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Window Seat or Aisle Seat: Single Parent Family Vacations

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National Single Parents Day is March 21. There’s not doubt that single parents have earned their day, so why not enjoy a break or mini getaway with the family.  Window Seat or Aisle Seat blogger, family travel expert and single mom Kerri Zane shares destination hot spots for single parents.

Since 1984, we’ve been celebrating National Single Parents Day on March 21. Unlike Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, it is time set aside to honor those parents who individually strive to create a supportive, loving and secure environment for their children. It can also be a time to celebrate with a one-of-a-kind getaway.  As a single mom adviser and author of  It Takes All 5: A Single Mom’s Guide to Finding the REAL One, I’ve found special destinations that specifically cater to single parent families.

Dominican Delight

The Grand Palladium Resort & Spa, part of the Palladium Hotel Group, in the Dominican Republic has created a super easy way to make family travel a no-brainer.

“As a mother of two, I have always been mindful of how Palladium can better accommodate to the traveling family. I want to ensure that our resorts provide those necessities to ensure that families have a relaxing and enjoyable Palladium experience.,” said Linda Scaperotto of Palladium Hotel Group.

When you make your reservation simply ask for one of their all new “family friendly rooms” (available only at Bavaro, subject to a per person supplement). After,  you can send in your children’s needs and upon arrival the room will be outfitted with age-appropriate welcome packs. Everything from formula type to diaper size and video games can be included in the packs. When my daughters were little, I remember packing an entire suitcase with diapers, this would have been a great service to have available then.

The resort offers a tiered kids club to accommodate children of all ages.  For children ages 1-3 there is a Baby Club. Housed in the new Kid’s Club, the Mini Club which caters to children ages 4-12, offers age-specific games, a larger swimming pool, zip line and a series of cooking classes that teach kids about local ingredients of the region. Teens join the Black & White Junior’s Club, where they’ll be treated to a wide variety of sports and entertainment programs. Meanwhile, single parents are able to relax in any of the resort’s four pools or at the first-class Spa & Wellness Center, play at the resort’s casino or venture to any one of the 14 bars spread throughout the resort.

In honor of National Single Parents Day the Grand Palladium Resort and Spa has joined with me in offering a FREE 4-night getaway! For more information and to enter the contest visit  kerrizane.com.

Down on the Farm

At Buck Valley Ranch, you and your children can get in touch with your inner cowboy or cowgirl. Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of Pennsylvania’s Fulton County, horseback riding is the main attraction.You’ll stay in a four bedroom guest house filled with cowboy memorabilia and antiques. Healthy and hearty meals are served daily with attention to dietary needs. You can either relax in the hot tub or cool off in the swimming pool. Nearby you can enjoy biking on the C&O canal, canoeing and kayaking in the Potomac River, and golfing. Walk out the front door and you’ll have access to 2,000 acres of hiking. A 3-day, all-inclusive package (meals, riding, lodging) costs $300.

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