Valentine’s/Presidents’ Days Family Weekend Getaways
With these family-friendly getaway ideas, kids have fun while adults celebrate romance. By Josephine Levin
Family at Hotel Hershey (Courtesy Hotel Hershey)
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This year, Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day fall on the same long weekend of February 14-16, 2015. Here are some exciting family-friendly getaways that not only offer fun events for the kids, but also allow parents to have the chance for some romantic time alone together.
Chocolate Covered February
One of the most fun places to go is the Hotel Hershey in the beautiful rolling hills of central Pennsylvania just two hours from New York City and 2-1/2 hours from Washington DC. Under the banner Chocolate Covered February is the chance to have a Rain Forest Adventure, make your own truffles, dance with the characters in the Hershey Park Chocolate Parade, see the otters at the Wild Treats event at ZooAmerica and much more. A Kids’ Cocoa Clubhouse is available for kids over age five where they can be left for a full or half day, and for wee ones there is a babysitting service. Best of all is a Kid’s Night Out that will also give you the chance to enjoy a romantic meal or pamper yourselves in the elegant spa that offers cocoa and chocolate beauty treatments.
Presidents Snow Holiday
Snow fun at Woodlock Resort (Courtesy Woodlock Resort)
If you are looking for a great winter wonderland snow getaway then you and the kids can have a super time at the Woodloch Mountain Resort in the Pocono Mountains just two hours from New York City. Here you and the kids will have access to fun outdoor activities like tubing, ice-skating, sledding and winter Olympics. And if you want to warm up indoors, there are also fun things to do like a Scavenger Hunt, Cake Wars and more. Nightly entertainment and movies are all family-oriented. Babysitting services are available so you can have some time to pamper yourselves in the nearby luxury destination spa at the Woodloch Lodge.
Ritz Kids Night out
Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay (Courtesy Ritz Carlton)
The Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay in Half Moon Bay, CA overlooking the beautiful Pacific Ocean on the northern California coast just one hour from San Francisco is a perfect place for a getaway. Here, while the kids are spending a half or full day at Ritz Kids, you can indulge in the luxury spa, go wine-tasting, play golf and more. Best of all the kids can even have a Friday or Saturday Kids Night Out (6-9 or 11 pm) that includes dinner, arts and crafts and a movie, thus freeing you to spend a romantic meal and evening together.
Warm up in Sunny Florida
Character breakfast at Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista (Courtesy Hilton)
The Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista is the chance to have a sunny warm long fun weekend with the kids. The hotel is located in the Walt Disney World Resort and offers complimentary tickets, extended theme park hours and shuttle service to all Walt Disney World theme parks. There are also kids’ activities, kids’ menu, Disney character breakfast on Sundays, video arcade and two heated outdoor pools, one of which is for small kids and toddlers. The hotel is walking distance to Downtown Disney, which features not just shops and restaurants, but also a 24-hour fitness room. And the hotel’s babysitting services give you the chance to explore the area for a romantic evening out.
Explorer’s Club for Kids
Grand del Mar Resort (Courtesy Grand Del Mar)
The Grand del Mar Resort in San Diego, California, offers the kids a great time in the Explorer’s Club for Kids and the adults a pampering and romantic venue. The Explorer’s Club has fun-filled programs and four- and eight-hour explorations for the kids daily. On Fridays and Saturdays, dinner is served and the club operates until 10 pm. This can free you to spend time at the adults-only relaxation pool, pamper yourself at the state-of-the-art spa or have a romantic meal and evening.
Josephine Levin contributed this to MiniTime.