October is a wonderful time of year for quick family getaways, particularly over the upcoming Columbus Day weekend. Here in New England the evenings are chilly but the days are warm and the leaves are ablaze. As a result, it is no surprise that our email is overflowing with great family travel offers, contests and inspiration for October family travel fun. Here are some of the best ones that have come our way recently:
Four Seasons Luxury Family Vacation Contest
Family travel experts Poshbrood, Luxury Travel Mom, and Ciao Bambino have partnered with Four Seasons to offer three unbelievable luxury family giveaways! Over the next two weeks they will be giving away Ski, Beach, and City vacations — to the Four Seasons Resort Vail, Four Seasons Resort Nevis, and Four Seasons Hotel Boston!
The full details for this contest are available at the Ciao Bambino blog or you can go straight to their Facebook Four Seasons contest page to enter. Each of these luxury family vacations includes 4 nights deluxe accommodations for a family of 4 and some really special family friendly extras like an in-room visit from the ice cream man in Boston or a day’s use of a family beach house complete with a butler in Nevis. This contest is open until October 17th so don’t miss out.
Columbus Day Weekend in Vermont
Columbus Day Weekend is one of our favorite times to visit Vermont, as the foliage is usually at its peak. This year, we all know that Vermont was hit hard by flooding from Hurricane Irene, but, the leaves are still there, most roads are passable and these hardy New Englanders are bouncing back in time for families to enjoy the 3-day Columbus Day weekend running October 8-10. Sugarbush ski resort in Warren VT is hosting its annual Community Weekend complete with free lift rides, pumpkin carving and live music performances. The area is offering a wide range of bed and breakfast and condo lodging packages, some starting as low as $45 a night.
The Smugglers’ Notch Resort in Vermont is also offering its AutumnFest packages through Columbus Day weekend. These include condo lodging, use of the pool, FunZone, mini golf and an additional night free when three nights are booked. There is lots to do outdoors in the fall at Smugglers’ including hiking, ziplines, Segway tours, canoes and kayaks.
If you are looking for a Vermont Inn or B&B experience over Columbus Day weekend, or during the winter, consider the wonderful Vermont Inn Keepers who provided amazing support for their communities during the worst of the flooding. They took in neighbors whose homes were underwater and served as centers of relief efforts in their towns. Vermont counts on tourism dollars so do your part and have a great weekend!
Fall Family Beach and Poolside Getaways
The Hilton Waikoloa Village, a 62-acre oceanfront resort on the Big Island of Hawaii, transforms families into a team of explorers with Pacific adventures and the discoveries of a lifetime via their Ocean Explorer Family Escape. Available now through Dec. 31, 2011, starting from $264 per room, per night for a four-night stay for two adults and two children, the Ocean Explorer package welcomes kids with backpacks filled with essential exploring gear such as an underwater camera and ocean fish guide card for use in the snorkeling lagoon, coloring book & Dol-fun activity book, dolphin key chain and keepsake Rubbah Slippah magnets and more. Two adult and two children explorers also receive a daily full breakfast buffet and a one-time Ocean Sports glass bottom boat cruise of Anaeho’omalu Bay. The swimming and snorkeling are great at A-Bay too!