School holidays mean getting just a few days to take the family somewhere new. They also mean that every other family is doing the same thing at the same time and, often, in the same places. The shorter lines for a Saturday morning latte at the neighborhood coffee shop and no wait at favorite nearby eateries are blissful enough reasons to just choose a staycation. But whether it’s a last-minute change of heart for Easter or planning ahead for Memorial Day and beyond, we came up with five family-friendly destinations that won’t break the bank, shouldn’t be too crowded, and are mouthwatering food havens that even picky eaters can navigate.
No matter where you’re coming from, Asheville makes for a charming, relaxing getaway. Get the family outsidefor days spent whitewater rafting, hiking, zip lining, or horseback riding with the Blue Ridge Mountains as your backdrop. Or for something more low-key, hit one of Asheville’s many outdoor food markets like the Biltmore Park Town Square or the Western North Carolina Farmers Market. Then, indulge in the town’s fantastic food scene at places like Corner Kitchen, Fig, and Table. Also, keep in mind that no visit to Asheville would be complete without a stop at the grand and iconic Biltmore Estate and Gardens.
Breaux Bridge, La.
The world’s crawfish capital is Breaux Bridge, La., where any time not spent eating, cooking, or talking about crawfish is spent listening to music. There is plenty to do with kids here over the course of a long weekend, from swamp tours searching for alligators and all kinds of birds, to stepping back in time at Vermillionville, a town that recreates the lives of 18th-century settlers, complete with arts and crafts and an amusement park. Go during the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival, held the first full weekend in May, to see the town at full tilt. Of course, there’s plenty of crawfish and Cajun food to be had outside the festival, at Café des Amis (try the crawfish étouffée), Poches Market, and Glenda’s Creole Kitchen. (Photo courtesy of Flickr/petname)