Family reunion locations and family reunion destinations should be compatible with YOUR family.
Great places make for great family summer vacations!
So where are the best family reunion locations and how do you find them??
Family reunion destinations should be compatible with your family. However, choosing a location is not an easy task. As a matter of fact, it can be the single most challenging aspect you will face as the family reunion planner.
What’s true in real estate is also true in regards to family
location, location, location!
Think about how different a Zion National Park camping trip for the family reunion would be compared to, say, the best family cruise ever. I know - crazy, right?
Your family reunion location will influence cost, accessibility, overnight accommodations, activity choices... basically everything.
There are two basic approaches to determining a gathering spot:
I recommend that you -
FIRST, decide if you want any family reunion themes and what type of family reunion you're planning. For example, there's the:
NEXT, determine what kind of space and facilities are needed.
FINALLY, search out a location that is conducive to large groups and will meet your needs. There are hundreds of places to hold successful family reunions. Investigate and consider:
Church or youth camps, school facilities
Family reunion cabins or yurts
Bed and breakfast establishments
Family reunion resorts
Community buildings, fairgrounds
Commercial theme parks
Local parks or picnic areas
Vacation homes and private rentals
Family reunion cruises
Family history library or center
(Check the scouting webpage for contact information
and camps in your local area.)
Many family reunions first start out at "Mom and Dad’s" or "Grandma
and Grandpa’s." As the family grows and changes, meeting at the
homestead may become too difficult. Frequently, families try to meet in a
central geographic location or in the hometown of the reunion planner / host.
Generally, a successful family reunion should address the needs of each generation. For example, children need a safe place to romp and play and elderly adults need a comfortable place to sit and visit.
Our family has enjoyed the following for multi-day family reunions or family vacations in the Pacific Northwest. If they’re within your travel allowance, I’d highly recommend them!
Ponderosa State Park in McCall, Idaho
Northern Oregon Coast, in Oregon
Fort Stevens State Park in Astoria, Oregon
Squirrel Creek Ranch in Ashton, Idaho
Bear Lake, on the Idaho/Utah border
What about you? What are your favorite family reunion destinations? You're invited to give your recommendations and share your real life experiences. Did your chosen location work? Why or why not? What did you love and what would you do differently next time? Help others by submitting a review here.