While multi-generational travel remains a hot topic in the tourism world, it’s actually a natural evolution of the traditional family reunion. Getting the extended family together to share experiences and make new memories needn’t be at grandmother’s house. These days, a reunion can be at a static location like a resort or state park or a movable feast of travel like a cruise.
The Mid-Atlantic can be an ideal location for a family reunion precisely because it is in the middle of the East Coast and easily accessible to states in the Ohio River Valley. Smack in the middle of the Mid-Atlantic is Howard County, Md., where the local tourism folks take full advantage of their location between Washington and Baltimore to promote a variety of venues from state parkland to historic sites and the HowardOnTap Craft Beverage Trail. The office offers assistance to families planning reunions at visithowardcounty.com/group-travel/reunions.
Woodloch Resort in the Pennsylvania Pocono Mountains has a long tradition of hosting family gatherings and can provide tons of support for everything from a dedicated specialist to coordinate activities to staff-led challenges, games and contests. Woodloch calls the time spent with family “togethering” and offers accommodations, dining, nightly entertainment, and a host of daytime activities. (woodloch.com)
There is no shortage of opportunities for beach-oriented reunions, from the huge vacation homes on the Outer Banks of North Carolina to Virginia Beach and the Delmarva peninsula, where you can select from the quietude of a Chesapeake Bay location or the higher energy of Ocean City or Rehoboth Beach. Enjoy the Victorian elegance of Rehoboth’s Boardwalk Plaza or the camping comradery of the Chesapeake or Chincoteague KOAs.
Choosing a cruise for a family reunion is a guaranteed hit. Both Carnival and Royal Caribbean sail from the port of Baltimore, eliminating the need to combine air travel with the cruise. Carnival offers a family reunion planning guide on its website (carnival.com) that provides guidance for organizing the group’s trip.