1 . Woodloch Pines Resort

Hawley, Pennsylvania

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The kids are at the ages when they no longer agree on anything, from what to have for lunch to which backyard game to play. If that's the case, don't fret-the multi-generational entertainment and warm hospitality has Woodloch deemed “One of America’s Best Family Resorts,” and it's our # 1 Classic American Family Resort.

Compete in the Family Olympics and Guitar Hero contests, or make an impact on the kids in bumper boats! Woodloch has their very own Social Staff to ensure your family is entertained. Like a “cruise on land,” Woodloch has provided comfortable and stylish accommodations, three meals a day and something for every age, from a toddler room to Broadway shows. With all of this and more set in lush mountain scenery, we couldn’t ask for a better fit for family fun in the Poconos! And sharing with a sibling has never been so easy: enjoy amenities at the Lodge at Woodloch, Woodloch Pines’ sister property. Visit the 18-hole golf course or 27-room spa while the kids are with Boomer Bear’s Cub Club on a scavenger hunt or singing in Karaoke Idol!

Highlights

Woodloch Pines is ideal for family reunions with physical, intellectual and wacky games and contests, group photos and private boat rides or hay rides.

Fun facts

Lake Teedyuskung, which Woodloch Pines is located on, is named after an early 18th-century Susquehanna Delaware Indian chief.

Getting there

From Philadelphia and southern points: Take the Northeast Extension of the PA Turnpike to Lehigh Valley Exit 56. Take Rt. 22E to Rt. 33N toward Stroudsburg to Rt. 80E. Then take Exit 309 Marshalls Creek. Follow Rt. 209 to Rt. 402N. Take Rt. 402N to Rt. 6W to Rt. 590E through Hawley. Turn right at the Settler's Inn and Bingham Park and continue on Rt. 590E. Woodloch Springs is approximately five miles off Rt. 590E on your right. To go to Woodloch Pines Resort, continue to stop sign, turn left, and continue 1.4 miles to the main entrance.

2 . Mohonk Mountain House

New Paltz, New York

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Mohonk means “lake in the sky,” but there is a whole lot more than lake and sky to enjoy at Mohonk Mountain House! You won’t want to leave your “Cloud 9” after staying at this Victorian castle set atop Shawangunk Ridge in New York.

As one of America’s oldest family-owned resorts, Mohonk has had a lot of practice creating a vacation spot that makes everyone happy. That’s why Mohonk made our No. 2 spot - along with the fact that your rate includes bountiful breakfast and lunch buffets, four-course served dinners, Afternoon Tea and Cookies and most resort activities daily. The idyllic backdrop of a castle on ragged grey cliffs surrounded by blue sparkling water accompanies you and the family on your Hudson Valley adventures. Try a hand – and another hand, and both your feet – at rock climbing. Take a few swings on the 110-year-old Scottish golf course while the kids are horseback riding through extensive trails. Or, tour the gardens alone or with another family member for quality bonding time. Don’t worry about making the right turn in the Victorian Maze; each directional decision renders 19th-century fashioned landscaping beauty. The only complaint you’ll hear on this trip is when you have to leave.

Related Onsite Offerings

The Spa has a heated indoor and outdoor pool, a solarium, 16 treatment rooms and Pilates, aerobic and water classes.

Related activities

Head to one of many themed activities, including a campfire with s’mores, nature shows and workshops on topics like mystery to ballroom dancing!

Mountain range

Mohonk Mountains

3 . Grand Hotel

Mackinac Island, Michigan

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Vacations don’t get much grander than at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island! An island full of rich landscape and heritage and more than 500 horses – yes, that’s right, there are no cars allowed on this island – Mackinac has been a celebrated family getaway for more than a century.

Imagine giving the kids an expansive, breathtaking backyard that you’ll want to play in, too and you’ve got the Grand Hotel! With no cars, the family travels by horse, carriage, bike or foot. Which means kids will exercise discovering the natural beauty of Michigan instead of exercising their thumbs in video games. Challenge them to a swimming race in the 220-ft.-long serpentine pool or maybe let them challenge themselves. Children’s programs teach the kids how to Duck Pin bowl, play Bocce Ball or Putt-Putt golf. The attention to detail at Grand Hotel doesn’t just extend to the outside (the hotel uses 5,200 geraniums, its trademark flower, in all its flower beds combined). The inside accommodations are lavish and entrancing. No two rooms look the same or have the same history! Stay in one of six guest rooms designed by a U.S. first lady, rooms with a lake-view or the spectacular Masco Cottage.

