Best All-Inclusive Resorts for Families

November 11, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

One vacation on my wish list is one of the all-inclusive resorts I keep hearing about. To stay at a place where everything is managed for you, from the food to the activities to the entertainment. The only thing missing from my dream vacation would be my own little golf cart that I could drive everywhere, including through the buffet line at breakfast.

All-inclusive resorts cover everything while you’re there. And there’s plenty to do at most, depending on which resort you choose. They’re also more budget friendly than you might imagine: you can save as much as 25 percent on an all-inclusive resort, compared to a pay-as-you-go vacation, which may often have a few surprise charges, like an expensive meal or impulsively chosen extra activity.

The Balsams Grand Resort at Dixville Notch, NH, one of many all-inclusive resorts in the US.

The Balsams Grand Resort at Dixville Notch, NH.

All-inclusive resorts also eliminate the need for a rental car. Generally, everything is on property, so you can always get a resort shuttle, or hire a cab. Plus, they usually have airport shuttles to pick you up and take you there.

If you are interested in an all-inclusive resorts vacation, you don’t have to leave the country to do so. There are several located within the United States that are also exceptionally family friendly.

If you like Vermont, you may like the Tyler Place Family Resort on Lake Champlain, featuring 165 acres and a mile of private shore on the lake. There are craft classes you can take, sail boarding, paddle boarding, bicycling, swimming, canoeing, and plenty of places to sit on Adirondack chairs and hammocks and just relax. They have activities for the kids throughout the day, and you can even turn them loose for a kids’ dinner, while you and your spouse relax in a quiet dining room.

Just one state over is The Balsams Grand Resort in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire. I’ve actually been here before, when I was in their Inn-Bedded Resorter contest competing to spend an entire summer there writing about and promoting the resort. Its 11,000 acres of spectacular natural beauty provide opportunities for a wealth of year-round activities. It’s a gorgeous and glorious resort, and I still remember my time there fondly. (Fun fact: Dixville Notch is the place where the very first ballots of a presidential campaign are cast, at 12:01 am on Election Day.)

If you’re more in the mood for a horse ranch experience, there’s always the Vista Verde Luxury Ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. They’ve got full-service dining, a wide range of activities, including horseback riding, mountain biking, fly fishing, and rock climbing during the summer and autumn seasons. If you’re brave enough to go during the winter and spring breaks, there’s skiing, snowshoeing, horse riding, fat biking (mountain bikes with fat tires), and even off-ranch adventures like snowmobiling and dogsledding. And there are classes and massage sessions year round.

Another place I’ve visited (but not enjoyed the all-inclusive experience) is the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in Michigan. If it looks a little familiar, that’s because it was the location of the 1980 Christopher Reeve – Jane Seymour movie, Somewhere In Time. You can take advantage of the Full American Plan, which includes a full breakfast, lunch buffet, and a five-course dinner. Kids under 12 can stay free, and there are children’s programs during the summer. They also play outdoor Quidditch, duckpin bowling, croquet, and scavenger hunts. Mackinac Island is famous not only for its fudge, but its complete lack of automobiles on the island. The only two methods of transportation are bicycles and horses. But if you want to go someplace quiet and relaxing, I can’t recommend Mackinac Island enough; it’s one of my favorite places on Earth.

And now that I’ve written about these places, I can’t decide where I want to go for our next vacation. I already live in the land of Disney World, but now the grass is greener in some of these other states, and I’d love to try one (actually, all) of them.

Have you taken your family on an all-inclusive resorts vacation? Would you? Where would you go? Share your experiences and ideas with us in the comments below, on our Facebook page, or in our Twitter stream.

Photo credit: Roger H. Goun (Flickr, Creative Commons)

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Erik Deckers is a travel writer, as well as a content marketer and book author. He is the co-author of Branding Yourself, No Bullshit Social Media, and The Owned Media Doctrine. Erik has been blogging since 1997, and has been a newspaper humor columnist for over 20 years

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