Looking for a break from the cold? I recently left the wintery confines of my New York City highrise for the beach...kind of. There was water and a lot of fun, what we skipped was a plane right and the sand. My family of four took a quick overnight trip to Boston to experience an indoor beach vacation at the
Doubeltree North Shore in Danvers
just 30 minutes north of Boston. We arrived by train--from NYC about 4 hours.
After an enjoyable train trip, we were warmly greeted by freshly baked chocolate cookies at the registration desk. The recently renovated hotel has everything a family needs to keep your kids wet and happy over the winter. After a quick jump into the hotel pool, we tucked into a delicious dinner at Trade Winds and got ready for a big day of water fun.
The hotel is located adjacent to the
CoCo Key water park
....you never even have to stop outside for the fun. The park is 65,000 sq. ft. in total...but more on that later.
Trade Winds is a lovely spot for a relaxed meal. The wide menu appeals to a lot of tastes--from healthy to decadent. I had a fresh steak salad and the kids were entertained with a kids menu and pleasing fare. The wines by the class were also great.
Not that you'll spend much time in your room, but they are big and bright. Our room was a two-room suite. The kids were in a spacious area in the front with two twin beds and a beachy decor. For the adults, we were treated to a plush bed. The bathrooms were appointed with nice toiletries and plenty of fluffy towels ( don't you hate skimpy towels!). This is a perfect family-style hotel with all the perfect touches the grownups crave and kids deserve. After a tasty morning buffet at Trade Winds we got to meet Coco the parrot--the official mascot of the play park.
From there we went to the water park. No sweaters of sunscreen required! We simply flip-flopped a few yards to the indoor park. The indoor party was a warm 85 degrees and it looked like a tropical oasis. There were huge play areas with slides one perfect for those under 48"). The big kids loved the four super tubes that winded outside of the building and back to the main park.
My less daring daughter loved the lay river--we must have floated around ride 20 times. Lunch at the park was thankfully not just nuggets and fries. We found crudite for the girls and veggie wraps for us. The size of the park was manageable--it never felt wild. The size was enough to keep us entertained for hours, yet we never feared losing the girls in the fray.
If you want some adult fun, there is a huge athletic facility and spa affiliated with the hotel--the Atlantis Sports Club & Spa. I tested our the spa for a one-hour massage. (Note: the spa and gym is run by an outside vendor). My massage was fine (not exceptional), but the gym was fantastic. There's a huge cardio room, pilates room and an enormous weight room.
We also enjoyed the gym's indoor pool. Both Mr.Momtrends and I swam laps there--taking turns entertaining the kids in the pool.
Dinner the second night was feast at Trade Winds. The girls split the. chicken salad and both my husband and I had the salmon. Happy diners all around. In addition to TradeWinds the hotel also has a small Starbucks® in the coffee shop off the hotel lobby.
While we were there the hotel was hosting a huge dance conference. The staff did a good job managing the crowd and the needs of the guests.
For more information visit www.www.doubletree3.hilton.com
For more information on CoCo Key www.cocokeyboston.com/
Momtrends was not paid for this post. We were given travel expenses to experience the resort.