White Stallion Ranch wins title of Best Family Resort

Family-run Arizona dude ranch wins big with 10Best readers

These 10 American resorts cater to families with a host of awesome amenities, including programming just for kids, childproofed rooms (with multiple bedrooms), gourmet dining with child-approved kids menus and access to essentials, like cribs and baby swings, while on the road.

  • White Stallion Ranch
    Tucson

    White Stallion Ranch offers an exceptional family run dude ranch experience. Guest families can reconnect with nature and each other while horseback riding through the high desert, hiking, rock climbing, sports and swimming. Evening entertainment might include moonlight bonfires, astronomy shows, line dancing lessons or a Wild West show.
    Photo courtesy of White Stallion Ranch / Facebook

  • Vista Verde Ranch
    Clark, Colo.

    Dude ranch vacations are popular choices for family bonding, but Vista Verde Guest Ranch in Steamboat Springs, Colo. takes it to a new level of luxury. The all-inclusive guest ranch offers gourmet dining, spa treatments, top notch service, luxurious accommodation (cabins range from 1 to 3 bedrooms with daily maid service) and a wide variety of activities during summer and winter seasons.
    Photo courtesy of Vista Verde Ranch

  • Migis Lodge
    South Casco, Maine

    The 35 cottages of Migis Lodge are spread across 125 acres of pine forest on the shores of Sebago Lake. Families love this lakeside retreat for its numerous recreational options, including waterskiing, kayaking, sailing or having lunch on a private island. Other family-centric options – bonfires, bingo nights and karaoke to name a few – add to the appeal.
    Photo courtesy of Migis Lodge

  • Ludlow's Island Resort
    Cook, Minn.

    This family-operated resort on Lake Vermillion occupies its own private island, where vacationing families can spend their days swimming, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, hydrobiking, paddle boating, rock climbing or scaling a giant floating "iceberg." Kids enjoy a range of guided activities, and cabins range in size from one to five bedrooms to accommodate even the biggest families.
    Photo courtesy of Ludlow's Island Resort

  • The Resort at Paws Up
    Greenough, Mont.

    This Montana resort sits on a 37,000-acre working cattle ranch with a range of accommodations (from luxe private homes to glamping sites) and activities for families with kids of all ages. Horseback riding is the signature experience, but guests can also mountain bike, fly fish, geocache or partake in an authentic Montana ranch activity. The Kids Corps of Discovery immersion program has something for everyone – toddlers to teens!
    Photo courtesy of The Resort at Paws Up

  • Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort
    Amelia Island, Fla.

    Families staying at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation enjoy 3.5 miles of secluded beach and one of the largest poolscapes in northern Florida. There’s a 10,000-square-foot family pool, children’s splash park and even an adults-only infinity pool where mom and dad can get away from it all. Nine on-site dining options mean there’s something for everyone.
    Photo courtesy of Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort

  • Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort
    Orlando

    The Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort may be a mouthful to say, but it's a pleasure to stay, whether you're traveling with family or not! Smack in the middle of Walt Disney World Resort's beautiful Golden Oak community, the FS Orlando's gorgeous zero-entry pool, incredible castle-themed water park and lazy river and complimentary Kids' Camp (not to mention character breakfasts with Goofy and pals!) make this a sumptuous stay with all the right Disney touches.
    Photo courtesy of Don Riddle / Four Seasons Resort Orlando

  • Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
    Scottsdale, Ariz.

    Six separate pools create a giant outdoor playground in the Scottsdale desert for visitors of all ages. At the heart of the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess pool complex, the 6,000-square-foot Sonoran Splash features two waterslides, a zero entry pool deck and a sandbox play area, perfect for families with young children. The Trailblazers Family Adventure Center offers a host of activities for kids ages 5 to 12.
    Photo courtesy of Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

  • Four Seasons Resort Vail
    Vail, Colo.

    There’s a lot for families to love about Four Seasons Resort Vail, including a Recreational Concierge to help plan the perfect mountain adventure. A year-round outdoor pool and two whirlpools let kids swim, even in the snow. Other kid-approved amenities include a game room and TV lounge, ski rental shop and a dedicated kids program with complimentary activities for kids ages 5 to 12.
    Photo courtesy of Don Riddle / Four Seasons Resort Vail

  • Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
    Koloa, Hawaii

    At the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, guests enjoy 50 acres tucked between the verdant mountains of Kauai and the sea. A highlight for visiting families is Camp Hyatt, an active program for kids between 3 and 12 years old that features a range of Hawaiian-themed activities, like palm frond weaving and lei making. Two-bedroom suites offer families more room to spread out.
    Photo courtesy of Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa

The top 10 winners in the category Best Family Resort are as follows:

  1. White Stallion Ranch - Tucson
  2. Vista Verde Ranch - Clark, Colo.
  3. Migis Lodge - South Casco, Maine
  4. Ludlow's Island Resort - Cook, Minn.
  5. The Resort at Paws Up - Greenough, Mont.
  6. Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort - Amelia Island, Fla.
  7. Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort - Orlando
  8. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess - Scottsdale, Ariz.
  9. Four Seasons Resort Vail - Vail, Colo.
  10. Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa - Koloa, Hawaii

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Marla Cimini (USA TODAY), Eric Grossman, Gerrish Lopez, Kyle McCarthy (Family Travel Forum), Eileen Ogintz (Taking the Kids), Dave Parfitt (AdventuresbyDaddy.com) and Christopher Parr (Pursuitist) were chosen based on their knowledge of the American hotel scene.

Congratulations to all these winning resorts!

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