Choosing a Location for Your Family Reunion

By Ronnie Mae Weiss 

There are many attractive options for places to stage your family reunion. Here are a few to consider:

Rental Houses, Cabins or Condos

• Great option for families who want to set their own timetable and arrange their own activities. Most ski-area and beach condos offer great off-season rates.

• Check to ensure that you will have privileges to use beaches and other town facilities.

• Hire a cleaning service so you can spend the last hours of the reunion enjoying your family rather than scrubbing and vacuuming.


• Great option for families seeking a home-like, relaxed environment with the convenience of some meals and housekeeping.

• If all meals are not provided, see what other eating options are available.

• For the older members of your clan, check for first-floor accommodations or elevators, as well as air-conditioned rooms.

• Space can be limited so make reservations early.

Lodges in Parks and Family Camps

• A great option for families seeking a beautiful setting and access to nature.

• Affordable accommodations are well suited to large groups, but might be rustic.

• Spaces fill up quickly, so reserve at least 18 months in advance.

Conference Centers

• A great option for families seeking affordable rates and complete facilities. Check into special group rates.

• Designed to accommodate large groups.

• May have a group manager on staff to assist with planning.

• Reserve in advance. Conference centers cater primarily to business groups, so availability might be limited.

All-Inclusive Resorts

• A great option for a family that wants to enjoy a diverse range of activities. Often offers children’s programming, baby-sitting and planned group activities.

• Usually includes the cost of food, beverages and activities.

• Meals are typically available at various venues and throughout the day, enabling family members to set their own schedules.

• Check into group rates and other “specials.”


• A great option for families seeking adventure in a unique setting.

• Located in many regions of the United States and Canada.

• Many offer a variety of accommodations, and meals are often included in the cost.

• May have horseback riding, square dances and rodeos, in addition to golf, swimming and kayaking.

City Hotels

• A great option for families that enjoy cultural attractions and sightseeing.

• Many offer weekend, group and off-season rates, including packages with theater tickets or discounts to area attractions.

• Special family deals might include free lodging for kids in parents’ rooms or one free suite if your group reserves many rooms.

• Transportation from airports is fast and easy for families with limited time.


• A great option for families that want many amenities and activities with minimal planning. Cost typically includes activities, meals, evening events, land excursions and children’s programs.

• Contact the cruise company to find out about unadvertised group rates.