Snow, Sun, and Fun — Taking Teens to Lapland

 Posted by on June 29, 2014  Comments Off
Jun 292014
Snow, Sun, and Fun — Taking Teens to Lapland

Here is another great family travel idea from our partners around the world!  Traveling to Lapland with teens can be absolutely tremendous fun, especially when you make sure that your itinerary has a little something for everyone to enjoy. Teens are just always up for an adventure (once they’ve had their 13 hours of sleep, of course!) You can certainly find that if you head up north in the world on holidays in Lapland Although it’s situated within the Arctic Circle, it’s not continuously engulfed in snow (a cause of joy for some, a cause of dismay for others!). In fact, Lapland actually has four diverse seasons, just like most countries. From spring until fall your teens can enjoy activities such as hiking or biking, and, if the weather is [...]

What do the British do for a Family Holiday during Christmas?

 Posted by on October 10, 2013  Comments Off
Oct 102013
What do the British do for a Family Holiday during Christmas?

It is getting to be that time of year when families need to start planning where to go for a winter holiday.   Time with the kids and extended family members including grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles is a must, but, finding a place where everyone can get the right mix of activity, privacy, sun, fun, and food can be challenging. Whether yours is a small family that wants to keep it simple and cook your own meals in a housekeeping apartment or lodge or a larger group that wants to stay at a themed oceanfront hotel with all the bells and whistles during the UK Christmas break, all-inclusive resorts can be a great affordable way to keep everyone happy. Our European travel partners tell us that beachside resorts operated by [...]

Jun 062013
Smugglers' Notch Resort Adds New Summer Adventures for Teens and Tweens

Vermont’s Smugglers’ Notch Resort is one our favorite four season family getaway destinations with a wide range of on site lodging options, pools, restaurants and many opportunities to explore Vermont’s Green Mountains.  This is one resort where there really is something for everyone from the youngest kids to  teens and tweens to mom and dad looking for a little adult time. Year round, including summer, the resort offers a range of age appropriate kids camps and programs.  Summer options feature a number of special interest camps for teens and tweens including: A 2-day/2-night hiking exploration on Vermont’s Long Trail which runs across the spines of the resort’s Sterling and Madonna Mountains.  The 4,000 foot elevations provide quite a view!  Nights are spent in wooden shelters on the trail. A 4-day Survival Camp for 12-17 [...]

Apr 302013
A Spring Regatta Weekend in Saratoga Springs, NY

This recent Spring weekend found us in Saratoga Springs, NY cheering on the Princess as she participated in the Saratoga Invitational Crew races at Fish Creek on Lake Saratoga.  Our one night adventure included a quick tour of some of the city’s most famous landmarks, as well as an adults dinner and evening stroll around the thriving downtown.   Saratoga Springs is a college town, home to Skidmore College and SUNY Empire State College.  It is also a great base camp for exploring other nearby schools including Union College, RPI and Williams College. Whether you visit for a college tour, rowing, or as part of a family vacation, make time to check out the many historic landmarks.  This Victorian era town is dripping with history, as it has long been a destination for travelers [...]

Why Turkey is a Great Place to Visit with Teens

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Feb 062013
Why Turkey is a Great Place to Visit with Teens

We recently put out a call for ideas about spring break and summer family vacations around the world. One of our European travel partners suggested Turkey as a perfect destination. Families have been visiting Turkey for decades to soak up the sunshine, enjoy the vibrant culture and make the most of the gorgeous beaches, but as we all know, that’s not always enough to keep the teenagers entertained. Luckily there is a lot more than just great scenery to  offer, particularly on the Turquoise Coast, which is the south coast of Turkey where families of all ages will find plenty to make their holiday to Turkey one to remember! One of the most popular resorts on the Turquoise Coast is Bodrum, a busy yachting port that has facilitated the town’s growth [...]

Feb 042013
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Boston North Shore Offers Family Friendly Base Camp, Water Park and More

The recently renovated 364 room Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Boston North Shore, and the adjacent 65,000 square foot CoCo Key Boston North Shore Water Park, are centrally located for families with teens and tweens who want to explore both the City of Boston and classic New England destinations such as the historic witch city of Salem, the beaches and conservation areas of Cape Ann, the whale watches and nautical history of Gloucester, or the quaint artistic village of Rockport.  Families visiting nearby Merrimack College or boarding schools such as Phillips Andover will also find the Doubletree to be a convenient base camp.   The hotel is within a 30 minute (non-rush hour) drive of downtown Boston and most North Shore destinations. We recently had the opportunity to stay at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Boston [...]

Jan 272013
Families Come in Out of the Cold to Enjoy CoCo Key Water Park Boston North Shore

The 65,000 square foot CoCo Key Water Park Boston North Shore is a pretty impressive sight when you first walk through the doors. CoCo Key is the largest indoor water park in Massachusetts and any time it is open the park is a beehive of activity as kids, tweens and teens make the most of the park’s brightly colored slides, sprays, pools and water features. Located in Danvers MA, just 19 miles north of Boston and adjacent to the 364 room Doubletree by Hilton Boston North Shore hotel, CoCo Key Water Park Boston North Shore includes multi-level water slides, spray decks, bucket dumps, water actvities, four-story high enclosed tube slides, a lazy river, and a wading pool for younger kids.   The action never stops as the kids scamper from one splashy activity to [...]