The father behind the ‘White House Vacations Club’ makes the case for visiting the president’s country estate

Once upon a time, Logan Colter was a tired weekend dad. With a growing family, he and his wife were looking for a vacation idea that would allow them to break up the routine…

The father behind the ‘White House Vacations Club’ makes the case for visiting the president’s country estate

Once upon a time, Logan Colter was a tired weekend dad. With a growing family, he and his wife were looking for a vacation idea that would allow them to break up the routine and mix it up a bit.

So he looked online and found himself staring at curated vacation itineraries that included each stop by a U.S. president. Maybe he could achieve some “what if?” surprise, he thought.

He decided to give it a shot.

“I didn’t really know how to break down this crazy planning process,” he says. “I’d looked at 10 or 15 places, and only about three of them were all-inclusive.”

So Colter decided to try the White House Vacations Club, an exclusive website run by G Adventures that offers guided trips to the White House for up to five people, at the beginning of each year, in spring, summer and fall. The fares start at $1,300 for a two-week trip to Washington, D.C., and include all-inclusive dining and transportation in and out of the property. The most popular vacation goes to Camp David, and stays at the presidential retreat that’s off-limits to the general public. Colter figured it would be at least as good as a hotel, if not more so.

“We got back a whole lot of quotes from a lot of very nice hotels in D.C.,” he says. “The only thing they all had in common was ‘the presidential suite.’”

In the end, he chose another choice: Reagan-era Park Hyatt Washington, which was new, but had the right amount of luxury to suit his needs.

Since then, he’s travelled to North Dakota, New Mexico, New Orleans, Washington and other places — and been pleasantly surprised by how “classy” and authentic the area around the White House is. “When I left Washington, I was a little bit disillusioned about D.C.,” he says. “It turns out, a lot of it is also a very nice place.”

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