There’s nothing quite like a family reunion. Having multiple generations all in one place is something parents and grandparents will cherish and children will remember always. Gather distant family members and close relatives with a destination family reunion that strengthens family ties. A great destination builds enthusiasm and helps get family members excited about taking time out of their busy schedules to reconnect.
An expert travel advisor can help you find a destination for your family reunion celebration and set the stage for an unforgettable gathering that brings everyone closer together. This list of family reunion options can help you think about how to cater to big groups with a range of preferences.
Visitors to Stowe enjoy a stunning natural setting that’s always breathtaking but offers a distinct experience in each season. Consider whether your family will love the tantalizing wildflowers of spring, the verdant pastures of summer, or the warm hues of fall. Stowe really comes into its own in the winter months, when the Green Mountains trade their namesake appearance for peaks of fresh, fluffy snow perfect for skiing.
No matter the season, you and generations of your family will be ready to mingle and connect enveloped by 360-degree alpine views and the gentle crispness of Vermont mountain air.
Located in Stowe is the award-winning Topnotch Resort. Hit the resort tennis courts for a doubles match between family members or opt for a couple’s massage at the on-site luxury spa.
Head into town for a family brunch featuring a tower of pancakes and smoked, thick-cut bacon covered in locally sourced maple syrup. Then enjoy a leisurely afternoon of group antiquing and boutique shopping enticed by the scent of baked goods from Stowe’s main street bakeries and cafes.
Newport, Rhode Island
Along the shores of Narragansett Bay and the Atlantic Ocean sits Newport, both a port to weary seafarers and a magnet for wealthy American families going back over a century. Known for its elegant mansions and maritime past, Newport is home to The Vanderbilt. The Vanderbilt is a decidedly modern resort brought to life from the existing home of Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt, the youngest son of legendary business scion Cornelius Vanderbilt. The best parts of the resort’s original Gilded Age DNA are preserved while its labyrinth passageways and old-fashion rooms were updated into a dynamic, modern social hub. Lavish rooms and plush suites complement the hotel’s modern amenities and contemporary art deco interior.
Family members will be wowed by the Vanderbilt’s air of mystery and luxury as well as amused by Newport’s attractions, including trolly rides, scenic bay cruises, and dozens of lighthouses. Gather in the evening for a tapas-style dinner at any number of local seafood restaurants suited for large parties.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
What Jackson Hole doesn’t boast in the population (10,500 est. pop) and size (10² miles) it makes up in rugged charm, crystal blue skies, and untamed wilderness. But don’t let its primitive geography fool you—Jackson Hole is an upscale resort town attracting tourists from all over the world. You’ll have no problem convincing family members that this mountain town is the perfect private family escape.
Resort options are plentiful and include the Teton Mountain Lodge and Spa. This boutique resort is a mecca for skiers but offers an elevated stay any time of year. It also tends to be more affordable during the off-season, so you and your kin can enjoy that spa day or luxury suite guilt-free.