16 Family Getaways for the Holiday Break

barton creek ice skatingThe FG Editors

We haven’t done too many travel round-ups because we prefer to cover places where our writers can’t offer first-hand advice. But our readers have asked, so here are 16 packages still available during the holiday break. They include city, snow and warm weather getaways across the U.S. and represent the best values of the 50 or so packages submitted to us.

If you try one out, let us know how you liked it!

Warmer Weather Escapes

The Resort: Kona Kai Resort & Marina; San Diego
The Deal: The Merry & Bright 2-night Package (through Dec, 31st)
The Detail: Rates start at $645 for two nights and include 4 tickets for the a ride on the Stars and Stripes Yacht, 4 tickets to the “Jungle Bells” Jungle Tour at the San Diego Zoo, a
$100 resort credit, In-room milk and cookies, free parking. Note: Children must be 8 years or older. www.resortkonakai.com.

The Resort: JW Marriott Hill Country; San Antonio, TX
The Deal: Holiday Rates begin at $189; Stay five nights December 14th January 4th and receive a $109 rate.
The Details: The resort has a nightly holiday lights display from December 24th to 31st. The kids club becomes a gingerbread house 
for the holidays with gingerbread activities (extra fee).

Barton Creek Austin holidaysThe Resort: Omni Resorts Barton Creek; Austin, TX (right)
The Deal: Holiday Lights & Ice package
The Details: Rates start at $149/adult (plus resort fee) for a family of 4 includes accommodations, buffet breakfast and one skating session per person, per day at the resort’s outdoor rink.

City Splurges

 The Resort: The Four Seasons Hotel Chicago or Ritz-Carlton; Chicago
The Deal: Winter is Suite, Second Night Free package
The Details: Rates top $500 a night, but the second night is free, bringing them down to just above $250 a night for the famous Four Season’s quality service.

The Resort: Westin Galleria; Dallas, TX
The Deal: The Macy’s Grand Tree Lighting Celebration package starts from $385.
The Details: Good on December 14th and 21st. It includes one night accommodations, a $200 dining credit at the hotel’s
restaurant, overnight valet parking, access to the VIP Viewing Area for the
Macy’s Grand Tree Lighting Celebration Skate Show
at 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 2-photo package with Santa in the Galleria’s Santa’s Village and more. Use the rate code
”MACYPKG” to book.

The Hotel: Hotel Chandler; NYC
The Deal: Holiday Family package
The Details: Rates starting at $309 sound steep, but this is New York. It includes an Executive Suite, VIP admission to Bryant Park’s skating rink, hot chocolate, a 10% discount at Celsius Restaurant at Bryant Park and more.

The Resort: The Hotel Palomar; San Diego
The Deal:  The All The Trimmings package
The Details: 2 Ice Skating Passes for Horton Plaza Ice Rink, 50% discount on overnight valet parking, continental breakfast for two each day, free in-room movie with popcorn, spa and restaurant credits and more.

The Resort: The Argonaut Hotel, San Francisco
The Deal: ”Nice” Holiday package (available through December 30)
The Details: Accommodations for up to 4, 4 tickets to the Exploratorium,
and 4 Cable Car passes, continental breakfast for 4 at the Blue Mermaid Chowder House and more.
Use the rate code PNCE

• The Resort: Hotel Monaco; Seattle, WA
The Deal: You Otter Try the Monaco
The Details: Rates start at $244 and includes Otter ice pops on arrival, 2 tickets to the Seattle Aquarium (plus a discount on additional tickets), free valet parking and a plush otter toy. (Note; the aquarium is closed on December 25th). Use the booking code OTTER

The Resort: Park Hyatt; Washington, DC
The Deal: Comfort and Joy package
The Details: Rate start at $324. They include an upgrade to a Premier Park Deluxe room, free valet parking for length of stay (in Washing, DC, this is a priceless perk), transportation to nearby sightseeing and shopping via a Mercedes Sedan S550, breakfast for two at Blue Duck Tavern, free in-room movie, late checkout and more.

Skiing Adventures

keystone skiing The Resort: Keystone Ski Resort; Keystone, CO (right)
The Deal: Kids Ski Free
The Details: If a family stays two nights, all kids 12 and under ski and ride free; no adult lift ticket purchase necessary. Book by December 15 and get a 3rd night free.

The Resort: Hotel Terra, Jackson Hole, WY
The Deal: Sleep with #1 package
The Details: Rates range from $263 to $556 per night for a 4-night stay. They include, a $20 breakfast credit to Terra Café, three-day lift tickets for two, a discount on ski/snowboard rentals and delivery with Ski Butlers.

• The Resort: The Bethel Inn Resort; Bethel, ME
The Deal: The Ski and Stay package
The Details: Rates start at $139/person or $199/person with lift tickets) Stay 3
nights and get the 4th free. Package includes a 4-course dinner, country breakfast (I
think it is the best in town) and skiing at nearby Sunday

santa fe 4 seasonsThe Resort: Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado; Santa Fe, NM (right)
The Deal: Santa Fe Ski package
The Details: Rates start at $449 and include daily lift tickets for two (the Sunset or Summit suites come with two children’s or teen’s lift tickets, too)

Something Different

The Resort: Kalahari Resort; Sandusky, OH
The Deal: Fantastic Family Getaway
The Details: Rates start at $220/night (min. two night stay) for a Hut or Desert Room for up to 4 guests, admission to the Indoor Water Park for each guest, breakfast for 4 both mornings; one 14-inch single topping pizza and 4 fountain sodas, 50-token card for the game room. Book the Holiday Getaway for December 24th-25th and also receive dinner at the holiday buffet for two adults and 2 children.

• The Resort: Newport Marriott Hotel; Newport, RI
The Deal: Holiday Family package(through December 25)
The details: Rates start at $119 and include free breakfast, lunch and dinner for up to four children up to age 12 in Fathom’s restaurant (with adult entrée). Warm apple cider and holiday cookies at check-in. While there, enjoy a 16-foot-tall Gingerbread lighthouse and Keeper’s House (above).

What is the best holiday break vacation you’ve take with your family? Share it below!

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  1. Meagan Shamy (@MeaganShamy)
    March 13, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Best holiday getaway….That’s a tough question. We always love going to Whistler.

  2. Tonya {The Traveling Praters}
    December 20, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    My teens love the Kalahari. They’ll be going in a few weeks for a retreat- something they always look forward too.

    • January 7, 2014 at 2:29 pm

      I’ve sort of been dreading water parks as a necessary evil of parenthood, but we went to one last winter and had a lot of fun. We’ll probably do it once a winter or so when TT becomes a better swimmer.

  3. December 10, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    This post made me wish I could get away. Such beautiful places, and great deals.

  4. Eric Dunes
    December 8, 2013 at 4:08 am

    Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful post Eileen. Good job!