As the unofficial kick-off to summer, Memorial Day weekend is an opportunity to begin the season with a bang. Make it special with a getaway to a top-drawer resort that the whole family can enjoy.
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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.
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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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, and games.
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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 Beach Resort offers a Hello Summer! Memorial Day three-night package. Two adults get a discounted three-night stay and two tickets to the resort's Sunday beach party with a cookout and fireworks display. There are also fun activities all weekend long like carnival games, music, bingo, and contests.
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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 weekend package includes a four-night stay, dining credit, and horseback riding or a Jeep tour, plus access to the resort's movie theater, bike, and paddleboat rentals.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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The grand Skytop Lodge in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains has been welcoming families since 1928. The resort offers a huge choice of activities like 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. Memorial Day weekend festivities include special events and a picnic barbecue.
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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, like biking, horseback riding, and swimming in the 220-foot pool.
The Memorial Day weekend package includes a two-night stay, daily breakfast and dinner, and free golf. Children 11 and under stay and eat for free at the Grand Hotel. They also can participate in complimentary children’s programs Memorial Day through Labor Day.
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High in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the family-friendly Wintergreen Resort ushers in summer with a fun-filled Memorial Day weekend in the mountains that features daily brunch, a micro-brew festival, blues music, an arts-and-crafts fair, and mountain bike races. For the kids, there are outdoor movies, a treehouse program, and tons of kids' activities at a block party. In addition, the resort offers myriad outdoor recreational opportunities that include biking, zip lining summer tubing, golf, and kayaking. Festivities include a slew of family activities.
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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, check out the island's 20 miles of bike paths, four golf courses, swimming pools, restaurants, and nature hikes in a relaxed setting. Jekyll Island Club Hotel offers a variety of special packages on Memorial Day weekend.