Adventure activities in Stowe, Vermont, are around every corner — whether or not your family is ready for them is an entirely different story.
Sure, you can wing it and go with the first result of your Google search for a local snowshoe guide or ski lesson, or you can rely on a well-established resort to do all the work for you. Enter Topnotch Resort.
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With enough adventure activities to appease any member of the family and enough expertise to put your mind at ease that the kids are in good hands, Topnotch is a great stay for active travelers who are still a little shaky on their skis.
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Don’t let the intimidating Vermont mountains scare you away from an adventurous family vacation. Stay active, even on vacation, and discover new corners of the mountain locale with Mountain Ops Outdoor Gear, an on-property equipment rental and clothing shop.
With nearby activities, including mountain biking, golfing, archery lessons, river rafting, paddle boarding, canoeing, ATV rides, hot air balloon tours and white-water rafting — to name a few — your family is going to need to dress the part.
Book local adventure activities with expert guides and the hotel’s well-equipped concierge. Discuss any concerns, your kids interests, ages and anything else you think could be of use when deciding what the kids will want to explore on your family vacation. The concierge can help steer you in the right direction for adventure activities depending on your interest and skill level. Who knows, they might take a liking to something they’ve never tried.
For parents looking to relax and get outdoors all at once, explore the surrounding countryside along Stowe’s Recreation Path, ideal for running, hiking and even horseback riding with private lessons, which can be booked through the resort.
If you want to get out on the mountain bike, but need some help, Stowe’s Four Points Mountain Bike School & Guide Service allows guests to explore on guided bike tour or even take a lesson. This is a great way to explore the nearby terrain with some guidance as a new rider, or if you need a refresher course.
… And relax!
Unwind after a long day on the slopes, hiking, bike riding, zip lining and anything else you can handle with a treatment at the Topnotch Spa. Choose from more than 120 treatments and services with options, including locally sourced CBD products for your sore muscles.
With cooler weather and fall colors on its way, it’s time to plan your fall family travels. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort PA Wilds in Mansfield is the perfect destination, and with both scary and not-so-scary events, kids and parents alike can celebrate the festive season with trick-or-treating, fall crafts, fun with the Yogi Bear characters and more.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
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Looking for a unique, fun and educational activity for the kids during your next family travels? Well, Kidzania has you covered. Located in Dallas, Texas, this city is not only built for kids but also run by kids. It’s unlike any other entertainment parks; in Kidzania, kids learn useful knowledge, skills and experiences, all while having the chance to be independent.