There’s something particularly romantic about Hotel Le Cep, a charming, one-of-a-kind, boutique hotel comprised of adjoining historic 14th–16th-century buildings. The 5-star luxury hotel is within walking distance to each significant historical site in Beaune, the medieval town and capital of the Burgundy wine region.
Light pollution in major metropolitan areas means your family is deprived of spotting constellations, planets and shooting stars. Often a glance skyward only rewards a would-be stargazer with the distinctive orange glow of streetlamps, building illumination and vehicle headlights. This winter, give you family an unparalleled peek at the heavens with a getaway to Scotland.
Nearly every ski resort in Italy has an area for beginners, but a number go the extra mile. Some resorts offer magic carpet lifts, dedicated beginner terrain, children’s centers that combine ski lessons with child care, or long gentle cruisers the whole family can enjoy. Some have special ski runs for children complete with cartoon characters and kid-friendly challenges to improve their technique. Lodging is easy to find, with family-sized rooms and suites at luxury hotels or modest inns and ski lodges.
Don’t expect Turin to fit your image of Italy. It’s Italian, all right — the evening passeggiata and a love of good food and wine are alive and well. But you’ll look in vain for medieval cobbled streets, crumbling castles and works by Michelangelo (who never set foot here). Instead, although you’ll find some Roman ruins, you’ll also find a faux medieval village, a world-class film museum and a café life that rivals Vienna’s. You and your family will have fun here.