It’s a fun and carefree getaway when everything you need is all around you. Whether you want a one-stop family vacation, a romantic retreat or fun with friends, these one-of-a-kind resorts make it easy. You can enjoy fine or casual dining, spa services, four-season sports and many other cool activities without ever having to leave the grounds. Check in, and let the adventures begin.
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High on a hill in the Catskills, Sunny Hill Resort is as warm and cheery as it sounds. Guests describe it as a cruise ship on land, with three family-style meals a day plus unlimited activities: golf, fishing, outdoor barbeques, a day spa, and nightly entertainment. There are unique adventures too, like a Viking-themed obstacle course and monster truck rides through the woods.
From themed spring getaways, to ultimate summer vacations and spectacular autumn leaf-peeping, this family-owned resort honors a tradition of treating visitors like family that goes back 100 years. Happy days for kids include swimming, rowing on the lake, feeding goats, organized games and a big finish with fireworks on Friday nights.
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Rated a top 10 American family resort by Resorts and Lodges, Villa Roma perfectly blends luxury, convenience and year-round recreation. Guests dine amid hand-painted murals, soaring chandeliers and life-size marble statues—and choose from a wide range of seasonal activities: from horseback riding to bumper boat races, and ice-skating to downhill skiing. Head to the indoor sports complex for tennis, racquetball and bowling or play the championship golf course with Catskill mountain views.
Unwind in the spa, mingle at the piano bar, or chill in the ice-cream parlor. Check out special rates for themed weekends and packages that include fabulous meals, nightly entertainment and unlimited fun.
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Whiteface Lodge has an authentic Great Camp ambiance along with modern luxuries and service. A rustic timber design complements the majestic Adirondacks landscape. Handcrafted furnishings, wood-beamed ceilings, stone hearths and vintage antler chandeliers create a cozy kind of elegance. Amenities plush and practical include fine dining, a serene spa, and in-suite laundries and kitchens (plus 24-hour room service).
Every guest is a VIP here -- especially children, who enjoy the lakefront beach, canoes and kayaks, year-round heated indoor/outdoor pool, 56-seat movie theater, ice-cream parlor, bowling alley, game rooms, tennis and basketball courts, ice-skating rink, snowshoe trails, and evening bonfires with s’mores. They’ll sleep well.
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Picture-perfect on a private island in Lake George, the Sagamore embraces the natural beauty of the Adirondacks and the simple elegance of a bygone era. Popular for over a century, the resort welcomes guests with rustic luxury and year-round recreation and relaxation, from spa treatments to swimming, tennis and winter sports.
Fish from the dock, tee off on the Donald Ross-designed golf course, or sail 19th-century style aboard The Morgan, a replica touring vessel. Savor sumptuous meals in casual or swanky restaurants. Guests age four to 12 can join the Kids Club for old-fashioned fun: nature hikes, scavenger hunts, variety shows, and engaging programs from astrology to dining etiquette.
Friendly service and four-season fun are priorities at Ridin-Hy Ranch. Set amid 700 acres in the Adirondack Mountains, this resort supplies everything that makes a dudes’ getaway or family vacation great: hearty home-style meals, horse-drawn wagon or sleigh rides, fishing and boating on Sherman Lake, and fresh outdoor action from trail riding to water-skiing and winter sports.
Clean and comfortable log cabins and a refurbished lodge welcome with cozy sitting areas and soothing views of the lake and surrounding mountains. All meals, snacks and riding lessons are included, along with activities like campfire sings, hayrides and cocktail parties. Feed carrots to the gentle horses, splash in the heated pool or check out the nightly entertainment.
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Situated next to Cooperstown’s shimmering Otsego Lake, the Otesaga blends old-world charm with modern comforts. Dine in fine style at four on-site restaurants or linger over afternoon tea on the lakefront veranda. Also overlooking the lake, The Hawkeye Bar & Grill serves great burgers and seasonal favorites year-round.
For fun there’s swimming in the lake or heated outdoor pool, canoes, rowboats, tennis, fishing, and the highly rated Leatherstocking Golf Course. This gracious and family-friendly resort, open April through October, is just a short walk from the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Farmers’ Museum, the Fenimore’s whimsical folk art collection, and delightful Main Street shops.
The grande dame Mohonk Mountain House, a 250-room Hudson Valley landmark built in 1869, sits high on a mountaintop overlooking protected forests and a private lake. Rated a world's best family hotel by Travel+Leisure, the four-season resort offers breathtaking views and fun for all ages: artsy programs, nature study, paddle-boarding and golf, plus hiking, biking or cross-country skiing on miles of trails.
Relax on your private balcony, beside a cozy fire in the lobby, or at a yoga class in the award-winning spa. The dining room presents creative cuisine sourced from local farms and panoramic views of the Catskills. Stop by the old-time soda fountain for milkshakes, egg creams or a late night snack.
Families feel at home on the range just 75 miles north of New York City. Rocking Horse Ranch, in the scenic Hudson Valley, mixes easygoing Old West flavor with the comforts of a top-notch resort. Think spacious rooms with plush-top beds, meals created by graduates of the Culinary Institute of America, and rollicking entertainment from Wild West shows to magicians, comedians and acrobats from around the world.
Whoop it up year-round on trail rides, mountain tubing or downhill skiing (lessons and equipment included). Little ones love the ponies, petting zoo and bouncy castle. Don’t forget your bathing suits: There’s a private lake and indoor water park with a 250-foot flume.
Adventures abound at Greek Peak Mountain Resort in the Finger Lakes region. There’s something for everyone and every season. Hope Lake Lodge has spacious suites, a waterfall-themed spa and panoramic views. On-site restaurants with delicious options include a pub serving up wood-fired pizza, local wine and beer, and lively music.
Happy families play in the giant indoor water park where the temperature’s a perfect 84° every day of the year. The adventure center features year-round mountain coaster rides and zip-line tours. Thrilling aerial challenges, bungee-trampolines and a cool mountain bike park rock the green season. Winter thrills include fat-bike runs, a lift-served snow-tubing park, cross-country and snowshoe trails, and skiing the big mountain’s 40+ trails and terrain parks.
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On a prime spot beside Alexandria Bay’s harbor in the 1000 Islands - Seaway region, Captain Thomson’s Resort presents splendid views from every room. Guests enjoy private balconies overlooking the St. Lawrence River and Boldt Castle, a heated outdoor pool, and warm hospitality, May through October.
While not the typical all-inclusive experience, a stay here is still a one-stop vacation. Packages at this family-friendly resort feature waterside breakfasts, dinner and drinks at the adjacent restaurant, castle tours with Uncle Sam Boat Tours boarding right next door, and a perfect location that’s just a short walk from shops, fishing piers and other attractions.