For a summer vacation that combines the outdoor appeal of camping (without having to load the gear and pitch a tent), the comforts of a cottage, lots of activities for everyone and someone else doing the cooking, consider one of these New England options. They’re like summer camp, but for the whole family and with no forced schedule. At all these, kids will find plenty of playmates and swim buddies.
Log cottages sit under tall pines along the shore of Sebago Lake, Maine’s second-largest and the deepest (316 feet) lake at 12 miles long with about 105 miles of shoreline. Migis Lodge guests can use the resort’s canoes, kayaks, sail boats (from Sunfish to fiberglass 18-footers), row boats, power and pontoon boats. Waterskiing and wakeboarding are also available with lessons. There are two golden sand beaches and lawns for sunbathing, tennis courts, a fitness center and a wood-fired sauna. Cottages are decorated in a rustic country style, with big stone fireplaces and firewood provided. There are also rooms in the main lodge. Migis is an all-included resort, with all meals included in the room rate. The menu combines family favorites with more innovative choices; breakfasts include entrees like eggs Benedict and lunch can be in the dining room or at the daily barbecue and picnic on the lake shore. Campfires and ‘smores are part of the evening routine.
Lodgings at northern New Hampshire’s Purity Spring, a laid-back lakeside resort where some families have returned each summer for three and four generations, come in a range of choices. There are the homey comforts of the century-old inn, cozy cottages, luxury rooms overlooking Purity Lake, condos and modest lodge rooms and suites. Wherever guests stay, they are welcome to use all the facilities and join all the activities: the full-sized swimming pool, fitness center, kayaks, canoes, water skiing, hiking trails, mountain biking. Some suites and all cottages have kitchenettes, but the dining room and tavern serve family-pleasing meals, so hardly anyone bothers cooking (several packages include meals).
Like Purity Spring, Quimby Country has hosted family vacations in the rustic lakeside cottages for more than a century, so they know a thing or two about it. Families can play together or parents can spend time reading in a porch rocker while counselors take the kids on a hike or a picnic or to play games or learn crafts — it’s all included. Bike, swim, learn to fish; kayaks, paddleboards and boats are all there for guests to use. The 19 cottages vary in size, with as many as four bedrooms; some have kitchenettes, but all-inclusive plans are the most popular. After all, it’s everyone’s vacation.
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.
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.
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:
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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.
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.