Exploring the states…
From learning how to milk goats at an organic farm in Albuquerque, to mountain biking in Colorado, or horse-riding in California, America is one of the most dynamic countries to visit for a family holiday! Whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach-side retreat or an active getaway in the mountains, travel experts Mr & Mrs Smith have compiled their favourite family-friendly hotels to visit for the ultimate summer break in the US.
Carneros Resort and Spa: California Wine Country, United States
Carneros Resort and Spa is a newly-built resort with a bold, contemporary style incorporating traditional local farm structures. The distinctive tin-roofed barns, silos and rancher’s cottages dotted throughout Napa Valley have informed a modern ‘agri-chic’ aesthetic that marries old-school decked porches, cowhide rugs and rocking chairs with Le Corbusier chaises and a colour scheme Giorgio Armani would be proud of. There’s a dedicated family pool area, and the hotel can organise a host of family activities, from art classes and cheese-making to horse-riding or, even, helicopter trips!
Smith extra: Two VIP tasting passes to local vineyards.
The Ranch at Laguna Beach: Orange County, United States
The Ranch at Laguna Beach is a perfectly rustic boutique resort, with a backdrop of painting-worthy canyons. With low-key, outdoor activities, it really does offer California at it’s finest. Ranch-style cottages and small buildings – some new, others restored – are clustered around the grounds, which include a family-friendly pool, an outdoor lounge area with fire pits, and a locally-loved golf course. There’s even a Junior Ranger kids programme! Unwind after a day on the course at the soothing Sycamore Spa, or head to the white sand Laguna Beach (only 350 yards away). Harvest restaurant champions locally-sourced Californian comfort food, the bar has a carefully-curated selection of regional wines and Ben’s Pantry is a local go-to spot for coffees and pastries.
Smith extra: One welcome drink each – pick between a wine or a cocktail!
Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm: Albuquerque, United States
A postcard for Albuquerque’s scenic side, Los Poblanos hotel is a fantasy farmstay! Set on 25 acres of lavender fields, cottonwood trees and gardens, this gem is located just off the Rio Grande and below the Sandia Mountains. Designed by one of New Mexico’s most gifted architects, the 1930’s-era lodges have pitched tin roofs, fireplaces and patios – perfect for grazing out over the purple-flecked ranchlands. Children of all ages are welcome, and can enjoy visiting the farm, milking goats and roaming the ranch. The hotel grows much of its food (and bath-product ingredients!) at the organic on-site farm, and products have a biodegradable, eco-friendly focus.
Smith extra: A selection of organic lavender spa products made on the farm.
The Sebastian – Vail: Colorado Rocky Mountains, United States
Mountains are never far from mind – or view – at The Sebastian – Vail hotel. Ideal for stylish skiers, bikers and outdoor adventurers in every season! This heart-of-Vail-Village hotel has a restaurant that specialises in scenic views, great wine and hearty, locally sourced dishes to fuel you for the next day’s activities. For the less active days, the hotel has a superlative spa to relax in, whilst the entertainment room and daily activities club keep the kids on their toes. Cribs and Pack ‘n’ Plays are available at no extra charge.
Smith extra: One-day bike rentals for two with summer stays, or a one-day ski rental package for one with winter stays.
Hotel Esencia: Riviera Maya, Mexico
Disconnect from the daily grind and reconnect with your kids on white-sand Caribbean beaches at Esencia hotel. This luxury family resort is on a secluded stretch of Mexico’s sparkling Riviera Maya. The ocean-facing spa, cooling pools and engaging cooking classes (for both, mini and master chefs) provide healthy distractions during your stay. As the former private estate of a wealthy Italian duchess, the private butler service, attentive staff and accommodating chefs (catering to even the most discerning diners in the family), comes as a welcome bonus. With miles of lush tropical beach, seamless service and a pampering spa… we’ll be extremely impressed if you make it out to see the Mayan ruins!
Smith extra: A 30 minute massage treatment for two
Mr & Mrs Smith gets you the best rates, guaranteed, as well as a little something extra on arrival at every hotel. To book, call the Smith24 team toll-free on 800 905 326, or visit mrandmrssmith.com.