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The Best Family Reunion Spot in Every State

Plan the perfect family reunion, no matter what state you're in! On this list, there's something for everyone: outdoorsy types, spa lovers, golfers, roller coaster riders and more!

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Choosing the right location for your family reunion is essential

The location for your family reunion could make or break the event. Opt for one of these unique and comfortable spots in every state. And no matter where your family reunites, make sure you all abide by these reunion etiquette tips.

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Alabama — Doublehead Resort, Town Creek

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You can’t beat the 35 waterfront cottages available at Doublehead Resort—each one has a porch, with hammocks, a washer and dryer, and a full kitchen. You’ll sleep ten people to a cottage, making this resort the perfect relaxing location for your family reunion. This could be the setting for another funny family vacation story.

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Alaska — North Face Lodge, Denali National Park

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This traditional country inn is the perfect location to get cozy with your extended family. Their 15-room lodge has a gorgeous outdoor patio and a perfectly-placed fireplace in the center of the sitting room. Depending on the time of year, you might be able to see the northern lights. Take a trek to the top of Baranof Castle, Alaska’s most historic landmark, or one of the other historic landmarks in every state.

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Arizona — Enchantment Resort, Sedona

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Take the family on an adventure to the past by visiting Sedona’s red-rock cliffs and their ancient cliff dwellings. You’ll love learning about Native American legends as you stay at this resort (which is large enough to host more than 900 people).

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Arkansas — Whitney Mountain Lodge, Garfield

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This Northwest Arkansas lodge has a breathtaking view of Beaver Lake. Located between the Rockies and the Appalachians, this peaceful getaway site is the perfect place to escape with your family. They have three private dining rooms and two decks, all available for rent for your event. Arkansas might not be the first family reunion destination that comes to mind, but it has one of the coolest hidden gems.

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California —The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort, Solvang

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If budget isn’t an issue, book a family reunion at the Alisal Guest Ranch Resort in the Santa Ynez Valley. This 10,000-acre cattle ranch is the ideal reunion spot for horseback-riding families, but there’s also a spa for the family members who would prefer to relax.

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Colorado — Blue Lake Ranch, Durango

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Travel back to the Wild West with a visit to Southwestern Colorado. This 1900s homestead has beautiful casitas and cabins, along with a meeting room large enough to host 49 guests. They grow most of the food they serve, too!

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Connecticut — Lake Compounce, Bristol

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Spend the night in the Bear Creek campground and spend all day running around Connecticut’s best amusement park. It’s the perfect family-friendly reunion spot when there are a lot of young kids in the group. Lake Compounce is one of the oldest amusement parks in the world.

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Delaware — Cape Henlopen State Park, Lewes

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Enjoy a beachside reunion at one of Delaware’s most scenic state parks. The pavilion is available for rent, so make your base camp at the group site as you have fun at the two beaches and 18-hole disc-golf course. You can also climb up to a former military bunker for a brief history lesson.

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Florida — Kissimmee, St. Cloud

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Experience Florida by visiting the best place on earth: Kissimmee! There are plenty of hotels, available for a fraction of the price as those inside the Magic Kingdom. You’re also ideally located to explore the Everglades or visit the area’s many golf courses. Florida has beautiful warm winter getaways for families that won’t break the bank.

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Georgia — Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Jekyll Island

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Corral your family in the place where the Vanderbilts and the Rockefellers vacationed. The grounds are filled with bike paths and outdoor activities, including paddle-boarding. Some of the cottages even have as many as 13 rooms! Or you could rent your own private island—for just $300 a night.

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Hawaii — Tiki Moon Villas, Laie

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Tiki Moon Villas offer the ultimate family reunion spot in Hawaii. Rent one or multiple beach bungalows; each villa has anywhere from one to three bedrooms. You’ll be able to lie out on the beach all day, then watch the sun set over the ocean at night. The villas make you feel like you’re in your own private paradise, but you’re not too far away from trendy cafes and other O’ahu gems. If Hawaii is out of your budget, check out one of these affordable beach vacations for families

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Idaho — Sun Valley Resort, Sun Valley

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There are a plethora of four-season activities at Sun Valley Resort—go skiing in the winter, ride bikes in the summer or enjoy the resort’s heated pools and indoor bowling alley. If you want to group the whole family together, opt for their rental condos instead of the hotel rooms.

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Illinois — Illinois Beach Hotel, Zion

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This hidden gem is located on Lake Michigan, about 40 minutes north of Chicago. The beachside setting is perfect for families that like to relax, kick back, and enjoy the scenery.

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Indiana — Amish Acres Historic Farm and Heritage Resort, Nappanee

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Get a little country with a stay out in Amish Acres in Nappanee. It’s the only Amish farm listed on the Historic Register of Historic Places, and it’s the perfect place to shop for unique arts and crafts items.

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Iowa — Honey Creek Resort State Park, Moravia

 

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You’ll find golf, waterparks and a multitude of outdoor activities at one of Iowa’s top family resorts. They offer luxurious rooms at the Lodge on Rathburn Lake, but you can also go more rustic and stay in the cottages or at the RV park. If your family wants to be out on the water all the time, check out these great cruise options.

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Kansas — Rock Springs, Junction City

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If your active family loves horseback riding, canoeing, volleyball, archery, and arts and crafts, they’ll love an outing to Rock Springs in Kansas. Play all day and relax at night with home-cooked meals and s’mores around the campfire.

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Kentucky — Louisville

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Plan your family reunion in style with the experts in Louisville, Kentucky. The visitor’s center offers free workshops and planning kits, and they’re ready to roll out the red carpet for your family. The city has everything from outdoor activities to museums and galleries. Not to mention the Kentucky Derby! Here are some more affordable U.S. cities to visit too.

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Louisiana — L’Auberge Casino Resort, Lake Charles

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Visit the area where pirate Jean Laffitte is rumored to have buried his treasure! While you’re there, gamble in style at L’Auberge Casino resort, eat your weight in spicy Cajun food like Boudin sausage and check out the alligators at the Creole Nature Trail All American Road.

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Maine — Spruce Point Inn Resort & Spa, Boothbay Harbor

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This is a perfect location for a summer reunion! Enjoy the breezy porches, go sailing, or play on the beach. There’s no shortage of family-friendly activities on this 57-acre peninsula. Main has plenty of affordable family vacation destinations.

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Maryland — Patapsco Valley State Park, Ellicott City

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Enjoy the scenic picnic environment of Pataspco Valley State Park in Maryland. The park offers so much to do in the great outdoors, like hiking, canoeing, mountain bike trails, and fishing. You can also plan a picnic along the beautiful river.

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Massachusetts — Chatham Bars Inn, Chatham

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Experience Cape Cod like you never have before. The Inn’s original building has 40 rooms, but they also have over 30 cottages on the property (each with 12 bedrooms!). You’ll have plenty of room to enjoy each other’s company, and the property also has some great kids’ programs. Cape Cod is one of the mini family vacations that won’t break the bank.

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Michigan — Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, Thompsonville

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This Michigan ski, golf and spa resort is a perfect four-season family getaway. The 243-room hotel is tucked into the mountain, giving you access to both the 58 downhill slopes and 36-hole championship golf course.

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Minnesota — Grand View Lodge, Nisswa

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This historic lodge is located on Gull Lake. In addition to the variety of activities, the lodge is happy to provide you with reunion planning help. They have plenty of rooms, and there are many fine-dining options available on-site.

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Mississippi — Mississippi Delta, Clarksdale

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Delve into Southern hospitality with a stay at the Mississippi Delta. You’ll enjoy historical plantations, golfing and shopping during the day. At night, get ready to party at blues clubs and upscale casinos! Not looking to go too far? Try one of these best staycation ideas instead.

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Missouri — YMCA Trout Lodge, Potosi

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Located in the heart of the Ozarks, this lodge has its own private 360-acre lake and is surrounded by wooded hills. The rates include three meals per day, so you won’t need to worry about cooking for your cousins’ cousins’ cousins.