Related Onsite Offerings

family will want to spend every moment possible outside enjoying the beautiful Mackinac Island – so arrange for a picnic lunch through Grand Hotel!

Fun facts

Classic movies were filmed at Grand Hotel, including “This Time for Keeps” (1947), starring Esther William, whom the pool is named after, and “Somewhere in Time” (1980), starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour.

Getting there

Michigan’s Mackinac Island is only accessible by ferry boat or plane.

4 . The Greenbrier

White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia

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It started as a small row of cottages in 1778 and grew to be a 6,500-acre luxury resort in the Alleghenies of West Virginia. Along with this astounding expansion, incredible hospitality makes for an unforgettable family getaway. There’s nothing prickly or unpleasant about our No. 4, The Greenbrier!

Live like kings and queens in a guesthouse that has been decorated in the spirit of Greenbrier’s heritage, but not foregoing modernity. You can even partake in old-age royalty sports, like falconry at the Falconry Academy. Send your little prince or princess to Adventure Zone where they can take part in a hands-on workshop designed to help them understand and appreciate the arts. They’ll be giggling at puppet shows or awed by the Allegheny Mountains on carriage rides. Your teen will be equally entertained with expeditions kayaking, mountain biking or receiving a spa treatment. We don’t see how a kid of any age would miss out on this fun! Bring out the kid in yourself and take the family to the 55-ft. Alpine Tower! Perfect for building family trust or strengthening family bonds, let each find their way to top. Or, swing onto one of three courses for a round of family golf.

Highlights

The Main Dining Room is a five-star restaurant that serves breakfast and dinner in the original, elegant 1913 setting. There are also six other onsite restaurants.

Fun facts

For the first 125 years, Greenbrier was actually named White Sulphur Springs. The spring of healing waters is still at the resort beneath the green-domed, white-pillared Springhouse.

Getting there

From Chicago: Take Interstate 65 South to Interstate 465 around Indianapolis. Then take Interstate 70 East to Cambridge, OH. Take Interstate 77 South to Charleston, WV. Finally, take Interstate 64 East to the first exit for White Sulphur Springs. At the end of the exit ramp take a left; go to the stop sign, turn right and proceed approximately 3.5 miles. The Main Entrance is on the left.

5 . Hotel Del Coronado

Coronado, California

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If you’ve been trying to find that vacation that balances culture and carefree, you’ve been looking for Hotel Del Coronado. San Diego’s only true beachfront resort since 1888, The Del has both history and entertainment to enrich your family’s vacation!

We sure learned a thing or two when we found out that Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemmon filmed “Some Like It Hot” at The Del and that other American greats have sought out The Del, including Thomas Edison, Babe Ruth and the Reagan family! Your family can now enjoy the same historic luxury in the elegant Victorian-style rooms. Watch the kids’ surfing lesson from the shade of your beach umbrella or let them experience Kidtopia with its different themed rooms, arts and crafts and a funhouse mirror. Your teen will most likely have already found Vibz, the teen lounge that has billiards, foosball, darts and more – along with the opportunity to meet other teens. It’s already a National Historic Landmark, but we’re ready to name it a National Family Landmark. Stop by Deck Rec for a henna tattoo – don’t worry, Mom and Dad, it washes off – and then have the whole family hop in the pool for Dive-In Movie night!

Fun facts

In 1892, a young woman named Kate Morgan checked into the Hotel Del Coronado and never checked out. Reports of her ghost have come up ever since…

Related Onsite Offerings

At the Spa at The Del guests can relax on the private terrace with a fire pit and a vanishing-edge pool overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Highlights

Choose a Hotel Del Coronado family package from among choices like: Beach Break Package, Sea World Package, Best of San Diego Package and Del Zoo Package.

6 . Villa Roma Resort

Callicoon, New York

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Though you won’t see basilica domes onsite at Villa Roma Resort, you will see magnificent style in the brightly adorned sitting areas, ornate chandeliers and a glorious fountain surrounded by sculpted statues to greet you and your family!

With a diverse list of age-appropriate activities, your kids will be enraptured. There are color wars and Wii tournaments for the type A in the bunch and an opportunity to produce their own show or tie-dye t-shirts for your right-brained tikes. If for some crazy reason your kids don’t want to partake in bumper boats, nature trails or the rock climbing wall, you can take them to two onsite playgrounds, shuffleboard courts or the arcade game room. You arrange your own program of fun by taking a cooking or line dancing class, cross-country ski, visit the spa and so much more! This classy, newly-renovated Catskills hotel designed itself around the individual and collective needs of your family! After spending the afternoon splashing around in the zero-entry play pool with water spouts and dumping buckets, kids can grab an ice cream from Villa Roma’s ice cream parlor and Mom and Dad can cool off with a cocktail on the veranda.

Highlights

The entertainment doesn’t stop at night. In fact, the fun is just starting at Marty’s Lounge, The Mezzanine Piano Bar and Club Forum – all onsite at Villa Roma!

Fun facts

Villa Roma spent $27 million on renovation to serve great family vacations like yours!

Related Onsite Offerings

Fans of shopping won’t have to go far – Villa Roma has four shops and boutiques for your perusing.

7 . Skytop Lodge

Skytop, Pennsylvania

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What if you could build your dream vacation? A mountain, a lake, a spacious room that is comfortable but not pretentious, something new to do every day…a place you can come back to time and again. You’ve just built a real vacation at Skytop Lodge in historically rich Pennsylvania!

For families that want to sprawl out there are cottages with connecting bedrooms and porches for the kids to run through, or there are spacious rooms at The Inn or The Lodge. All are gems of Dutch Colonial interior design and country charm. Let the kids choose between two kid camps: Camp in the Clouds with active and experiential pastimes like soccer, nature walks and swimming or face painting or hay rides, or Kid’s Ambassador’s Club where children learn valuable skills like etiquette, dining and sportsmanship. Meanwhile, you can tailor your own itinerary. Rock climb, paintball or take a wilderness survival course. When the family rejoins, fish in private trout streams or toboggan down one of the last remaining runs in the area. Or, dine together in the Lake View Restaurant or enjoy the view sitting in front of your own fireplace. The sky’s the limit when it comes to family fun at Skytop!

Fun facts

The founders of Skytop Lodge originally bought 2,500 acres of property but now Skytop holds 5,500 acres to enjoy at your leisure!

Related Onsite Offerings

The PGA-recognized Brian Boyle School of Golf teaches full swing and short game principles and limits four students to one instructor for more individualized attention.

Getting there

From Philadelphia: Follow I-80 East to I-380 North. Continue on I-380 to Exit # 3 - PA 940. At the top of the exit ramp turn right onto PA 940 East to traffic light at PA 611. At the light make a right and a left at the next light (50 yards) back onto Route 940 East. Follow Route 940 East for 3 miles; turn left onto Route 390 North. Follow Route 390 North for approximately 10 miles through the towns of Cresco, Mountainhome and Canadensis. Entrance to Skytop Lodge will be on the left, 3 miles from the traffic light in Canadensis.

8 . Madden's Resort on Gull Lake

Brainerd, Minnesota

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No overcrowded beaches, but plenty of sand. No towering saltwater waves, but peaceful laps from the lake. Are you daydreaming? No, you’re at Madden’s on Gull Lake! Surrounded by peaceful Minnesota lake scenery, your family will find comfort and relaxation in the Northwoods.

Nowhere else in the Midwest will you find a resort with more recreational amenities than Madden’s. We suggest Madden’s very own Gull Lake waterpark, complete with water trampolines and water toys! The kids will beg to be at Adventure Cove, a camp that keeps them happily entertained while you are free to indulge in Panache Spa treatments overlooking beautiful Wilson Bay. Fill your days at The Classic, Madden’s championship golf course, or take it easy on the Social Nine. Madden’s has been the leader in Minnesota golf resorts since 1926 and it shows with the exceptional number of 63 holes offered on four different golf courses – all ready for your tee off. The list of fun Madden’s has for you doesn’t stop there! Did we mention that they also have a full-service marina with kayaks, canoes and sailboats? Tennis, croquet, trapshooting, indoor pools – the list goes on and on! Madden’s is your family’s next lakeside vacation!

