The Perfect Places To Host Your Next Family Reunion
By Leah Freeman-Haskin
Planning a family reunion is no easy task. From dealing with hectic schedules to difficult personalities, it’s an event that takes a great deal of patience to plan. Here are some beautiful locations that offer a range of activities for the entire family.
Silver Bay, New York
If you have an active family, this could be the perfect spot to enjoy the outdoors together. Silver Bay is located on 700 stunning acres along the western shores of Lake George and just a few miles from Lake Placid and Adirondack Mountain hiking trails. The local YMCA offers various sleep arrangements and activities to keep everyone busy.
Home of the deepest natural gorge east of the Mississippi, Breaks, Virginia is home to incredible rock formations and caves that offer all-day activities for family members of every age. The park also offers hiking and biking trails, swimming pools, and horseback riding, as well as a rustic lodge, large campground, and cottages.
Although Solvang may be more expensive than some of the other destinations on this list, if your group can come up with the funds, it’s the perfect mountain getaway. Located in the Santa Ynez Valley, 35 miles northwest of Santa Barbara, Solvang is a magical, Dutch-inspired town known for its renowned wine tasting. The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort offers horseback riding, tennis courts, and of course wine tasting.
If your family is ready to splurge a bit, Blackberry Farm is a five-star farmstead located on a 4,200-acre estate in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. This enchanting retreat offers horseback riding, whiskey tastings, and tons of space for the kids to run around and play amongst a stunning backdrop.
The YMCA of the Ozarks offers tennis, sailing, miniature golf, campfires, lake swimming an Alpine Swing, 50-foot-high Pine Peak Tower, and high ropes course to entertain the entire family. The affordable price tag is also a huge selling point. Family cabins average $132 per night (for three people per room) in summer and include three meals per day.