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Montana — The Resort at Paws Up, Greenough

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Get ready for glamping, because your family is about to fall in love with Paw Up’s 30 luxurious tent spaces. You can even reserve a private dining area (complete with a camping butler) for your reunion group. You’ll want to go during the sweet spot of warm Montan weather. Take note of the best places to travel every month of the year.

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Nebraska — Fort Robinson State Park, Crawford

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Explore over 22,000 acres of Old West History at this restored 19th-century army fort. Stay in the former officers’ quarter cabins, which house anywhere from 2 to 20 people. Or, you can reserve a picnic shelter for your reunion that can seat up to 200 people.

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Nevada — Springs Preserve, Las Vegas

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Las Vegas is more than just casinos! Reserve a garden terrace, a patio or a banquet room to host your family reunion. Their spaces can accommodate up to 1,700 guests, too. While you’re there, be sure to check out the Botanical Garden and Butterfly Habitat. Don’t miss these strangest roadside attractions in each state, either.

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New Hampshire — Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa, Whitefield

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There’s plenty to do at this unbelievable resort—hang out in the comfortable library-like rooms, go skiing at a nearby mountain or enjoy the resort’s 6,000 bottle-plus wine collection.

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New Jersey — Cape May

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See the Jersey Shore the way it was meant to be enjoyed—walking the boardwalk, checking out the lighthouse and taking in the sun at the beach. There are tons of houses available to rent for the entire family.

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New Mexico — City of Rocks State Park, Faywood

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Adventure-loving families will get a kick out of the incredible volcanic rock formations that created a “city” in the rocks. Bring the RV or the tents, because you’ll want to stay the night to check out the perfectly dark sky—and its ideal condition for stargazing. Visit one of these national parks that are even more incredible on starry nights.

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New York — Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz

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You won’t believe you’re only 90 miles away from New York City when you arrive at this all-inclusive resort. They even have a family reunion coordinator that can help organize your get-together. Add Mohonk Mountain House to the list of incredible all-inclusive resorts.

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North Carolina — Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds, Asheville

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Here’s the perfect place to host a family reunion. Make the cabins your home base, then get out to explore. They have some awesome craft beers (being among the biggest brew cities in the world), plus historic homes like the Biltmore House and a hot air balloon company that will take you on rides!

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North Dakota — Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation, Medora

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Historic Medora is ideal for a family gathering. Located in the valley of the Little Missouri, you’ll find plenty of outdoor activities (as well as many historic, indoor activities). Look for rustic cabins if that’s your family’s preference, or stay at the inn with more plush accommodations. Make sure you check out the best hotel in every state.

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Ohio — The Chalets, Hocking Hills

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These cabins strategically place you right in the heart of Ohio’s best state park. Some homes sleep up to 20, and many include private hot tubs and pools, too.

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Oklahoma — Fort Gibson Lake, Fort Gibson

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Explore the 225 miles of shoreline along with fishing, boating, swimming, and hiking. Rent a day-use area if you’re meeting up for a picnic, or stay overnight in their camping areas or rustic cabins.

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Oregon — Sunriver Resort, Sunriver

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Stay at Sunriver and you’re only miles away from another beer capital, Bend. This is the perfect base-camp for the outdoorsy family that loves hiking, fly-fishing, rafting, playing golf or hanging at the resort’s pool. Something for everyone! Oregon isn’t necessarily known as a huge bucket list travel spot, and neither are these underrated travel destinations.

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Pennsylvania — Woodloch Pines, Hawley

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This Poconos resort is a breathtaking place to host your next family reunion. There are plenty of connecting room options, and they have the space to host large gatherings. Hang out on the lake in the summer or hit the slopes in the winter. Don’t miss the best winter destination in each state.

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Rhode Island — Colt State Park, Bristol

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If you’re looking for a charming outdoor spot for your reunion, check out Colt State Park in Bristol. Among their 464 acres, you’ll find fruit trees, flowering bushes, and picnic groves to accommodate your large party. Bring your bikes—they have tons of bicycle trails, too!

