Thinking that a family vacation will be relaxing is a classic rookie parent mistake. But taking time off with your kids doesn't have to leave you feeling like you need a vacation to recover. These 25 amazing hotels are more than just "family-friendly" -- they roll out the red carpet for you and your kids (most even offer childcare!) so everyone can return home refreshed.
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Trapp Family Lodge Stowe, VT Rate: $$ For Them: You'll find family-friendly activities galore at the Trapp Family Lodge, an old-fashioned Austrian lodge from the famed Von Trapps (the real-life family portrayed in The Sound of Music) -- everything from maple sugaring to fishing trips to s'mores around the campfire and (of course) screenings of the family's legacy film. For You: The hotel offers wine tastings, tennis, swimming and more on their jam-packed activity schedule. The hotel has several different styles of "family" rooms, each with at least two separate rooms, so you can still stay up after the kids are down for the night. Kids' Program: For a small fee, the kids' club is available for two hours most mornings (from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.), offering activities like arts and crafts or nature hikes, for kids 3 and up who are potty trained.