Planning a Family Reunion at Mt Hood this Summer
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Sunday, May 11, 2008

Mt Hood Vacation Rentals are the ideal accommodations for family reunions. There is plenty of room for everyone to enjoy a variety of activities, plus a full kitchen for meal prep and a backyard and deck with gas grill for afternoon gatherings. If your group is large enough to require 2 or more homes, you'll have a variety of locations for your meals and events.


And there's lots to do around Mt Hood in the summer:
  • Ski or Snowboard (yes-you can hit the slopes all summer long at Timberline!!)
  • Flyfish in the Sandy or Salmon Rivers (for more info visit
  • Ride a Mountain Bike on one of our forest trails or backroads (for more info visit Mt Hood Nat'l Forest Trails page)
  • Go for a Hike in the National Forest or at Wildwood Park
  • Tour Cascade Streamwatch, an interpretive, handicap-accessible 1-mile trail inside Wildwood Park
  • Golf 27 holes at one of the most beautiful golf courses in the Northwest at The Resort at the Mountain
  • Have an awesome time at Mt Hood Adventure Park boasting over 25 rides & attractions including bungee jumping and a 40-mile mountain bike park
  • Enjoy an exquisite meal at one of our more than 35 restaurants
  • Find a special gift or souvenir at one of dozens of specialty shops
We came across a really good article with great tips for planning a family reunion. The info is in an E-Newsletter from Upscale Consignment, a used and surplus furniture store in Gladstone, Oregon. (P.S. We have found some great bargains on good quality furniture and home decor at this shop.) Here is a reprint of their advice:

Planning the Perfect Family Reunion

As the summer is quickly approaching, do not delay on planning the perfect family reunion. In addition to being a lot of fun, family reunions provide a great way to catch up with relatives and strengthen family bonds. However, family reunions can be difficult to plan and organizing a successful reunion does take some work. Nevertheless, if you are willing to take the time and are interested in planning a successful reunion, here are a few steps that you may find quite helpful.
First, you will need to decide which family members you are going to invite to the reunion. You may only choose to invite direct family members, such as parents, grandparents, brothers, and sisters. On the other hand, you may choose to expand the reunion to include 2nd and 3rd cousins. Remember, before you get carried away inviting every relative that exists, the bigger the reunion, the more difficult it is going to be to plan.
Second, you may find it helpful to form a small committee. Creating a committee will make organizing the reunion drastically easier for you. With a reliable committee, you will be able to pass some assignments to others and not have to worry about doing all the work by yourself. Then, think about which of the tasks below can be assigned to the different committee members.
Third, it is beneficial to do a quick survey and find out when the best time for the reunion is going to be for the majority of your family. There are likely going to be conflicting schedules with some people, so send out an email with a few dates, asking each family member to list which dates they would be available for the reunion. That way you can plan for a time that works best for everyone.
Fourth, you will need to pick a location. If everybody lives close, just pick a convenient location for you to all meet. If your family is spread out, try to pick a central location so that traveling will not be too much of a burden.
Fifth, you need to find how much you need to budget for the reunion. How much are you and everybody else willing to spend? This will ultimately determine where you go, how long you will be there, the activities you will do, and the food you will eat.
Sixth, you will likely have to reserve a site ahead of time. You might want to reserve rooms in a hotel, a park pavilion, or even a swimming pool.
Finally, once you know the amount of people that will be coming and the budget that everybody is willing to spend, make sure to plan a large variety of activities for everyone. Remember that you will need activities for children as well as adults so that everybody that comes will have an enjoyable time and want to participate in the reunion next year!
Plan to have a great summer and we look forward to seeing you on Mt Hood!!



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