Gratitude for Family Time
We have all had something cancelled this year – a party, a vacation, an important event. At this time of year, it is even harder to be separated from beloved family and friends. While we do not have control over any of this, we can celebrate what is not cancelled. Things like quality time with your immediate family, reminiscing about favorite memories or dreaming about a future adventure. In the spirit of the season we are celebrating with gratitude for special family moments, past, present and future.
Last year, one of our favorite Sun & Ski Inn families visited us in December. We set them up with weekend itinerary of holiday activities and documented their stay with us. Our Loft Suite was the perfect home base for a relaxing weekend. We asked our guest family what attracted them to our hotel and the town of Stowe. Fun activities for everyone, proximity to their home, affordability, pet-friendly, safe, central location and the beautiful backdrop of Stowe landscapes were the most important factors for their choice to stay with us.
An ideal day in Stowe, Vermont with our family starts with breakfast and a swim in our heated indoor pool. They enjoy taking walks with their golden retriever on the Stowe Recreation path, skipping rocks in the river and enjoying an outdoor picnic during the warmer months. In the colder months they enjoy shopping, visiting our local museums like the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum and skating or skiing at Stowe Mountain Resort.
During their December trip we recommended that they visit the annual Festival of Trees & Light at the Helen Day Art Center and the candy cane making demonstration at Laughing Moon chocolates. The day was completed with a restful afternoon playing board games by the fire in the Sun & Ski Inn and Suites living room and bowling and dinner at Stowe Bowl. We captured these family memories in the making in this video:
Whether its in the near future or later on this winter, a Stowe winter vacation is possible, it just requires a few more steps (see Vermont Cross State Travel Guidelines). We believe the effort is worth it for family memories that will last a lifetime.
For the time-being, how do we make the most out of quality family time? We like the advice from mom: “We have found that when we facilitate an environment in which our kids are active and engaged, they thrive. And naturally when they are thriving, it typically leads to less bickering and a more enjoyable (and perhaps educational!) experience for everyone.” What are the opportunities you have close to home for creating special family moments? Perhaps family game night or a weekly walk in a nearby park or forest.
And as for the future? We’ll be here. It’s never too early to dream and plan. Stay engaged and inspired with us through our stories, pictures and video.