| During the pandemic, many of us have missed two things especially: traveling and seeing loved ones. Now that CDC guidelines allow fully vaccinated people to do both, the dream of taking a big family trip is again becoming a reality.
The best destinations for multigenerational getaways offer spacious accommodations, a beautiful setting and a host of activities that include something for everyone. Here are five fantastic ones.
1. Old-fashioned summer escape in the Adirondacks
With more than 6 million acres of unspoiled wilderness, New York’s Adirondack Mountains have been luring nature seekers since the late 19th century. Back then, prominent Gilded Era families — the Astors, Vanderbilts and Rockefellers, to name a few — built spectacular “great camps” along the shores of the region’s lakes. Although many of those estates fell into disrepair over the decades, a few have been transformed into unique vacation destinations that offer a glimpse into the rustic elegance of a bygone era.
Consider White Pine Camp (518-327-3030), an assemblage of 13 charming cabins and cottages complete with comfortable period furnishings and full kitchens tucked into the forest on Osgood Pond. Built in 1907 for New York banker Archibald S. White and his wife, the camp served as the summer White House of President Calvin Coolidge for three months in 1926. Today it’s a great home base for families looking for an old-fashioned summertime escape.
Spend your days paddling, fishing and swimming in the clear waters of Osgood Pond, hiking the mile-long shoreline trail, bowling in the Camp’s 1911 game room, or watching the sunset with a glass of wine by the historic Japanese Tea House. Veteran naturalist Ed Kanze leads weekly onsite nature walks as well as offering private guide services for folks looking to explore further afield. Just 20 minutes from Camp, you’ll find the picturesque town of Saranac Lake, known as the heart of the Adirondacks. Shop for local produce and other goodies at the Saturday farmers market, browse the art galleries, or stop into the Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation to learn about one of the region’s most important natural icons. Little ones will love the town’s whimsical carousel, with its hand-carved woodland creatures.
2. Lowcountry fun on South Carolina’s Kiawah Island
Tucked between the Kiawah River and the Atlantic Ocean, just 25 miles from Charleston, this lush barrier island with 10 miles of beautiful coastline may just be the ultimate family retreat.