Es­cape-wor­thy spots for a snowy get­away

Centre Daily Times (Sunday) - - Travel - BY LYNN O’ROURKE HAYES Fam­i­lyTravel.com

Plan a snowy get­away with your fam­ily. Here are five es­cape-wor­thy spots to con­sider:

1. THE SE­BAS­TIAN, VAIL, COLO.

Splurge on a ski va­ca­tion and let the re­sort pros make sure your high-al­ti­tude hol­i­day goes off with­out a hitch. The Se­bas­tian’s ameni­ties-on-de­mand pro­gram can de­liver ski and snow essen­tials to your room along with an en­ergy-filled break­fast. Or­der up an extra pair of toasty socks, hand warm­ers for the kid­dos or an­other round of sun­screen. Guests can also ar­range to have a steam­ing bub­ble bath drawn prior to a re­turn from the slopes. Team up with the ad­ven­ture concierge to plan a moon­light snow­shoe ad­ven­ture and ice skat­ing for the older kids while the lit­tlest one plays in the Tykes Room. Should the kids need a break from the moun­tain they can also opt for hosted crafts in the Up­per Lobby where cre­at­ing hand pup­pets, fin­ger knit­ting and ex­per­i­ment­ing with snow slime are pos­si­bil­i­ties. Should grown-ups need a break, the hos­pi­tal­ity team is on hand to make restau­rant reser­va­tions and scout for a baby sit­ter.

Con­tact: www.Snow.com; www.the­se­bas­tian­vail.com

2. BASECAMP HO­TEL, SOUTH LAKE TA­HOE, CALIF.

Clever and cool, your kids will love the cozy op­tions avail­able at this bou­tique ho­tel, where ex­plor­ing the lo­cal moun­tain com­mu­nity is en­cour­aged. The Great In­door Fam­ily Room sports a King bed for the grownups, ad­ja­cent to a wall tented room fea­tur­ing bunk beds, a faux camp­fire, a pic­nic ta­ble and camp chairs. De­signed as an al­ter­na­tive to a cookie cut­ter ho­tel, own­ers have re­pur­posed “un­der­ap­pre­ci­ated” build­ings and in­fused them with “soul.” Happy hour in­cludes home­made soups and stews. No sur­prise: s’mores are served nightly.

Con­tact: www.Base­cam­pho­tels.com

3. THE NA­TIONAL PARK INN, MOUNT RAINER NA­TIONAL PARK, ASH­FORD, WASH.

Leave your tech­nol­ogy be­hind and im­merse your­selves in the beauty of this ma­jes­tic set­ting in the park’s Long­mire His­toric Dis­trict. Check in to one of 25 rooms in the two-story lodge. Re­lax in the lounge and sip hot co­coa near the mas­sive stone fire­place while en­joy­ing sto­ries of the day and mak­ing plans for the next. Visit the gen­eral store, a circa 1911 log cabin, for ac­cess to cross­coun­try and snow­shoe­ing rentals and other good­ies.

Con­tact: http://www.mtrainier­guest­ser­vices.com/ac­com­mo­da­tions/na­tional-park-inn

4. SUN­DANCE RE­SORT, SUN­DANCE, UTAH

You’ll find it dif­fi­cult to emerge from the cozy lodge warmed by a roar­ing fire or your cabin crafted from indige­nous ma­te­ri­als. But when you do, choose from cross-coun­try and snow­shoe trails that run deep into the woods or sun­lit down­hill runs on the slopes of Mount Tim­pana­gos. Founded my film­maker and con­ser­va­tion­ist Robert Red­ford, the re­sort of­fers fam­ily-friendly pot­tery, bead­ing and print­mak­ing classes in the Art Shack, win­ter fly-fish­ing and din­ing menus with an em­pha­sis on or­ganic and lo­cally sourced in­gre­di­ents.

Con­tact: www.Sun danceRe­sort.com

5. DEVIL’S THUMB RANCH, TABERNASH, COLO.

Stay in a cozy cabin or opt to sleep in the High Lone­some Lodge where ranch guests take in ex­pan­sive views of the Con­ti­nen­tal Di­vide and the Ranch Creek Val­ley while chan­nel­ing the pi­o­neer­ing spirit of early home­stead­ers. The cen­ter­piece of the lodge is a re­con­structed Civil War­era barn. Choose from 31 guest rooms and four suites, each with pri­vate out­door pa­tios and Adiron­dack-style rock­ers. Grab the binoc­u­lars to catch a glimpse of wildlife roam­ing on this 6,000-acre ex­panse of Colorado beauty or set out on the Nordic trails for an up-close view of win­ter scenes.

Con­tact: www.dev­il­sthum­branch.com

DREW PERINE News Tri­bune (Ta­coma, Wash.)

The snow gets deep around the Na­tional Park Inn at Long­mire in Mount Rainier Na­tional Park in Wash­ing­ton.

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