If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to plan an affordable family winter vacation in 2014, we can help you tick that right off your list. Here are five easy ways to score some big family fun along with big savings.
1. Atlantis Resort
Where: Paradise Island, the Bahamas Why: Because this iconic Bahamian mega resort has a stupendous deal on the table that will make your wallet smile. The Deal: Book a four-night trip including airfare with the Savings for All Seasons offer and get $250 in instant savings. Book by Jan. 13 and travel by Aug. 31.
2. Great Wolf Lodge
Where: 11 locations, from Texas to Williamsburg Why: Because this wildly popular indoor waterpark chain is ideal for a family-filled break that doesn’t break the bank. The Deal: The Early Bird Savings package chops 20 percent off a winter stay of two or more nights. Book by Jan. 6 for travel through Mar. 27. Use promo code EARLY.
3. Resort at Squaw Creek
Where: Olympic Valley, California Why: Because this upscale and family-friendly Lake Tahoe ski resort is offering a great deal on a family ski trip this February or later. The Deal: With the Book Now, Ski Later package, you’ll save up to 25 percent on any stay booked at least 30 days in advance.
4. Red Jacket Mountain View Resort
Where: North Conway, New Hampshire Why: Because where else but this White Mountains resort can you going skiing and play in a waterpark in the same day? The Deal: The Ski, Splash & Stay package includes two nights’ lodging, breakfast, ski lift tickets to either Cranmore or Attitash mountain, plus admission to the 40,000-square-foot Kahuna Laguna Waterpark. Available through Mar.31.
5. The Cliffs Resort
Where: Pismo Beach, California Why: Because this family-friendly hotel in Pismo Beach on California’s central coast promises an ideal midweek getaway for families—especially if your kids are still in preschool. The Deal: Pay for three nights and get a fourth night free (can also be used on a future trip), plus complimentary daily breakfast for two. Kids 5 and under eat free. Must arrive Sunday or Monday.
Suzanne Rowan Kelleher contributed this to MiniTime.com.