THE BEST WAY TO APELDOORN, NETHERLANDS
From LAX, nonstop service to Amsterdam is offered on KLM, and connecting service (change of plane) is offered on Delta, United, Air France, British and Lufthansa. Restricted round-trip airfares range from $1,124 to $1,487, including taxes and fees. ArkeFly also flies nonstop from LAX, but service is seasonal (ends Oct. 20). Apeldoorn is about one hour and 10 minutes by train from Amsterdam.
To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 31 (the country code for Netherlands), the city code and the local number.
WHAT TO SEE
Apenheul Primate Park, 21 J.C. Wilslaan, Apeldoorn, Netherlands; 55-357-5757, http://www.apenheul.com. Inside Berg en Bos Park in Apeldoorn. Open from late March to late October. Admission about $27 for adults, $24 for children ages 3-9. Children younger than 3 are free.
WHERE TO STAY
Van der Valk Hotel de Cantharel, 20 Van Golsteinlaan, Apeldoorn; 55-541-44-55, http://www.hoteldecantharel.nl/en. A 10-minute drive from the Apenheul, with a children's playground chickens and deer out back). A family room that could accommodate four begins at about $200 a night.
Linge Hotel Elst, 23B Dorpsstraat, Elst; 481-365-260, http://www.lingehotelelst.nl/en/index.html. The small town of Elst is an easy 45-minute drive from Apeldoorn. The 28-room has a special "family room" ( two adjoining rooms, with a bathtub in the children's room) for about $TK a night with breakfast. We found it cozy, and the staff were helpful and cheery.
WHERE TO EAT
Restaurant 't Koetshuis, 2 Maarten van Rossumplein, Vaassen; 578-571-501, http://restaurant-koetshuis.nl/. A favorite of our family living in the area and a kid's dream come true, mostly because it's in the coach house of the nearby Cannenburch Castle. The restaurant serves a seasonal, three-course prix fixe menu, with a range of choices, about $44.
Hartelust Pannekoekvilla, 48 Dorpsstraat, Elst; 481-45-2789, http://www.hartelust.com. Pancake — or pannekoek — houses abound in the Netherlands and are a great choice when kids are in tow. I loved the apple pannekoek with ginger, and a version with bananas and whipped cream was a hit with our daughters. Dinner for four was about $68-$80.
TO LEARN MORE
Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions, http://www.holland.com