The Best Winter Getaways for You and Your Baby

February in North America is a prime moment to enjoy the snow – just in time to say goodbye to rough temperatures, while still being able to enjoy fresh powder soon to be rain. We checked in with Babierge Trusted Partners across the country to see what fun times are happening in their areas, and get some ideas for local kid-friendly accommodations, restaurants, and attractions for your family to enjoy the end of Winter.

Jessica Beemsterboer – Ann Arbor, Michigan

Ann Arbor is the perfect winter mix of small town fun and mountain town sporting opportunities.

See: For playing in the snow, some beautiful walks, and sledding, try out Nichols Arboretum. The Hands On Museum is downtown and tons of fun, perfect for indoor play. It even has a great room just for 5 year olds and below, and a baby area too.

Eat: Zingerman’s Deli is a must-try! Afternoon Delight and Seva are a few of our other favorites and kid-friendly.

Stay: If you want to be downtown within walking distance to some of the best restaurants in town, a few stellar hotels are the Bell Tower and The Graduate.

Insider Tip: A bit further from downtown is the new 242 Community Center with a huge indoor park-like play area, and its free!

Recommended Baby Gear: Add on our stroller or infant carrier covers to keep the little ones warm while you’re out and about.

 

Patricia Stacer – Grand Rapids, Michigan

West Michigan always has so much to see and do, even in the winter!

See: Bring the kids to see dragons, unicorns, and mermaids! Get some hands on learning and take a ride on a 1928 Spillman Carousel that overlooks the Grand River at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Eat: My family’s favorite restaurant happens to be in my hometown, Vault Cafe and Bakery located on Main Street in Caledonia. It’s worth the drive for some fresh baked breakfast treats or some homemade soup and sandwiches for lunch. A great place for kids and parents.

Stay: AirBnb and similar sites offer tons of affordable, fun accomodations for families visiting Grand Rapids.

Insider Tip: Vacationing on a budget? Grab the kids and head to the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum for Family night every Thursday. Admission is only $1.75 per person from 5pm – 8pm.

 

Caitlin Hankins – Denver, Colorado

Colorado and the Rocky Mountains provide some of the most beautiful winter views, with a variety of activities for the whole family to enjoy.

See: Copper Mountain Resort – Located just over an hour from Denver, Copper Mountain provides everything you’d expect from a ski resort in the Rocky Mountains, plus so much more! Snow tubing, ice skating, a snow-coaster, and a special kids-only zone on the mountain are sure to entertain the entire family!

Eat: Before a day on the slopes or even just a stay in town, locals love to start their day at the Butterhorn Bakery and Cafe. Then for lunch, soak in some Rocky Mountain sunshine at one of Copper Mountain’s many restaurants right at the base of the slopes. We recommend Mahi’s Street Tacos for a quick and delicious meal to refuel the family for some afternoon adventures.

Stay: Frisco offers tons of cabin and home rentals for your stay. Use 5 Diamond Lodging, a local property management company, to find your dream mountain chalet for your stay. Only 7 minutes to Copper Mountain, they offer a free shuttle to the resort and around Frisco as well.

Insider Tip: Even though it won’t be hot during your stay, sunscreen and SPF chapstick are a must when on the mountain! The sun is much stronger at 10,000 feet, even when it is cloudy. Also remember to drink plenty of water so altitude sickness doesn’t ruin your visit!

Recommended Baby Gear: Around town or on a snowshoeing adventure, you and your child will find comfort with this backpack kid carrier, made for longer treks in the great outdoors.

 

Mircedez Falcone – Bellingham, Washington

Bellingham is a typical Pacific Northwest wonderland with great food and even better outdoor opportunities.

See: Go skiing, sledding, or snowshoeing at Mount Baker. Lift tickets are free for kids 6 and under! The third biggest mountain in Washington, Baker always has unforgettable views for its visitors.

Eat: Washington is known for its breweries. At North Fork Brewery parents can enjoy a brew while the kids enjoy the pizza.

Stay: Mt. Baker Vacation Rentals have several cabins perfect for the whole family, all close to the ski area, hiking, and the small town of Glacier, WA.

Recommended Baby Gear: To enjoy some hiking with your little ones be sure to rent the backpack carrier. It’ll keep them nice and warm while you trek through the snow.  

 

Strollers, Car Seats, Cribs, Oh My! Lisa Brown – Kansas City, Kansas

Mom-of-all-trades Lisa Brown is a wife and at-home mom to two (soon to be three!) kiddos. Prior to having children, Lisa worked as a Bilingual Speech-Language Pathologist serving children in Title 1 multicultural public-school environments. These days she strives to provide a variety of fun and educational experiences for her children, and they can frequently be found at the local children’s museum, the Kansas City zoo, library story times, gymnastics class, or at a local park. Ask you can tell, Lisa always has her hands full, but when she’s not parenting, she works as a Babierge Trusted Partner to provide wonderful vacation experiences to traveling families. Being a Babierge Trusted Partner has fit great in the nooks and crannies of her day, so she can focus on her family and still earn extra side income.

