The days are getting shorter and there’s a slight chill in the air in the morning, but that doesn’t mean your family can’t still squeeze in some last minute travel this August and into the Fall. It’s a great time to explore with your family, and we’ve put to together our favorite picks for the letters S-V for you to enjoy:
S IS FOR SALISH LODGE AND SPA
Salish has a new, ohm-worthy program waiting for parents–the new Yoga by the Falls program. For a last minute getaway, Check out the Moonlight Retreat Package for 2 that includes a one night stay, a private couples massage on the Hidden Terrace, 2 Vinyasa Flow or Gentle Yoga class passes, and a bottle of Salish Lodge and Spa Private Label Champagne. Rates from $539/night.
T IS FOR TRAINS AND TROLLEYS
Trains are a really fun way to explore with your kids–whether its a short trip around a small town or an 8-hour exploration of a wonder of the World. If you’re looking for a quick trip, check out the vintage Issaquah trolley which travels from Downtown Issaquah to the Gilman Village area. Looking for something that will make a vacation? Try the Grand Canyon Railway
which has a special this Labor Day Weekend. The 8-hour round trip ride departs from Williams, Arizona to the Grand Canyon with a Wild West theme.
U IS FOR ONE LAST “UNPLUGGED” VACATION
Put away your devices and get back to nature and the great outdoors with your family. We recently went camping at Lake Cle Elum and loved getting away from it all. There’s a great resort in the San Juan Islands, Lakedale Resort
, that offers a 10 room lodge, cabins, and glamping as well as airstream trailers and group camp sites. Camping is a great way to have old fashioned family fun whether you’re fishing, kayaking, or sitting around a campfire.
V IS FOR VICTORIA, B.C.
It’s no secret that we love Victoria, and there’s plenty of reasons why! It’s a short 2+ hour ferry ride from Seattle on the Victoria Clipper, and is a great family-friendly and walkable city. One of our favorite places to stay? The Fairmont Empress Hotel
which has beautiful views of the Inner Harbour. Shopping on Lower Johnson Street or taking the water taxi to some fun spots is an excellent way to explore the city.
What is your family planning for S-V? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook!
Images compliments of Salish Lodge, Issaquah Trolley, and the Lakedale Resort.
Ready to start the A-Z #WellTraveledFamily Summer Challenge?
What is the A-Z #WellTraveledFamily Summer Challenge and how do you play? There are roughly 13 weeks to summer, so each week, we’ll be back sharing inspiration with you to get out and travel with your family, sharing great destinations, trying new things, and finding a bit of magic along the way–each corresponding to one of the letters of the week.
Here’s how to join in on the fun using social media and blogs for inspiration this summer:
1. Develop your own A-Z #WellTraveledFamily Summer Travel Plan: You don’t have to travel far this summer to play – the A-Z #WellTraveledFamily challenge is all about getting creative this summer and exploring and reconnecting as a family. Sit down with your family and plan out your own A-Z Summer Travel Challenge. Where do you want to go? Get the kids involved and make this fun. Consider food, activities and destinations by letter of the alphabet.
2. Share your A-Z ideas and trip photos on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: Have an idea for an A-Z travel experience or destination or need ideas? Share your own A-Z Summer Travel ideas and trips on Facebook and with @HipTravelMama on Twitter, Instagram your photos using the #welltraveledfamily hashtag. We’ll have some great prizes throughout the summer, so make sure you “like” us and “follow us” to play! Make sure you send them a link to this blog post so your friends know how to play too!
Most of all – HAVE FUN WITH THIS and get out and explore with your family this summer.