When the long, hot days of summer descend upon the country, many children spend those days away from their families at summer camp. From month-long overnight odysseys to half-day sports workshops at the local YMCA, many kids experience summer camp away from their parents.
However, some resorts around the country are trying to give families another option, by turning a family vacation into summer camp.
Resorts around the country understand the need parents have to provide entertaining and maybe even educational activities for their kids during the summer. They also know that these same parents want to get away from it all themselves and get a break from the daily trials and tribulations at home.
So why not provide both these things in one place?
Here are three resorts in different states offering families a refined vacation experience, as well as special supervised camp-like programming for children.
Barnsley Resort is located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in northern Georgia. This centuries-old estate has been turned into a luxury village with families being able to rent cottages big (or small) enough for any family.
Kids ages 5-12 can participate in Explorers Club during the day and have fun horseback riding, doing arts and crafts, slinging horse shoes, or maybe perfecting their bocce ball, tennis or golf games. Barnsley Resort even has archery, canoeing, and horse painting as options for kids!
For $40 per day (plus tax and service charge), parents can let their kids have a ball each day and then spend time bonding each night, perhaps over the nightly complimentary S'mores.
Tip: Look for room rate specials that include free Explorer Club access.
High Hampton Inn
A Southern interpretation of the famous great camps of the Adirondacks, High Hampton Inn just opened for its 92nd season in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains.