Taking the family on vacation or finding a great locale where everyone can meet is often a challenge. Selecting the right ambiance for bringing a group together where everyone can have the best possible experience hinges on a range of factors including the surrounding area and space a given establishment offers.
At Select Registry we keep ourselves informed regarding the best inns for family gatherings, and we have decided to present a very short list to give a small cross section of what our member inns offer.
In Middlebury, Vermont, this historic 20-room mansion provides just the right tone for gathering your loved ones together. Whether you are a small family or want to invite more relatives, the large, comfortable rooms; beautiful buildings; and four acres filled with gardens and lawns offer ample space for communing.
Book one of the nine rooms in the Federal-style mansion decorated in elegant period style, or one of the six rooms in the Carriage House with its king-size beds, queen sleeper sofas, and private Jacuzzi.
Just a half block from the Main House sits Gate House, a Victorian home with a wrap around porch, stained glass, and ornate woodwork. Family members can choose according to their own taste, and if you are traveling with children, the Carriage or Main House would be the best options.
All rooms come with luxurious private bathrooms, and several come with whirlpool tubs and fireplaces. You also have the chance to enjoy the steam room and sauna for an extra amount of relaxation when you need it.
Have a sumptuous dinner in the lovely dining room, on the deck, or in the bar. The Swift House Inn has won a Spectator Award for its exceptional wine list, so don’t miss an opportunity to try some of the vintage labels.
Bask by the fireplace in the winter and on the ample porch in summer. Wherever you are, your views will be exceptional, giving you inspiration to get out for a hike in the Green Mountains, bicycle ride through the Champlain Valley, or enjoy the great downhill and cross-country skiing. Take the family into town to enjoy the shops, museums, Town Hall Theater, and Middlebury College campus
In Charleston, South Carolina, this boutique hotel in the downtown historic French Quarter district boasts both a European and Early American feel. With 66 rooms filled with luxurious beds, Egyptian cotton linens, plush bathrobes, fine bath amenities, and gorgeous antique décor, you can’t find a more inviting locale for bringing your family together.
The Vendue Inn is the proud recipient of the Preservation Society of Charleston’s award for historic buildings. With exquisite 18th-century reproduction art and furnishings combined with flawless service, your loved ones can enjoy an exceptional vacation that they will remember for years to come. The elegant sitting rooms and lobby, along with the Music and Reading Rooms, provide many varied areas in which to catch up with family members you may not have seen for a while.
For dining, there are two brilliant choices, both of which offer exceptional cuisine. Try the Rooftop Bar & Restaurant for its dramatic views, or the more intimate spot, The Library, which has been a traditional haunt for residents and visitors alike throughout the years. With a progressive American and ‘low-country’ menu, you can sample some truly unique dishes made with attention to the highest quality ingredients.
A terrific location, there is so much to do in the area. Explore the French Quarter, Civil War landmarks including Fort Sumter, museums, and all the local history that you can absorb. Share a culinary class with your family members, and take advantage of all the outdoor activities that abound, especially with the beaches, lakes, and rivers so nearby.
In Waynesville, North Carolina, this inn offers a chance to get up close and personal with big nature. This luxury resort in Appalachian high country comes with charming guestrooms and a private cabin, decorated with woven rugs, Early American furniture, quilts, and original artwork. Many include private balconies, wood-burning fireplaces, and steam showers, and all feature high-end linens and bathrobes, as well as many other amenities.
The Inn is made of hand-hewn logs and local fieldstone, giving it a magnificent rustic patina that blends in with the breathtaking mountains that surround it. With the Great Smoky Mountains National Park nearby, as well as abundant nature trails, historic sites, a plethora of outdoor activities, and even an amusement park for the kids, it is easy to see why this is one of the top choices for family gatherings.
And when it comes to dining, you can enjoy specially-created breakfasts, the Wednesday Lunch gourmet picnic at noon, and brunch on Sundays. On other days, the Inn will prepare a brown bag lunch to take away, a picnic in an insulated backpack if you are planning a hike, or a wooden hamper filled with goodies to enjoy on the premises. Dinner by candlelight is served, with a mouthwatering menu prepared with love and care. If any of your family are vegetarian or observe a special diet, you will be accommodated easily.
In Francestown, New Hampshire this 180-year-old Colonial home nestled on the northeast side of Crotched Mountain once served as a stop on the Underground Railroad, helping slaves to escape to Canada. Beautifully preserved and renovated, the inn features unrivaled and spectacular views of the lush Piscatagoug Valley.
The Inn has 13 rooms, eight of which have private baths and three with fireplaces. Each one is impeccably appointed with antiques and provides the comfort and ease that one looks for when on vacation.
With two sitting rooms, a meeting room, and a cozy fireplace, there is more than enough room for you to enjoy your family in this inviting locale. And in the summer, what could be better than taking a dip in the outdoor swimming pool, surrounded by beauty at every turn?
The Inn boasts home cooking, using vegetables from its gardens and approaching each recipe with a masterful touch. There are also many fine restaurants nearby where you can sample a variety of cuisines.
With lots to do nearby, your days will be full. Walk or ski the trails leading through the woods, enjoy the shops in town, and if you are there in summer, enjoy the professional plays given by the Peterborough Players. The many fairs and festivals, including the Keene Pumpkin Festival, make for a lot of fun when it comes to entertaining young and old. You can also set out for a day of antiquing or to explore the Sharon Art Center, as well as the Titon Outlet Mall featuring a bevy of outlet stores.
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