The Cape and Islands is the ideal spot for your next family reunion. With so many
beaches, restaurants, activities, and sightseeing opportunities, everyone is guaranteed
to have a good time. A large vacation rental home offers plenty of bedrooms for
privacy but also offers spacious living areas where everyone can gather for family
games, talks, and dining. By staying in a home, you have access to your own private
outdoor spaces where kids can run and adults can lounge. And you have the ability
to prepare your own meals if you wish. In terms of cost, it is generally much more
cost effective to rent a home with many bedrooms than pay for many hotel rooms.
So when planning a family reunion, consider a vacation rental home on the Cape Cod,
Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard.
Jackknife Beach in Chatham
When to go: Summer is a popular time as the weather is ideal for beach going
and outdoor activities, but the shoulder seasons of spring and fall offer a great
time to visit, too. There are still beach days but no summer crowds, rental rates
tend to be lower than during the summer season, and homeowners are more willing
to rent for shorter periods of time
Where to stay: Once a consensus has been reached regarding the time of year
to hold the reunion, it is time to start looking for your home away from home. WeNeedaVacation.com
has a variety of homes that can meet the needs of most parties, from those that
are suited to smaller groups to homes that can accommodate over 25 guests. A rental
home provides you with space to gather, and space to spread out.
Staying in a home with lots of history while you explore your own family history
during your reunion can be inspiring. Our Great Gatsby
#4612) in Chatham was built in the 1930’s by good friends of F. Scott and
If your pets are family and will be coming to the reunion, check out the 5 bedroom
Brewster rental (ID
Yarmouth Vacation Rental - ID 2602
With the gorgeous weather in the summer and fall, you will not be spending much
time inside, so be sure to find a vacation rental with plenty of outdoor space.
The Boathouse in Chatham (ID
#10680) will surely meet your needs. The home is situated on 1 acre of level,
grassy, waterfront land.
Have and extra large family? Then this converted sailing lodge in Chatham (ID
#4564) that sleeps 20
is a great choice.
Or, if you’re considering the Vineyard, take a look at this beautiful home in Edgartown with pool, tennis court and separate guest house
and sleeps 20 (ID #6278).
Want to be within walking distance of a town so that you can stroll to shops and
restaurants? This luxurious estate on Nantucket (ID
#4804) affords plenty of privacy, yet is a five-minute walk to Main Street.
What could be more fun than for your family to have access to their own private pool? Not only does this lovely home in Dennis
have a pool, but also an outdoor fireplace and plenty of entertaining space. If you enjoy spending
time with your extended family but also need some space, then consider a vacation rental with an estate feel. This large
home at the mouth of the Bass River in Yarmouth
can give you just that. With 7 bedrooms, private beach, and an extra large living area there is plenty of space
to enjoy time both with, and away from, your family.
Lots of brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, nephews, and cousins? Then an extra large vacation home is a must, and with
10 bedrooms and a 40 foot games room complete with pool table and ping pong table,
in Orleans can most certainly meet the needs of a large family reunion.
Want to stay together but still have some privacy for individual families? Consider
this oceanfront home with two guest cottages on a private beach in Dennis Port (ID #4640).
Planning your meals: With access to a fully equipped kitchen in your vacation
rental, meal preparation can be done with ease and at considerably less cost than
eating out. You may want to assign a few different members to be responsible for
dinner for the group each night. Other dining options include planning an evening
out, and the Cape and Islands are filled with a wide variety of wonderful restaurants
that can accommodate large groups. Or, better yet, stay in with your family without
taking time to prepare a meal! Hire a
catered clambake or have a chef come into the home and cook for the group.
That way, you can enjoy spending time with your family in a relaxed environment
and leave the cooking to someone else!
Planning activities: A great benefit to staying in a vacation rental is having
access to a yard that can allow you to organize such fun, family-friendly events.
One popular family reunion activity is arranging an old-fashioned field day that
includes such fun family games as an egg and spoon race, water balloon toss, three
legged races, or a tug-of-war. Additionally, you can arrange for beach days, museum
days, or go deep sea fishing or on a golf outing (mini or 18 holes), sightsee on
your own, or arrange for tours. Whale watches are another great way to spend a day,
and there is no doubt that seeing a whale up close is an unforgettable experience.
Also, don’t forget about the extensive bike trails, hiking trails and walking trails
offered throughout the Cape and Islands. Find
things to do on Cape Cod.
Providing welcome gifts and keepsakes: Consider providing a “goody bag" to
your family members upon their arrival. The options for this are endless and can
be as simple or extravagant as you choose. Perhaps a beach bucket filled with local
goodies (think Cape Cod Potato Chips or Nantucket Nectars), a personalized t-shirt,
or water bottles. Many
gift shops on the Cape and Islands can help you create the perfect welcome
Capturing the experience: You will certainly want to have your reunion documented
for future enjoyment, and to share with others. What better way than through photographs?
In addition to snapping your own photos, consider
hiring a professional photographer. A group photo taken on the grounds of
your vacation rental or at one of the beautiful area beaches will provide a wonderful
memento of your special family reunion.
Use the WeNeedaVacation.com Power Search to find the perfect
Cape Cod vacation rental for your next family gathering.