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Charlevoix, Que.

Don’t have time to plan an elab­o­rate trip but still want the relaxation and bond­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties that a fam­ily va­ca­tion of­fers? Take the scenic one-hour drive from Que­bec City to Le Ger­main Charlevoix Ho­tel & Spa, nes­tled in a UNESCO bio­sphere re­serve. The mod­ern re­treat, which is lo­cated just north of the St. Lawrence River and a few min­utes from Le Mas­sif de Charlevoix ski re­sort, boasts two farm-to-ta­ble restau­rants, a bak­ery, a Nordic spa and the op­tion of dor­mi­tory-style rooms with four sin­gle beds—ideal for fam­i­lies with teens. Over Christ­mas, choose from a range of free ac­tiv­i­ties, such as yoga, ice skat­ing, culi­nary work­shops, guided snow­shoe hikes and marsh­mal­low roast­ing. FAM­ILY FUN SKI RE­TREAT SPA GET­AWAY

New Hamp­shire

Known for its cov­ered bridges, quaint inns and antiques shops, New Hamp­shire is a charm­ing des­ti­na­tion for a low-key get­away. Start in the town of Fran­co­nia, which bor­ders the pic­turesque White Moun­tains; bun­dle up for a sleigh ride at Fran­co­nia Notch Sta­bles, learn dogsled­ding at Muddy Paw Sled Dog Ken­nel in nearby Jefferson and head back to Fran­co­nia to rest your head at The Horse & Hound Inn. Ex­tend your trip with a two-hour drive to Portsmouth, tak­ing Route 4—also known as An­tique Al­ley—through towns filled with antiques deal­ers. Drop by the Straw­bery Banke Mu­seum, a collection of 36 his­toric homes— five of which show­case Christ­mas through the cen­turies on a hol­i­day house tour dur­ing the last week of De­cem­ber. ROAD TRIP ANTIQUES SHOP­PING DOGSLED­DING HIS­TORIC CHARM

Le Ger­main Charlevoix Ho­tel & Spa in Que­bec

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