Alan and I are big fans of active travel, especially when it comes to multigenerational trips. RockResorts has sponsored my article on bonding with grandkids over a summer adventure in Vail, Colorado.
Let’s play a game for a minute. Close your eyes. Now think back to your favorite memories of your grandparents. Bet I can guess what it involves—doing something with them.
Now let’s take that idea into the present. The best way to create lasting memories with your grandchildren is to bond over an active travel experience. They’ll have the fun of doing something with you while exploring a new place in their world. And what better way to create those memories than a summer adventure in Vail, Colorado, with accommodations at one of the RockResorts.
Think of the sparkle in your grandchild’s eyes when you both zip across the Colorado mountain landscape on the zipline at Adventure Ridge located at the top of Eagle Bahn gondola. There’s even a kid’s version of the zipline, just in case your precious bundle isn’t ready for the big time. And there’s a rope course, too. Are you game?
You could spend almost every day of your summer adventure in Vail at Adventure Ridge, considering all of the activities offered. There’s a climbing wall—it’s okay to claim the title of official photographer if you’d rather watch—guided hiking and half-day bike tours or orienteering. Frisbee, horseshoes or miniature golf are good choices if the little ones aren’t quite ready for more adventurous pursuits. Consider purchasing multi-activity passes to spread out the fun (ticket for the ride on Eagle Bahn gondola to Adventure Ridge is at an additional cost).
Is your grandchild a teen or tween? Does communication consist of “yes” and “no” when you engage them in conversation? After spending a day rafting with Lakota Guides on the Eagle River or the Shoshone section of the Colorado, you’ll find plenty to talk about. Not to mention how cool your Johnny will think you are for braving the rapids.
Do you have a horse-obsessed granddaughter? Make her dreams come true with a horseback riding excursion at 4 Eagle Ranch. Or treat the entire family to a Western Family Night that includes barbecue dinner, entertainment and activities for all ages. Do you have enough nerve to try the mechanical bull? Now that’s a memory the entire family will be talking about for years to come.
I think that some of the best talks happen over a walk in nature, not to mention that hiking is about as budget-friendly as it gets. You’ll find miles of scenic trails in Vail for little grands and big ones. Add a twist by giving the grandkids an inexpensive digital camera to record what they see.
When it’s time to relax from the action, lounging in one of the 46 luxury residences at The Lodge at Vail makes a smart choice. Choosing from one of the 1, 2 or 3 bedroom units, with fully equipped kitchens, allows the entire family to stay together yet have enough space for someone needing a time out—uh, that would be you when a nap calls after all of that outdoor activity.
Disclosure: RockResorts has paid for us to write and publish this article.