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You are already cold,
so why head to someplace that could be even colder than home? The Northern Lights my friends. Reykjavik is one of the
easiest places to visit over a long weekend to check out the Aurora Borealis.
Stay in a hotel that offers Northern Lights wake-up calls outside of the city,
or hop on a tour bus to get away from the city lights and really increase your
chances of seeing dancing lights in the sky. During the day take the
Golden Circle tour to check out Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir. All three are
worth the trip even if the Northern Lights don’t pop up during your stay.
2. Loreto, Mexico
Down in Baja, you will
find lazy little towns and plenty of sun to wash away your winter blues. The
grey whales hang out in the warm waters on the Pacific side, which is an easy
day trip from the quiet town of Loreto, situated on the Sea of Cortez. Although there
are plenty of big resorts outside of the city, opt to stay in town at one of
the little inns (We prefer the family-friendly and expat-owned La Damiana Inn)
in the center of town. Hop on a small boat to Coronado Island to splash in the
crystal blue waters or cruise along with dolphins towards the sea lion colony
on the island. Food is cheap, fresh and divine for fish lovers. There are
plenty of meat and veggie options to go around as well. And don’t worry kids.
There is ice cream. Lots and lots of ice cream.
3. Panama City Beach, Fla.
Panama City is no longer just a spring break destination for
rowdy college co-eds. Oh no, this beach has something for every family. What you will love the most is the fluffy white sand spread across the beach.
If this were snow, it would be a skiers paradise. Instead, you get to sit in some
of the softest sand around while watching your kids build sand castles and
spot dolphins swimming past. Mini-golf and deep sea fishing tours are family
favorites. A variety of food choices are available around town. Just don’t
forget to relax a little, squish your toes in the warm, downy sand and take in
the blue green waters of the Gulf Mexico. That’s why you came after all.
4. North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii
Cuddle up on the North Shore of Hawaii at Turtle Bay Resort
for one of the most relaxing vacations imaginable. Turtle Bay
believes that you don’t visit a hotel just to stay in the hotel; you actually
want to see the destination you have traveled so far to visit. They have
embraced the spirit of the North Shore and encourage guests to get out, catch a
wave, try a new sport (SUPing anyone?), ride a horse along the beach and taste
a few new flavors together. Above all, this part of the island stresses
ohana, or family, in Hawaiian. You are on vacation with your kids. Make some
memories together no matter what you do.
Families and ski resorts are a natural fit, and Keystone knows how to do it right. Kids ski free if their family is staying two or more nights. Kidtopia, Keystone’s kid program, has events running every day, including face-painting, fireworks, parades and ice skating parties. Camp Keystone will become your child’s second home as they ski the day away with their friends, while you hit the mountain on your own or run off for a spa treatment at Keystone Lodge. Don’t worry, at night you can come back together for a meal and jump in the hot tub.