Stop talking about getting together with your extended family and do something about it by planning a fun and fabulous destination family reunion. What is it? It's a family reunion held at a vacation location—a resort, hotel, or inn. These five places are perfect places to gather the family.
Basin Harbor Club in Vermont
This historic resort, located on Lake Champlain in Vergennes, Vermont, is a little slice of heaven in New England. A wraparound deck offers beautiful views. With 16 guest rooms and two one-bedroom suites, Basin Harbor Club has a special Homestead Reunion Package for families that lets you rent the entire property for your reunion—meals included—for up to 32. Cost? $7,936.53 ($248 per person, per night). And they’ll help you plan activities from hayrides to campfires (s’mores included!).
Basin Harbor Club; 4800 Basin Harbor Rd; Vergennes, VT | www.basinharbor.com/
Inn by the Sea in Maine
Love lobster? At Inn by the Sea, family reunion packages can include a trip out on Casco Bay on a lobster boat, the Lucky Catch. Your family can bait traps, measure your catch, and then take it back to shore to be cooked up for a delicious dinner with sides. With ocean views and a sandy beach, this resort also includes a heated pool, daily activities, and a full service spa. Available between May 23 and October 23, 2014. Prices start at $1,531 for three nights for four people, the lobster cruise, and dinner.
Inn by the Sea; 40 Bowery Beach Rd; Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107 | www.innbythesea.com
Kelley House Inn on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
Martha’s Vineyard has that exclusive appeal that makes it feel so special. And on the island, Edgartown’s Kelley House Inn is a historic hotel that’s been playing host to guests since 1742. Located near Edgartown Harbor, this hotel boasts an adorable carousel, bird watching, biking, a swimming pool, and more. And since it is located on Martha’s Vineyard, you can bet that there are plenty of beaches, lighthouses, and art galleries to enjoy nearby as a family.
Kelley House Inn; 23 Kelley Street; Martha's Vineyard; Edgartown, MA 02539 | www.kelley-house.com/
Mountain Lake Lodge in Virginia
For all those Dirty Dancing lovers, Mountain Lake Lodge isn’t just a resort. It’s the actual place where Baby and Johnny danced their ways into our hearts…and your family can stay there. There are even Dirty Dancing weekends planned where you can get some cha-cha lessons, get a Dirty Dancing tour, and more. There’s also fishing, boat rentals, hiking, and more.
Mountain Lake Lodge; 115 Hotel Cir; Pembroke, VA 24136 | www.mtnlakelodge.com/
A Dude Ranch
Okay…we don’t have a specific one to recommend because there are many great options from across the country like the Rocking Horse Ranch in New York and the Northfork Ranch in Colorado. Look for a ranch that caters to families, offering horse rides to people of all ages along with lots of other fun. Also, always check the reviews.
Looking for more ideas? The New England Inns & Resorts group has a whole list of resorts perfect for family reunions.
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