If you’re looking to escape the usual holiday chaos without sacrificing the holiday cheer, you’ve got options. Offering a wide array of experiences, these 4 destinations include festivities the whole family can enjoy.
1. Big Cedar Lodge
A sprawling wilderness resort, Big Cedar Lodge is set in the heart of Missouri’s ruggedly serene Ozark Mountains. Each winter, Big Cedar Lodge transforms into a cozy, snow-capped wonderland – complete with twinkling lights across the 800-acre resort, and 81 log cabins tucked in the woods that feature wood-burning fireplaces and decorated Christmas trees.
For dad: Not only is the region a world-class golfing destination, but there are plenty of other outdoor adventures to keep you busy, as well, including fishing, hiking, biking, and archery.
For the kids: Big Cedar Kids’ Club offers fun outdoor adventures on three-hour sessions (during which the kiddos can keep busy and get out some energy). Elf Tuck-Ins include a bedtime story, collecting the kids’ letters to Santa, and stocking delivery with a special surprise. Additionally, the Sleigh Bell Scurry provides a fun twist on a scavenger hunt, in which Christmas clues lead to ornaments.
2. Salamander Resort & Spa
Located in the heart of Virginia’s Horse and Wine country, the Salamander Resort & Spa knows how to deliver holiday cheer.
For dad: Looking to hone your cooking skills? Try a culinary experience with the experts, or perhaps a tour of some of the region’s many wineries. The spa boasts fitness classes, indoor and outdoor pools, and a relaxed and peaceful environment perfect for some much-needed adult time. From tennis courts on property to gorgeous golf courses just minutes away, Salamander Resort & Spa won’t disappoint.
For the kids: The little ones will love the opportunities to dine with Saint Nick during brunch with Santa, spend Friday night with Mrs. Claus for story time, soar above the property on the Tree Top Zip Tours, and decorate sugar cookies while sipping on hot cocoa.
3. Jekyll Island Club Hotel
With a visit to the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, the warm, white sand will replace the frozen, cold snow as you celebrate the holidays in grand, southern fashion. The hotel is situated on an unspoiled barrier island along Georgia’s stunning Atlantic coast.
For the kids: There’s no lack of holiday cheer at the Jekyll Island Club, with the chance to visit with Santa, participate in a Christmas Cookie Workshop, and visit the Ice Skating Village!
4. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana
Christmas in the Caribbean? Who could resist? Offering an array of amenities and all-inclusive packages, the Hard Rock in Punta Cana gives new meaning to “holiday in the sun.”
For dad: Nothing says “Happy Holidays” like a little indulging of your own, right? While the kids are on their own, try your hand at the casino, make your rounds at a few of the 23 bars and lounges, and hit up the pool scene.
For the kids: Home to The Little Big Club, the youngsters won’t require any coaxing when it comes time for a little separation. New this year, a live Holiday Show will feature holiday songs performed by your kids’ favorite characters.