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These 20 Spots Are Perfect for Your Next Family Reunion

photo: Katie Marble
It’s not what you have in life that matters, but who you have in life. Yet for most, the idea of attending a family reunion sounds like two parts crazy, one part loud and no parts worthy of PTO. The idea of reconnecting with your roots should be re-affirming, after all, the most wonderful things in life are the people we love. Since only the best and maybe a bit out-of-the-box will do for you, focus on a family reunion at one of these 20 fabulous spots, where there’s a little something lovely for each and every one.

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Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort learn more

If you’ve got a family up for a real, luxury adventure, Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort is calling, as it’s accessible only by sea or air. Situated on 50,000 square miles of Great Bear Rainforest featuring 10,000 year old glaciers, this is a wilderness retreat for a family looking to reconnect amidst spectacular scenery and activities. Think heli-fishing, whale-watching and champagne picnics on endless stretches of private sandy beaches. Then you’ll retreat to private chalets where you’ll relax in cedar hot tubs, listening to the sounds of the nearby 5,000 foot waterfall.
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Camp Wandawega learn more

If you’ve got a gregarious group looking to disconnect from modern life, Camp Wandewega, in Elkhorn, Wisconsin is your beautiful ticket to a bygone era. Since 1925, Camp Wandewega has been connecting people to a simpler way of life. You’ll stay in vintage cabins and dormitories and explore 25 acres of private beaches, hiking, fishing, swimming, archery, shuffleboard and of course, their world-famous treehouse.
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$1,030 avg. room rate
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Rosewood Mayakoba learn more

For a no-expense spared family reunion, it doesn’t get more luxurious than Rosewood Mayakoba, nestled on the Caribbean Sea in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. 129 luxury suites are built along serene lagoons surrounded by verdant jungle. Rooftop sundecks, plunge pools and outdoor showers are par for the course. While there’s a plethora of on-site food & beverage choices, Agave Azul Sushi & Tequila Bar featuring weekly tequila tastings paired with fresh-caught sushi is a must do for the adults of the family.
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Coachman Hotel learn more

The newly renovated Coachman Hotel, blocks from Lake Tahoe and Heavenly Mountain Resort, has brought motel living into the modern age. With 42 rooms to accommodate all of your family members, a stay also includes access to the pool and private beach, a Belgian waffle brekkie with Stumptown coffee, access to an on-site craft beer and wine bar as well as evening fire pits with complimentary s’mores. 
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Ithaca By Firelight learn more

Comfortable, stylish and peaceful are just a few words to describe Ithaca by Firelight, the perfect family reunion glampsite in upstate New York. The luxury safari-style tents with scenic views come complete with high thread count linens, lanterns, and cozy furniture to enchant even the most reluctant-about-“glamping” family member. Enjoy locally sourced breakfast and freshly roasted coffee every morning before an array of activities such as a wild edibles hike through Buttermilk Falls State Park or a visit to any number of local wineries, cideries, farms or restaurants.
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$775 avg. room rate
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Mauna Kea Beach Hotel learn more

First of all, what family wouldn’t want to make memories on the Big Island of Hawaii? Secondly, doing so at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, a historic, five-star luxury resort with a world-class golf course, sprawling white sand beach and activities for all ages sounds like a family reunion made in Hawaiian heaven.
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Blackberry Farm learn more

Situated on a 4,200-acre estate in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Blackberry Farm is a five-star farmstead and one of the most highly acclaimed small luxury hotels in the world. Have a five-course fine dining experience at The Barn, sourced from onsite gardens and an afternoon tipple or two at Dogwood Bar on a veranda with wraparound views of the Smokey Mountains. From the whiskey tastings to truffle foraging to horseback riding and more, we can’t think of one family member who wouldn’t be perfectly entertained at this enchanting retreat.
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$450 avg. room rate
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Travaasa Hana learn more

Located in the town of Hana on the eastern tip of Maui, Travaasa Hana is the first resort on the island to greet the rising sun. Think of this resort as your family’s tranquil sanctuary where spacious resort cottages and private suites set a peaceful mood for your stay. Enjoy a family dinner at Preserve Kitchen + Bar, set amid rolling hills and palm trees overlooking tranquil Hana Bay and historic Kauiki Hill with live hula and Hawaiian music. Bonus: The area has beautiful beaches, the Seven Sacred Pools and star-filled skies.
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Winvian Farm learn more

For a truly luxurious and one-of-a-kind family reunion New England style, look no further than the exquisite Winivan Farm. A gracious, 1775 manor stands at the heart of Winvian Farm’s historic estate, while 19 individually-designed resort cottages ensures each family member has plenty of their own space to enjoy. Think five-stars in the middle of the woods – have a fine dining family dinner at the Restaurant at Litchfield, unwind at the Spa or even spend a night with your favorite few relatives in a luxury treehouse.
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The Brentwood Hotel learn more

