Having new adventures with the family is an excellent way to bond and make lifelong memories. While travel adventures rarely get old, staying in hotel after hotel can definitely feel stale.
Here are a few options for alternative accommodations to spice up your next family trip:
Definitely mainstream by this point, consider checking out Airbnb options. On the whole, Airbnb stays can be more accommodating for families and large groups than hotels, especially if guests rent an entire house or apartment. This style of accommodation helps guests feel like locals with improved privacy and, usually, more space.
If you are considering getting your family into camping, but in a style somewhere between a full recreational vehicle and a simple tent, consider a yurt. Yurts are technically portable, sturdy and circular tents typically used for glamping. Whatever your intention, yurts are likely the most unique accommodation option for camping.
For a rustic and grounding experience, check the family into a barn or farmhouse. These may fall into the glamping category, but I would venture to bet most people have never slept in a barn during their travel. Staying in a farmhouse can be a similar experience to an Airbnb, but the close proximity to a farm brings unique experiences.
Tree houses are another unique stay for families. Most people haven’t stayed in a tree house, if ever, since they were small children and Airbnb’s treehouses blow rickety backyard hideouts out of the water. Most of these are smaller, but they should not be totally discounted for families looking for adventure.
Finally, though technically hotels, consider staying in an ice hotel on your next trip to a cold-weather destination. In North America, Hôtel de Glace is an ice hotel offering themed rooms and suites, weddings and distinct packages. The website even includes a preparation guide to help visitors get ready for their stay. Rooms come with extra-warm sleeping bags and insulating bedding, making sure each guest stays warm in rooms kept 23–27 degrees Fahrenheit. Follow the guides to make sure you are prepared for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Similar to its sister property Mall of America in Minnesota, American Dream Mall in Newark, New Jersey, 20 miles from Manhattan, is a destination mall to travel to for shopping and family fun. However, where Mall of America dedicates 45 percent of its square footage to entertainment and 55 percent to retail, American Dream Mall flips those figures.
While urban wine country might sound like an oxymoron, it’s actually a reality at the stunning City Vineyard in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. The water-side venue is the perfect host for your next event — whatever that may be, from 20 to 200 guests and from cocktail party to plated dinner.
Fans of country music can explore Tennessee’s rich musical legacy across all 95 counties with hundreds of landmarks and attractions on the new Tennessee Music Pathways route, inspired by the latest documentary from Ken Burns.
In a small corner of southern Italy, nestled between Pozzuoli and Torre del Greco, Naples sits along the Gulf that feeds out into the Tyrrhenian Sea and boasts some of the best of Italy — think authentic pizza and incredible Italian cuisine culture, cityscapes and historic sites, stunning coastlines and natural beauty.
There is something to be said for hitting a city’s most iconic neighborhoods, even if there is a steady stream of tourists milling about. On the other hand, there’s something delicious about discovering neighborhoods not yet on the tourist track.