East coast vacation spots for the 10 to 78 set?
May 29, 2014 7:12 PM   Subscribe

Do you know a great place near New York City for three generations of family to vacation for three to five days this summer?

The family is about nine people, ranging in age from 10 to 78. The goal is to find a place that has natural beauty, and offers some activities that everyone can do together. (This is a bit tough because one of the folks on the older end has some health-related restrictions. Something like "the kids swim, the grandparents watch" is together enough.)

I won't give too many specifics, because we're interested in hearing a variety of ideas that we might not have thought of; but the following are must-have:
Within about 2 - 3 hours drive of NYC.
Activities available without too much organizing. (For example, if there's a lake Right There that would be better than having to drive to a lake.)
Natural setting, but not too far from a town large enough to have a hospital.
posted by snorkmaiden to Travel & Transportation (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz fits this description very well as long as you don't mind something on the expensive side...
posted by third rail at 7:20 PM on May 29, 2014 [1 favorite]

Mohonk Mountain House! Very popular for family groups like yours; it's basically a cruise ship on land, in a beautiful pastoral setting.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 7:21 PM on May 29, 2014

Mohonk is beautiful, but be aware that it's crazy expensive.
posted by Leatherstocking at 8:39 PM on May 29, 2014

I've rented homes in the Poconos before (a decade ago) - that might suit your needs. Not far from NYC, pretty affordable, and you can get a place near a lake. Just google "Pocono rentals" and you'll find sites with listings.
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell at 8:59 PM on May 29, 2014

Perhaps cruise VRBO.com or HomeAway, to rent a cabin on Lake George? Swimming, BBQ, great scenery at your doorstep; fine dining, bars, tourist attractions, and Great Escape Amusement Park in town.
posted by Ardea alba at 9:22 PM on May 30, 2014

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