Funniest Delivery Experience: The funniest experience Lisa had was when she had to call a client from the Emergency Room about an order. She had planned to be home to receive a car seat from grandparents who had rented it for the weekend, but she ended up in the ER with a badly dislocated shoulder, and no cell phone reception. She had to use the ER landline to call the grandparents and re-arrange drop off. She wonders to this day what those grandparents were thinking when ER came up on their caller ID!

Biggest Surprise: What I’ve been most surprised to learn is how much time and organization it takes to keep track of the business side of things. Buying, cleaning, and delivering the gear is only one side of the coin. Figuring out taxes, revenue vs. profit, tracking expenses and mileage. My degree is in speech-pathology, not business, but throughout the course of becoming a TP, I’ve discovered that I can run my own business!

Trusted Partner’s Story in Her Own Words: After my oldest daughter (now 3 ½) was born there were a whirlwind of changes for our family in a short amount of time. Within 9 weeks, we had a baby, my husband completed his Master’s degree, I left my full-time job, we moved from the DC area back to my husband’s hometown of Kansas City, and my husband started a new job. Whew!

I quickly went to work finding ways to trim our budget without compromising our priorities-I figured that if I wasn’t making an income, I may as well find ways to save or even create income! One day a friend and fellow at-home mom read an article in Brit+Co and sent me a message “I was reading about side-hustles and thought of you. Have you seen Babierge? Looks like it’s not in KC yet. Such a good idea for a business”. As I read up on the company, I realized she was right, and that this was something I wanted to try out. I love baby gear and everyone knows it!

I love being a Babierge Trusted Partner because I can actually work with my kids! They’re with me all the time, so they’re in on all the Babierge fun, helping to move gear around and meeting wonderful customers. If I have a delivery in a different part of town, I try to make an outing of it! Once we went to the KU Museum of Natural History and saw dinosaur bones since we had a delivery at a hotel just down the street. That was something we wouldn’t have done otherwise since it was about a 40-minute drive. Usually we do something fun after deliveries, like a play date with someone who lives in that part of town, or we go out to Chick-Fil-A for ice cream or drive through Starbucks for a special treat! My kids are growing up so fast so I really enjoy how being a TP allows me to focus on my family while contributing financially to our household. It gives me an outlet for my professional skills without compromising my dedication to my family.

Lisa Brown is the perfect choice to take care of all your baby gear needs during a visit to Kansas City. Check out her gear selection at www.babierge.com/lisa208

Destination Hotels Offers Festive Winter Holiday Events for Parents and Children

The classic winter holiday family vacation challenge: finding a location where parents can relax and recharge while also making special holiday memories with their children. Babierge partner Destination Hotels has a solution. Want to dress like an elk and run a 1k with your kids this year? Or gather round a cozy fire while elves read Christmas stories to your family?

This holiday Destination Hotels is offering families the best of both worlds. From skiing at beautiful Stowe Mountain Lodge in Vermont, to enjoying the cool pacific breeze at Terranea Resort on the outskirts of LA, to Elf tuck-ins and a breakfast with Santa. Here’s a list of fun family-friendly activities happening at Destination Hotel locations this season.

Suncadia Resort (Cle Elum, Washington)

Running of the Elk – Start your holiday season with a 5k & Kids 1k Fun Run. Each runner will be given a pair of antlers to start the race. Throughout the run they will have the opportunity to complete their Holiday Elk attire with red nose and bell.

Dates: Nov. 24, 10:00am

Tree Lighting Celebration – Enjoy live holiday music, Christmas carols, holiday cookies and a visit from Santa at Suncadia’s annual Tree Lighting Celebration.

Dates: Nov. 24, 6:00pm

Candy Land – Your child’s dreams of skating on the frozen ice cream river, swimming in the chocolate lake and visiting the Candy Queen and Candy Cane Castle will all come true.

Dates: Dec. 2, 9, 16-30, 5:00-10:00pm

Bear Factory – Come anytime to stuff your own signature Bear Factory stuffed animal. Choose from a variety of animals, outfits and accessories to create one that is uniquely yours. Includes birth certificate and carrying box.

Dates: Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 24

Rope Tow Inner Tubing – Experience the thrill of the hill on an inner tube with a rope tow return. Fun for children and adults, enjoy the fast-paced ride and beautiful view as you speed down the hill!

Dates: Dec. 2, 3, 9, 10 & Dec.16 – Jan. 2

Terranea Resort (Rancho Palos Verdes, California)

S’mores by The Fire – Snuggle up and sink your teeth into sweet and sticky treats at S’mores by the Fire, a perfect family activity to kick off holiday weekends!

Dates: Friday nights in December | 6pm-7pm | Resort family pool fire pit Exclusive to resort guests | Includes 1 s’mores kit per person

Kids Club Holiday Gift Workshop – Unleash your inner elf this season at the Tide Pool Kids Club! Spend a festive afternoon making a gingerbread house, a cuddly creation, holiday crafts and decorations to give as gifts to your family and friends.

Dates: Daily in December | 2pm-4pm | Tide Pool Kids Club Child $80 (ages 4 – 12) | Advance reservations required

Stories by the Fire – Santa’s elves will warm your heart, sharing classic holiday tales each night in December. Join us and relax by the fire in Terranea’s cozy Lobby Living Room for children’s story time.