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South Carolina — Myrtle Beach

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Myrtle Beach is breathtaking enough, but it’s even better when you get to add activities for the whole family! You’ll find museums, water parks, casinos, top-notch hotels, and the must-see boardwalk. Myrtle Beach is one of the best family beaches to visit.

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South Dakota — Custer State Park Resort, Custer

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Bring everyone together at one of the world’s top 10 wildlife destinations. You’ll see free-roaming wildlife and you can stay on-site in cabins at any one of the four lodges on site. Find out the best free tourist attraction in each state.

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Tennessee — RiverStone Resort & Spa, Pigeon Forge

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The Smoky Mountains are an ideal place to host a reunion when not everyone has the same taste in activities. You’ll be perfectly located to enjoy outdoor activities as well as visit Dolly Parton’s theme park (which has awesome food) and have access to plenty of shopping.

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Texas — Moody Gardens, Galveston

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This action-packed locale is so big, there’s almost no way you can fit it all into one weekend! Enjoy theaters, rainforests, boat adventures, museums, zip-lining, and more in one of the greatest resort cities in the country. Texas is one of the best-kept travel gems America has to offer.

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Utah — Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort, Orderville

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Stay just outside the east border of Utah’s 4,000-acre Zion National Park for a memorable family reunion. Enjoy luxury accommodations or rustic cabins as you explore on ATV tours, fishing tours and participate in paintball tournaments.

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Vermont — Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe

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Remember the Von Trapp family from The Sound of Music? They actually founded this 216-room resort that’s perfect for family reunions. Enjoy the healthiest state in the nation with great food and plenty of outdoor activities, including skiing in the winter. A vacation in Vermont won’t break the bank, and neither will these affordable summer getaways for families.

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Virginia — Breaks Interstate Park, Breaks

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People call this area the Grand Canyon of the South for good reason: It’s the deepest natural gorge east of the Mississippi. There are plenty of lodges, cottages, and campgrounds in the area, so stay a while and explore the caves and rock formations! Here are some of the best bucket list ideas for each state.

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Washington — Lake Crescent Lodge, Olympic National Park

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Stay in the historic lodge that was around before Olympic National Park was even founded. The simple, turn-of-the-century guest rooms have ample room for your large group and provide an incredible view of the lake, making this lodge a cozy basecamp for nearby activities.

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West Virginia — The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs

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This 721-room hotel is located in the Allegheny Mountains and is one of the country’s top National Historic Landmarks. Enjoy the healing hot springs and a multitude of outdoor activities (both in the winter and the summer). If anyone gets bored, they also have a shopping complex on-site! There’s also no boredom if you visit one of these hot spots you probably haven’t heard of yet.

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Wisconsin — Gordon Lodge, Baileys Harbor

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Staying at this incredible lodge in gorgeous Door County includes access to a private beach, along with complimentary kayak and bicycle rentals. The stylish rooms are classy but modern, and this quiet destination is the perfect place to relax and switch gears for a few days.

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Wyoming — Red Reflet Guest Ranch, Ten Sleep

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If you want your family reunion to be filled with awe-inspiring views, adventure, and gourmet food, take a peek at this 25,000-acre ranch. It’s off the beaten path, but your days will be packed with horseback riding, dirt-biking and the best ranch food you’ve ever had. Now that you know the best spots to gather the whole group, plan something special just for your immediate family at one of these family destinations in each state.

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Lindsay D. Mattison
Lindsay D. Mattison is a professional chef and a food writer. After graduating from Cascade Culinary school, Lindsay became the Executive Chef at Jackson's Corner in Bend, OR, from 2013 to 2016. Her genuine passion for food and sustainable food practices led her to find the farmer in herself. She lives in Durango, CO, where she enjoys the trials and errors of small plot farming. Lindsay is currently working on a cookbook that teaches home cooks how to craft beautiful meals without a recipe, tentatively titled "The Art of Bricolage: Cultivating Confidence and Creativity in the Kitchen."

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