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Time to plan your family’s next adventure

By Lynn O’Rourke Hayes, FamilyTravel.com
Published: December 9, 2023, 6:03am

With a new year on the horizon, perhaps it’s time to plan your next family getaway. Here are five ideas to consider.

Have a great week!

Highway 1 Road Trip, Central California

Discover pristine beaches, outdoor adventure and farm-to-table cuisine during a family road trip along Central California’s stretch of the famed Highway 1. The 100-mile coastal drive connects ten artisan communities where mom-and-pop businesses prevail. The trip also offers wide open spaces for hiking and outdoor pursuits. Located midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, with Big Sur to the north and Santa Barbara to the south, the scenic route includes Hearst Castle, 13 state parks, an elephant seal rookery, award-winning wineries and the only drivable beach in California. Along the way you’ll also encounter a local farm stand offering fruit, veggies, pies, fudge, farm animals and hayrides and the chance to explore tide pools for snails, barnacles, anemones and sea stars.

For more: https://highway1roadtrip.com

Hotel Commonwealth Boston, Mass.

Do you have a baseball fan in your clan? Even if the Red Sox are not your top-ranked team, a stay in these luxury digs will be a home run. Located steps from Fenway Park, the hotel combines a bit of history with Boston’s high energy vibe and plenty of appeal for sports fans. You’ll want to plan ahead with newly available game-day packages which include an overnight stay paired with memory-making experiences. Expect a special photo op at Fenway Park, Pavilion section seating, a family welcome message on the Fenway Park scoreboard, and personalized, matching Red Sox jerseys.

A true fan will want to stay in one of the hotel’s baseball-themed guest rooms, where the you’ll be steeped in Red Sox memorabilia and thrilled by Fenway Park views.

For more: https://www.hotelcommonwealth.com

Fairmont Banff Springs Resort, Banff, Alberta

Lavish and historic, this castle-like resort, built in 1888, stands as a luminous landmark in a picturesque alpine town inside Banff National Park. Tucked within a verdant forest, yet offering stunning mountain, valley and winding-river views, the 745-room hotel is a destination in itself. Hiking, rafting, fly-fishing, championship golf, tennis, indoor and outdoor pool-time and horseback riding a well as a full range of winter sports are all available within minutes. The Willow Stream Spa offers a full range of soothing options within 27 treatment rooms for those seeking a relaxing stay. Choose from 14 on-site dining options, including an afternoon tea service, or wander into town for additional possibilities. Ask about the Kids in the Castle program and other adventure options for the younger set.

For more: https://www.fairmont.com/banff-springs/; https://www.banfflakelouise.com

The Ranch at Emerald Valley, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Set amid 100,000 acres in the Pike National Forest, guests of this all-inclusive, high mountain, luxury ranch can choose from richly appointed one-, two- or three-bedroom cabins so cozy you’ll have to force yourselves away from the fire and out the door to embark on the many adventures that await. Cast for trout on one of two well-stocked lakes, explore the surrounding area on horseback or hike to nearby lookout points. Challenge the gang at the archery center or settle in fireside for a masterful game of chess. Those looking for a new experience may want to join the Elk Glade wranglers in a cattle drive. At day’s end, sip fine wines and share stories of adventure while enjoying fresh, gourmet fare at the dinner table or around the fire pit.

For more: https://www.broadmoor.com/the-ranch-at-emerald-valley

Historic Harding Cabin, Mount Sterling, Ohio

History buffs, take note! You can check into what was once the private hideaway of President Warren G. Harding in Ohio’s Deer Creek State Park. The restored yet rustic multilevel cabin reportedly served as a getaway for Harding and his close circle of friends known as the “Ohio Gang.”

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the cabin was constructed on the banks of Deer Creek by U.S. Attorney General Harry M. Daugherty at the close of World War I.

With a full-length screened porch overlooking a 1,277-acre lake, it’s easy to imagine why Harding might have retreated to the picturesque spot to gain a little perspective.

Other unique cabins throughout the Ohio State Park system provide affordable opportunities for families to enjoy a relaxing getaway in a natural environment.

For more: www.deercreekstateparklodge.com