Family-Friendly Travel and Cultural Options for Winter Break & Beyond

Thinking of going away this winter break but not sure where to go?  I’ve been sent a few items that are worth sharing in case you are looking for last-minute family getaways.

Are you a skiing family like my own?  For families considering ski vacations over the holiday break, the RockResorts in Colorado are offering a variety of unique programs.

The Arrabelle

Guests staying at The Lodge at Vail or The Arrabelle at Vail Square, both RockResorts in Vail, Colorado, have a variety of festive activities for all ages. Throughout the season, guests at two of Colorado’s favorite ski hotels can participate in a variety of fun activities, such as:

· Time for S’mores – a full s’more bar with complimentary hot chocolate and full drink service available. Held  3:00 PM – 5:30 PM daily at The Lodge at Vail. S’more kits are $7.00 each. Available throughout ski season.
· Hot Buttered Rum-inations – complimentary hot buttered rum and specialty desserts. Held 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM each Wednesday at The Arrabelle at Vail Square and The Lodge at Vail. Available through December 29.
· Gingerbread House Construction Seminar – send your junior architects-in-training to test their engineering skills on their very own miniature gingerbread house. After completing their masterpiece, they are welcome to take it back to their rooms to show mom and dad, or to eat it! Held 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM each Tuesday at The Lodge at Vail. Free for children of hotel guests, ages 6-12. Available through December 28.
· Guests celebrating New Year’s Eve at either hotel will enjoy “Rock the Block with Clicquot.” Veuve Clicquot Ultra Premium Champagne is hosting an exclusive New Year’s Eve party at Tavern on the Square at The Arrabelle. Free to guests at either hotel, who are welcome to bring friends and family. Rock in the New Year from 6:00 PM – 2:00 AM.

There will also be special themed dinners and tastings held at both properties.  Visit http://www.rockresorts.com or call 866-513-ROCK (7625) for more information.

Is a trip to California in your stars?  Montage Beverly Hills announced today the launch of Paintbox, an exclusive children’s program available to in-house guests, as well as hotel restaurant and Spa Montage patrons. The signature program, which first launched at Montage Laguna Beach in 2003, is the first of its kind in Beverly Hills to offer a fully integrated children’s program that incorporates indoor and outdoor activities.

Paintbox allows parents the opportunity to have a fun family California vacation while also being able to experience time for themselves, whether discovering Beverly Hills, being pampered at Spa Montage, or enjoying an intimate dining experience. Plus, children will enjoy an array of daily supervised activities that are specially themed to create a playful and engaging learning environment.

There are theme days every day that include Magic Monday, Top Chef Tuesday, Wild West Wednesday: Let the Games Begin Thursday, Save the Earth Friday, Hooray for Hollywood Saturday and So-Cal Sunday.

Paintbox is available seven days a week for children ages 5-12. Families can choose the full day program, morning or afternoon sessions, or the special Children’s Night Out session. Paintbox can also be arranged hourly upon request.

In addition, Spa Montage features an offer exclusively for mom and dad. Any parent who books a 60-minute treatment at Spa Montage will receive the first two hours of Paintbox complimentary.

For more information on Paintbox or to make reservations, please contact Montage Beverly Hills, (888) 860-0788, www.montagebeverlyhills.com or Paintbox directly at (310) 860-7959, mbhpaintbox@montagehotels.com.

Planning to head to Florida for some sun?  (I wouldn’t blame you, if you live in freezing NY like me!)  You and your family can experience an artistic awakening this season in Bal Harbour with the village’s complimentary weekly arts series which kicked off with a performance by the award-winning Manolito The Gypsy.  Culture-buffs can enjoy Movies on the Beach under the stars on Bal Harbour Beach (including The Grinch who Stole Christmas on December 25th); Performances on the Green showcasing South Florida’s most talented performers at ONE Bal Harbour Resort & Spa (dancing and music including the Young Arts, a program recognizing and supporting America’s most talented young artists); Bal Harbour Art Nights, featuring themed, collector-worthy art installations throughout the world-renowned Bal Harbour Shops; and the Florida Author Series, celebrating remarkable regional writers at locally-owned bookstore, Books & Books including Lin Arison, Linda Gassenheimer, and Pulitzer Prize-winning funny guy Dave Barry. For the schedule, go here.

Disclosure: I have not been to these destinations, nor was I paid to post this information.

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