Planning a family vacation can be tricky, especially if you have a lot of different tastes to please. Mountain resorts are a wonderful way to accommodate everyone because they offer gorgeous nature, exciting excursions and luxurious amenities. These are seven of the best mountain resorts in America for family vacations.
1. Little Nell, Aspen, Colorado
Aspen is well-known as a top ski destination for the rich and famous, but the A-list clientele means that the resorts in the area are truly top-notch. The Little Nell is Aspen’s only five star / five diamond property and the only hotel with ski-in, ski-out access to Aspen Mountain. During the summer, fly fishing, customizable jeep tours, biking, horseback riding, hiking and paddleboarding are available to visitors, while during the winter the conditions are perfect for skiing and snowboarding.The Little Nell’s concierge team is available to assist with anything you may need during your vacation, including typical things like restaurant suggestions and spa treatment reservations as well as things that really prove they go the extra mile such as waxing your skis, walking your dog or providing two Audis to test drive at your convenience.
Not only is The Little Nell ideally located for mountain sports during all seasons, but the hotel offers a wide range of top quality services, dining and activities for guests of all ages. They cater to families by providing items specifically for children, such as infant and baby toiletries and rattles, high chairs, strollers, children’s toys and games, a babysitting service and much more. The resort also hosts activities within the hotel just for children, like kids cooking classes. Their spa and fitness center offers many different kinds of massages and treatments to help you unwind after a long day on the slopes. Rooms range from mountainside rooms that offer gorgeous views of Aspen Mountain to two-bedroom suites that will make you feel right at home. The Little Nell is the perfect mountain retreat for you and your family all year round, with an unparalleled location, superior service and unbeatable amenities to meet your every need.
2. The Ahwahnee, Yosemite, California
Yosemite National Park is one of the most beautiful and biologically diverse areas in the world, with stunning granite cliffs, waterfalls, streams, Giant Sequoia trees and the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Naturally, a place with such awe-inspiring nature draws millions of visitors annually. To accommodate those visitors with a taste for luxury, The Ahwahnee Hotel was founded in the early 1920s and is a National Historic Landmark today. Its prime location offers spectacular views of Half Dome, Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls. Past guests of the hotel include Ansel Adams, Queen Elizabeth II, Walt Disney and John F. Kennedy. During the winter, Yosemite can be a great place for cross-country and downhill skiing, though there is generally not a lot of snow. This means that almost year round, Yosemite is a nature lover’s paradise, with unbelievable hiking trails, rock climbing, fishing, bird and wildlife-watching, rafting and horseback riding.
In addition to all of the modern comforts The Ahwahnee provides in their luxurious rooms and cottages, they offer many educational and enriching programs and tours for families of all ages. From storybook hour by the fire to Junior Rangers programs to guided treasure hunts in Yosemite Valley and so much more, The Ahwahnee’s family-friendly atmosphere and activities make it one of the best ways to experience Yosemite with the family. Beyond all of the kid-friendly programs, they also host a myriad of events and tours and offer climbing lessons, overnight backpacking trips and evening bike tours. If you are considering bringing your family to world-famous Yosemite, The Ahwahnee could be just the place for you.
3. Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tennessee
Sprawling over 4,200 acres in the Great Smoky Mountains, Blackberry Farm began as a six-room country inn serving excellent food in true southern fashion Today, Blackberry Farm is renowned for its southern hospitality, fantastic location and gourmet cuisine. The Beall family still owns the property, and Sam Beall’s trained culinary background plus his experience working in Californian vineyards create the ultimate fine-dining experience. The aptly-named Blackberry Farm not only has an extensive garden and orchard, but they also have livestock such as chickens and sheep from which they collect eggs and make their own cheese to be served in their restaurants. This mountain resort has rooms, cottages and houses designed to fit you and your family’s every need.
Located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Blackberry Farm is ideally situated for many outdoors activities, such as hiking, cycling, horseback riding and fly fishing. They also have unique activities such as paintball, shooting, cooking demonstrations and wine tasting. On top of all of these fantastic adventures and excursions, Blackberry Farm offers programs specifically aimed towards children, such as their Adventure Quests, Camp Blackberry, rock climbing and learning about life on the farm. They also have babysitting service if you and your partner want to take a day to yourself relaxing with a spa treatment or treating yourself to an haute cuisine experience. The wooded mountains are truly a sight to behold, and regardless of the season, there are plenty of things for you and your family to do at Blackberry Farm.
