Here’s the one thing I learned on a trip to Breckenridge, CO, with a big group. Divvying up meal prep for a family reunion is smart, but include two meals a day max on the schedule or you’ll end up with way too much food. Mountain houses, at least those like the one we stayed in with six bedrooms, are made for group travel. Breckenridge in September is magically cool and relatively uncrowded. HomeAway has made my annual weekend away with the in-laws (those born into the Fish family) and the outlaws (those of us who married in) a relaxing no-kids getaway with plenty of room for all eleven of us to spread out. The math makes sense—a three-day getaway multiplied by three meals a day with two planned restaurant meals means each couple prepares a meal. But with only one meal to prep, each chef went all out: bacon, biscuits, eggs, and fruit for breakfast; brats for lunch; and sous vide steak for dinner. That was just the first day! It’s too much food, even if you like to eat as much as we do. So my “one thing” for Breckenridge really applies to any destination—split meal duty but not every meal.
Melanie Fish is HomeAway’s family travel expert. Next year’s Fish Family In-laws/Outlaws gathering will be in Wisconsin.