If you ever find yourself driving from Calgary Stampede to Whistler, or you're just looking for an excuse to visit a beautiful Canadian national park, look no further than the Jasper Fairmont in the Jasper National Park. Travel writer Cathy Fedoruk shares her take from a recent trip.
The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is a 700-acre, 4-season, 445 room/cabin, UNESCO world heritage property in the heart of Jasper National Park. It has breathtaking Rocky Mountain views and is approximately 90 minutes from the Athabasca Glacier and Columbia Icefield, and 250 miles from Calgary.
The main lodge overlooks Lac Beauvert and Whistlers Mountain with three restaurants to choose from: one for steak lovers, one for Italian fiends, and one for sushi cravings. There's also the Emerald Lounge, A Fitzhugh's To Go Deli, spa with heated outdoor pool, fitness center, hair salon, kid’s club, teen game room, art gallery and souvenir shop.
And the Fairmont Jasper offers plenty of perks: free parking, valet storage, mini fridge, coffee & tea in every room, nature hikes, tennis, yoga, and a complimentary shuttle service into town. Kids under 5 eat free at restuarants and everyone, no matter what age, can enjoy the evening campfires with s'mores. And this is one hotel where you don't have to leave your furry friends at home--they're pet friendly!
For a family of four, the best economical choice is the Deluxe Room, with two double beds and a cabin view room. However, if you're sans-kids or they're a bit older, get yourself a suite. They offer more amenities like bathrobes, a separate soaker tub, wood-burning fireplace, balconies, and sofa beds.
And don't worry if you want that extra bit of luxury. There are 10 specialty cabin/cottages which offer 1-8 bedrooms with a range of modern to rustic design and mountain, lake or woodland views.
Location, location, location! There is no shortage of seasonal on-site outdoor activities including horseback riding, canoeing, biking, hiking, ice-skating, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
And once you've exhausted yourself during the day, spend your night in the largest Dark Sky Preserve in Canada, for high quality stargazing.
For the golf aficionados, there's the #1 public golf course designed by Stanley Thompson at your fingertips. It includes a driving range, putting green, rental/golf shop and licensed Snack Shack.
Though the buts can hardly overcome the bests, there are a few things worth mentioning. Some rooms need renovation so request in advance a renovated room/cabin and don’t be fooled by the view options available – lakeside and lakeview rooms are different. (I was!)
The Wi-Fi service is on the poor side, although it is free to President Club Members. Finally for the family travelers out there, suites don't necessarily have doors that divide the bedroom to the sofa bed or rollaway area--they are sliding screens. But, adjoining rooms are available!
And thus concludes our review (read: rave) of the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.
This chic resort built right into the cliffs is one of the best choices for families looking to escape to Cabo. The resort boasts four restaurants, a family pool, and your room even has its very own private plunge pool. So pack your bags and head to this hotel when your looking for a sunny getaway.
Direct flights from both coasts plus a blend of eco-adventure and beachfront luxury make Mexico's Riviera Maya one of our favorite destinations. Our full report on all of the area's best hotels launches later this fall, but here's a sneak peek at one of the standouts.
'Tis the season for celebrating, and for giving back. Today we're marking the kick-off of the the Museum of the City of New York's annual charity auction, which raises funds for the Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children's Center. The center serves over 42,000 students and teachers each year, most of them from New York City's under-resourced public schools, and we're proud to join forces with Mandarin Oriental, Miami and Smokks to contribute. Read our review to see why we love the Mandarin, then click over to CharityBuzz to bid on a spring getaway with your family.
As we bundle up against the first real cold snap of winter, we're also counting down to the start of ski season. Utah's Park City is a family pick for its easy access to three resorts and raft of top kid-friendly hotels and restaurants. Writer Kim Fredricks shares her take on ski-in/ski-out favorite, St. Regis Deer Valley.
Last winter was cold for everyone, but it was particularly rough on Chicago residents, who logged an unprecedented number of subzero days and twice the average amount of snow. This winter might be as bad. Here’s your guide on how to get away easily, and where to stay. Pack up those baby cubs and head south.
Winter is coming. No seriously, winter is coming. To keep the polar vortex blues at bay, we’re rounding up eight of our favorite warm-weather getaways a non-stop hop (forget the skip and jump) from the East Coast. This way to the beach.
We're sprinting towards our full launch at the end of the month, so we haven't been updating the blog as much as we'd like. Here's a little weekend dreaming with a review of St. Barth's Hotel Guanahani, one of our favorite family-friendly resorts in the Caribbean. We're planning to escape for a reboot once our beta is live. TGIF!
Choosing a hotel can be complicated; conquering a country is even more confusing. To help families embarking on more ambitious travels, we’re launching a new series of itineraries, where we’ll break down a day-by-day guide to crushing the multi-stop tour. First up, Australia. Since some of the country’s best lodges don’t allow children under ten, we’ve created two options: one for younger families, one for parents traveling with tweens and teens.
Forget luke-warm buffets and bottom-shelf booze. A handful of high-end Caribbean resorts have reinvented the all-inclusive experience, and their version is ideal for families. Prices include adult-appropriate menus as well as kids’ programming, allowing parents to stop the internal calculator (how much did Johnny just spend on his PB&J lunch??) and enjoy their vacation. Keep the end-of-summer blues at bay checking out a few of our favorites.
We’ve picked five favorite surf spots from the Maldives to Montauk. Here’s what to know and where to stay.