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Planning a San Diego Family Vacation

February 26, 2014
Coronado beaches

Coronado beaches

San Diego is the quintessential family vacation destination: it’s welcoming in all seasons, brimming with both kid-friendly attractions and hip, adult-friendly dining, and laid back.

Getting to San Diego is so easy, even families with small children and babies will think it’s a breeze: the San Diego International Airport is located less than five minutes from downtown, making a commute nonexistent. While in-city traffic exists, it can be avoided by carefully choosing to stay in locations with easy access to public transit and walking routes.

Rent a vacation home by the beach:
Lodging options in San Diego vary widely, from downtown hotels in the harbor area to beachside motels along the Pacific from San Diego to Carlsbad. For the best of both worlds, rent a vacation home in the Mission Bay district: you’ll be steps from the water (many rentals include boogie boards and even kayaks to use), but also within easy walking distance to restaurants and shops, as well as transit.

San Diego Trolley

San Diego Trolley

Use the historic trolley:
Families will see advertisements for Old Town Trolley Tours throughout San Diego. These tours are more than just a tourist offering: families can ride the trolley to attractions across the city, utilizing the hop-on, hop-off feature. Plan to spend an entire day ‘on the tour’, getting off to explore major attractions at your will. Not only will you skip the hassle of traffic and parking, but you’ll skip the longer lines for free trolleys in popular tourist areas, such as Balboa Park. The San Diego Old Town historical district is a must see, but don’t forget that the trolley ventures much farther afield.

Pick your beach based on needs:
San Diego has no shortage of kid-friendly beaches. Families with young children may opt for the protected water of Coronado Island, while adventurous families with school-aged kids and teens may prefer the wild and scenic beaches of Torrey Pines State Beach. Mission Bay offers recreational activities on the water, such as kayak rentals and stand-up paddleboarding, and Pacific Beach offers the most local vibe.

Plan a full day in Balboa Park:
In addition to the world-famous San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park is home to the Museum of Man (with a wonderful yet small children’s museum in the back) and the San Diego Museum of Art (with free student days). The botanical gardens are always free to enter, and street entertainers abound. On sunny days, Balboa Park can get busy, but museums are almost always manageable.

Sailing in San Diego

Sailing in San Diego

Take a day trip to Carlsbad:
Home to beautiful state beaches and Legoland California, Carlsbad has managed to hang onto its down-to-earth vibe despite growth. Families can easily drive to Carlsbad from San Diego for a full day of beachcombing and biking, or make it a stop-over for a Legoland vacation.

VacationRoost Ambassador Amy

Experience Winter Park

February 25, 2014

A mountain of many adventures, Winter Park is full of vast and varied terrain with seven distinct ski and ride experiences. From the endless groomers of Winter Park to the challenging trees and bumps that blanket Mary Jane, there is something for everyone – and that’s just two of the seven territories! Winter Park is charming, affordable and low-key, with lodging designed with families in mind. Winter Park ranks as one of the largest ski areas in Colorado, with five mountains enjoying the largest snowfall of any major Colorado resort at the 400 inch mark. It has everything for the mountain-minded adventurer who wants to find excitement for the whole family in the Rocky Mountains.

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Safe Travels,

The VacationRoost Team

Consider Steamboat

February 20, 2014

Steamboat Springs, Colorado is a delightful Old-West resort town. It perfectly threads the needle between family-friendly resort town and a top spring break destination with lively nightlife. They’re known for funky events like the 101 year-old Winter Carnival with the ski joring competition (where horses tow skiers down the streets of Steamboat!).  The resort itself boasts 3,000 skiable acres, an average snowfall of 300 inches and a neighboring nordic ski jumping hill where professional athletes come to train.  Steamboat Ski Resort was the founder of “Kids Ski Free” days and recently began the “Grandkids Ski Free” program making it convenient and affordable for families. Book your next vacation today and enjoy all that this lively town has to offer.

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Safe Travels,

The VacationRoost Team

Breckenridge Spring Fever

February 20, 2014

Breckenridge, Colorado is serious about spring. The town literally goes nuts for spring during their month-long Spring Fever Festival. The festival includes free concerts by big names like the Wailers and DeVotchKa as well as ski and snowboarding competitions. You are guaranteed to have fun in Breckenridge whether you stay for one night, one week or the whole month! Explore our travel deals and the full calendar of events on our website, Breckenridge Spring Fever.

Happy Spring!

The VacationRoost Team

Spring Events Not to be Missed!

February 6, 2014

March and April are two of the best months in resort towns. The sun shines longer, the weather is warmer and the events are bigger than in the heart of winter. While every resort has some sort of spring event line-up, Canyons, Breckenridge and Steamboat knock it out of the park with their festivities. Each town adds a unique twist to the traditional pond skimming contests and brings in A-list musicians for free concerts. People of all ages will enjoy these events — children can participate in parades and roast s’mores while parents relax at some of the best apres parties of the season.

