Last-Minute Spring Break EscapesAuthor:Lindsey Shook
Spring break isn’t over yet! For many, the week-long celebration of no-school is just about to begin. For those who haven’t yet booked time away, we have a handful of easy, experiential design destinations that will make this spring break memorable for the entire family.
For the family who loves to ski
Hotel Jackson is a family-owned, LEED-certified luxury boutique hotel located in the center of Jackson Hole that is perfect for both the family whole loves to ski, and for those who don’t. Situated in downtown amongst the best galleries, boutiques and restaurants, they offer complimentary, daly transportation daily to the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and access to guest experiences including dog sledding and stargazing.
For the Five-Star family
Rated as Texas’s only Forbes double five-star hotel, the Post Oak Hotel features a 20,000-square-foot spa, a museum-worthy art collection, a helipad and a $5 million wine cellar. For the families that love big toys, there is a two-story Rolls-Royce showroom and a Bentley and Bugatti dealership. Guests can enjoy the the Johnson Space Center experience, where you are flown from the rooftop helipad to Johnson Space Center for a behind-the-scenes tour of Mission Control with an astronaut. And teens will love the Instagrammable Bloom and Bee restaurant at the hotel, which features stunning spun sugar creations by Executive Pastry Chef Oralia Perez.
For the urban dwelling family
Hotel Indigo Austin is nestled right in the heart of Austin’s vibrant Red River Cultural District, within walking distance to the University of Texas, the Austin Convention Center and some of the city’s most exciting restaurants, bars and live music venues including Stubb’s Bar-B-Q and The Mohawk. The 134-room IHG Hotel, which opened in 2015, is perfect for kids of all ages and pet-friendly. Guests can enjoy live music, BBQ and the hotel’s fabulous rooftop swimming pool with views of the skyline.
For the theme park-loving family
A secret gem in Burbank, the Hotel Amarano is a luxury boutique hotel located just minutes away from Universal Studios and the brand new Super Nintendo World. Mom and dad will love relaxing post-park excursions at the intimate, luxurious environment, lounging by the pool or having a perfect cocktail at the lovely FYC Bar + Kitchen, while the kids will spend hours in the courtyard swimming pool.
For the foodie family
Built in 1969, The Leta is a retro-chic hotel in Goleta, California, that offers the perfect basecamp for exploring California’s Central Coast. Parents can wine taste while the kids enjoy Bob’s Well Bread in Santa Ynez, Bettina Pizzeria in Montecito, brunch at Finch and Fork or the pastries at the beautiful Alessaia Patisserie in Santa Barbara. Not to mention one of the area’s best brunches at CAYA, the signature restaurant at The Leta. This pet-friendly hotel also has a heated outdoor swimming pool, fire pits, a dynamic fitness center and more.
For the culture vultures
For the uber cool family, look no further than Thompson Denver. Located in the heart of downtown Denver’s LoDo district, guests are minutes from the Denver Art Museum and art galleries including the Dairy Block art collection and the popular Meow Wolf immersive art experience that everyone is talking about. You won’t have to dine anywhere other than the hotel’s signature restaurant Chez Maggy, helmed by celebrity chef Ludo Lefebvre. The hotel also offers guests of all ages cool activities such as “Find Your Inner Rocker” guitar lessons and the “Bitchin’ Stitchin’” cross stitching class designed to help declutter your mind.
For the family that loves a great view
Designed by Olson Kundig, Thompson Seattle is just steps from Pike Place Market and offers very unique guest experiences the kids will love such as a revolving tattoo artist-in-residency. But it’s the killer views of the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains from the floor-to-ceiling windows that will truly make this Spring Break memorable. Guests can book Seattle’s most dynamic activities including flying in a sea plane, hiking, foraging for wild truffles with the hotel’s new Truffle hunt experience using the hotel’s truffle hunting dog that is completed with a delicious dinner prepared by Chef Chris Ingmire.