Aspen, the former mining town (1879–1893) at the foot of “Ajax,” (what the locals call Aspen Mountain) — with its luxe hotels, fine restaurants, chic shops, international art galleries and vibrant cultural scene — may be best known as Colorado’s most swank and sophisticated ski resort. Yet, the pristine peaks, towering trees, flowing rivers and sprawling meadowlands in the environmentally caring destination offer a plethora of all-season, family-friendly Rocky Mountain experiences. Visitors and locals alike hike, bike, go water-rafting, do sun-salutations atop the peak or participate in Full Moon Yoga. (In winter, novices attend ski school, while proficient skiers descend from atop an 11,775-foot summit on the black-diamond ski run, or go snowshoeing.)
Kids might ogle the castle-like porte cochere entry to the 5-star St. Regis Aspen Resort, with its tall red-brick walls (800,000 Colorado red bricks) and steeply pointed roofs. Once inside, the high-ceiling hotel has a grand staircase and an imposing, classic feel with posh public spaces studded with bronze statues and paintings. Children may be more impressed with the welcome amenities, child-sized robes, slippers and even a step stool, plus turndown treats.
Among the 154 rooms and 25 upper level suites, there are a variety of well-appointed, family-focused options, including accommodations with a patio or balcony, a fireplace, a loft bedroom, a sofa bed and Aspen Mountain views. (The hotel supplies cribs and rollaways.)
Down the extravagant staircase, Remède Spa, the superlative subterranean spa, flaunts a circular reception area; a complete, high-tech fitness center; and pebble flooring that leads to steam caves, cold plunges, hot tubs, an oxygen room and a river-like, stone-walled Confluence waterfall. The oxygen lounge, adjacent to the main spa lounge, offers individual chaises and chairs — each with an oxygen tank — which may well enhance breathing at the near 8,000-foot altitude!
In Velvet Buck, the all-day dining room, health-conscious parents and even finicky kids will discover ample opportunities to order healthfully among the many locally sourced, fresh ingredients. There are a variety of freshly made juices, egg white frittatas and old-fashioned rolled oats to start the day; fresh soups, salads, sandwiches and vegetarian pizza choices are kid-friendly, too, and they’re available via room service. The Chefs Club features prominent chefs who do a seasonal “stage,” — a culinary destination worth experiencing.
Outside, in the beautiful Fountain Courtyard, at 5:15 p.m. every afternoon, families can participate in the resort’s traditional Champagne sabering, during which kiddy cocktails are served. After dark, families can roast marshmallows on an open fire and enjoy s’mores.
It is recommended to call the concierge in advance or contact the e-butler online to make requests, learn about specific hotel amenities, pre-arrange childcare services, request a dog bed and bowl and make activity reservations, including tickets for the fabulous Silver Queen Gondola rides, which functions year-round.
What better setting for grandparents and granddaughters to connect and share than a fairy-tale château set beside a fabulous forest? The Gramping Getaway at Chateau Mcely Spa Hotel & Forest Retreat in Mcely, Czech Republic, offers a themed adventure centering around the charming story of the château’s Princess Nely and her magical cheetah friend Pralinka. The character of the princess is based on the children’s book Nely, the Princess of Chateau Mcely written by château owner Inez Cusumano.
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.
This October, take the whole family to London and take time to not only enjoy the classic sites but also these scary fun Halloween events and experiences. Whether it’s a spooky-filled trip to the London Zoo or a step into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, here are the three can’t-miss experiences:
It’s time to start dreaming of your next family trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Medellín, Colombia, with us.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Make your family trip to Orlando so much more than just visiting the theme parks. Thanks to new vacation bundles from luxury hotels in Orlando, available as of Sept. 1, you can enjoy exclusive boating experiences during your trip.