Family travel five: Lodges that blend activity, relaxation

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                                At Grand View Lodge in Minnesota, solo travelers can stay busy with bike trips, pontoon rides and lounging at the beach.

  • At Grand View Lodge in Minnesota, solo travelers can stay busy with bike trips, pontoon rides and lounging at the beach.

Family-friendly lodges provide an ideal venue for your personal blend of active pursuits and relaxation. Here are five places you’ll want to visit time and again:

The Lodge at Chaa Creek, near San Ignacio, Belize

Tucked within a 365-acre private rainforest paradise in the picturesque foothills of the Maya Mountains, Chaa Creek provides the ideal home base for your family’s exploration of the Cayo District, a region where cave tubing, archeological sites, horseback riding and zip lining will lure you from the comfort of your palm-thatched cottage or tree-top suite. While at the riverside eco-lodge, don’t miss early morning bird-watching tours, the hill-top spa, the Blue Morpho Butterfly Farm and the medicine trail where you’ll learn about native plants that provide globally significant remedies. Stay in tree-top villas, cottages or glamping-style camp casitas.

Timberline Lodge, Mount Hood, Ore.

Located in Oregon’s Mount Hood National Forest, sitting high on the shoulder of the iconic peak at 6,000 feet, this magnificent lodge was built at the height of the Great Depression by unemployed craftspeople hired by the Federal Works Progress Administration. Completed in 1937, the lodge has long served as the centerpiece of a mountain playground. The land and historic lodge are still owned by the U.S. Forest Service, but the National Historic Landmark lodge has been family-operated since 1955. Families return year after year to ski, hike, dine, mountain bike, learn about the local flora and fauna and to simply enjoy the high-altitude natural beauty.

Sundance Mountain Resort, Sundance, Utah

You’ll find it difficult to emerge from the cozy lodge warmed by a roaring fire or your cabin crafted from indigenous materials. But when you do, choose from cross-country and snowshoe trails that run deep into the woods or sunlit downhill runs on the slopes of Mount Timpanagos. Founded by filmmaker and conservationist Robert Redford, the resort offers family-friendly pottery, beading and printmaking classes in the Art Shack, winter fly-fishing and dining menus with an emphasis on organic and locally sourced ingredients.

Grand View Lodge, Brainerd, Minn.