Midwest Winter Getaways

Three great places to spend with family and friends.

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Denver, Colorado

Denver is a quick flight from here and it’s a great spring break destination. It’s only an hour to the ski resorts, but there’s plenty to do right in town with museums, a zoo, and sports attractions.

Whether you are taking your family or going for a getaway for two, stay at the SpringHill Suites Downtown. The rooms are oversized and comfortable, there’s a great morning breakfast buffet, and the hotel has a bit of a twist – profits go into the Metropolitan State University’s hospitality program. The university is right next door, as is Degree Food & Drink next door.

Denver is well known for its breweries, but it’s also become known for its one of a kind Urban Winery, Infinite Monkey Theorem. They put a lot of their wine in cans so it’s very convenient – and it also tastes great.

Find out more about this Denver trip at http://www.WineAndSpiritsTravel.com

Madison, Wisconsin

Madison is a fun place to hang out and they have a free zoo and complimentary museums. I stayed at two completely different hotels, The Graduate and Edgewater Resort. I loved them both for entirely different reasons. The Graduate is very retro and fun, with a college town vibe. The Edgewater is a Historic Hotel that has been remodeled. It’s one of those resorts the whole family can have a good time at – and they have a great spa.

Cento is an excellent dinner spot. Everything was amazing, especially the short ribs. Stop at Marigold Kitchen for amazing breakfast. Don’t forget the Marigold potatoes, and the chocolate macaroon. Sujeo is a great Asian mix with a noodle bar. They are very allergy friendly.

See more about Madison and these hotels at this link http://gomidwest.about.com/od/Hotels-and-Lodging/fl/A-Tale-of-Two-Hotels-in-One-City.htm

Boyne Mountain Resort, Michigan

This is a place you can take the whole family and never run out of things to do. It’s especially active in the winter when they have 60 runs open for skiing or snowboarding, ziplining, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing, which I just discovered. It’s a lot of fun.

Boyne Mountain also has a ton more activities that don’t cost anything, like sleigh rides, ice skating, s’mores by the fire, and sleigh rides. The indoor/outdoor pool and the whirlpool are great for unwinding at night, but I did real relaxing in their spa. I had a sugar pudding scrub, wrap, and massage, the special they change them every season and they are very reasonable.

We stayed in this Amazing Salzburg Suite with a kitchen and three bedrooms, one of which was a cute kids room with two bunk beds. The breakfast buffet at Everett’s was excellent every morning – you can get packages that include breakfast – and lunch was so good at Forty Acres Tavern in the Alpine Village that we went back again.

Read more about Boyne Mountain Resort here http://gomidwest.about.com/od/Ski-Resorts/fl/Guide-to-Winter-Fun-at-Boyne-Mountain-Resort.htm


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