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.
Located in Sonoma Wine Country, the town of Healdsburg announces its seasonal merriment and time-honored traditions. Festive décor, with new murals from local artists and holiday lights, Santa sightings and more ensure it’s the most wonderful time of year for the California community. Families will particularly enjoy Santa Sightings on Saturdays and an Elf Scavenger Hunt.
Step right up to the greatest show on Earth as FXExpress Publications, Global Traveler, trazeetravel.com and whereverfamily.com celebrate their 2020 award winners! Join the big top on Dec. 14 as we virtually award the winners of the 17th annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards, including the Airline and Hotel of the Year; the 17th annual Wines on the Wing Airline Wine Survey; the eighth annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards; the sixth annual The Trazees; and the third annual Wherever Awards.
Snowfall in Los Angeles? While it may seem unlikely, a winter wonderland is set to come to the city in the form of WonderLAnd, an immersive, drive-thru experience with synchronized dancing lights and good cheer. It will be open Nov. 30–Dec. 23, and Dec. 26–Dec. 30, 5–11 p.m., at 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, California.
In celebration of golf’s final major of the year, Royal Albartross is giving away a one-of-a-kind pair of men’s Saxon White golf shoes. The shoes depict imagery associated with Augusta National Golf Club, painted by Caitlin Fielder. The lucky winner will be randomly selected from all entrants.