Located on the historic Saratoga Race Course (where Seabiscuit was discovered), The Brentwood Hotel is 12 carefully appointed rooms, perfect for an intimate family getaway with loads of gathering potential. Expect lots of Americana touches with an equestrian twist and an open courtyard with fire pits and views of the race course. Linus bikes are available to leisurely ride into town and in the summer, the restaurant across the street has nightly live music.
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Foxfire learn more

Host your family at Foxfire, an exquisite country estate on 127 acres just 90 minutes from Washington DC. Built in 1932, the elegantly furnished manor house has more than 8000 square feet of living space, six bedrooms and bathrooms, six fireplaces, a pool and two quarries, one of which makes for an ideal and secluded swimming hole. Bonus: There’s an onsite housekeeping and concierge service to help plan anything your family needs.
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Spillian learn more

Like the hotel from Dirty Dancing come to lovely life, Spillian is a 1880’s Gilded Age mansion in the Catskills built by the Fleischmanns Yeast family. It’s an extraordinary setting for a family reunion as you’ll enjoy the magnificent mansion’s accommodations, as well as activities such as cooking classes and wine tastings, murder mysteries and handmade s'mores over a bonfire.
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Noon Lodge learn more

Especially in the spring or summer months, Big Bear is a sweet, mostly traffic-free, two hour drive out of Los Angeles. A family reunion at Noon Lodge at Mallard Bay strikes a beautiful balance between rustic and modern. Enjoy activities from a bygone era such as three-bedroom cabins with bunk beds, cannonballs into Big Bear Lake and reminiscing around a campfire for hours. Bonus: It’s only a little over a mile to Big Bear Lake village’s shops, restaurants and activities just in case there’s a restless few among you.
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Under Canvas Glacier learn more

Perfect for a Spring or Summer family reunion, Glacier Under Canvas is the glamping-home-on-the-range reunion your family needs. Located seven miles from Montana’s stunning Glacier National Park, you’ll become one with nature as you experience some of the finest glamping amenities around. Stay in luxury tents under the stars and enjoy activities such as kayaking, white water rafting, llama trekking, fly fishing and cowboy cookouts.
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Rockwater Secret Cove Resort learn more

If you’re in need of a real, retreat-style family reunion, Rockwater Secret Cove Resort will refresh and renew all of your relatives. Nestled in the trees of British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast, enjoy a feast for your senses in tenthouse suites, surrounded by rain forest and ocean. Expect heated slate floors, hydrotherapy tubs, fireplaces and a private veranda under a blanket of stars. Enjoy soothing spa treatments and private yoga classes, as well as hiking, biking, and fishing spots, there’s certainly something for everyone.
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The Auberge Residences at Element 52 learn more

The Auberge Residences at Element 52 are conveniently located at the base of the world class Telluride Ski Resort, making sure your next family reunions isn’t lacking in activities or luxury. Think bespoke experiences you’ve come to expect from Auberge, coupled with modern design, scenic views, world-class skiing and an immersion in a traditional mountain lifestyle.
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The Round Top Ballroom + FlopHouze Experience learn more

For a forward-thinking family, try a reunion at the supremely fun Flophouze, a hotel made entirely of shipping containers in Round Top Texas. 6 luxury containers include amenities such as beautiful views, custom vinyl collections, luxury bedding, fire pits and hammocks. Connected to the 12,000 sq. ft. store Recycling the Past, take your family on a treasure hunt through a vast inventory of curated collectibles while visiting the funky town of Round Top.
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French's Point learn more

Does it get any more amazing than a historic, coastal estate located on the tip of a private peninsula in Maine’s Penobscot Bay? Meet French’s Point, a perfect place to gather your family with luxurious amenities like a full service draft bar, rope swings and a fire pit for making s’mores under the stars.
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The Barns at Summerfield Farms learn more

Just 20 minutes northwest of Greensboro, NC lies Summerfield Farms, 600 acres of lush countryside featuring a renovated barn from 1946 and luxurious, yet charming, farmhouses that sleep up to 16 guests. Host a cocktail hour for your family on the barn’s rooftop terrace and enjoy one of the most beautiful sunsets seen anywhere.
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Cypress Falls Event Center learn more

Located in the heart of Texas Hill Country, Cypress Falls Event Center is a place where time seems to stand still. Stay with the whole family in a vintage, modern retreat built in 1949. Expect amenities such as a swimming pool (and swimming/fishing hole), firepit, a Tavern with live music, BBQ restaurant on the water, food truck and bakery. 
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