When you have a young family, finding the time and money to go on vacation can be a challenge. At the same time, many parents want to be able to escape and spend quality time with the kids as well as expose them to new places and cultures. The key to enjoying a great family vacation is choosing the right destination, which means a place that is ideal for both children and adults.
The internet has become a hugely useful tool when it comes to researching. You can do everything from lookup history to run a people search and access educational resources. In addition, you can also research destinations around the world with ease, which makes it much easier for you to decide where you should go for your family vacation. In this article, we will look at some of the key points you need to consider.
After months of planning, construction and testing, the new aquatic features at Glenwood Hot Springs Resort opened mid-summer for adventurers of all ages. The highly anticipated Sopris Splash Zone is the family-friendly resort’s newest addition to the hot springs, spa and lodge property in Glenwood Springs. It features a fast-moving adventure river for older kids and adults, and for younger children, a wade-in pool with waterfalls and a fountain designed for both play and show!
The wait is finally over! After months of watching construction crews build, refine and add landscaping, Shoshone Chutes—the exciting river ride that twists and turns, banks and swooshes, mimicking the thrill of a Colorado whitewater experience—is officially open. It is one of three new family-friendly play areas that comprise the Sopris Splash Zone at Glenwood Hot Springs Resort.
In addition to Shoshone Chutes, the other two zones are Hanging Lake, a wade-in waterfall-fed pool perfect for youngsters, which opened on July 3, and the Grand Fountain, a splash pad by day with water spraying seven feet in the air and an illuminated show fountain reaching heights of 17 feet after hours. A large, modern pergola with seating separates the two zones and provides additional shade at the west end of the hot springs property.
“We’re like little kids ourselves,” Chief Operations Officer and Vice President for Glenwood Hot Springs Resort, John Bosco, said. “We have been anticipating this opening just like everyone else—waiting, watching, seeing the progress day-by-day. It’s finally time to let people experience it for themselves. The Sopris Splash Zone will add a whole new dimension to what you can do at our hot springs. It’s a game-changer.”
Though construction started in January, the new aquatic features have been in the works for close to two years. The goal was to create water-centric attractions that appeal to today’s traveler, as well as fit the historic setting of the geothermal springs. Two consulting firms, along with local contractors, made it all come together.
Specializing in landscape architecture, urban planning and design, DHM Design, led by Project Manager Jen DiCuollo, created a masterplan to reflect Glenwood Hot Springs’ core identity which centers on the resort’s history of welcoming families and building multi-generational relationships. The firm was tasked with designing elements to enhance activities for children and families while maintaining a uniquely Colorado experience.
Working closely alongside DHM Design was Cloward H20’s Principal Allen Clawson and his team, who specialize in creating award-winning aquatics at resorts worldwide. Based on experience with similar river features at Atlantis Resorts and others in Asia, Cloward proposed a whitewater river experience as Glenwood Hot Springs’ newest visitor attraction. “Shoshone Chutes takes advantage of the slope in the North West corner of the property,” Clawson said. “This is a thrilling and exhilarating experience for a broad range of guests who will be able to ride on either single or double tubes along a waterway with as much as 32,000 gallons per minute of flow—that’s enough to fill an Olympic-sized pool in 15 minutes!”
Glenwood Hot Springs relied on talented local contractors, including S2M Construction, Gould Construction and Zancanella Engineering to carry out the design vision and get the Sopris Splash Zone ready for opening day. “We had an amazing team working on this project,” Glenwood Hot Springs Operations Manager Kevin Flohr said. “One of the things that surprised me was how much the adventure river sounds like actual whitewater. I can’t wait to see what people think the first time they ride down the Shoshone Chutes.”
“The Sopris Splash Zone is what Glenwood Hot Springs envisioned—a family-friendly resort experience with modern features that uniquely represent the Rocky Mountain West and complement our 130 years of rich history rooted in an authentic European hot springs spa tradition,” said Kjell Mitchell, Glenwood Hot Springs President and Chief Executive Officer.
The Sopris Splash Zone is now open daily through the summer and on weekends in September and October as weather permits. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. There is no additional fee to use the new attractions in the Sopris Splash Zone. A grand opening celebration will be announced.
Sipping cocktails al fresco never looked so good
The days of spring and summer travel breaks are here and it’s time to sit back and relax. Here’s a roundup of hotels across the U.S. with Insta-worthy porches and picture-perfect verandas. From people-watching to star-gazing to enjoying salty harbor air, here’s where you can pull up a chair in style and share your #currentview with friends and followers this summer
Baron’s Cove, Sag Harbor, NY
Best porch for: Harbor views
Situated directly in front of the harbor, this water-side Hamptons retreat offers several outdoor seating options including an outdoor veranda with its own wood-burning fireplace and a restaurant terrace overlooking the harbor, but the hottest (or coolest) seat in town is on a rocker on the hotel’s charming front porch, located directly in front of the water capturing those perfect harbor breezes. Baron’s Cove’s front porch greets guests upon arrival and is a popular seat for both locals and guests to enjoy a morning coffee or pre-dinner cocktail and catch up on summer reading. It’s also one of the hotel’s most popular photos on the ‘gram. baronscove.com
Virginia Hotel, Cape May, NJ
Best porch for: People watching
An impeccably restored 1879 landmark building, The Virginia Hotel and its darling front porch set the standard for luxury hotels in Cape May, NJ. Nestled on a tree-lined street in the heart of historic Cape May and just a half a block from the beach, The Virginia Hotel’s front porch is one of the most popular seats in Cape May. A prime location for people watching after a long day at the beach, guests can have a seat on the porch and enjoy artisanal cocktails and exquisite small plates from the hotel’s popular restaurant, The Ebbitt Room. virginiahotel.com
The Broadmoor’s Cloud Camp, Colorado Springs, CO
Best porch for: Rocky Mountain sunsets
Guests at The Broadmoor’s Cloud Camp may enjoy Insta-worthy Rocky Mountain views from the porch at this all-inclusive hideaway atop Cheyenne Mountain. Situated at a breathtaking 9,200 feet above sea level, Cloud Camp’s 360-degree views provide a picture-perfect backdrop for guided nature walks and luxurious lodge living. At 3,000 feet above The Broadmoor, this unique resort site is perfect for watching the sunset on the Rocky Mountains and plains below. Bonus: It’s all-inclusive, including cocktails. Rocky Mountain morning mimosas, anyone? broadmoor.com
Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg, VA
Best veranda for: History buffs and foodies
Kingsmill Resort’s James Landing Grille is a scenic spot is where family and friends gather to enjoy fresh, locally-sourced cuisine, while enjoying the beautiful sunsets over the historic James River. Open seasonally, the James Landing Grille is the only riverfront dining experience in Williamsburg, making photos and memories extra special. kingsmill.com
The Inn at Death Valley, Death Valley, CA
Best porch for: Panoramic desert views and stargazing
A natural oasis located in the middle of Death Valley National Park, one of only eight designated "gold tier" International Dark Sky Parks in the United States, The Inn at Death Valley’s porches provide the perfect spot for sipping on cool desert cocktails while watching the vast desert sky turn dark for optimal stargazing. The sky is so clear that star-gazers can actually see the Milky Way with the naked eye. oasisatdeathvalley.com
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva, WI
Best veranda for: Beautiful country landscapes and greenery
No filter needed at Embers Terrace at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in lush Lake Geneva. This Midwest hotspot offers guests the perfect gathering spot for after-dinner desserts, drinks, roaring fire pits, and grammable views of the beautiful Wisconsin countryside. A picturesque setting to unwind after a day of golf at the resort’s award-winning courses. grandgeneva.com
El Tovar at Grand Canyon, South Rim, AZ
Best porch for: Taking in a world wonder
What better way to celebrate crossing off the Grand Canyon from your bucket list than a festive toast overlooking a world wonder? Located on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, a small veranda at El Tovar directly outside the lounge has spectacular views, famous for enjoying the Arizona sunsets. Guests can enjoy a light meal and cool beverage while planning what’s next on their itinerary. Take in the view knowing that guests such as Teddy Roosevelt, President Bill Clinton, and Sir Paul McCartney have dined and shared stories within these walls. grandcanyonlodges.com/lodging/el-tovar-hotel
The Woods at The Source Hotel, Denver, CO
Best porch for: Craft brews and views
In Colorado the sun regularly paints the sky with vibrant oranges, pinks and purples as it falls behind the mountains. To catch the phenomenon, head to the trendy Source Hotel + Market Hall’s eighth-floor rooftop bar, The Woods. Here you can take in the best of what Colorado has to offer. Look east and you’re staring at the unparalleled views of Downtown Denver, look west and you’ll take in the sunset and mountain views stretching from 14,000-foot Pikes Peak to the south of Long’s Peak in the north. While enjoying this urban patio, you can sip on creative craft beers brewed exclusively for the restaurant by the small-batch New Belgium brewery on the hotel’s ground floor. thesourcehotel.com/the-woods
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