NEW YORK (MainStreet) If you're like 80% of the United States, you are probably wishing this winter was over. It's been a long one and you may want to escape even if it's to snow ski for a few days.
Where can you go to also escape the throngs of college students traveling this spring?
MainStreet has put together a list of ten great adult (or families with small ones) destinations just for you:
1. Rancho de los Caballeros, Ariz.: If you've found yourself wanting to reach through the screen and do something uncivilized to your social media friends when they've posted photos of sunny Arizona this winter, now is your chance to get back at them with photos of your own. Rancho de los Caballeros, currently in its 66th season, is a historic guest ranch resort and golf club situated on 20,000 acres of spectacular Sonoran desert. Guests can choose from a variety of recreational activities including horseback riding, nature hikes, desert cookouts, golf, spa and more. Children ages 5 to 12 can participate in daily activities at Caballeros Kids Camp.
2. Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa, Ponte Vedra, Fla.: The resort, which just unveiled a multi-million dollar renovation, offers activities and accommodations for all types of travelers. Parents can hit the links in the morning, as the resort is a golf cart ride away from the championship TPC Sawgrass golf course, and spend the afternoon at the resort's private beach club. The beach club has activities for kids and adults including kayaking and surfing. The newly renovated villas at Sawgrass package starts at $149 per night for stays through June 30, 2014.
3. The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, Hilton Head, S.C: Offering a beachside camping experience, sans creepy crawlers, families can book the "Under the Lowcountry Sky Adventure," in which they will be treated to a glamping experience inside the resort's oversized luxe cabanas complete with many comforts of a home (such as TVs, mini-fridges, movies, etc.) When parents need time to themselves or for older kids seeking more adventure, the resort offers an array of adventure excursions from standup paddle boarding yoga in the ocean and kayaking in the island's marshes to zip lining in massive live oaks. Available until March 31, 2014, the package is available for $179 per night with an ocean view room with one king or two queen beds. Booking code: GLAMP.
4. Inn at Furnace Creek, Death Valley, Calif.: Couples line up on the resort mountain-facing patio for evening cocktails and to watch the sunset and stars emerge. (It's a Dark Skies park, the big sky is typically clear and full of stars, unhampered by exterior lights of cities or even the resort). The Furnace Creek Golf Course is the lowest in the world at 214 feet below sea level and there is plenty more to do such as biking, Jeep touring, hiking, and sightseeing. Over 60? Ask for the progressive discount.
5. Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort, Nathrop, Colo.: Some people just can't get enough of winter and winter sports. If this is you, the Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort is ready to help you find activities, skiing or snowmobiling. The resort boasts that they can also have two seasons worth of activities in March, giving guests options for ziplines, horseback riding, mountain biking and fishing.
6. Park City, Utah: If you didn't get enough of the Sochi Winter Olympics, you might want to visit the Utah Olympic Park and see where the 2002 games were played. Now a U.S. Olympic Training site, the 400-acre Park serves as a year-round competition and training ground for recreational and high-performance athletes. Visitors can watch athletes in training, visit the Alf Engen Ski History Museum and the 2002 Eccles Winter Olympic Museum, race down the track in a bobsled or learn how to steer their own skeleton or luge by taking an Intro camp. Admission to Utah Olympic Park is free.
7. Makena Beach in Maui, Hawaii: Makena is located in the southern part of Maui where the sun always shines and home to several friendly and swimmable beaches. It's a great spring break for adults because the beaches in Makena are not as busy as the beaches in Maui's other popular spots. Makena is also home to La Perouse Bay, protected by state law with excellent snorkeling and continues on to an ancient lava footpath that can be explored. Destination Resorts Hawaii is offering a spring savings deal which is available for travel starting on March 1 with prices starting at $169 per night.
8. Sunset Inn, Sunset Beach, N.C: Sunset Beach is a peaceful place to relax and get away from it all. The Inn has 14 rooms, each with a different theme. King sized beds and private screened porches with rockers create a relaxing atmosphere. All rooms have a king-size bed, wet bar, refrigerator, love seat and private screened porch with rockers. Four larger corner rooms have a Jacuzzi plus a larger corner porch with rockers and porch swings, robes and iPod docks. Breakfast is served each morning buffet style. Rates range from $139-$179 per night.
9. Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, Phoenix, Ariz.: If baseball is your sport, hit a home run this spring break and take in some spring training. The Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel is offering a pitch-perfect package during spring training season with rates starting from $149 through March 31. The hotel is conveniently located near all stadiums.
10. The Pearl, South Walton, Fla.: Most rooms at this luxury resort feature a private balcony, luxurious in-room spa products by skincare expert Kerstin Florian, a refrigerator stocked with Nordaq FRESH water and juices and a Keurig Coffee & Tea Brewing System, as well as complimentary valet parking for overnight guests. Beyond traditional sunning and swimming, adventurous travelers will enjoy stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking or fishing on the stunning aqua-hued waters of the Gulf of Mexico or one of the area's rare coastal dune lakes. There are also over 200 miles of nature trails nearby.
--Written by Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell for MainStreet