Not sure about you, but I'm not a winter lover, and if I can’t get my family away for a winter vacation, I’ve found that I can survive the season by taking a short trip or two. You don’t have to travel far or break the bank to take advantage of what many local hotels and venues have to offer.
Last year, for example, I booked a couple of nights in downtown Toronto at the Delta Chelsea Hotel. My husband, daughter and I checked in on the night of December 25th, so that I could be in the heart of Toronto for the Boxing Day sales! Our friends decided to do the same thing, and while the guys and kids stayed back and took advantage of all the hotel amenities (pools, waterslide, family fun zone and more), my girlfriend and I shopped til we dropped. We returned to the hotel to unwind, went out for a nice dinner and everyone – moms, dads and kids alike - was happy
So consider getting away from the winter right in your own city. Many hotels offer great deals on 2 night family packages, in addition to the Delta Chelsea in Toronto, the Delta Vancouver Airport and Delta Bow Valley in Calgary offer family fun packages. Check out www.deltahotels.com for more information and more cities. It’s amazing what an indoor pool and a little room service can do to rejuvenate both the kids and, especially, the parents, leaving everyone ready to face a few more weeks of winter.
And don’t forget, if you only have a day, you can always visit your city’s attractions throughout the winter. Zoos, museums and science centers always seem to have something new to interest the kids and adults alike and can be less busy outside the traditional tourist season. Or, how about a trip to the theatre or symphony? Many orchestras offer shorter programs designed to help children appreciate classical music? Or get the entire family out to support your local sports teams.
If after all this fun in your own back yard, you still need a little R and R, don’t forget the lure of the local spa. Call up a girlfriend and getaway from it all for a few precious hours. You’ll be relaxed and ready for snow suits and boots all over again.
As always, you can redeem AIR MILES reward miles for a great selection of any of these hotels, venues, events, activities and attractions. Check out www.airmiles.ca for more ideas and visit the Leisure and Entertainment section.
Tell us about your best local winter getaway by Friday, December 5th at 5:00 pm EST in the comments section below. We have 10 prizes of 100 AIR MILES reward miles to give away and help you on your way!
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