Dates: Nightly in December | 5pm | All ages | Complimentary for resort guests

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – ‘Not a creature will be stirring’ as guests gather by the fire to listen to a special rendition of ’Twas the Night before Christmas in Terranea’s Lobby Living Room for all of those young at heart! Join the fun on Christmas Eve to set the scene for the perfect holiday experience.

Dates: Sunday, December 24, 2017 | 5pm | All ages | Complimentary for resort guests

Postcards to the North Pole – Time to make a list, check it twice and send it off to Santa. Guests of all ages are invited to fill out personalized postcards shipped directly to Santa’s Workshop in the North Pole. There’s a good chance your letters will get a response of warm tidings from St. Nick himself.

Dates: December 1 – 24, 2017 | Open During Hours of Operation | Tide Pool Kids Club

Elf Tuck-Ins – Send your little ones to bed with visions of sugar plums after sweet treats and bedtime stories with Santa’s special helper – Terranea’s resident elves! A special stocking to hang by the chimney with care is also included in the elves’ visit.

Dates: Nightly in December | 6pm-10pm | $35 per child | Advance reservations required

Kids New Year’s Eve Party – Kiss 2017 goodbye and the kids good night as they head off to their own kids party hosted by Tide Pool Kids Club. They will have the night of their lives packed with games, crafts, scavenger hunts and even a special countdown to 2018 while you are free to party the night away at your chosen venue.

Dates: Sunday, December 31, 2017 | 6pm-1am | Child $100 4-14 years old | Advance reservations required

Stowe Mountain Lodge (Stowe, Vermont)

Laser tag and pizza party – Friday, November 24 | 6 pm – 9 pm|

Kids Movie Night – Friday, November 24,  | 4 pm – 7 pm|  (2 showings)

Skamania Lodge (Stevenson, Washington)

Breakfast with Santa Children can join Santa for a very special breakfast featuring wonderful holiday music from local community choirs. Share wish lists and capture the moment with a photograph.

Dates: November 25, 2017 | 9am-12 noon 

Christmas in the Gorge – The Gorge celebrates the Holidays with a festive parade and arts & crafts bazaar. Join us in the town of Stevenson for all of the holiday fun.

Dates: December 1 – 3

Elf Story Time – Cozy up by the Gorge Room fire with a cup of hot cocoa and cookies to listen to stories filled with the magic of the season.

Dates: Fridays and Saturdays | 8 pm – 9 pm 

Starlight Parade – Take part in a treasured holiday tradition by watching the Starlight Parade on Highway 14 in downtown Stevenson, Washington.

Dates: December 1, 7 pm

Hotel Derek (Houston, Texas)

Breakfast with Santa – Take photographs and visit with Santa from 9am to 11am and enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet with gingerbread waffles and a custom hot cocoa bar. Stick around for a viewing of christmas movies including Polar Express and Christmas cookie decorating.

Dates: Saturday, December 9th

Resort at Squaw Creek (Lake Tahoe, CA)

Family Ice Rink Games – Play family-friendly games in a winter wonderland setting on our ice rink with family and friends.

Dates: November 23, 12pm – 2pm

Turkey Hunt – Join us for a turkey hunt on our golf course. Whomever finds the special toy turkey wins a prize! Ages 4 – 12, meet at the ice rink.

Dates: Friday, November 24, 12pm – 2pm

The Carolina Inn (Chapel Hill, North Carolina)

The Twelve Days of Christmas – A vision of seasonal wonder will be displayed throughout the Inn including magnificently decorated trees, beautifully appointed holiday décor, and events to keep you and your little ones entertained.

Dates: December 1 – January 2

Holiday Express – Join our holiday elves for a special reading of The Polar Express. There will be cookie decorating, ornament making, an afternoon snack, and of course a train ride around the Inn.

Dates: December 17

Breakfast with Santa – Each child is welcome to sit on Santa’s lap and share their Christmas wish list. Every child will leave with a holiday treat. Magicians and face painters will be on hand to entertain everyone.

Dates: December 10, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24

Afternoon with the Sugar Plum Fairy – The Triangle Youth Ballet presents an Afternoon with the Sugar Plum Fairies. Ballerinas will dance as you sample treats from the land of sweets. Enjoy Nutcracker story time. See a magic show and get your picture taken with the Sugar Plum Fairy! It’s the perfect holiday gathering.

Dates: December 10

Make Your Own Gingerbread House – A cozy afternoon that begins with a story of Christmas magic. Each child will then be able to assemble and decorate their very own Gingerbread House complete with an apron, chef’s hat and all the holiday sweets and goodies that their imaginations can hold. At the end of class, each child will take home a completed Gingerbread House and accessories.

Dates: December 22

Babierge rents exceptionally clean, quality baby gear to Destination Hotels guests.  

Gear includes full-size wooden cribs, high chairs, strollers, car seats, infant swings, bathtubs, as well as books, games, toys and a lot more. If you’ll be staying at a Destination partnership hotel, you can reserve your baby gear here and receive a 10% rental discount.