutes from all of the mountain activities, skiing, hiking, fishing, and other outdoor adventures you could want when it comes to spending outdoor time with the family.
Listed as one of the top Bed & Breakfasts in the United States by Conde Naste Traveler andTravel + Leisure, among others, this affordable getaway is just the place for comfortable and luxurious lodging, Southwestern style.
Book a cabin, cottage, or suite where you will be surrounded by beautiful antiques, fireplaces, sumptuous feather beds, luxury linens, whirlpool or Jacuzzi tubs, a private deck, and exceptional amenities. Each morning take part in the Inn’s impeccably made, complimentary breakfast inspired by Southwestern flavors and made with the freshest of ingredients. Seasonal, special-event dinners and scheduled farm-to-table dinners are also offered, so be sure to inquire about when they are available.
The Greyfield Inn This inn only allows children over the age of 6.
Cumberland Island, GA
The Greyfield Inn is a majestic turn-of-century Carnegie home located on Georgia’s southernmost coastal island. Here you will find gorgeous nature trails, white sandy beaches, and a unique ecosystem to keep you and your family inspired by the best of nature from morning till night.
The Inn boasts 10 peaceful rooms in the Inn itself, as well as the Big Cottage with four rooms, and the Little Cottage with two rooms, all of which can be reserved separately. Perfect for a family whose children are six or older, this Inn’s original antique furnishings provide the perfect background to a peaceful environment designed to help you replenish and renew your soul and your family connection.
Overnight rates include an island outing with a local naturalist, bicycles for exploring the area, and a round-trip boat excursion on the Inn’s private ferry. Enjoy a complimentary, early, continental breakfast or a later chef’s full breakfast and then for lunch, a gourmet picnic lunch at a picnic table on the front lawn or to take with you for the day’s adventure. The evening promises delicious hor d’oeuvres at cocktail hour and then a three-course set dinner menu food made with locally sourced-ingredients.
Lodge on Lake Lure
Lake Lure, NC
Between Charlotte, Asheville, and Greenville, this 1930’s Inn is perched on a secluded peninsula right in the center of the lake. With panoramic views, this is the ideal place for taking a family vacation where tranquility takes precedence.
The Lodge offers a wide variety of rooms, all with exceptional linens, mattresses, bathrobes and other luxury amenities, including antique writing desks. And if part of the family is four legged, you can book one of two rooms that are pet friendly.
Take some canoes out to explore the area, book a pontoon ride, and hike the many trails waiting for your discovery. There are so many wonderful things to do here that your days will be filled to the brim. With a delicious picnic lunch prepared by the kitchen, you can stay out all day, and be ready to return to a magnificent dinner at the Tree Tops Dining Room.
With astounding views of the lake and the Blue Ridge Mountains, you can dine al fresco on the veranda if the weather permits or inside in the lovely dining room. Breakfast is complimentary, and all menus are made from locally-sourced ingredients and made with love and care.
La Farge Perry House
The La Farge Perry House is a luxury bed & breakfast in the heart of renowned Newport, Rhode Island. Each one of the six rooms boasts its own inimitable style and feeling with one-of-a-kind antiques, private decks, and fireplaces. Bask in 300-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets, goose down pillows, and large bathrooms with Jacuzzi tubs. Sit in the beautifully-tended gardens or on the wrap-around porch in summer or in the colder months by the fireside in the family room off the large kitchen or the elegant living room.
A complimentary breakfast greets you every morning, made with a gourmet touch by the Inn’s exceptional chef. Afternoon refreshments include chocolate chip macaroons, which will have the kids coming back for more. Order an in-room massage, and be sure to ask the concierge about local event tickets, restaurant recommendations and reservations, or anything else you’d like to know. Whether it is a sporting event, a day at a park, a visit to a museum, hiking, fishing, or golf, there are a plethora of things to do, with this most exceptional Inn as your home base.
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