Planning a Family Getaway

Phil True
January 1, 1970

For most families, a once a year family holiday is a eagerly anticipated event that provides both fun and wonderful lasting memories if organized correctly. The tricky part comes in finding an option that suits your budget while providing entertainment and enjoyment for every member of the family whatever age and interests. A vacation to a mountain retreat is an ideal solution for lots of people that are trying to figure out where to take their next vacation. For countless reasons, a retreat in the mountains is the perfect vacation.

Nature has a way of bringing families and friends closer together. In presenting peace, beauty and adventure all in one spot, the mountains are the place to be. If you’re looking for an opportunity to teach your kids a little bit about working together and learning to get along with one another better, try encouraging them to build a fire or pitch a tent together. A mountain retreat offers the ideal environment to teach a young man or young woman a few really valuable life skills, such as, how to survive in the outdoors.

Even if roughing it really isn’t something you and your loved ones are interested in, you can rent a nice cabin which still enables you to enjoy all the wonderful benefits of the outdoors. You can enjoy fishing as a family early in the morning, outdoor hikes of different levels of difficultly, bike rides, four wheeler adventures, rock climbing, kayaking or just relaxing in a hammock with a good book.

Selecting a Location

Be sure to allow plenty of time for research before reserving a spot at a campgrounds or a cabin in the mountains. With good reason, there naturally are going to be times of the year that are more popular than others. Summer months provide the best opportunity for getting the most out of your trip. Those who are especially adventurous might possibly enjoy a winter escape for a chance to enjoy ice fishing and snowshoeing or to cozy up in a cabin with somebody they love for a holiday retreat. Just be sure you have the correct gear, experience and expectations when planning a mountain retreat of any kind, especially when you’re planning one where conditions are a little more of a challenge to deal with.

Whether it be a particular mountain range or campground, these days you can discover a lot about a place before you go to visit. There are plenty of useful review sites where past visitors can provide some insight into their experiences, both positive and negative, while also giving suggestions on accommodations and what to consider experiencing during your visit. Such sites are very informative and helpful in planning a trip and might give you ideas you hadn’t considered beforehand. Friends, family and even coworkers who have taken similar trips previously can also be a wonderful source for recommendations and suggestions. Instead of going out and buying a lot of costly, new equipment, you might even be able to work out an arrangement to borrow camping gear like tents and sleeping bags.

Adventure, entertainment and togetherness are awaiting you when you take a mountain vacation. For a trip you’ll remember for years, take the time up front to get in touch with the campgrounds or mountain facility to get their expert advice in preparing for the trip and to answer any questions you might have about availability and charges.

If you’re searching for a fantastic retreat center in PA, consider Refreshing Mountain.  We’ve been providing overnight retreats and outdoor retreats to families for over 30 years.  We have newly constructed cabins and lots of onsite recreation and activities as well as close access to many area attractions.  Learn more at: