Top 10 Family Resorts in the US
The Hotel Hershey serves up a sweet retreat for couples, families and group travelers.
In 1894, Milton Hershey put central Pennsylvania on the map when he opened his world-renowned chocolate company, constructing his very own model town for employees in conjunction with his business facilities. More than a century later, the area is still thriving and lures scores of visitors each year looking to experience a taste of Hershey’s sweet vision for themselves.
Packed with resort-style amenities, the Spanish-style The Hotel Hershey is a member of Historic Hotels of America. It gazes out over the scenic surrounding valley and vibrant gardens. The range of 276 accommodations includes handsomely furnished guest rooms, suites and Woodside Cottages all done up in rich shades of — what else? — cocoa and cream. All enjoy amenities such as fridges, single-cup coffee brewers, flat-screen TVs, iPod alarm clocks, luxury bedding and turndown service.
For house fine dining, signature restaurant The Circular serves fresh American cuisine and Sunday Brunch. In addition, Trevi 5 offers contemporary Italian, while Harvest provides a more casual American experience. Specialty coffees and chocolate desserts are highlights at the Cocoa Beanery, creative martinis and live jazz set the mood at the Iberian Lounge, and The Bears' Den is ideal for family meals.
The seasonal/select weekend Cocoa Clubhouse kids club (ages 5 and up) keeps little sweeties entertained, while the on-site spa pampers parents with sumptuous chocolate-infused body scrubs and facials. Recreation ranges from indoor and outdoor pools to a full sports complex with basketball, volleyball and tennis courts. Segway tours make a fun way to see the property, falconry is just one of the many unique experiences available, and shuttle service transports guests to Hersheypark, ZooAmerica and other area attractions. Valet and self-parking is free.