4. Inn on Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina
Biltmore was created by George Washington Vanderbilt III in the late 1800s and is comprised of the 250-room Biltmore House, a French Renaissance chateau-style mansion, 8,000 acres, of which 75 acres are formal gardens, a winery and the Inn on Biltmore Estate. The Inn on Biltmore Estate is a four diamond hotel designed to give guests a taste of Vanderbilt hospitality with the supreme location of being nestled within the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville. The estate is beautifully maintained and its historical importance satisfies a full day of sightseeing, dining and shopping in and of itself. Outdoor activities include rafting and kayaking down the French Broad River, hiking, fly fishing, cycling, horseback riding, sporting clays, shooting and even off-roading in a Land Rover.
The Inn on Biltmore Estate is a fantastic place for a family vacation. Children of all ages will enjoy exploring Biltmore House, playing with the friendly farm animals at Antler Hill Farm, playing in the Pisgah Playground and all of the other outdoor activities available on the estate. The winery also offers complimentary grape juice for children. Biltmore is fantastically located near many other attractions, such as Chimney Rock State Park, Grandfather Mountain and the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. Whether you choose to spend your vacation exploring the estate or the area around the beautiful city of Asheville, you and your family are guaranteed to have a memorable vacation at Biltmore.
5. Vail Cascade Resort & Spa, Vail, Colorado
Vail Mountain in Colorado is one of the best ski destinations in the entire world and is the largest single ski resort in the United States. Vail Cascade Resort & Spa is ideally located at the base of Vail Mountain and is the only Four Diamond resort in Vail outfitted with an on-site chairlift, making access to the mountain very convenient. Aside from the obvious fun winter activities such as skiing, snowboarding and sledding, this hotel is also the perfect family vacation resort in the warmer seasons as well, with activities like hiking, biking, fishing and on-property dive-in pool movies. The resort also has racquetball, squash, and basketball courts as well as heated outdoor swimming pools and hot tubs. Accommodations range from hotel rooms and suites to private condos and vacation homes designed for larger groups.
Vail Cascade’s award-winning spa and dining are perfect for adults who want a relaxed night, and their Cascade KidVenture program is full of fun activities for kids ages 5-12. The Cascade KidVenture program schedule is filled with things to do, including tennis lessons, arts and crafts, s’mores and hot chocolate by the fire and movie and pizza nights, ensuring your kids will never have a dull moment at the resort. With so many different activities and amenities, Vail Cascade Resort & Spa is an excellent place for your next family vacation.
6. Stein Eriksen Lodge, Park City, Utah
Park City is world-renowned for its fantastic skiing and star-studded clientele. It is home to the Sundance Film Festival and many of the facilities that were used in the 2002 Winter Olympics. Stein Eriksen Lodge is Utah’s only five-star, five-diamond resort and is nestled mid-mountain at 8,200 feet at Deer Valley Resort’s Silver Lake Village, offering guests ski-in/ski-out access. With world-class dining, shopping and spa services, Steins truly provides a luxurious experience. The rooms and suites are designed with a Norwegian flair and amenities include fireplaces, indoor hot tubs and private decks.
Naturally, there is some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the world at Steins, but the summer months are also full of great outdoors activities for families. Hot air balloon rides, paddleboarding, white water rafting, zip lining, mountain biking and hiking are options for adventurers, and the town’s many festivals and outdoor concerts are great for families of all ages. Stein Eriksen Lodge is undeniably one of the best resorts in Park City, and their world-class service is here to help you and your family create your best vacation to date.
7. The Sagamore, Lake George, New York
The Sagamore Hotel is a four-diamond resort located on a private island on Lake George, at the base of the Adirondack Mountains. It is surrounded by natural beauty, with the lake, forest and mountains all within the same landscape. The waterfront property encompasses the 70-acre island, offering unparalleled views of the water and the mountains. During the summer months, enjoy boating, fishing, kayaking, parasailing and hiking, or take a cruise on the Sagamore’s private touring boat The Morgan to take in some of the best views of the Adirondacks and visit the pristine inlets and islands in the lake. In the winters, head up to the mountains for skiing and snow, or take advantage of the many activities the Sagamore hosts within the resort, such as bonfires, an ice bar and live entertainment.
Accommodations at the Sagamore range from luxury hotel rooms to suites and condos, guaranteeing you and your family a comfortable stay that is sure to exceed expectations. You can also reserve the Wapanak Castle, a six-bedroom four-bath lakefront home, for a truly one-of-a-kind experience. The resort also has babysitting service and the Sagamore Kids Club, designed for children ages 4-12, which hosts fun activities such as arts and crafts, nature hikes, scavenger hunts, organized sports and more. The Sagamore Hotel’s unbeatable location and world-class amenities are perfect for your family’s next vacation.