Tips for Planning the Perfect Family Reunion
family reunions can occur any time of the year, including
the winter season, according to the planning experts
at Ohio State Park Resorts. Here, meeting planners
from Ohio State Park Resorts operated by Xanterra
Parks & Resorts offer the following tips for ensuring
a reunion will please every participant:
a location that is convenient for all participants
Try to be fair when choosing a destination so participants
face similar travel times. Ohio State Park Resorts
are located throughout the state, and at least one
lodge is within an easy driving distance of all major
Ohio cities as well as Indianapolis, Detroit, Pittsburgh
and other locations near the Midwest region.
flexible with your dates
A sure way to appeal to the bargain-hunters on your
participant list is to find ways to save money. When
a lodge is not full, salespeople offer larger discounts
to groups. Ask your planner to suggest a few time
slots that feature the best rates.
about special discounts and packages
From now through April, the Family Renuion Package offered by Xanterra
includes a private movie night with popcorn, as well
as benefits for the reunion planner including a discounted
room rate, resort T-shirt and disposable camera. From
May through September, the movie night is replaced
by a private family bonfire with s'mores from May
your planner about lodge activities
Lodge staff can suggest and arrange activities such
as supervised arts and crafts for young children,
family games, ice cream socials, movie nights, outdoor
cookouts and bonfires.
Contact local tourist offices
Ask your planner how to get in touch with local tourist
offices and information about activities
and recreational offerings.
plenty of free time
Provide a list of resort, state park and destination
activities and allow reunion participants to explore
on their own. Every Ohio State Park features many
public areas for guests to simply chat and get reacquainted
with family members in a comfortable setting.
Order T-shirts for all participants
Resort staff can order T-shirts with the family name and reunion dates for all family members.
Plan ahead if you can but don't ditch last-minute reunions
By planning ahead, reunion participants are most likely to secure their first choice of rooms, but even last-minute planners find they can sometimes book the perfect reunion.
Research reunion destinations online
The offerings of Ohio State Park Resorts are featured in detail at www.atapark.com and on their own individual resort websites. (You can look up local state parks on your own state's website.)
"State parks are a natural choice for family reunions," said Reservations Director Lee Miller, of Ohio State Park Resorts. "Even during the winter, there are plenty of activities for every member of the family. Plus there are always quiet places for chatting and relaxing.
Located throughout Ohio, the resorts offer a variety of activities suchn as indoor pools, game rooms and fitness centers as well as hiking, cross-country skiing and bird-watching.