There’s an old saying: the family that plays together, stays together. In addition to building memories, family gatherings offer great opportunities to catch up on family news, share family traditions and stories and just enjoy some relaxation time together. Family reunions are seeing an uptick in popularity as part of the multi-generational travel trend. With March Break around the corner, this could be the perfect time to start planning one.
FAMILIES THAT CAMP TOGETHER
The big birthday blowout for the U.S. National Park Service may be behind us, but there’s still plenty to see and do at national parks, state parks and private campgrounds. First-time visitors are often surprised at the green pine forests and seclusion of the campsites at Fort Wilderness Campground, tucked away on the shores of Bay Lake at Florida’s Walt Disney World. The South Carolina coastline is another favourite destination for March Break and Huntington Beach State Park is perfectly situated near Myrtle Beach, just a short drive for day trips to Charleston. disney world.disney.go.com; discoversouthcarolina.com
TAKING CARE OF DETAILS
Ski resorts are perfect for active families who enjoy wintertime activities. Colorado’s Snowmass Village near Aspen has the whole spectrum for building memories, including some of North America’s best snowboard and ski terrain. Sometimes families are made up of kids who have all grown up. An adults-only reunion can find bliss at Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort in Tucson, Arizona, where togetherness could include luxury spa treatments, desert hikes and horseback rides, stargazing, gallery hopping, shopping and golf. Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in the Florida Panhandle shines in the spring and fall shoulder seasons. This mammoth resort complex featuring condos, villas, townhomes and hotel rooms (most with kitchen facilities) means more time for the beach, golf, biking, tennis and boating. Mohonk Mountain House, in New York’s Hudson Valley, employs an events planner who works with family groups to custom-design reunions. Guests can mix and match from a wide range of sports, games or activities ranging from yoga to hayrides. Packages can be arranged to include three meals daily, afternoon tea and cookies and most resort activities. GoSnowmass.com; haciendadelsol.com; sandestin.com; mohonk.com
THEMED PARKS FOR YOUNG AND OLD
Theme parks have aced the formula for creating fun times for generations travelling together. Parks like SeaWorld (Florida) Disneyland (California) and Universal Studios (Florida) combine rides and attractions with cross-generational appeal, accommodation in suites, connected rooms and villas, and extras such as on-site golf courses and shopping concourses. Not a theme park in the traditional sense, Colonial Williamsburg brings history alive through the restoration and interpretation of the city that was Virginia’s capital from 1699 to 1780. seaworldparks.com; disneyland.disney.go.com; universalorlando.com; history.org.Discover more information on travel to the USA at visittheusa.ca.