Is everyone in the family tired of it being “their year” for the annual holiday gatherings? Why not try a family function at a lake house this year? Just think of the benefits. You don’t have to worry about cleaning the house, cramming the whole family into someone’s guest room, and you’ll be on what promises to be a memorable holiday vacation with all the comforts (but not the stresses) of home.

lake George New York

Lake George

Imagine a family trip to Lake George, New York. Situated in the six million acre Adirondack Park, it is the ideal place for the outdoor-loving family to spend the holidays together. When you’re not whipping up the secret family recipe mashed potatoes or lounging around sharing childhood stories with your kids, you can spend time hiking through the massive park or wandering through the small villages that dot the lake’s shore. Even though the kids may be out of school, you can still share a piece of history with them by making a trip to the rebuilt Fort Ticonderoga. A visit to Lake George will promise to be the prefect blend of relaxation and bonding for the adventurous family on a holiday break.

Lake Travis, TX

If you’re looking to head somewhere a bit warmer for your next get together, Lake Travis, Texas, makes for a perfect destination. You won’t have to worry about snow or freezing temperatures, because even in the dead of winter it’s usually between the 50s and 70s at Lake Travis. As a result of the mild temperature, the lake never freezes, meaning you can enjoy a scenic ride around the lake no matter what month it is.

For the golfers in the family, the nine golf courses near Lake Travis will be a great way to relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding area. And for those little golfers in your family, the Day Break Family Recreation Park makes a great place to spend a day or a night working on the whole family’s putting skills.

This recreation park also offers families the unique experience of mining for their own gems. Watch them turn from your kids to world class geologists as they pan for a fortune. Another benefit of a visit to Lake Travis is its close proximity to the popular city of Austin.

A 45-minute drive will have you and your family experiencing all the sights and sounds of the “Live Music Capital of the World.” A Lake Travis vacation can mean quiet time on the dock watching the waters lap at the shore or fast paced action in the nearby city.

No matter how you choose to spend your time at this unique destination in Texas Hill Country, you’re guaranteed to come home with memories to last a lifetime.With the endless activities available around lakes across the country and the convenience and comfort of renting a house or condo, you just might be making a vacation out of all holidays for years to come.

 

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Joan McCray is a travel writer living in NYC. Her work has appeared in the NewYorker,Travel & Leisure, Town & Country, Condé Nast Traveller, Food & Wine,and many local publications.She has published travel anthologies in Salon.com and Lonely Planet.

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