For the most part, I don’t miss Midwestern winters. I can totally do without the treacherous roads, grey skies, and the coat-scarf-gloves-hat combo.
The one time I do miss experiencing a “real” winter is around the holidays. It’s a little sad when there’s no prospect of a white Christmas.
That’s why I was so thrilled to be invited to a preview of Westin La Cantera’s Hill Country Holidays. Open to both hotel guests and the general public, the resort is making Christmas seem a little more wintery in San Antonio.
Hill Country Holidays features an outdoor ice rink (yes, you read that correctly), a North Pole kids area, daily storytime sessions in the resort’s cozy library, and lots of cold-weather treats and beverages.
Hill Country Holidays will feature an outdoor skating rink. Open daily, $10 for 45 mins. of skating.
Proceeds from these winter activities go to a good cause, the Carver Academy, an inner-city school founded by NBA Hall of Famer David Robinson.
What could be better? Winter fun, good food, and the knowledge that you’re helping local kids in the process. Remember, you don’t have to be a hotel guest to enjoy these activities, which are open to the public now through January 8, 2011. (Although, you might want to consider a quick weekend escape to this resort. The grounds and pool area are gorgeous!)
For more information on Hill Country Holidays, follow the Westin La Cantera on Twitter or “like” the resort on Facebook.
E. had so much fun at the North Pole kids area that she didn’t want to leave.
And when you visit Hill Country Holidays, don’t forget to bring a gift for Toys for Tots! Drop-off boxes will become available on December 1.
Note: I was invited to the Hill Country Holidays event, but I was not asked to write a blog post. My daughter stayed at the kids area for free, but I was not compensated in any other way. Well, ok. There was hot chocolate. And some bread pudding. But otherwise, I wasn’t compensated. All opinions are my own.