Logistically, it is crucial to start planning well ahead of time. Pratt, from the Cranwell, recommends at least three months, to allow time to find a place that fits everyone’s travel schedules and budgets.
Robinson, from North Conway, also recommends contacting the resort or inn directly, despite the modern-day ease of booking rooms online.
A hotel staffer, he said, will be able to make sure you get exactly the rooms, beds, and space that your family needs.
For his family, Steve Giblin said, enjoying holidays away from home has been a great way to relax, reconnect, and celebrate all at once.
“It becomes a mini-vacation as well as a family reunion as well as Thanksgiving,” he said.