Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Single Parent Vacationing with Children

Traveling as a single parent with your child or children can feel like a daunting task, but remember that you are not alone! According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 13 million single parents are in the United States. With a little planning and a well-rounded destination suitable for all ages and interests, you will be off on your traveling adventure without a hitch.

Speaking of the well-rounded destination, we have the perfect suggestion for you and your brood: The Villas at Coosawattee River Resort in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Located in the northwest part of Georgia and nestled in the woods, The Villas at Coosawattee River Resort offers some of the most spectacular views of the mountains, river, and nature. The destination also offers a wide-variety of amenities to suit everyone in your entourage’s fancy: swimming, tennis, putt putt golf, weight-room, Teen Center, game room, WiFi connections, fishing, hiking, kayaking, tubing, and much more!

So, the first rule of traveling as a single parent is not to schedule every moment of your trip. Sleeping in, hanging out by a pool, and taking a spontaneous stroll with your kids are excellent vacation activities, especially if you don't see your children every day. The Villas at Coosawattee offers all of these options—and more than you can imagine! Often, it's the unplanned moments that become the family memories.

Second, a relaxed and happy parent is usually a better parent. So, take advantage of kid-friendly facilities and activities so that you can relax and soak in the enjoyment of your surroundings. The Villas at Coosawattee offers a Teen Center and a Recreation Center that offer just that.

While the facility carries the name “Teen Center”, don’t be fooled; it really is more family friendly with kids from one to one hundred enjoying the sun and fun. The Teen Center features a beautiful outdoor pool, and kiddie pool is also available for toddlers and babies. Picnic tables are a perfect spot for pool-side dining, and a park is only a short walk across the Coosawattee River over the swinging suspension bridge.

The Recreation Center is the highlight of the Coosawattee River Resort which includes two indoor & heated pools (Junior Olympic and kiddie), Fitness Center, game room, satellite TV, tennis courts, 18-hole miniature golf course, and a basketball court. For those parents desiring a more sedate entertainment, the center also has a wide-screen television available in the lobby along with WiFi capabilities while the kids go play in the game room.

Third, outdoorsy trips are easy on the budget yet offer lots of family activities and programs for all ages. The Villas at Coosawattee River Resort offers accommodations with reasonable and friendly prices. The amenities and usage of the six parks are all included in the price of the rental, and the wide range of natural attractions such as hiking, picnicking, fishing, and wading in the river are compliments of Mother Nature.

Tubing (and kayaking) is offered by The Coosawattee River Tubing Company located just outside the Eagles Mountain Gate. A fun-filled 2-1/2 hour inner tube float down the Coosawattee River in the North Georgia Mountains is a relaxing yet invigorating way of spending the afternoon with your kids. Floating down the river is a great way to reduce stress and enjoy the peace and serenity of the North Georgia Mountains! Maybe spending the night under the stars is in your agenda? The Villas at Coosawattee offers three tent camping parks (Indian Fish Trap Park, East Park, North Park). Each park offers restrooms, charcoal grills, & fire-pits, and Indian Fish Trap Park and East Park offer playgrounds too! Keep in mind that the tubing, kayaking, and camping each incur a small fee.

The Villas at Coosawattee is just 75 miles north of Atlanta in Ellijay, Georgia (Off of Highway 515, turn onto Old State Route 5. Take a right towards Historic Downtown Ellijay for approximately 4 miles, and then take a left onto GA Hwy 382 / Green’s Country Store. Travel up the hill for .6 miles, and take a right into the main entrance of The Coosawattee River Resort). Accommodations start at $95.00 per night. For more information about a single parent travel adventure that is relaxed, kid-friendly, easy on the budget, and full of fun for everyone, visit The Villas at Coosawattee’s website (http://www.thevillasatcoosawattee.com) or call (706) 276-1075.

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