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Planning to visit relatives for the winter holidays? Turn an ordinary winter trip into a perfectly timed vacation that really feels like a vacation. Create fun memories for your entire family — you worked hard for those vacation days, so make your winter trip one for the books. Adding a couple of days to the beginning or end of your vacation can make this round of holiday visits a total win for everyone.
Tip: Combine trips
An obligatory trip to visit your grandmother in Connecticut can easily be extended by taking a side trip to Boston. Boston can accommodate sports fans, history buffs, and foodies alike. Stay on Boston Harbor for easy access to museums, walking tours, and harbor views. Walk the Freedom Trail, a 2.5 mile stretch that includes 16 historical venues. It’s free to walk the trail but guided tours are available for a small fee as well. Grab some fresh local seafood (especially the “chowdah”) or lobsters at Faneuil Hall. Grab some cocoa and have the whole family bundle up on a whale watching tour — a must-do in Boston. Head to one of the dozens of superbly curated museums. The possibilities are endless! Hyatt Boston Harbor offers 20% off a stay of two or more nights this winter, making your side trip that much more affordable.
Tip: Be a tourist
A couple of days in a new city is an opportunity to hit the tourist traps and break out the selfie stick. Never been up in the Space Needle in Seattle? Go for it! Let loose! Book a few nights at the Hyatt House Seattle, which is a four minute walk from the Space Needle, three minute walk to Chihuly Garden and Glass, and four minutes to pop on over the the Seattle Children’s Museum. The money you’ll save on transportation could go toward a swanky dinner and dessert at Sky City Restaurant on top of the Space Needle.
Tip: Make new traditions
A visit with family in Wisconsin may sound like a chilly trip, but a stay in a hotel with a pool can help burn extra energy and your kids can learn to enjoy activities that aren’t traditionally winter themed. A Christmas Eve pool party will leave a lasting impression on the whole family, even if you’d rather be somewhere a little more exotic. Go for a late night star-gazing walk or sample the local cheese and get to know the local restaurant scene. Make sure to book at the Hyatt on Main in Green Bay to give the kids (and grownups!) some time in the pool and then make sports fans super happy by taking a tour of Lambeau Field.
Tip: Go nontraditional
Maybe you’re not planning on visiting anyone, but you still have vacation days to use (and you want to get out of town!) Head toward the equator and soak up some sun — recharge before getting back to the daily grind in the new year.
Head to New Orleans and stay at the Hyatt French Quarter and laissez le bon temps rouler (let the good times roll!) Newly restored and renovated and just around the corner from famed Bourbon Street, head here for a good time. Have breakfast at iconic Cafe Du Monde, known since 1862 for its chicory coffee & beignets.
Make it a vacation to remember and hop on a plane to Las Vegas. The Hyatt House Las Vegas is just across the street from the Hard Rock Hotel, and completely family friendly. It’s a non-smoking, non-gaming hotel (pet friendly, too!) Your vacation can get as wild as you’d like since what happens in Vegas, well, you know.
Tip: Explore a new city
Source: Serge Melki
Indianapolis is known as the Crossroads of America because of the six interstates that intersect there. It’s likely that you’ll pass through on your way to Chicago or St. Louis or Louisville, but there are plenty of reasons to slow down and take a closer look.
Indianapolis is second only to Washington, D.C. in terms of number of war memorials — in the very center of the city, standing 284 feet tall, is the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument. During the winter months, lights are strung from the monument creating the “world’s largest Christmas tree.” You can even walk the 330 steps to the observation deck at the top. With an exploding restaurant and brewery scene, Indianapolis is a fantastic place in which to extend a winter vacation. Check out great attractions like the Indianapolis Children’s Museum (for kids of all ages) and the sports fans will love the NCAA Hall of Champions. The Hyatt Place Indianapolis/Keystone is near shopping and many choices for fine and casual dining.
The bottom line: make the most out of your vacation days and save money in the process.
Make it a winter to remember and don’t discount the cities you’re passing by on the road — you never know what you’ll find.
Take advantage of Hyatt’s winter savings offer with 20% off of stays lasting two nights and 25% off stays of three or more nights. See the list of participating hotels here.