Canyons Spring Gruv

Canyons Spring Gruv

Canyons Spring Gruv Highlights

Breckenridge Spring Fever HighlightsBreckenridge Spring Fever

  • March 22: Peak 6 Big Mountain Competition starts of the festivities
  • March 28: April 4, 11, & 18: Breck 5 til 5 Terrain Park Happy Hour: Ride the 5 chair until 5 p.m. and enjoy free hot dogs and extra time in the park.
  • March 29: Mountain Dew Throwback Throwdown halfpipe competition
  • March 29: Spring Fever Chili Cookoff
  • April 5: Breckenridge Spring Beer Festival on Ridge Street in the heart of downtown
  • April 9: Budlight Concert Series: The Wailers
  • April 10: Budlight Concert Series: Ozomatli
  • April 12:The Imperial challenge: Bike/Ascent/Descent, the most unique pseudo-triathlon anywhere!
  • April 12: Budlight Concert Series
  • April 13: Budlight Concert Series
  • April 14: Closing day of Breckenridge Ski Resort
  • April 19: Budlight Concert Series
  • April 20: Budlight Concert Series
  • April 20: Easter Egg Hunt on the Mountain

Steamboat Springalicious 2014

  • April 10: Old Town Pickers Concert
  • April 12: 34th Annual Cardboard Classic, watch as contestants race down the slopes in cardboard crafts held together with only tape and string!
  • April 12: Bud Light Rocks the ‘Boat – MarchFourth Marching Band, experience music and cinematic acrobatics in this performance
  • April 13: 7th Annual Splashdown Pond Skimming Competition
  • April 13: Bud Light Rocks the ‘Boat – G. Love and Special Sauce, listen the unique, laid-back blues sounds of G-Love after the pond skimming festivities

Safe Travels,

The VacationRoost Team

Spring Escape – Sun glass Tan or Goggle Tan…You Choose

February 1, 2014
spring skiing women

Work on your goggle tan this spring.

Whether you are dreaming of a ski vacation with sunshine and fluffy powder or a beach vacation with white sand and glassy waters, spring is the perfect time to escape. Spring skiing means blue bird days and apres skiing on ski beaches. Spring beach trips means the water is warm for snorkeling and surfing. Spring is also the time of year to find great deals on vacation packages — making it easier for you and your family to take one week to get away from it all. We’ve highlighted events and activities in our top spring destinations so you can start planning your next getaway today.  

Canyons Resort Spring Gruv

Beaver Creek

  • March 8 – April 19, 2014: Beaver Creek Loves Kids SpringFest, is a month-long event filled with contests and parades that the whole family will love.
  • January – March 29, 2014: Thursday Night Lights, every Thursday children can ski down the runs at dusk and then enjoy a fireworks show.
  • Friday’s through April 15, 2014: Disco Skate Night, ski free in the evenings to 70′s music.

Winter Park

  • February 21-23, 2014: 39th Annual Wells Fargo Ski Cup, this event brings together world-class disabled ski racers, Denver celebrities, Broncos alumni along with amateur skiers and snowboarders of all abilities for a weekend of activities to benefit the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD).
  • April 20, 2014: Coca-Cola Spring Splash, watch skiers ski through an obstacle course before attempting to cross an icy pond.

Whistler B.C.

  • February 13: Winemaker Apres Series
  • February 22-23: Youth Snowboard and Ski Snowcross competitions
  • March 17-21: TEDActive is a three-day TEDx event


  • February 15, 2014: World Whale Day, a free, all-day celebration that honors Maui’s humpback whales with live music, food, exhibits, a parade and more.
  • Snorkel in the warm waters of Kapalua beach.
  • Practice your surfing at Hamoa beach.

Puerto Vallarta

  • December – April: Peak whale watching season
  • February 24, 2014: Mexican Flag Day, celebrated throughout the country with red, green and white parades and live music
  • Explore the beautiful Bay of Banderas, the Pacific Ocean’s largest and deepest inlet.

Safe Travels,

The VacationRoost Team

I-70 Corridor: Hit 7 Resorts in 7 Days

January 30, 2014
I-70 map of Colorado

I-70 Corridor is home to seven world-class resorts.

Summit and Eagle Counties are home to seven world class ski areas: Arapahoe Basin, Breckenridge, Beaver Creek, Copper Mountain, Keystone, Vail and Winter Park making it easy to ski more than one resort during your Colorado vacation. We’ve mapped out the I-70 corridor to give you an overview of what to expect at each resort — including terrain and amenities — along with the best way to combine resort visits during one trip.

A few possible itineraries include:

  • 7 Nights: Spend four nights in Dillon or Frisco and three nights at Winter Park. Then ski half day at Arapahoe Basin before heading to the airport on your last day.
  • 2 Night Romantic Getaway: Stay in Vail or Beaver Creek and ski at each resort one day.
  • 2 Night Weekend Reunion: Stay in Keystone for a weekend of great nightlife and fun with friends.

Visit our website to learn more about each resort and to find deals on vacation rentals.

Safe Travels,

The VacationRoost Team


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