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PBS Travel TV Host Colleen Kelly’s Top 5 Holiday Getaways

by Mary Melnick

Nov 14, 2022

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Colleen Kelly, travel expert and host of PBS’s Family Travel with Colleen Kelly and Chicago radio’s Round Trip with Colleen Kelly, shares her top destinations for all types of family travelers looking to get away this holiday season.


Puerto Vallarta

A winter trip to Mexico means swapping out cold weather and potential snow for time spent in the warm sun under palm trees. Puerto Vallarta, a destination where you can relax on the beach during the day and head out on the town for nightlife, makes the perfect balance between holiday rest and a New Year’s celebration. For an adults-only, romantic getaway, Kelly recommends staying at Villa Premiere Boutique Hotel & Romantic Getaway.



For a picturesque winter wonderland getaway, take a road trip to Tennessee and rent a cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains with the family. Enjoy the magical snow outside, then cozy up by the warm fire inside. Head to downtown Gatlinburg for the Winter Magic Festival and watch carolers for extra festive fun. The best part is you can even work remotely and bring the extended family to places like Tree Tops by HoneyBear Cabins.



Find rest and relaxation in Belize this holiday season. For the ultimate relaxation experience, stay at a beachfront property like Naia Resort and Spa in Placencia. The resort offers spa and adventure packages, allowing you to treat yourself and recharge while exploring the destination.



Destinations throughout Germany are known for Christkindlmarkets, and the charming Rothenburg, dating back to the 15th century, attracts many visitors to the annual Reiterlesmarkt. Here, travelers can enjoy the ultimate small-town holiday experience.



Galveston, Texas, offers an exciting winter getaway for history buffs. The 49th annual Dickens on the Strand festival is a Victorian-inspired celebration with music, food and drinks, crafts and even visits from Charles Dickens’ descendants. There are also multiple tree lightings throughout the city and a Polar Express-themed train ride.


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