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Re: Berkeley meets Club Med Family Holiday Place?
If you don't mind paying for it -- Alisal Ranch near Santa Barbara is a
beautiful and restful place, with great activities -- hiking, horseback
riding (beautiful trails, and hundreds of horses it seems), tennis, golf,
hiking, fishing even I think. We met up there this summer with parents
and two families with 7 kids ranging from 4 months to 11 years old. The
kid activities are, admittedly, better for older kids (crafts, etc) but they do
offer babysitting for little ones . And the food is very good -- not a wildly
inventive menu, but delicious, fresh and healthy food for a group of
pretty demanding eaters. They have a website, you can take a look.
My five brothers and sisters and their kids are coming West this
summer, and we want to go somewhere interesting for ages ranging
My sister suggested a ranch somewhere. Has anyone
gone ''ranching'' for a family vacation, and if so, are there any
not so hugely expensive? I looked quickly on the Internet and
the prices I saw were 1200$ per adult per week. Gack!
Thanks for your thoughts.
Have you looked into Coffee Creek Ranch? It's in the Trinity Alps, about five hours
drive north of the Bay Area. It's a great place for families. Our family is going back
this summer for the third year in a row. We've seen many extended families and
family reunion there. it's still pretty pricy (about $1100/adult/week), but that price
includes everything--nice family cabin accomodations, three huge and delicious
meals a day, activities like swimming, fishing, panning for gold, hay rides, evening
activities and dances, and so much more (trail rides are extra during some months).
Plus there are counselors for the kids and lots of great, supervised, age-appropriate
kid activities. When you add it all up, the rates start to look pretty good. You can
see more at www.coffeecreekranch.com.
Has anyone had a family reunion at a ranch in any part of the US? We're
looking for a place that can accommodate 10 adults and 14 kids ages 2-16.
You might wan t to check out Tanque Verde Ranch outside
of Phoenix AZ. http://www.tvgr.com/
Friends of ours went to the Mayan Dude Ranch in Bandera, Texas and loved it.
Their number is (210) 796-3312.
I've been to conferences at Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma
County and Alisal Ranch near Solvang. They both have
hosted family reunions and were wonderful places to go
My family has gone to the Tanque Verde Guest Ranch in
Tucson, AZ. They've got a kids program for kids starting age
4. Kids can eat in their own dining room or with their
parents, and have all sorts of activities they can engage in,
from riding lessons to tennis to a crafts room. The ranch is
primarily a dude ranch, so there is lots of horsey activity for
the whole family. They also have a nice outdoor pool, indoor
pool, and other amenities. The ranch is pricy, but all food
and activities are included in the room price. Oh, and
unfortunately the food is very middle America: okay for most
guests, but not that wonderful is you are used to Bay Area
If you all are interested in outdoor activities, you might enjoy
Tanque Verde Guest Ranch in Tuscon. My family (parents and
siblings) has gone there 3 times over the winter holidays and we
all have a great time. They have lots of horseback riding and
hiking, as well as nature walks, mountain biking, and tennis.
They also have swimming pools and hot tubs. There is a
childrens program for ages 4-12. The last time I went my son
was 2, and we had a nanny come in from town (found through a
service) for about 4 hours each day so that I could ride or do a
strenuous hike, though I hiked with him in the backpack too.
The weather in Tuscon is pretty nice at that time of year,
though it's not exactly tropical. Check out their website --
www.tvgr.com. -- or feel free to contact me if you want any
Re: Grandparent-Friendly Family Camp
I would encourage you to look at dude ranches. My family has
taken grandparents in wheelchairs, teenagers, and kids to
ranches in Montana and Wyoming and everyone had fun! Ranch
accomodations range from superluxurious to bunkhouse. Here are a
few web sites to explore:
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