Family Getaways for Memorial Day Weekend

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    Amazing Places to Kick Off Summer

    Memorial Day Vacations with Kids
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    As the unofficial kick-off to summer, Memorial Day weekend offers an opportunity to begin the season with a bang. Here's how to start your summer off right.

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    Tyler Place Family Resort: Highgate Springs, VT

    Tyler Place Family Resort
    ••• Activities abound at Tyler Place Family Resort in Vermont. Courtesy of Tyler Place Family Resort

    Nestled on the shores of Lake Champlain in northwestern Vermont, the 165-acre Tyler Place Family Resort pioneered all-inclusive pricing during the Great Depression and has been helping families create awesome summer family vacation memories ever since. With nine age-staggered groups from babies through teens, the children's program is simply unbeatable. (Tyler Place is also on our shortlist of top vacations with a baby and toddler.)

    Other highlights include a spectacular lakeside setting, raft of adult-only activities and classes, delicious farm-to-table meals, and the perfect mix of family time, me time, and couples time. (Pre-dinner cocktail hour? Champagne cruises? What's not to love?)

    • Memorial Day weekend is the kick-off of the summer season, with rates up to 40 percent lower than in the peak of summer.
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    Resort at Squaw Creek: Lake Tahoe, CA

    Resort at Squaw Creek
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    A gem on Lake Tahoe, the Resort at Squaw Creek delivers a lot of family fun, beginning with its four pools, 120-foot water slide, and three all-season whirlpools. Golf-loving families can play a quick and easy round on the front nine holes from family tees. Other activities include hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, tennis, and fly fishing. Kids ages 4 to 12 can attend the Mountain Buddies program, which offers a variety of activities, including biking, hiking, tennis, swimming, arts and crafts, games and more.

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    TradeWinds Island Grand Beach Resort: St Pete Beach, FL

    TradeWinds Island Grand Beach Resort
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    Nothing says summer like a trip to the beach. A family favorite on Florida's gorgeous St. Pete Beach, TradeWinds Island Grand Resort offers a Salute to Summer Package. Families get a three-night stay in a deluxe guestroom and two tickets to the resort's Sunday beach party with a cookout and fireworks display. In addition, there are fun activities all weekend long, from carnival games and music to bingo and other fun contests. 

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    The Broadmoor: Colorado Springs, CO

    The Broadmoor pool Colorado Springs
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    Kick off summer in the Rocky Mountains at The Broadmoor, a historic and oh-so-grand property that really delivers for families. The Memorial Day Family Escape package includes a four-night stay, $300 dining credit, horseback riding or a Jeep tour, plus access to the resort's movie theater, bike and paddleboat rentals, and more. 

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    Skytop Lodge: Skytop, PA

    Skytop Lodge
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    One of our favorite all-inclusive resorts, the oh-so-grand Skytop Lodge in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains has been welcoming families since 1928. The resort offers a huge choice of activities, including zip-lining, kayaking, archery, tennis, boating, biking, rock climbing, and hiking. There’s also an excellent supervised children’s program, and golfers get a bonus that’s virtually unheard of: unlimited greens fees. 

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    Grand Hotel: Mackinac Island, MI

    Grand Hotel Mackinac Island, MI
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    An iconic summer resort since 1887, Grand Hotel boasts the longest front porch in the world. Set on storybook Mackinac Island—where motorized vehicles are prohibited and folks get around on bikes and horse-drawn carriages—the hotel is a step back in time and offers myriad ways for families to enjoy the resort and island together, from biking to horseback riding to swimming in the 220-foot pool.

    • Memorial Day weekend package includes a two-night stay, daily breakfast and dinner, free golf, and more. Children 11 and under stay and eat for free at Grand Hotel. They also can enjoy complimentary children’s programs Memorial Day through Labor Day.
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    Wintergreen Resort: Wintergreen, VA

    Wintergreen Resort: Wintergreen, VA
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    High in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the family-friendly Wintergreen Resort will usher in summer with a fun-filled weekend in the mountains, featuring daily brunch, a micro-brew festival, blues music, an arts-and-crafts fair, mountain bike races, and more. For the kids, there will be outdoor movies, a treehouse program and tons of kids' activities at a block party. In addition, the resort offers myriad outdoor recreational opportunities, from biking and ziplining to summer tubing, golf, and kayaking.

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    Colonial Williamsburg, VA

    Reenactors marching in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia
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    Get your red, white, and blue on in the Revolutionary City with a commemorative Memorial Day program. Stay at the Williamsburg Lodge, which is invitingly decked out in colonial Virginia-style fabrics and furnishings and conveniently located in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg.

    • Memorial Day weekend: book the Revolutionary City Pa package including accommodations, daily breakfast, admission to Colonial Williamsburg, costume rental, and a Colonial children's book.
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    Top 10 Memorial Day Weekend Vacation Rental Spots

    Myrtle Beach
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    Planning to rent a vacation home for the long weekend? According to, the largest online vacation rental listing site, Americans are spending the unofficial kickoff to summer at America's beaches.

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    Jekyll Island Club Hotel: Jekyll Island, GA

    Jekyll Island Club Hotel
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    On one of Georgia's prettiest barrier islands, the Jekyll Island Club is a former members-only club for 1920s millionaires that was transformed into a fabulously family-friendly grand hotel.

    Over Memorial Day weekend, the Family Beach Getaway (available for a minimum of two nights) includes accommodations, daily breakfast, logoed beach towel, tickets to local attraction, and discount on babysitting. It gives families plenty of time to enjoy the island's 20 miles of bike paths, four golf courses, swimming pools, restaurants and nature hikes in a relaxed setting.