Family Vacations Around the U.S.

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Between spring vacations coming up and the need to just get out of dodge, we thought it might be useful to come up with a handful of vacations you can recommend to families.

The Plaza in New York continues in its playful spirit, offering the Live Like Eloise package to children and adults alike. Including a $100 gift card to the Eloise Shop at The Plaza, a reading room to read classic Eloise stories or watch her movies, and a fashion room with costumes to play dress-up, children are in for a fun time. Also included in the Live Like Eloise package is a super duper sundae from in-room dining, a copy of “Eloise” by Kay Thompson and Eloise postcards, pen, and postage, in addition to accommodations. Rates start at $965 per night. For more information, visit

For the history buffs out there, the Bedford Plaza Hotel—located just outside of Boston—is offering a Family Fun package to appeal to your clients’ whole family. The package includes admission for two adults and two children to Minute Man National Historical Park, featuring Revolutionary War reenactments, musical performances, storytelling and guided tours, plus children receive a kid’s welcome bag. Rates start at $95 per night and include continental breakfast at Atrium Cafe. For more information, visit

And adventurous children will adore the Children’s Discovery package at Fairmont Heritage Place, Franz Klammer Lodge in Telluride through April 8. The property features an Eco Adventure program with classes such as Wilderness Survival, where participants build a snow cave and learn what they need to survive; Trekking and Tracking, which teaches children to identify animal tracks on local trails, and Ice-capades, where they’ll learn proper ice-skating techniques. The Children’s Discovery package includes a 2-hour class from the Eco Adventure program, 2-bedroom residence accommodations, complimentary transportation from Telluride or Montrose airport, or complimentary valet parking. Rates start at $950 per night. For more information, visit

Taking a different approach to family vacations, Cranwell Resort, Spa & Golf Club in Lenox, MA, is offering a Mother-Daughter Retreat, complete with $125 spa credit, 10 percent discount on spa treatments, $25 dining credit at any Cranwell restaurant, unlimited fitness classes and full use of the Spa at Cranwell, which features a heated indoor pool, whirlpools, saunas, steam rooms and fitness center. Rates start at $299 pp and include Classic Resort accommodations, welcome chocolates and shopping discounts at the nearby Lee Premium Outlets. Package can also be altered as a Girlfriends Getaway. For more information, visit

But sometimes, mom and dad just need some time to relax on their own. Enter Portola Hotel & Spa in Monterey, CA, which has recently partnered with Refuge Spa to offer its take on the ultimate relaxation package for two. The Relaxation package includes homemade chocolate chip cookies upon arrival, Refuge experience for two, complimentary breakfast at Jacks Restaurant at the Portola Hotel & Spa, complimentary onsite parking and accommodations. Rates start at $259 per night and must be booked by April 30. For more information, visit