10 Ways to Explore the Kartrite Resort in the Catskills
Opened in the spring of 2019, the Kartrite Resort and Indoor Waterpark, spread across 1,600 acres in Monticello, New York in the Catskills, is a great spot for kids of ALL ages. The resort includes a two acre, 80,000 square foot indoor waterpark- the largest in all of New York- plus an indoor entertainment center, numerous restaurants and bars, a spa, fitness room, and a huge conference center. Attached to the waterpark and entertainment center is a 324 all suite hotel offering one, two, and three bedroom options. Each suite includes amenities such as a microwave, mini refrigerator, pull out sofa; larger suites have a sitting area and dining table. All resort guests receive wristbands for access to the indoor waterpark during their stay including check in and check out days. Get the lay of the land with this resort map.
10 Reasons to Love Smugglers’ Notch Resort in the Winter (even if you don’t ski!)
Smugglers’ Notch resort in Jeffersonville, Vermont is well known for being one of the top ski resorts in America and routinely received accolades for being a top ski resort for families, a top New England fall destination, and one of the best adventure and vacation spots for kids. Known as “America’s Family Resort”, Smuggs is located less than an hour from both Montpelier and Burlington Vermont, and less than four hours from Hartford, Connecticut and Boston, Massachusetts.
Six Tips For Booking the Perfect Hotel
I was recently talking with a friend who is booking a series of hotels for an upcoming road trip. We discussed some of the factors that help us pick “the perfect spot” and the conversation inspired me to share my tips with you. This week, I am sharing six factors I always take into consideration when choosing a hotel. I’ll share a disclosure that we are partial to Marriott Hotel and have written about them in the past. But these tips are relevant for any hotel or lodging option:
10 Reasons to Love Disney’s Polynesian Resort
This past summer, we visited Disney World in Florida for the 4th time (see some of our previous adventures here). This visit, we stayed at the Polynesian Village Resort and it was one of our favorite resorts- EVER! The Polynesian is one of the original Disney resorts, opening in 1971. The 39 acre South Pacific themed resort includes over 800 rooms across several “Longhouse” buildings (named after Polynesian isles), one and two bedrooms suites (including “Club” Level suites), Disney Vacation Club suites that opened in 2015, almost a dozen dining options, two pool complexes, retail shops, and tons of daily activities and programs. This week, we’re sharing ten reasons why we love the resort and why it’s a great place for everyone!
10 Marriott Hotels We Love
Our family has been fans of Marriott hotel properties for over 20 years. At first, we started staying at Marriott hotels because of their location; virtually every trip we planned, there was a Marriott hotel nearby (and that still holds true today). Over time, we started to notice the numerous amenities, cleanliness of the rooms, and the friendliness of the staff no matter the property we visited. We joined the Marriott Bonvoy rewards program (in its first iteration) years ago and have accrued many bonuses, perks, and free hotel stays over the years. While we have stayed at literally dozens of Marriott properties from Las Vegas, Nevada to Toronto, Ontario, we typically choose the Residence Inn, SpringHill Suites, Renaissance, and traditional Marriott brand of hotels. Residence Inns are ideal for families as they offer more space, a full kitchen with a full size refrigerator, full morning breakfast and evening snacks during the week, and pool and laundry facilities on site. Renaissance and traditional Marriott brand hotels usually have full service restaurants, concierge lounges, and other amenities desirable for the business class. This week, we’re sharing 10 Marriott properties throughout America we especially enjoyed and some of our favorite nearby attractions. And check back in the future, we’re hoping to add additional locations.
10 Kid Friendly Winter Activities at Crystal Springs Resort in New Jersey
One of our favorite highlights of 2020 was the opportunity to visit Crystal Springs Resort in northwestern New Jersey (an hour from New York City), and from the moment we left the resort property, our children have been asking to return. Since we first visited during the summer, we thought it would be fun to see the resort during the winter (ish) season. So this past weekend we headed back to New Jersey’s favorite resort (a well-earned title) for a Winter Wonderland weekend of holiday magic.