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Sep 01

Tips for Taking the Kids on a Resort Vacation

Mountain Lodge at Telluride exec offers 7 suggestions to ease stress, up fun

Summer vacations are on the horizon. Mom and Dad found a great deal at an upscale resort and are excited to relax in a little luxury. But with kids in tow, is it possible?
Yes, says Neil Hastings, director of sales and marketing at Colorado's Mountain Lodge at Telluride. "Taking the kids to an upscale resort can make for a great vacation - with a bit of planning and preparation." He offers these suggestions for taking the kids to a resort where the entire family can enjoy the vacation.
  • Try "mid-week (Sunday-Thursday)" Beyond lower rates, this time can offer fewer crowds and less-stressful time for parents. For instance, at many mountain resorts, early summer and fall shoulder seasons are gorgeous, and offer the same activities as in mid-summer.
  • Consider smaller, independent properties. These resorts may offer better rates, more space, and greater convenience.
  • Think outside the standard hotel room. Today, most people know that bed and breakfast inns, and rentals of condos, townhomes and houses offer good lodging alternatives. Also check what hotels and resorts are offering. Many offer more than traditional rooms, with suites, condos and cabins or houses with full kitchens and other amenities. The savings and convenience - especially if you're able to prepare some meals there - can be substantial while you still reap the comforts and service of a hotel.
  • Get inside information. Once reserved for wealthy and demanding guests, concierge services are open to every hotel guest. "A good concierge has his or her finger on the pulse of the community," explains Steve Treacy, concierge at Mountain Lodge at Telluride. "They will have access to one of the most crucial parts of any vacation: inside information." To make the most of the trip with the kids, a call to the resort's concierge in advance of arrival can help plan out activities and an agenda for the stay. Some resorts today now even have virtual concierge services where guests can log on and specify their interests and requests before arrival. 5. Pack carefully. Most upscale resorts won't require dress codes, but thinking - and packing - in layers is a good idea wherever the vacation location. Temperatures can drop 40-50 degrees from day to night at mountain resorts, and even during the day, weather can change dramatically in a matter of minutes, no matter what the location. To keep kids and adults comfortable (and happy), bring a sweater, jacket, and clothes made of wicking materials.
  • Bring toys, books and games - for kids and adults. Along with entertainment for the kids, bring something for the adults. Kids will tire all day in a new locale, so if they can take an afternoon nap, they'll be happier and parents will gain some time to themselves.
  • Stick with good walking shoes. While there may be occasions to dress up when staying at an upscale resort, remember that most of the vacation will involve walking around town, the resort, and to and from local restaurants, shops and activities…with kids. Comfortable shoes for everyone will go a long way in ensuring a stress-free vacation.
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