Related activities

Fish for a day with “Walleye Dan,” a local that learned about the great outdoors from his dad. Dan’s favorite lake is Gull Lake because of the big walleye that are found there every year.

Fun facts

A 1964 fire destroyed the golf club house but the owner, Jim Madden, redesigned and rebuilt the Golf Club which now has two restaurants, two lounges, and a golf pro shop.

Getting there

From Minneapolis/St. Paul: Follow I-94 West to Clearwater. Take the Highway 24 exit and follow to Highway 10. Turn left and follow Highway 10 West to Little Falls. Follow Highway 371 to the Brainerd Pass and then to Baxter to the intersection of Highways 371 and 210. Continue straight on Highway 371 for 4 miles to County Road 77. Turn left and drive 7.5 miles to Madden's.

9 . The Broadmoor Resort

Colorado Springs, Colorado

CALL DIRECT: +1 (866) 837 - 9520

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The Gateway to the Rockies and to your luxury family vacation. Wait - luxury and family in the same sentence? Is that even possible? At The Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs it is! Come and discover how family fun and luxurious comfort combine on your next mountain vacation.

Settling for nothing but the best is a long-running tradition for Broadmoor. Rooted in the area’s history of gold-mining, Broadmoor delivers the finest luxury setting coupled with abundant entertainment. The Children’s Concierge suggests a trip to the highest altitude zoo in the U.S., the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, or to the top of the 14,000-ft. summit of Pikes Peak via the Cog Railway. Or, just let the kids jump feet first into the 11,000-sq.-ft. outdoor infinity pool and Slide Mountain. Broadmoor’s list of suggestions doesn’t stop there – see a movie at the Little Theater, catch stunning views of the property from paddle boats, take family tennis lessons and more! Rooms and cottages are decorated with European-style elegance, from the bed sheets to the light fixtures. Enjoy views from some rooms of Cheyenne Mountain and Cheyenne Lake. Broadmoor wants the whole family to join the fun – that means pets, too!

Fun facts

Nearby Pikes Peak is where Katharine Lee Bates was inspired to write “America the Beautiful.”

Related Onsite Offerings

Enjoy a wine therapy sugar body scrub at the Spa at Broadmoor.

Highlights

The Broadmoor is the longest running consecutive winner of the AAA Five-Diamond and Mobil Travel Guide Five-Star awards.

10 . Mount Washington Resort

Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

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At first, all you see is stately red rooftops on an elegant white building. But when you arrive, receive top-notch presidential family treatment without the hassle of politics at Mount Washington Resort!

Your family can set their own pace exploring the surrounding Bretton Woods. Blaze new trails and discover the forest for yourself, or take a guided canopy tour. Hear White Mountain lore, go whizzing above the tree tops on a zip lines ending with the Williwaw Racing Zip which gives a stunning 20-minute ride for the best views! If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground and your head out of the clouds, join your kids for dinner and hear all about how they learned to ski at Hobbit Ski and Snowboarding School, made pinecone bird feeders and played themed games at Kid’s Club. Don’t let the snow stop you from having a blast on your New Hampshire family vacation! Bretton Woods is New Hampshire’s largest skiing area with 434 acres. That exhilarating canopy tour also runs in the winter, so there’s no excuse not to buckle up and enjoy the ride at Mount Washington Resort!

Highlights

After breathing in all that fresh, clean mountain air, head over to the spa for an Adventurer’s Massage.

Fun facts

You can call Mount Washington “home” by buying a condo, town home, single-family residence, or land to custom-build your own house today.

Related Onsite Offerings

As a guest at Mount Washington Resort, you have access to Rosebrook Recreation Center, which has a steam room, Jacuzzi, indoor pool, racquetball courts, exercise rooms and more!

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