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PBS Travel TV Host Colleen Kelly’s Top 5 Holiday Getaways

Megan Kudla

Nov 10, 2022

Travel expert recommends magical places to spend the holidays

(Chicago) November 8, 2022—With holidays around the corner, Colleen Kelly, Travel Expert and Host of PBS’s Family Travel with Colleen Kelly and Chicago radio’s Round Trip with Colleen Kelly is sharing travel destinations for all types of travelers looking to get away this winter season.



Puerto Vallarta – A trip to Mexico means a break from snow and time spent underneath palm trees. This is not just a city to relax on the beaches in, but its nightlife makes for a perfect balance between holiday rest and New Year’s celebration. Colleen recommends booking at the

Villa Premiere Boutique Hotel & Romantic Getaway, for an adults-only, all-inclusive, romantic getaway. 


Gatlinburg – A Tennessee Christmas just has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Take a road trip and rent a cabin in the Great Smoky Mountains with the family for a picturesque winter filled with magical snow on the outside and a warm fire burning on the inside. Attend the Winter Magic Festival or listen to carolers in downtown Gatlinburg. You can even work remotely in a vacation home, and bring the extended family to a place like the Tree Tops by HoneyBear Cabins


Belize - Another warm-weather paradise to find rest and relaxation in is Belize. The holidays can also sometimes be busy and stressful—so a resort stay like at the beachfront Naia Resort and Spa in Placencia could be the ultimate way to treat yourself and recharge! They’ve got spa and adventure packages that will fit your vacation-style.


Rothenburg – Germany is known for its Christkindlmarkets. While Nuremberg hosts one of the most popular markets, you might consider a charming place like Rothenburg—it dates back to the 15th century and attracts many visitors to its annual Reiterlesmarkt, so look into hotels now! You’ll have the ultimate small-town winter experience. Plus, the dollar is still strong, and prices have gone down from the summer, so your long-awaited European vacation can be fulfilled. Get an apartment-style suite with a German breakfast for your family at the Gästehaus Edelzimmer.


Galveston – If you are into history, this Texas city is a perfect winter getaway for you. Their 49th annual Dickens on the Strand festival is a Victorian-inspired celebration with music, food and drink, crafts, and even Charles Dickens’ descendants, which makes a perfect weekend of holiday revelry. They also have multiple tree lightings and a Polar Express-themed train ride! For a stay here, the Carr Mansion gives top-notch, cozy Christmas cheer. 




About Colleen Kelly


Colleen Kelly has delivered over 50 million impressions through television, print, radio, and digital media. She is Host, Creator, and Executive Producer of the popular Emmy-nominated National PBS Television Series, Family Travel with Colleen Kelly, which airs in over 94% of the country to 19.6 million viewers, and of the digital brand and radio/podcast show, Round Trip with Colleen Kelly. As an Emmy-nominated executive producer, travel expert, engaging television personality, and seasoned radio talk show host, Kelly has worked with clients all around the world, internationally and domestically, while producing content of the highest level of production for National Geographic, Travel + Leisure, PBS, Travel Channel, and Parents.


Kelly is also a globally recognized brand influencer and keynote speaker who has worked with well-known brands, including Carnival Cruise Lines, State Farm, and hundreds of domestic CVBs and international tourist boards, such as Switzerland Tourism, VisitBritain, Tourism Ireland, and many more.


About Colleen Kelly Travel Club

The Colleen Kelly Travel Club is a best-in-class travel platform with free access to full-service travel booking capabilities including hotel, resort, car, and air. Premium membership is also available ($9.95/month), providing members with an expanded product offering including deals on hotels, resorts, cruise, tickets, shopping and more. The club’s namesake, Colleen Kelly, is a parent, travel writer and seasoned traveler, as well as the host of PBS’s Family Travel with Colleen Kelly. To learn more about the club, please visit



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