Family reunions can be a great time to catch up and re-center yourself. Spending quality time with the ones you love can be done just about anywhere, but why not reunite in a breathtaking place? We’ve narrowed down the search for you and have featured 8 places to have your next family reunion. Take a look and start planning your trip!
Best Winter Family Reunion Destinations In The U.S.
8. Catskill, New York
Catskill is known for its natural surroundings and providing a calm, secluded environment to reconnect with nature or loves ones. Explore the hiking trails, fishing spots, and waterfalls that make this region such a beloved destination for travelers. What’s a family reunion without beautiful scenery set in the middle of incredible fall foliage? Check out this rental in the heart of the Catskills where you’ll be surrounded by the changing colors of the trees during those crisp fall days. It even has a heated pool, 11 bedrooms (so everyone has their own personal space), and easy access to all the natural surroundings unique to the area.
7. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
With sixty miles of sandy beaches, Myrtle Beach is a premier spot for your next family reunion. The 80-degree waters in the summer are the perfect place to spend the day snorkeling or laying on a raft, and Broadway at the Beach is a huge, outdoor attraction. Here you’ll find shops, restaurants, and some of the best entertainment in South Carolina. Stay in this beautiful, 7-bedroom oceanfront home during your family reunion and you’ll have plenty of space for outdoor activities, cooking together as a family, and will be just steps away from the beach.
6. Big Bear Lake, California
Just a little over 2 hours east of Los Angeles lies Big Bear Lake. With ski slopes and a gorgeous lake surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forest, this place is a wonderful location for a family reunion any time of the year. Outdoor activities range from skiing and snowboarding to hiking and boating, so there really is something for everyone. The mountain town also holds an Oktoberfest on the weekends from mid-September to late October. If you have an adult-heavy family reunion planned, be sure to check that event out! Stay in this wonderful luxury home which features a deck with a view overlooking Big Bear Lake itself.
5. Telluride, Colorado
Ranked the #1 Ski Resort in North America by Conde Nast readers for three consecutive years, Telluride Ski Resort is nestled in the southwest corner of Colorado. The winter activities for your family reunion include opportunities to shred the mountains on skis, snowboards, and sleds, and enjoy the fresh powder on horseback, Nordic skis, or snowmobile. The town houses numerous art galleries and local shops to visit during those bitter cold days, and an opera house and theater for those in the family seeking entertainment. Check out this ultra-chic luxury house that sleeps 10. The home has view of the mountains from almost every window, and its ski-in and ski-out option is a convenience snow bunnies will appreciate.
4. Stowe, Vermont
Stowe is known for its world-class skiing and beautiful surroundings. When you see what the town has to offer, it’s no wonder nearly 850,000 visitors come to Stowe every year. Winter in Stowe, or the Ski Capital of the East as it’s often called, is a magical time. The area averages 22 feet of snowfall per year and is typically covered in powder from mid-November to April. The small town, New England feel of Stowe Village features The Matterhorn Restaurant and Bar, which USA Today ranked #1 Aprés-Ski Bar in North America. A family reunion to Stowe offers the quiet, relaxing atmosphere of the mountains and the action on the ski slopes and in the village. Stay in this incredible, three-level log cabin retreat and spend time with your loved ones in a beautiful environment. The view from the outdoor hot tub is unparalleled, as it looks out toward the Stowe Mountain Ski Resort.
3. Anna Maria Island, Florida
Nothing says fun in the sun like a vacation on an island off the coast of Florida. Anna Maria Island is located 20 minutes from Bradenton and offers warm, sandy beaches with miles of shoreline. The town is very bike-friendly, so you and your family can cruise around to the different shops and restaurants without having to try and cram everyone into a car. The Donut Experience on Anna Maria Island serves up made-to-order donuts with all the toppings you can think of. Be sure to get here early, the line can really get long! Check out this 8-bedroom apartment overlooking the water and within walking distance to the beach!
2. Montecito, California
As Santa Barbara's small and elegant neighbor, Montecito is a wonderful getaway for a family reunion. It’s surrounded by the Los Padres National Forest on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other. It’s known for its luxurious collection of local shops and restaurants, as well as its proximity to the area’s beautiful scenery. Stay in this stunning vacation rental, secluded from the outside neighborhood and featuring lush, tropical greenery. A 5-minute walk from here will take you to Butterfly Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Santa Barbara.
1. West Bath, Maine
In West Bath, you won’t have to go far to find some peace and quiet. Picture your family sitting outside overlooking the ocean, or getting in a kayak to explore Mill Cove by water. The hustle and bustle of nearby Portland is just a short drive away, so you can always get out and go to the city with your family if you choose. Check out this historic home on the water with a 270-degree view of the cove. You’ll have plenty of space to enjoy chatting, cooking, or simply being with your family during your reunion, and the private boat dock and fire pit will ensure that your family enjoys its stay.
This article was written by Julianne Aiello.