Great Wolf Lodge Wins 'Best Family Resort'
Vista Verde Guest Ranch, Mohonk Mountain House, Smugglers' Notch Resort and Tyler Place Family Resort also win
USA TODAY 10Best enlisted the help of a panel of family travel experts to nominate 20 hotels and resorts from coast to coast for the title of Best Family Resort. The polls have closed and the results are in.
Taking home the title of Best Family Resort is the multi-destination Great Wolf Lodge, famous for their massive indoor water parks that appeal to kids of all ages.
Vista Verde Guest Range in Steamboat Springs, Colo. snagged the runner-up spot thanks to its luxurious accommodations paired with family-friendly seasonal activities.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Family Resort are as follows:
- Great Wolf Lodge - Various Locations
- Vista Verde Guest Ranch - Steamboat Springs, Colo.
- Mohonk Mountain House - New Paltz, N.Y.
- Smugglers' Notch Resort - Smugglers' Notch, Vt.
- Tyler Place Family Resort - Highgate Springs, Vt.
- Keystone Resort - Keystone, Colo.
- Kingsmill Resort - Williamsburg, Va.
- Skytop Lodge - Skytop, Penn.
- Club Med Sandpiper Bay - Port St. Lucie, Fla.
- Cowboy Village - Jackson Hole, Wy.
A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Katie Dillon (La Jolla Mom), Kyle McCarthy (MyFamilyTravels.com), Eileen Ogintz (Taking the Kids) and Dave Parfitt (Adventures by Daddy) were chosen for their expertise in the family travel industry.
Other nominees included Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif.; Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge in Orlando; Ojai Valley Inn & Spa in Ojai, Calif.; Sea Island Resort in Sea Island, Ga.; The Breakers in Palm Beach, Fla.; The Sanctuary in Kiawah Island, S.C.; Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawaii; Disney's Grand Californian Hotel in Anaheim, Calif. and Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea in Maui, Hawaii.
10Best and USA TODAY extend their congratulations to all the winners. The contest was promoted on 10Best and USA TODAY.License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo