One way to control family vacation costs is with the time-honored road trip. Explore New York State on a leisurely trip from Watkins Glen in the Finger Lakes to the 1000 Islands region, stopping at castles, a zoo and the Rockwell Museum along the way.
To make the journey easier, there are two family-friendly, AAA Four-Diamond properties in waterfront locations, about three hours apart by car, that will bookend your scenic road trip. For added convenience, both properties offer spacious guestrooms with such family-friendly amenities as connecting rooms, cribs, kitchenettes, refrigerators, laundry, on-site dining, an indoor swimming pool and free WiFi.
At the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, for example, located on the shores of Seneca Lake, you and the kids will be within walking distance of the town and Watkins Glen State Park, with its hiking trails and waterfalls. Take your time to swim, fish, take a boat tour on the lake and, for mom and dad, sample the local vintages at a few of the 34 wineries on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail.
The 104-room hotel is also situated about a half hour away from the Rockwell Museum, located in the historic former city hall in Corning, and the Corning Museum of Glass, with its eye-popping colorful exhibitions.
At the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel, located on seven acres of parkland in the village of Clayton, guestrooms overlook the St. Lawrence River. On property, families can take advantage of an indoor swimming pool, a Jacuzzi, state-of-the-art fitness center and the services of a professional concierge to help you make the most of your stay.
Amenities include The Seaway Grille, the 1000 Islands Bar and, in summer, the Riverside Patio. Other options include alfresco dining by the river and nightly star gazing by on-site fire pits.
The hotel is located within walking distance of Frink Park, the town of Clayton and the Antique Boat Museum, where you can check out some 300 boats and artifacts, and take 45-minute speedboat rides on the river. Families can also take a boat to Boldt Castle, built in 1900 by a wealthy hotelier, and Singer Castle on the river, named for the founders of the Singer Sewing Machine Company.
The movies and cruise vacations actually have a lot in common: fascinating ports of call, making friends with interesting people, new sensory experiences, the constant change of scenery. When you think about it, it’s no surprise many classic comedies and romances are set aboard cruise ships, including Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) with Marilyn Monroe, Royal Wedding (1951), An Affair to Remember (1957) with Cary Grant, the more recent and kid-friendly Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, and the long-running television series Love Boat.
Mana is the life force Tahitians believe connects all things. Feel the mana for yourself on a visit to the islands of Tahiti, and sample some of these activities as you connect with the breathtaking nature of the South Pacific. Fly Air France from the United States to Tahiti in the most convenient and comfortable way and let your holiday start on board.
Downton Abbey swept into family rooms and show-binging homes back in 2010 and is now resurfacing with a new story — this time on film! For Downton Abbey enthusiasts, this is a highly-anticipated event; for newcomers, this is a great chance to binge the show ahead of the film’s release; and for families looking for any excuse to get away, this is the time to take advantage of CIE Tours lineup of Downton Abbey-themed stops.
There is an ever-growing number of options for wellness breaks — but it’s up to you to choose wisely in order to get the most from your experience. First, decide what kind of setting is best for facilitating an environment you find personally soothing or rejuvenating: city, forest, historic, mountain, ocean or lake? Do you want access to a yoga instructor, dance classes, hiking, cooking classes or another specific activity? Are you a solo wellness warrior, or do you prefer to travel with a partner or friends?
Dressing up for Halloween and collecting candy is what dreams are made of for kids — and, sometimes, those in their teens. Add in the special attention to detail kids and parents come to expect from LEGOLAND, and the spooky season gets a lot more fun.