Every year, Steve Giblin and his six siblings celebrated Thanksgiving at their parents’ house in Marblehead. As they grew up, got married, and started families of their own, the get-togethers grew ever larger.
“Pretty soon we had 38 people descending on Grandma’s house,” said Giblin, 59. “Half the people were sleeping on couches and the kids were running around.”
So, 15 years ago, the Giblins decided to move their annual holiday gathering to a place where everyone could have their own bed and no one had to cook for a crowd: the Cranwell Resort in Lenox. Giblin’s parents have since died, but the rest of the family keeps up the tradition, with three generations returning to the Western Massachusetts resort every November.
For extended families that enjoy intergenerational holidays, but not the chaos and cleanup they entail, a visit to a New England inn or hotel can make the season less stressful and more festive. Indeed, innkeepers and hotel managers from around the region report more families have been making such holiday plans in recent years.
“We have absolutely noticed an increase in requests for larger units with explicit mention of families intending to get together in this area,” said Jason Robinson, marketing director for the Eastern Slope Inn in North Conway, N.H., and Attitash Mountain Village Resort in nearby Bartlett.
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