My family and I always look forward to traveling a few times a year. Whether it be a local trip or an adventure to the other side of the country, we love to explore. Vacations are a time to make long lasting memories with your loved ones! I’ve put together some of my favorite vacation trips and travel tips to make your next trip a breeze.
Best Family Vacation Destinations
The Woodstock Inn & Resort, Vermont
Driving up to The Woodstock Inn & Resort felt like something out of a movie. The Resort is a grand white estate set in the center of a picturesque town covered in snow. My daughters and I “oooh’d and ahhh’d” as we pulled up to the main entrance. Checking in was a breeze and we had our Woodstock Queen room keys in no time.
Ocean Edge Resort, Cape Cod
This September my husband and I snuck away to Cape Cod’s award winning Ocean Edge Resort and Golf Club for a few days. With gorgeous weather and smaller crowds, fall is a great season to enjoy Cape Cod’s picturesque beaches, charming towns, and biking trails. I believe the Ocean Edge Resort in Brewster would be an amazing family vacation destination too!
Since the summer of 2005, I’ve been visiting Destin, Florida with my husband. The beautiful panhandle town is where his family has vacationed for years. It only makes sense he share the white beaches, crystal blue ocean, and delicious seafood with the love of his life, right? Destin is the ultimate family vacation destination in the panhandle!
The Nantucket Hotel
The Nantucket Hotel and Resort is a kid friendly place to stay in the heart of Nantucket if you’re looking for another New England family vacation. From the family pool to kids’ club, from nightly s’mores to its proximity to the island’s best things to do, The Nantucket Hotel is a must visit. We loved renting bikes to ride to the nearby beach and visiting the lobby for kids’ happy hour with cookies and lemonade. If you haven’t already heard, Nantucket is a 19th century whaling island most known for its historic cobblestone streets and dune-backed beaches (a must see!).
The Winnetu Oceanside Resort, Martha’s Vineyard
One of my favorite family trips has been to the Winnetu Oceanside Resort in Martha’s Vineyard. The full service resort has every amenity imaginable – on-site dining, kids’ camp, pool AND beach access, plus so much more. The Winnetu offers a daily cookie and lemonade happy hour, complimentary lawn games and a turtle pond. Check out part II of my vacation here and our trip to Martha’s Vineyard in the Fall here.
Basin Harbor Resort, Lake Champlain
My family has never experienced Vermont in the summer until our trip to the family owned Basin Harbor Resort. There is so much to do and see on Lake Champlain, from boating adventures to lakeside cookouts. The Basin Harbor Resort offers a sense of exclusivity when arriving on the property because you feel like you’re entering a secret summer camp hidden in the woods.
Are you looking for a unique weekend getaway in New England? I highly recommend visiting Portland, Maine, where Brandon and I celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary. Portland is a wonderful family vacation destination, but also great for a romantic trip. love everything about Portland, with the food ranking highest on our list of reasons to visit the coastal town. Check out my Portland Travel Guide to see where to stay, where to eat, and what to do.
Woodloch Pines Resort, The Poconos
Woodloch Pines Resort is a must-visit all inclusive family resort located in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania. My family and I spent a wonderful weekend at family owned Woodloch Pines Resort during the winter that was jam packed with activities like sledding and ice skating. Woodloch also an adult only spa at The Lodge. Read about my experience here.
The Coonamessett Inn – Falmouth, Cape Cod
The beautiful coastal town of Falmouth is located on the Upper Cape and less than three miles from our house in Connecticut. We stayed at The Coonamessett, a Cape Cod Inn part of the Lark Hotel family. Located less than a mile from downtown, The Coonamessett is in a prime spot for couples or families hoping to explore, shop, and dine at many incredible establishments in Falmouth.
Manchester is a quintessential Vermont town with gorgeous mountain views, an exciting downtown with unique businesses, an abundance of delicious restaurants, and even a cozy bookstore with a kids playroom. If you’re visiting Manchester, there are quite a few places to stay – from hotels to inns to Air BNBs, the options are endless.
NOTE: The Inn in this post is no longer open.
Newport is one of the most beautiful coastal cities in New England, set on the Aquidneck Island in the state of Rhode Island. The quintessential Newport experience must include seafood, a historic mansion, and shopping on Thames. Here is Part I and Part II of my Newport Travel Guide. Looking for a convenient place to stay? Check out my stay to The Gilded on Brinley Avenue.
Napa Valley, CA
We spent our sixth wedding anniversary in Napa for three wonderful days. Upon multiple recommendations, we booked a night at the Andaz Napa in downtown Napa and loved every second of our stay. While in Napa I found my 5 favorite wineries.
The Four Seasons, Scottsdale, AZ
If you’re ever planning on a visit to Scottsdale, AZ you must check out the Four Seasons. It’s a bit pricey, but worth the absolutely gorgeous scenery. From impeccable service to delicious food to the poolside cocktails (that are amazing), the Four Seasons Scottsdale is a lovely place to stay. Note: We attended a magical wedding on the property! Scottsdale is known for shopping, hiking, and incredible views!
Travel Tips for Families
Flying with Toddlers
Flying with toddlers can be scary. The days leading up to a trip is hectic enough, especially if you’re traveling alone with toddlers. List making helpful, but you have to be prepared for a sudden delayed flight or toddlers gone wild. From vomiting during takeoff to full blown sister fights, I’ve seen it all.
What to Bring to a Vacation Rental
If you’re renting a vacation house for the first time it can be very overwhelming. Most vacation rentals supply basic amenities while guests are required to bring everything else. Even though my family spends a week in Cape Cod every summer, we always forget something. I’ve put together a list of What to Bring to a Vacation Rental so we never forget anything.
Beach Bag Must Haves
Do you have a summer vacation planned? There are so many beautiful beaches in New England to visit, but a trip can easily be ruined if you don’t have what you need for a day in the sun. Check out this post so you don’t forget to pack the ultimate beach bag.
Tips for Staying Overnight in a Hotel with Toddlers
Traveling on vacations with a toddler can be stressful. Most tiny humans only like to sleep in their own beds and find new places scary and strange. Here is what worked best for my two kids when we would stay at hotels.
What to Pack for a Road Trip with Kids
There are essentials for a road trip with kids that can make your travel more enjoyable though. It is so important to be prepared for anything – car sickness, potty accidents, hunger, thirst, and boredom. Here are 10 Must Haves for Family Road Trips with Kids.
Tips For Visiting Cape Cod
From the beaches to the restaurants to the quaint towns, we relaxed, ate, and explored our hearts out. Here is what to do on a Cape Cod vacation.
Considering how much time I’ve spent on the Cape, I have not seen as much as I would like! But, a few friends have asked for a list of my favorite places to go and I thought I’d share my Top 5 Places to Visit in Cape Cod in case you ever visit.
Each year my parents, siblings and spouses, plus all the grandchildren take a weeklong vacation together. We are all so excited to step away from work and relax together. This week’s favorites are the best of Cape Cod. Enjoy!