There are a mere 18 summers to experience with our tiny travelers before they venture out on their own. All the more reason to fill each one with adventures and memories that last a lifetime. Accor hotels across North & Central America are jumpstarting the summer with creative activities for both kids and the kid at heart.
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Banff National Park is a seemingly endless outdoor playground, with countless opportunities for kids to hike, bike, golf, and view the spectacular wildlife. For families looking to bond over their backhand, Fairmont Banff Springs boasts five turf-topped tennis courts with a stunning mountain backdrop. Young ones can get into the swing of things with the Kids at The Castle – Tennis and Adventure Day Camp. The camp helps kids develop tactical tennis skills while gaining realistic game experience and some Rocky Mountain adventure time. Each day begins with tennis lessons, followed by short hikes and classic camp games. For more detailed information on the Kids at The Castle Camp and more: www.banff-springs- hotel.com/play/resort-activities/recreational-family-travel/ .
With five lakes and two mountains connected by the world’s longest gondola, Whistler is a top outdoor adventure destination for families. And with two camps this summer, Fairmont Chateau Whistler offers kids the opportunity to learn, connect with nature, and have endless amounts of fun. The Camp Fairmont program (June 30 – July 4) is a collection of educational experiences, including Busy Bees (Pollinator Bee education), May the Forest be with You (Slow-living practices), Wildlife Education and Forest Ambassadors (Wilderness Etiquette and Safety). The Summer Daze camp (August 23-29) features a collection of nostalgic, slow-living activities for the whole family that include: Stargazing, Marshmallow Roasting over an Open Fire and Howling at the Moon, Sunrise Lake Plunge, Sidewalk Chalk Art Class, Flower Crown Crafting, Kite Making, Sprinkler Fun, Running Wild in the Forest, and much more. All activities are complimentary for families staying at the resort. For more information on summer offers: www.chateau- whistler.com/offers/best-summer-offers/.
A River Runs Through It
Set on the shores of the Ottawa River, the landmark Fairmont Le Château Montebello is renowned for its rustic-chic flair, laying claim as the largest log building in the world and boasting Canada’s largest indoor pool. Whether kayaking or canoeing the river, hiking in the extensive woods surrounding the property or cycling the nearby paths, the property calls out for exploration. But that is only the beginning of the more than 40 guest activities available year-round at this resort, including standup paddleboards, mini-golf, tennis, and garden games such as croquet, horseshoes, and family movie night! It’s fair to say there might just be an activity for almost everyone at this resort, pintsized or not. Summer fun offers are detailed here: https://www.fairmont.com/montebello/offers/summer-fun/.
Located an hour and a half from Quebec City, Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu sits amidst a naturally spectacular setting perched on a cliff between the St. Lawrence River and the Laurentian Mountains. The riverside resort has incredible views and an equally remarkable number of activities to experience for kids and adults alike. The Summer Fun Package features overnight accommodation and $100 credit to use toward some of the exceptional outdoor excursions, including green fees at Le Manoir Richelieu Golf Club, quad or side-by-side all-terrain vehicle rentals to explore the area, climbing adventures such as Via Ferrata La Charlevoix, round trip La Malbaie / Baie St-Paul getaway by train, a Whale Cruise Passport or relaxation at Le Manoir’s Moment Spa. For additional details, see the Manoir Summer Fun Package.
Nestled in 400 acres of coastal canyon in San Diego, Fairmont Grand Del Mar is a sprawling resort offering an impressive magnitude of kiddie adventures that will inspire every family. This year’s summer programming is a nostalgic trip back in time featuring summer camp-style experiences that give a nod to childhoods gone by. Burn off that energy with the Explorers Club, a daily kids club with summer adventures,
or take aim with the hotel’s new archery offering. Get interactive with the Del Mar Social Club’s lawn games, live music, firepits, summer specialty bites, and cocktails. The newly opened Grand Sweets ice cream and candy counter at the resort pool sweetens the deal, while the Twilight Cinema is perfection for family-friendly movies under the stars. For more details on family offers at Fairmont Grand Del Mar: https://granddelmar.com/resort/family-travel/.
The stunning Fairmont Kea Lani in Maui is giving travelers an opportunity to connect with the Islands by giving back. In Hawaiian, mālama and refers to the act of taking care of or preserving. This year, the Mālama Hawai’i offer encourages families to embark on a mindful exploration of Maui with a self-directed beach cleanup. As a result, kids enjoy quality family time and learn the importance of leaving a community better off than when you arrived. In return, guests receive their fifth night free. The feel-good package includes accommodation in a spacious ocean view one-bedroom suite and the 4ocean clean-up kit for each family. Learn more at: https://www.fairmont-kea-lani.com/offers/resort/malama-hawaii/.
Celebrating the City
Washington DC is known as one of the most kid-friendly destinations in the country, with free Smithsonian museums, kids’ play spaces, and teen experiences. The city also has an incredible number of parks and monuments worth exploring for those of any age. Sofitel Washington, DC Lafayette Square is one of the most exclusive addresses in the nation’s capital, with an ideal location for discovering the city, within walking distance of the White House. The luxury hotel with a touch of French elegance has an enchanting Le Petit Prince package on offer this summer. Inspired by the children’s book character and message of love being all-important, the children’s package includes: daily breakfast for up to four, Le Petite Prince coloring books and crayons, postcards, and bath amenities. For more information and reservations, please visit the Children’s Package.
Whether enjoying a stroll along the Inner Harbour or checking out one of the nearby museums, Fairmont Empress is an iconic destination in close proximity to countless activities in Victoria. Winston, the resident pup at the Fairmont Empress, is a bit of a celebrity in his own right and a highlight for kids and adults visiting the property. With the Kids Rule the Castle package, families can enjoy playtime with Winston, scavenger hunts on the historical property, daily breakfast, milk and cookies turn-down amenity, and their very own Winston-inspired stuffed animal. Book the Kids Rule the Castle package.
Standing atop a bluff overlooking the St. Lawrence River, the historic Fairmont Le Château Frontenac is a fairytale castle at the heart of one of the most beautiful cities in the world – Quebec City. The location is ideal for exploring the more than 500 free artistic and cultural events that take place mere steps from the hotel. Kids can check out all the castle has to offer with the hotel scavenger hunt, generously sized indoor pool, kids’ playroom, and the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac princess, a dream photo op for the little ones. For details: https://www.fairmont.com/frontenac-quebec/offers/quebec-city-as-a-gift/.