Family weekend getaway deals
By Sonia Esther Soltani
A federal holiday commemorating the birth of the civil rights movement figurehead, the Martin Luther King Jr weekend takes place on January 19th this year. It’s a good opportunity for families to extend the holiday spirit with a pilgrimage in the footsteps of the charismatic leader who was assassinated in 1968, short ski getaway, or leisurely break under the sun. Here are some great US-based deals to help you make the most of the weekend with your kids.
Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel, Georgia
Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel in Atlanta, GA (Mount Snow)
Why not take the kids to the homeplace of Martin Luther King Jr to teach them about his ideals and actions? Visit his home and church in Atlanta, as well as the National Center for Civil & Human Rights. Other more light-hearted attractions include the Georgia Aquarium, Piedmond Park, and The World of Coca-Cola. A brilliant base for families during this weekend, the Renaissance Atlanta Midtown Hotel has a special rate through Travelzoo starting at $149, which means savings of up to $100 compared with midweek stays. The stylish, contemporary and pet-friendly hotel is located in the vicinity of most of the aforementioned attractions. Book by Jan. 21 for stays from January till April 2015.
Mount Snow, Vermont
Mount Snow in Vermont (Sunday River)
For a short but fun ski vacation, Vermont slopes are among the best in the country. Mount Snow has a special package for the Martin Luther King Jr Weekend valid Jan.16-19 starting at $150 per person, per night, including a 15% savings on lift tickets. The resort offers many kid-friendly activities, in particular its Apres 4 Kids club. Guests during the weekend will be able to attend a beautiful torchlight parade and fireworks on Sunday, Jan.18, 2015.
Sunday River Resort, Maine
A fantastic ski offer is available from Sunday River Resort’s Martin Luther King Jr Weekend offer with ski lessons, lodgings, lift tickets, and lodgings on a B&B basis all included, starting at $129 per person, per night. Accommodation ranges from condominiums to luxury hotels. To end a day spent on the slope, families will be treated to fireworks. The deal is valid on Jan.16-18, 2015.
West Inn & Suites Carlsbad (West Inn & Suites)
Legoland is one of the many nearby family-friendly attractions you can enjoy while staying at this coastal resort, which offers its guests complimentary day use of boogie boards, chairs, and kids toys. Head to San Diego’s zoo, Sea World and Wild Animal Park, a mere 30-minute drive away to ensure the kids have a fun-packed weekend away. Thanks to the Winter Escape deal you can save 10% when staying two nights and up to 20% for four-night stays with prices starting at $128. The offer is valid for stays through Feb. 2, 2015.
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New York City, New York
Enjoy modern jazz music, artworks inspired by Dr King, and film screenings for free (first come, first served basis) at the 28th annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. You can also join the Civil Rights Weekend Scavenger Hunt on the Upper West Side organized by the New York Historical Society. Children visiting the Freedom Journey 1965 exhibition will be invited to match Civil Rights leaders faces to their names. Free with admission: $19 adults, $6 children ages 5 to 13.