My gift to you: All the holiday fun and festivities without the cold, the work – or the stress. Whether you want to hit the latest theme park attractions, kick back on the beach or hit the slopes over the holidays or next year, good news comes from three of the top affordable family getaways.
Welcome to the holidays — Orlando Style. The best part: You don’t have to wait until Christmas week to celebrate since Orlando’s seven famous theme parks and attractions celebrate for 59 days at 20 festive events — everything from special parades, fireworks and shows to a 30-foot-tall Christmas tree made out of LEGOS.
Here’s another early holiday gift: You won’t have to bust the budget to get your gang there, thanks to Visit Orlando’s Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals from Nov. 20-29 that you can use all next year.
Save an extra 10 percent off already discounted purchases at OrlandoTickets.com. Use promo code “GIFT” between November 20 and 29, 2018 for incredible deals, but don’t delay as some tickets may have limited quantities.
If your family would rather hit the slopes than the roller coasters, head to Maine. How many places can boast ski hills with ocean views? Welcome to Maine’s Camden Snow Bowl, home to one of the world’s best toboggan runs at 400 feet in length.
Maine is home to two large ski resort — Sunday River and Sugarloaf — but there are plenty of smaller, less expensive ones and miles of snowmobile, cross country ski and snowshoe trails across the state, many in open fields, state and local parks.
During January’s Learn a Snow Sport Month, several Maine resorts offer opportunities for discounted lift tickets and group lessons in skiing and snowboarding. Save when you book lodging and lift tickets together at places like Sunday River.
Gear up at L.L. Bean’s giant store in the town of Freeport, Maine, where you’ll also find lots of outlet stores for more bargains. All ages can indulge in Portland’s eclectic food scene, too. And to keep the kids busy, pick up my new Kid’s Guide to Maine.
And the best of the beach is found at the all-inclusive Karisma Hotels & Resorts, known for their Gourmet Inclusive Experience. Karisma offers much more than the luxe beach vacation you want. They’ve got deals that are 45 percent or more off and, in some cases, kids are free.
The key is to choose the right resort for your family. Azul Beach Resort Riviera Maya by Karisma in Mexico is especially popular with young families as it’s got everything you need for your baby or toddler as well as canopied beach beds to cuddle up, kids’ activities, water sports, spa and great eats. You’ll find two other Azul Beach Resorts in Mexico and one in Negril, Jamaica. Save 45 percent (depending on your dates) with kids’ free specials until the end of the year.
Generations Resort Riviera Maya by Karisma, also in Mexico, is designed for multigenerational groups with the largest suites in the Caribbean — your home away from home except with butler service and organized activities for the kids. Save half with current deals.
You’ll find 45 percent savings at the Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana, not only a five-star resort in the Dominican Republic but the only Nickelodeon resort in the world. Each of the 208 guestrooms is decorated with a Nickelodeon™ twist and kids love the huge Aqua Nick water park where there’s mass sliming.
365 Daily posts are short and sweet, designed to highlight the discoveries we unearth on a daily basis as we explore Atlanta, the South, and the world! This winter vacation deals blog post is sponsored by TakingtheKids.com. If you’d like to be featured in the 365 Daily, contact Sue Rodman at sue@365AtlantaTraveler.com.