2. Winnetu Oceanside Resort, Martha's Vineyard, MA
The Winnetu Oceanside Resort aims to bring the simplicity and old-fashioned appeal of Martha's Vineyard to families. Preregistration isn't required for the kids' program, and parents can pick up and drop off their 3- to 12-year-olds anytime during operating hours. Counselors (one for every four to five kids) coordinate activities like treasure hunts, swimming, and group games, while the family program features remote-control boat races ? la Stuart Little and clambakes with magicians and s'mores.
This spring, owner Mark Snider is debuting another family component: The "Farmer for a Day" program will run every Saturday morning at the Farm Institute, which is across the street from the resort. Families will take a hayride to the farm to learn how to shear sheep, make goat cheese, and perhaps watch a live birth.
Six studios and 48 one- to four-bedroom suites with kitchenettes make up this nonsmoking property on 51 grassy acres overlooking Martha's Vineyard South Beach, three miles from Edgartown; studios are 265 sq. ft. (they fit two adults and one young child), and suites start at 450 sq. ft.
Free children's morning program during the summer; evening program for 3- to 12-year-olds three nights weekly from June to late September; private babysitting with screened sitters; two outdoor heated pools plus baby pool; dive-in movies (family films shown poolside); walking path to the beach
Adventure & Wellness Center with personal trainers, state-of-the-art gym, and free Pilates and yoga classes, opening May 19
- Offers outdoor activities such as a peewee tennis club, life-size chess set, and playground
- Operates the Osprey family dining room, where parents can order gourmet food while kids enjoy a buffet; there's also an entertainment area with toys
- Drives guests around the property and local area in a 1929 Ford Model A Woody wagon, a 1931 Model A open-air bus, and a 1945 firetruck