Wednesday, August 17, 2011

All-Inclusive Family Resorts Right Here in the US - part 1

From time to time I will get a question from someone asking for specific help.  They might be looking for an affordable weekend getaway close to home or a beautiful retreat center to find some solace.  This time the question came from a friend in Florida who is planning a LARGE family reunion.  She asked about large rentals and about All Inclusive Family Resorts.  Which got me to thinking about All-Inclusives in America.  Been to wonderful All-Inclusives outside our country but what about right here at home??  Do they exist?? 

The answer is YES and guess what I realized I have actually stayed at a few of them. 

~ Tyler Place Family Resort in Highgate Springs, Vermont ~ This easy to get to, hard to forget resort has been making families happy for over 76 years.  It has been run by the loving hands of the Tyler family since 1933.  With so much to do I wonder if I would find time to relax.  There are activities for everyone no matter what your age.  From fishing to zipping, lake or land, you can even take a tour of a Vermont farm or or nibble patisserie across the border in Quebec.

~ Club Med Sandpiper Bay in Port St Lucie Florida ~ Who knew there was a Club Med right here in the US??  With their many family centered activities - you get action and fun when you want it, peace and quiet when you need it… Tennis, Golf, Spa, Yoga, Circus School?  Club Med Sandpiper Bay just under went a $25 million dollar complete renovation so you can be sure that everything is current and up to date.

~ Rocking Horse Ranch in Highland, New York ~ As a kid we went to Rocking Horse for a few years.  I think we went with a bunch of my cousins and their families but what I remember most about these trips is TIME.  Time with my family.  I remember horseback riding twice a day (my dad on a horse) and jewelry making classes in the early evenings.  I also remember swimming in the indoor pool after dinner.  Although, I am sure Rocking Horse Ranch has changed quite a bit through the years.  I am sure the concept of bringing families together has not changed!  I did notice they now have a spa (sweet!).  Winner of the AAA Three Diamond Award and Tripadvisor Excellent Reviews

Next up a fancy schmancy resort that does not fall under the category of "Family Resort" because due to the dinner party nature of evening activities this resort does not allow guests under the age of 18.  I am thinking Chris and I might need to check this one out! 

~ The Point in the Adirondack Mountains on Upper Saranac Lake, NY ~  The Point is a PRIVATE, EXCLUSIVE and TRULY UNIQUE ESTATE which was the former summer camp of William Avery Rockefeller.  The Point is a Relais & Chateaux property which means you know it's going to be something special!  Their All Inclusive Rates are for two people, with carte blanche use of sports equipment and facilities, as well as three meals, afternoon tea, unlimited wine, liquor, and liqueurs from help-yourself bars open 24 hours a day.  Here is a great piece about The Point - The Point: Hotel Review


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