Surrounded by family-friendly Northstar California alpine resort, this luxury lodging already has a leg up on being a great destination for the kids. Add Ritz Kids, with specific summer and winter activities that combine outdoor adventure, art and crafts, and hands-on food crafts, and you’ve got the ingredients for a perfect splurge getaway. Another fun touch for kids: Indoor Campout packages, which include a pint-size dome tent sleeping nook set up for your child right in your room.
Fire pits out front are perfect for making s’mores—kits are available, and you can get tips from the resident “marshmologist.” In winter, there’s an on-site ski school for beginners. Kids also get a kick out of riding a chairlift down to the Village at Northstar; wintertime activities include a popular skating rink and local bands. In summer, the Ritz-Carlton lets kids bounce on a trampoline, test their skills on the bocce ball court, or play giant Jenga surrounded by mountain peaks.