I have always believed that vacations are important. That is why my husband and I owned and operated our resort for 17 years. We provided a great vacation spot for so many families. Through the years we have seen it all and I would like to share some of the things that I have noticed about families or groups sharing larger cabins.

Sharing cabins sounds like a great idea, and for many it really is. When you have a larger groups or family, being in one cabin can have its advantages. You will have plenty of time together. Below are some things to consider.

Sleeping Habits: There is something special about waking up and having that morning cup of coffee with your family. Those that are early risers can watch the sun rise together. Something to think about is also accommodating multiple personal habits. If you have those that like to sleep in, it may be important to have them stay in the quietest bedrooms. We all know that some people get a little cranky when they don’t get enough sleep.

Spending Time Alone with Others: When you share a cabin, there may be opportunities to spend alone unscheduled time with people that you normally wouldn’t. That may be the times that mean the most to you. You can also take the time to plan group activities like game playing, movie watching etc. But those alone times can be the best way to really enhance your relationships.

Meal Planning: When you are all together, take the time to do some meal planning. We have vacationed with my extended family many times and almost every time we have too much food. We do try to do some meal planning, but it always seems that we are going home with extra food. Perhaps next time instead of meal planning and having each of us bring something we will try to assign food to just one person. That’s a great idea! Click here to read a blog about meal planning while on vacation.

Reduced Cost Per Person: Many times when you share a cabin the cost per person is less than if you rent multiple cabins. This, of course, varies by resort and cabin. This is one thing to consider when deciding how to vacation with your family or group.

Partial Weeks: People’s schedules vary. Not everyone can stay a full week. Some resorts only rent their cabin for a full week during the prime summer months. For those that cannot stay a full week, they would either have to pay for a full week in an individual cabin or not be able to vacation with the group. If you share a cabin, vacationers can come and go as their schedule allows. This may allow more of your family or group to partake in this vacation.

Living areas: Larger cabins generally have more than one living area. So, if you have a larger group, for example, the kids can hang out in one area and the adults in another. Or the teens can play those teen-games and bond in one area and the others elsewhere. Or perhaps those that like one type of music can have their own area. Different TV or entertainment interests don’t always have to mix. Better yet, there may be an area for some to site quietly and read or nap. Maybe your resort has a lodge or gathering place for your group to hang out in as well.


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Submitted by Karen Senger
Retired Resorter of 17 years, but still loves Resorts

Photo Credit: Cedar Point Resort

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