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#TravelTuesday Q&A: Presidents’ Day Family Getaways


Q: We have a week off for a Presidents’ Day winter break from school and I haven’t planned anything yet. Is it too late for something like London or Orlando? Where would you recommend from the New York area for a February family vacation? –Melissa R.

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Denver for Families: Where to Eat, Stay, and Play in the Mile High City

DenverDenver is my new favorite city for families. But not for the reasons most people would say. Sure, there’s a zoo and a kid’s museum, but those are just icing on the cake. Actually, what my family loves are the funky restaurants, quirky museums, and modern hotels that are as welcoming to millennials as they are to moms, making us feel cool even with children in tow.

My adult daughter, Juli, has lived in Denver for 6 years, since my son Aidan was 6, so we’ve had lots of opportunities to explore the ins and outs of the Mile High City. Below are a few of our favorite spots. Also, don’t miss Colorado Rockies baseball when it’s in season (such a family friendly stadium that there’s a playground and kids concession stand – everything below $2! – behind the outfield) and the two locations of Tattered Cover Bookstore — our family’s favorite bookstore — for their soaring spaces filled to the rafters with new and used titles.

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Jackson Hole, Wyoming in the Summer? Absolutely!

Jackson Hole

Westward, HO! At Playground we’ve been hearing a lot about families who road trip out west to enjoy summer in the mountains. In fact, Melissa and her extended family are visiting Vail, Colorado, trying out summer on the slopes, and her husband Ken and his “big kids” hit Jackson Hole, Grand Tetons, Jenny Lake, and Yellowstone last summer, just like guest blogger Randi Mazzella did. Here’s Randi’s skinny on visiting Wyoming in the summer. (Our thanks to Ken Dowell for additional photos). Happy travels!

Last summer friends mentioned they were going to Jackson Hole on vacation with their family.  Seemed like a bit of an odd choice.  Isn’t Jackson Hole a big winter ski area?  Would there be anything for a family to do in the summer?  The answers are “yes” and “yes” – Jackson Hole is an ideal place for families, especially during the warmer months.

jackson holeDuring the summer there are no direct flights to Jackson Hole (in the winter, you can fly direct from Newark.)  We ended up connecting through Denver and I would highly recommend this route vs. the option of going through Chicago.

Landing in the mountains was breathtaking.  So beautiful that the flight crew had to warn passengers to put away their cameras and get off the tarmac. The trip only got better from there– great accommodations, delicious food, and amazing outdoor activities for the whole family.

Ready to book your ticket?   Here’s what you need to know:

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