America's Best Family Hotels 2011
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There’s no need to leave the kids at home, thanks to Travel + Leisure’s list of the best hotels for families in the U.S.
fooled by its name: Colorado’s Bachelor Gulch is well suited for
families, with wide-open spaces and tons of activities. And if you stay at the
Ritz-Carlton here, you’ll find enough amenities (and nannies) to ensure that
parents get a vacation, too.
activities, attentive service, and beautiful landscapes are hallmarks of America’s
Best Hotels for Families, as voted by readers in T+L’s annual World’s Best Awards survey. And the Ritz-Carlton
Bachelor Gulch, ranked No. 6, is a prime example of a property that offers
something for every family member: air hockey and video games in the teen lounge;
a 21,000-square-foot spa with claw-foot copper tubs; and access to Vail Valley’s
numerous golf courses.
kids to the outdoors is a priority for many parents, so it’s no surprise that America’s
Best Hotels for Families includes plenty of properties in natural settings. “Experiencing or reconnecting
with nature is growing in popularity because of the benefits to children as
well as adults,” says Diane Wood, president of the National Environmental
Education Foundation. “In fact, more physicians are prescribing outdoor
activities and time in nature for kids to help tackle obesity and other
to the 2011 TripAdvisor family travel survey, 37 percent of families plan to
visit a national park this year. They’d do well to stay at Teton Mountain Lodge
& Spa (No. 7) in Jackson Hole, WY. One mile from Grand Teton National Park
and 60 miles south of Yellowstone National Park, this timber resort teems with
outdoor activities, from ice-skating to horseback riding. Back at the hotel, spacious
suites have pull-out sofa beds and kitchens, while customized massage packages
are available for mother-daughter duos.
if the call of the wild is getting louder, Walt Disney World remains an indisputable
kid-pleaser. This year, six resorts at the Happiest Place on Earth made the
list of America’s Best Hotels for Families—and they offer a variety of
accommodation styles. Disney’s Craftsman-style Wilderness Lodge (No. 8) within the
Magic Kingdom has a rustic feel, while those sporting Topsiders will feel right
at home at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort (No. 16)—a waterfront property that channels
New England right in Epcot.
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