Planning a Vacation Destination Family Reunion

When I was a child, the idea of a family reunion meant Christmas day at grandma’s house. These days, fewer families stay in the same place and family get-together’s are harder and harder to organize.  The upside is that now they can be much more fun! Since the traveling involved can be difficult, many families are opting to upgrade their “day at grandma’s” to vacation destination reunions. Whether you’re a group of 10 or 40, a beach house rental (or a couple of houses near each other) can offer the best of both worlds!

Night-at-the-Beach-Gulf-ShoresImagine reconnecting with cousins while sunning on the beach, learning about family history while sipping a margarita on your beachfront deck, or having a sandcastle building contest with the whole family. According to a reunion survey from HomeAway, 81% surveyed said that having uninterrupted time together was the best part of the vacation reunion, and 61% noted that preparing and sharing group meals ranked among their most cherished memories. Vacation homes tend to offer more space at half the cost of a hotel room, and have the amenities needed for families to spend time, cook, eat, play and make lasting memories together, all in one place. According to Brian Sharples, HomeAway CEO, “Vacation rentals offer unbeatable savings for family reunions compared to booking multiple hotel rooms, eating out at restaurants and renting spaces for meals and gatherings. Whether it’s cooking and sharing a favorite family recipe, playing in the swimming pool or yard, or late night conversations in the living room, vacation rentals give families the space to spend quality time together.”

If you are in charge of planning a vacation family reunion, picking the destination can be the trickiest but most important part of planning. You want to make sure you find a place that fits with everyone’s budget and also offers plenty of activities for each member of your family, regardless of their varied interests.

An affordable beach house in Gulf Shores/Fort Morgan can fill all your needs. Fort Morgan beaches tend to be family friendly, pet friendly and less populated. The secluded peninsula is the perfect place to get away from it all, while just a short drive brings you to art galleries, golf, amusement parks, the zoo and miles of wild-land hiking and exploration. There’s a whole host of area activities for everyone.