Thursday, January 3, 2013
4 Great Destinations with Little Kids
So, I'm going to share with you some places that really are great to go with kids. How do I know this? Because I've been there! They all have something good to offer, but I have shared the positives and the negatives so you can really get a picture for what you are getting yourself into.
Florida: Marco Island Marriott
Positives: This a wonderful hotel for kids. It truly is right on the beach. You simply walk through an amazing lobby, past a beautiful pool, and voila! Beach! They also have activities for kids every single day, so it's kind of like a cruise. You can sign the kids up for activities and give yourself a chance to relax by yourselves if you are so inclined. They also have several good restaurants onsite so you don't have to strap the kids into their car seats every night.
Negatives: Marco Island is almost three hours from the airport, so this might not be ideal with little kids after a long flight. The rooms are typical hotel rooms, so you don't have the luxury of a kitchen. They do have some suites available, but they are much more expensive. Lastly, this would be a pretty pricey beach vacation. However, if you have a Marriott credit card like we do, and if you travel for work, you might be able to practically get the hotel for free like we did!
Colorado: Breckenridge Grand Timber Lodge
Positives: Breckenridge is a great family town. They have a cute little main street with lots of shopping and restaurants. Grand Timber Lodge is the only true resort that I've ever seen in the mountains. It's nestled in with the fancy houses, yet it also has a large pool and even a playground, along with a few restaurants right on site. If you prefer to stay in a resort with the kids so that you have more to do, but like the idea of staying in the mountains, this would be a great choice. They even have two bedroom suites available.
Negatives: You don't quite get that isolated mountain feel.
Colorado: Estes Park Riverwood Condos
Positives: This is a perfect place to stay if you want a quiet mountain condo. It's right on the river and you can sit out back and listen to the stream and smell the pine trees. It's a great location, close to town and also to the Rocky Mountain National Park. They are pretty affordable and even provide cribs and baby stuff for you.
Negatives: We stayed in one that had a loft, so we had to deal with stairs with a toddler, which wasn't ideal. They do have some without stairs, so just keep that in mind when you are booking your vacation.
Hawaii: Maui Westin
Positives: This is an amazing hotel, even for Maui. They have a gorgeous lobby, pool, and really are right on the beach. You can walk to some restaurants to limit how often you have to get the kids in and out of the car. They even have pink flamingos wandering around the lobby and pool area.
Negatives: Obviously a trip to Hawaii isn't cheap, and this hotel is certainly not going to make it any cheaper. However, if you have the money, it's definitely worth it.
Do you have any place you recommend going with kids?? If so, leave a comment, I would LOVE to hear about it!
PS...If you read have been reading my blog for a long time, I want to apologize for my lack of postings recently. The Holidays were super busy and I've been feeling a bit burned out from blogging. I'm going to try to get back into it (I hope).
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