USA: Southeast, Family Reunions & Gatherings. Thinking of a family reunion? We know each family has its own personality so we a have a rich variety of suggestions with one thing in common; they are family friendly and ready to create the best reunion ever. Anytime and any season togethering is worth the effort, just to add to the family memories. We have discovered the best reunion spots from Virginia Beach to Pigeon Forge and Myrtle Beach South Carolina.
Tennessee: Pigeon Forge. In addition to being a family friendly, beautiful place on the planet, Pigeon Forge literally has something for everyone from nine months to 99 years. It can be a do nothing, rock on the porch experience or a high energy hiking, rating biking adventure. Add nightly entertainment and terrific shopping to the list and you will need more vacation days. The city has the right attitude about families. They have Funnel Cakes; Krispy Kreme and Krystal Burgers as well as all night coffee stops and mountain flavored BBQ. “Sweet!” They know that no two families are the same and that reunions need to be fun and effortless. Reunion benefit: They have vacation consultants and reunion coordinators to make the perfect family get together happen in Pigeon Forge the “first time” or “the same time” next year. They have a form at their website that makes it easy to start the process. The “Request for Proposal” form allows them to narrow the options making it much easier to plan your meeting, reunion, or retreat specifications. (Department of Tourism (PFDOT) toll-free 1-800-286-7557 or www.PigeonForge.com)
South Carolina: Myrtle Beach, The Breakers Resort. On the edge of the brilliantly blue Atlantic Ocean, an invigorating sea breeze blows through the family friendly Breakers Resort complex located right off of one of the best spans of beach on the Strand. It is an ideal family vacation spot offering not just sun, sand, sea and golf but live entertainment within minutes of the resort and plenty of terrific shopping options. The beachside resort contains three distinct buildings from which to select: Paradise Tower, North Tower and the original Resort Tower. Each has its own personality but all are just footsteps from the sand and the Atlantic Ocean. Bonus points: Under the Paradise Tower there is a 418' lazy river that meanders both inside and out. There are hot tubs for the sedentary and buckets that dump water on those tubing the course of the lazy river channel. Reunion bonus: Relaxation and convenience go hand-in-hand from the beach and the pool, to easy parking and trolley service laying all of Myrtle Beach at family’s fingertips. Guests may enjoy the complimentary children's activity program that is conducted during the busiest vacation times. Myrtle Beach has a wonderful trolley service. Much like Galveston or Pigeon Forge, the beach trolleys use reserved lanes and provide connections to the most popular spots within the destination. It is in full swing for the summer, providing visitors with flexibility and easing stress. (Oceanfront at 21st and 27th Avenue North. Toll-free 1-800-952-4507, (843) 444-4444 or www.breakers.com)
Georgia: Serenity Cove. Four pastoral acres on a lake, and in the mountains, what could be finer? The resort, on the shores of Lake Chatuge in the Blue Ridge Mountains offers families four cozy cabins with all of the amenities of home. In addition there is the Lake House which is the perfect central gathering place for the family reunion. Daily activities include swimming, boating, fishing or maybe just relaxing. Reunion benefit: During certain times of the year it is possible to rent the whole property for a private gathering. (834 Lower Bell Creek Road, Hiawassee, 30546. 1(706) 896-1465 or www.serenity-cove.com)
Georgia: Greyfield Inn. Secluded Cumberland Island with 18 miles of beach (no condos, hotels or houses) is tranquil place for a family reunion. The Inn is the only public facility on the island that is the size of Manhattan. They provide guests with round-trip ferry transportation from Amelia Island, Florida and three meals each day. Breakfast is a hearty Southern style experience. Lunch is provided picnic style to be enjoyed whenever and wherever guests choose. The evening meal, preceded by hors d'oeuvres, is served by candlelight. Families have use of bicycles, kayaks, beach and fishing equipment and unlimited snacks and non-alcoholic beverages during their visit. Bonus points: They provide a wonderful three-hour wilderness tour led by a staff naturalist in a Land-Rover type vehicle. Reunion benefit: Best of all they offer an event coordinator to assist families in planning their reunions. (For reservations contact the land side office, 8 North Second Street, Box 900, Fernandina Beach, Florida. 32035-0900. 1(904) 261-6408 or www.GreyfieldInn.com)
Georgia: Brunswick and the Golden Isles. Brunswick and the Golden Isles sit on the edge of Georgia. Brunswick a historic mainland community anchors the four dramatically beautiful barrier islands - St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Little St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island. About 20 minutes by land or sea separates the five locations within this unique vacation cluster. Most visitors stay on one island and make excursions to the others. The largest and most developed island is St. Simons, tethered to the smaller Sea Island by a narrow strip of land. A laid-back vacation atmosphere prevails in the small seaside community inviting visitors to relax and enjoy the moment. Reunion bonus: Each island offers its own family friendly experience and all work together creating hundreds of exceptional ways to have They have the good stuff for family reunions. (1-800-933-COAST (2627) or Brunswick Golden Isles Chamber & VB at www.bgivb.com)
Alabama: Doublehead Resort. Offering families a choice of 35 waterfront wood-and-stone cottages each accommodating a maximum of 10 people, the resort is ideal for gathering. Each unit contains a kitchen, washer/dryer, TV/VCR, grill, a porch and hammock. The towering cedar lodge has meeting rooms and a professionally staffed kitchen. Possible reunion activities include sporting clays, pontoon boat, water sports, canoe and paddleboat rentals, softball, swimming, hiking, tennis, playgrounds, volleyball on the beach, and fishing. Reunion benefit: To assist in planning they have a Reunion Information Kit available and coordinators to assist with onsite preparations. (Doublehead Resort. 145 County Road 314, Town Creek, 145 County Road 314, Town Creek, 35672. 1-800-685-9267, 1(256) 685-9267 or www.Doublehead.com)
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