Mountain Vacation Deals to Beat the Summer Heat
Great resort packages for a cooler summer. By Suzanne Rowan Kelleher
Resort at Squaw Creek in Tahoe (Squaw Creek )
Looking for an affordable family getaway this summer? Consider packing up the kids and heading for the hills. When temperatures rise, many mountain resorts and ski lodges lure families with off-season rates and value packages while offering a smorgasbord of active pursuits from alpine slides and zip lines to chairlift-assisted mountain biking, hiking, and other pursuits. Here’s a sampling of five mountain resorts offering great deals for families all summer long—and not a snowflake in sight.
Resort at Squaw Creek
Where: Lake Tahoe, California
Why: Because room rates at this all-season Tahoe resort are already about 23 percent lower in the summer compared to winter and as an added bonus, you can snag a daily resort credit that’s not chump change. Families will find myriad fun things to do, including hiking, biking, golf, tennis, fly fishing, and hanging out at the pool, and kids ages 4 to 12 can attend the Mountain Buddies camp. Book the Stay & Play package and get a $75 resort credit every day of your stay. Available year round.
Omni Mount Washington Resort
Omni Mount Washington Resort in the White Mountains (Omni Hotels)
Where: Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
Why: Because this plush resort in New Hampshire’s White Mountains offers a lot for active families to love in the summertime, from hiking, mountain biking, disc golf, and a climbing wall to ATV tours and a zip-line canopy tour. Book two or more nights with the Dive into Summer offer and get a $100 dining credit. Available through Sept. 1, 2014.
Montage Deer Valley Resort
Montage Deer Valley Resort in Utah (Montage Hotels)
Where: Park City, Utah
Why: Because this luxurious mountain retreat in Park City is perfectly situated for days spent hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, and stargazing with the resort’s “Constellation Concierge.” Book the Montage Family Memories package and kids 12 and under eat, stay, and play for free. Available through Nov. 30, 2014. Use promo code FAMILY.
Skytop Lodge in the Pocono Mountains (Skytop Lodge)
Where: Skytop, Pennsylvania
Why: Because this grand Pocono Mountain resort has been welcoming families since 1928 and offers a getaway experience that’s both active and luxurious. Book the Family Fun package, and turn your stay into an all-inclusive vacation including three meals a day plus a slew of family activities, including tennis, biking, boating, geocaching, and more. There’s also an excellent supervised kids’ program and unlimited greens fees for golfers.
Sheraton Steamboat Resort
Sheraton Steamboat Resort in Colorado (Sheraton )
Where: Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Why: Because although Steamboat may be best known as a ski town, come summer you can enjoy gondola rides, guided hikes, cycling, an activity adventure zone for the kids, ATV guided tours, and more. Book a minimum of four nights in one of the Sheraton Steamboat Resort’s brand new mountain suites (from studios to three bedrooms) and receive up to $300 in resort credit. Available through Nov. 25, 2014. Use promo code FMCREDIT.
Suzanne Rowan Kelleher contributed this to MiniTime.com.