Adults-only vacations for parents appear to be growing in popularity. Expedia recently reported that social media posts about child-free trips doubled in the past year. Travel Leaders Group, which represents 50,000 travel agents in North America, reports an upsurge in adults-only travel — in particular romantic trips, getaways with friends and parents traveling with adult children. Sales of river cruising within the network, predominantly an adults-only vacation option, is expanding by double digits, according to a company spokeswoman.
A Farmhouse Getaway
Jonathan Knudsen, a hospitality executive from Westchester County in New York, is one of the increasing number of adults who enjoys trips where children aren’t allowed: He and his wife have been to Twin Farms, an adults-only property in Barnard, Vt., three times. The father of two young boys said that he appreciates an occasional child-free retreat. “As a parent, I’m constantly having to think what’s next when it comes to my kids, and at Twin Farms, I get a break from that,” he said. “I have other people taking care of me, and that’s a real luxury.”
At Twin Farms, which is set in an 18th-century farmhouse surrounded by 300 acres of land, a stay includes all activities, meals and alcohol. Parents of picky eaters will particularly enjoy the freedom of those meals: there are no menus; instead, the chefs create dishes for each guest based on their preferences and the most seasonal produce. Options for activities in fall and winter include bicycling, fly fishing, guided hikes, sledding and skiing. Bookings start at $1,500 a night for two people.
Wine and Wellness in Greece
In Greece, Domes Miramare, a Luxury Collection Resort, Corfu, reopening this August after a renovation, is a beachfront retreat for adults that was originally built for the Onassis family in the late 1960s. It’s surrounded by centuries-old olive groves and has a focus on wellness with activities like yoga on the beach and hikes. The property has a grand opening offer through October that includes breakfast, a bottle of wine, a lunch for two and a 20 percent discount on drinks. Nightly rates start at 229 euros, about $262. A three-night minimum stay is required.