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Set on the shores of Lake Champlain in Vermont, the 165-acre Tyler Place Family Resort pioneered all-inclusive pricing in the 1930s 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. The Tyler Place is also on our shortlist of top vacations with a baby and toddler.
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ME: Lodge on the Cove
Kennebunkport may be best known for its beaches and its Bushes (the family of two US presidents has a large guarded compound here), but families will find much more to love about this darling seaside town in Maine. At the hip-yet-kid-friendly Lodge on the Cove, complimentary loaner bikes are provided (adult and kid sizes) for exploring the quiet streets around the resort (25 mph speed limit) and for making the easy-breezy half-mile trip into town. There's also a heated outdoor saltwater pool, a firepit for s'more-making, Ping Pong and shufflepuck tables, lawn games, and free breakfast and wi-fi.
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This "casually upscale" Winnetu Oceanside Resort has suites, studios, and vacation home rentals on Martha's Vineyard. (This popular island -- seven miles from Cape Cod -- is wildly popular during summer and can be reached by ferry or by air.) The resort has seasonal kids and teen programs.
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Kidcentric Smugglers' Notch is voted the top ski resort for families in the East by Ski magazine readers year after year. Summer is also a popular season, with zip-lining, mountain biking, horseback riding, canoe trips, and much more.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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The venerable Omni Mount Washington Resort is located in Bretton Woods, a ski area with alpine and x-country skiing plus ice skating, family sleigh rides, and more. The hotel is a National Historic Landmark, with a 900-foot verandah, indoor pools, spa, fireplaces... Activities include golf, tennis, horseback riding, biking, hiking, fishing, etc. The resort has a seasonal kids club and an adventure center, and seasonal events such as Thanksgiving weekends.
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Set on 700 acres on Lake Champlain, Basin Harbor Club has families returning for generations. The resort offers kids programs for several different age groups, including teens. Pet members of the family are welcome too. Lodgings include the Lodge "historic Homestead" and 77 cottages throughout the grounds, some with fireplaces or screened porches. Activities include boating, golf, tennis, and more.
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Set on the rocky midcoast of Maine about an hour's drive from Portland, Sebasco Harbor Resort has been offering authentic Maine getaways since 1930. Today this three-season resort manages to exude that stuck-in-yesteryear feel while offering an array of simple pleasures, from lobster bakes and canoeing to golf and spa treatments.
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For families looking for a relaxing Vermont getaway with a host of family activities, the Woodstock Inn & Resort is an excellent upscale choice. The resort is nestled in the village of Woodstock, which dates back to 1765 and is chockablock with quaint shops, white-steepled churches, galleries, cafes, and a classic New England village green lined with stately Federal-style homes.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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For families looking for a mid-priced place to stay with many amenities and a great location right on the water, Sea Crest Beach Hotel is a great choice. Located on North Falmouth's Old Silver Beach, the Sea Crest is blessed with gentler waters than you typically find on the Atlantic side.
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For families looking for a mid-priced place to stay with many amenities and a great location within walking distance of the beach, Meadowmere Resort is a great choice. Located right along Route 1, the Meadowmere is a five-minute walk from the starting point of the Marginal Way and the restaurants and shops on Shore Road. It's a 15-minute walk to Ogunquit Beach.
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The New England outpost of the wildly popular Great Wolf Lodge chain of indoor waterpark resorts opened in 2014. At 68,000 square feet, the indoor waterpark at Great Wolf Lodge New England is the largest in Massachusetts, featuring body slides, raft rides, a lazy river, wave pool, kiddie area, as well as dry fun such as mini golf, high ropes, bowling, and the MagiQuest interactive fantasy game.
Edited by Suzanne Rowan Kelleher