Families will love the library with a gas fireplace, overstuffed reading chairs and cocoa. Kids can cozy up with a book or borrow it for their room. On the reading shelves, they'll find a range of books for all ages, from Dr. Seuss to Nancy Drew to Harry Potter, as well as family games such as Cranium, Clue and Monopoly. A basket of wooden train tracks and toddler toys will entertain your youngest travelers. Parents can pick up a novel or browse shelves of nonfiction. With its yesteryear ambiance, the inn is just the place for a weekend of unplugged, old-fashioned fun -- but it also offers free Wi-Fi for teens who need to stay connected.
Just outside the door, summers in Fairhaven offer family fun on the Village Green. On Wednesdays, find a smaller version of the downtown Saturday Farmers Market, and on weekends, join families for live entertainment and a big-screen outdoor family movie, hosted by Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema. These movie events are popular, so consider staking out your spot on the grass early. The Village Inn offers blankets to borrow, but you can also watch the movie from the inn's rooftop patio.
Also, don't miss walking or biking the South Bay Trail, literally outside the Village Inn door, to Taylor Dock and the waterfront Boulevard Park, where families can romp on a pirate-themed play structure and pick up beverages at Woods Coffee. Alternatively, head to Fairhaven Park on the half-mile Padden Creek trail, accessed via a short walk from just outside the inn entrance. The woodsy creek-side trail offers families a peaceful, Northwest forest experience that opens out into a broad expanse of park with a playground, splash park and tennis courts. Bring a soccer ball or a baseball and bat.