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Multi-generation vacation ideas - help!

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Multi-generation vacation ideas - help!

How’s this for a hard trip to plan -

- 95 year old great-grandmother (walks with a cane), just wants to spend time with family, entertainment would be nice too (lectures, music, dance, plays/musicals etc.)

-4 childless 30somethings who like to be physically active, high quality food (can cook, or eat out), high quality entertainment (if possible)

- 15 year old who will want independence and amusement, a peer group would be nice too

- 2 year old

- the 30-something parents of the 2 kids

2 sets of mid-60s couples who like high quality food and entertainment; they might also want to shop, but I don’t think that’s a requirement

We’re looking for something easy like a cruise, but preferably not a cruise since that’s not appealing to the childless 30somethings. Unless there is a cruise line that has fresh food and physically active options like hiking, biking, kayaking, rock climbing, etc.

And lastly - we live near DC and need to stay within a 4 hour drive (or train) to our destination so as not to overtax our matriarch. Easy, senior friendly, but with things to do other than sun ourselves and eat - anyone have any tips on how to construct a trip like that?

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1. Re: Multi-generation vacation ideas - help!

It would help to know what time of year you would be coming. West Virginia truly gets all four seasons, so my recommendations would be based on what time of year.

One of my favorite areas is Deep Creek Lake in Maryland, which is only 15 miles off of Interstate 68. (Look for McHenry, Maryland on mapquest). In the winter, it is a ski resort. In the summer, it is a wonderful area with boating, shopping, dining, entertainment, activities, golfing, etc. Here's a link to get you started: http://www.deepcreeklake.com/

Wisp Ski Resort has summer activities like a man-made whitewater rafting adventure, a "mountain coaster," a beautiful golf course, swimming pool, hiking, biking, and great food. http://www.wispresort.com/wisp/index.aspx

Around the lake are several miniature golf/ go-cart/ arcades that are fun: http://www.smileysfunzone.com/

www.deepcreekhospitality.com/FU_Funland.asp

You can rent a boat for waterskiing, or a pontoon boat for a quieter ride around the lake. Well worth it: http://www.deepcreekmarina.com/index.htm

Also several places to swim, but the water is pretty cold year round. It truly is a "deep" lake, and the water temps can be very cold even in the summer. That's why I'd recommend an hotel with a pool.

Good restaurants around the lake like the Crab Shack, Unos Pizza, Pine Lodge Steakhouse and Saloon, The Silver Tree, the Mountain State Brewery, and many others. Many craft and antique stores to shop in.

Several hotels to choose from, but the Wisp Resort may be your best bet. Several State Parks nearby, including Swallow Falls (pretty waterfalls). You're also near the quaint little town of Oakland, Maryland, with shopping, antiques, crafts, etc. http://www.oaklandmd.com/

Deep Creak is 45 minutes away from Cumberland, Maryland which is also a nice small city in the mountains to explore: http://www.mdmountainside.com/

And don't forget the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad for a beautiful train ride through the mountains any time of year: http://www.wmsr.com/

There are also plenty of wonderful places in West Virginia that I would recommend, but Deep Creek Lake in Maryland is one of the most popular places to visit for people around here, and I would highly recommend a visit there.

Edited: 8:21 am, December 18, 2012
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2. Re: Multi-generation vacation ideas - help!

One more point... Deep Creek Lake is about a 3 hour drive from Washington, DC and it is all interstate driving, except for the last 15 miles. The drive on Interstate 68 is worth the trip alone, as it is really pretty driving through the mountains. There is a rest area next to where they cut a gap in the mountain (Sideling Hill) for the Interstate. It is so popular, that they've now put a scenic viewing area at the rest stop. Pretty unique: www.fhwa.dot.gov/infrastructure/back0210.cfm

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3. Re: Multi-generation vacation ideas - help!

Wow! What a wealth of information - thank you so much, WVParkFan. We're thinking of going in summer - July probably and Deep Creek lake sounds like it could be a great option. It sounds like there's a lot to do and close enough that it wouldn't be too harrowing of a drive - and might actually be quite nice.

If you have ideas for West VA as well, I'd love to hear them.

Thank you again!

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4. Re: Multi-generation vacation ideas - help!

Lewisburg, WV. About 4 hrs. from Washington, DC.

I am writing from a nice experience from 15 years ago, so I don't have much personal experience to reflect on, but this beautiful small town might match up to your needs minus the 15 year old~unless you plan your visit during the State Fair of WV in August. http://statefairofwv.com/ Usually teens like rides and animals.

Tons of positive reviews on this Trip Advisor site http://search.yahoo.com/search;_ylt=AuzDVWCJJKMJzb02wjCjHAybvZx4?p=lewisburg+wv&toggle=1&cop=mss&ei=UTF-8&fr=yfp-t-701

http://greenbrierwv.com/ General information of the area.

For your active people, lots of outdoor activity close by. If they would not mind a day trip, Snowshoe Mountain & Elk River Touring Center within an hour or so of Lewisburg. http://www.ertc.com/ (mountain biking and fly fishing in the summer/cool in the mountains in the summer) snowshoemtn.com/events-and-activities/summer… (Snowshoe might be a good place for your vacation too, but it is out in the middle of nowwhere and extra time to drive from DC.

Close to Snowshoe, Cass Railroad, don't know how far from Lewisburg

http://www.cassrailroad.com/

The Greenbrier Resort, White Sulfer Springs, is close to Lewisburg. High end, but meets your cruise criteria.

http://www.greenbrier.com/

For your active people, the New River Gorge is maybe 1hr, 15 min away. Everything an outdoor person could want. I know this area well, here is a good place to start checking out the region. http://www.newrivergorgecvb.com/

Hope you get to visit my home state. Chris

PS> Deep Creek Lake is great. For your adventure seekers, Tucker County, WV his not even an hour south (hiking, mountain biking), Davis, WV has some nice restaurants, cool in the summer as is Deep Creek, There is a place in Thomas, WV called the Purple Fiddle which has blue grass music every weekend.

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5. Re: Multi-generation vacation ideas - help!

Pipestem Resort maybe an option. It is part of the WV State Park system-the rooms are not luxurious, but they are sparkling clean & the view is amazing. My very picky 85 year old mother loved it. There is also a lot to do for the younger crowd- hiking, horses, swimming, golf, & a nature center on sight. River rafting & ziplining adventures are a short drive away. I'm told there is an excellent restaurant across from the resort & a five star dining room at the bottom of the gorge, but they were closed for the season when we were there. Just don't eat in the main dining room!

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6. Re: Multi-generation vacation ideas - help!

Thank you for these excellent suggestions! I like the idea of a place that a picky 85 year old would enjoy and appreciate the warning about the main dining room :-)

I'm just overwhelmed by all these great ideas from everyone. I really thought this would be a near impossible vacation to plan, but you guys have given me so many great options to think about! Deep Creek lake sounds like it could be a really good choice with plenty of activities and lodging options, but then Pipestem resort looks pretty great too - ziplining! But then the lure of weekly bluegrass is pretty appealing too. I may have to just to go to the Purple Fiddle on my own this summer:-)

Anyway - you all have given me so many great ideas to share with the family. Thank you all SO much! Trip Advisor people are just the best :-)

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