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Return of the Road Trip – Winter Wonderlands

Ryan March

by , Editor, Disney Vacation Club’s Disney Files Magazine

While it may be true that there’s no place like home for the holidays, seeing our homes become everything from workplaces and schools to gyms and hair salons in 2020 has countless among us dreaming of vacationing at a different address in the new year. But while we may have tired of vacationing in our backyards, many of us are finding vacation inspiration closer to home, marking a return of the good old fashioned road trip.

It’s with that trend in mind that Disney Vacation Club presents this new series of posts here on the Disney Parks Blog, highlighting just a few of the many vacation options across the U.S. available through the magic of Membership. Whether your idea of a winter wonderland involves a snowcapped mountain or a city scape, we hope these ideas help add the fun of vacation planning to the growing list of functions playing out in your living room. 

Chicago

Chicago

Celebrate the season with holiday window display’s along the Magnificent Mile or the Art of theMART projection show from the Riverwalk. Snap a selfie with “the bean” or sharpen your blades for afternoon ice skating along the Maggie Daley Ribbon. With Disney Vacation Club, you can stay in the heart of it all with an RCI exchange at the Hotel Blake, just blocks from the Chicago Institute of Art and Millennium Park.  Eligible Members might also select the Whitehall Chicago*, just steps from the shopping and dining of Michigan Ave, which is available through the Concierge Collection, part of Membership Extras. 

Blue Ridge Mountains

While home to outdoor adventures all year, North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains are particularly magical when white in winter. Climb aboard the Tweetsie Railroad for a Christmas adventure or cascade down Beach Mountain with skis in winter or by mountain bike in summer, thanks to the innovative lift that carries you and your bike to the mountain top. Festiva Blue Ridge Village II, an RCI exchange, offers nearby accommodations nestled in woods with a scenic backdrop of the Pisgah National Forest. 

The Mountains are calling 

Speaking of white mountains, the White Mountains of New Hampshire are home to skiing, snowmobiling, an actual castle made of ice, the 150-year-old Mount Washington Cog Railway, a live bear show and the simple pleasures of Fadden’s General Store, where folks produce more than 2,500 gallons of Maple Syrup each year. Members may exchange points through RCI for accommodations at the InnSeason Resorts Pollard Brook with its indoor and outdoor pools, or the Suites at Attitash Mountain, a wooded retreat just steps to the slopes.

Where will your family’s travels take you this holiday season? Tell us in the comments section below, and tag your social media posts from the road with #DVCRoadTrip.

*Concierge Collection is part of Membership Extras, which is an incidental benefit subject to availability, change or termination and may require a fee. Membership Extras are only available with eligible ownership interests. Visit http://disneyvacationclub.com/memextraspolicy for more information.

All accommodations are subject to availability. Exchange privileges through RCI – destinations are subject to change without notice. Activities discussed are not part of the ownership interest and may require an additional cost. 

Comments

  • Beech Mountain is named for the beech trees growing in the highest incorporated town on the East Coast, not the beaches a few hours drive away. Could the name have inspired Blizzard Beach?

  • Ps. It’s Beech not Beach Mountain. Pretty area of NC