Purity Spring Resort in East Madison, N.H., has been operated by the Hoyt family for over a century. Steven Hoyt, Purity’s Lodging Manager and a fourth generation hotelier, recalls that his resort has been hosting one family’s reunion every year for 72 years straight, accommodating over 200 members of the family at one point. “And we actually had room for even more,” laughs Hoyt. Purity, which boasts its own alpine ski area and a pristine lake, includes activities like waterskiing, canoeing and mountain biking with every room stay during the summer months, at no extra charge. If your family wants the summer camp-like experience, stay in one of Purity’s cottages. If it’s a more luxurious reunion you’re after, stay at The Inn and order a massage. Purity Spring Resort’s famous lakeside breakfast cookouts and lobster bakes have been happening weekly since the 1960s.
Located on the banks of the tidal river in Ogunquit, Maine, The Dunes on the Waterfront has been a “home away from home” for beach-going families since the mid-1930s. The secluded 12-acre resort is owned and operated by the Perkins family, whose lineage traces back so far that Ogunquit’s bustling Perkins Cove owes its name to their heritage. “It’s my favorite place in the world,” says Katherine Saunders, who vacations at The Dunes on the Waterfront every summer with her parents, husband and daughter. “Everything is unchanged from when I was coming here as a little kid. I absolutely love coming here.” The Dunes offers a host of on-site activities, from shuffleboard to stand up paddleboarding, and is just a trolley ride away from downtown Ogunquit (http://youtu.be/
In May 2014, Basin Harbor Club will mark its 128th season welcoming families to the shores of Lake Champlain in Vergennes, VT. Five generations ago, the resort was a working farm for vacationing city-dwellers;
Some innkeeping families are just settling into their new roles as family reunion hosts. In 2008, the Larson family, including five brothers and sisters and a group of in-laws, co-purchased the Snapdragon Inn in Windsor, Vermont. “We all got our hands dirty as a team, as a family,” says Michelle Larson, head innkeeper. The family spent the next two years gutting and completely renovating the historic brick building. “It’s funny, because this building was literally designed and built [circa 1815] as a gathering space for a big family,” adds Larson. “And here we are, 200 years later, hosting family gatherings.”
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New England Inns & Resorts Association is a collection of New England’s most distinctive, independently owned and operated lodging properties. Established in 1907 by owners of B&Bs, hotels, inns and resorts in the New England region, the Association comprises over 250 properties. Many of the lodgings are also members of Historic Hotels of America, Preferred Hotels and Select Registry. The association’