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Why Plan a Pre-Holiday Getaway for the Family?

November 1, 2012

Why plan a pre-holiday getaway for your immediate family? The most obvious answer to this question is “why not?” For every child in your family, there are fifty-two weekends to spend together before they leave the nest. That’s one-hundred-and-four days of no-school and no-work: time for pure family togetherness. From the moment your child is born, those days of freedom for family fun and activities start getting away from you. Finding time with your family can be tough, and that’s the best reason for planning regular family getaways.

The school year begins in late-August or early-September, and from that point on, family schedules outside of the office and the classroom are dominated by homework, soccer practice, piano lessons, etc. Sometimes, dinnertime is the only opportunity for finding time with family, for sitting down and focusing on sharing quality moments together—and not all families have time for even this! Somewhere along the way, dinners together seem to have become a seldomly enjoyed luxury for the modern family.

In the autumn months that pass between the end of summer break and the start of the holiday season, why not pick a weekend that is entirely dedicated to spending time together as a family? While the hot summer months had camping trips, days at the lake, and afternoons at the ballpark; and the holiday season will be full of extended relatives and festive group holiday celebrations; this time of year is marked by a lull in reasons to sit back, relax, and enjoy each other’s company.

For September, October, and November, you can go back to your favorite summertime camp site and enjoy a weekend of autumn and pre-winter activities that are exciting and entertaining for family members of all ages. It’s too cold to pitch a tent or pop-up a camper, but Palmer Gulch Resort has executive lodges that are open all-year-round and ready for the adventurous type. Let Palmer Gulch Resort accommodate your family’s fun-filled getaway in the Black Hills.

Once you get here, what should you do? For much of these autumn months in the western South Dakota region, it’s crisp and cool, but still temperate enough for a family hike. Try parking your car at the base of Harney Peak and trekking to the top for a view that’s blanketed in fall colors. If you’d like to cover more scenic area in a shorter amount of time, you can rent ATVs and explore the region on four-wheelers. This time of year is also excellent for hopping on a bicycle and hitting the George S. Mickelson trail—109 miles of bike path that cut straight through the center of the Black Hills region. The area is replete with activities to get you walking, biking, cruising—and most importantly, talking.

At the end of the day, you can enjoy dinner at a local favorite, such as the Alpine Inn in Hill City or the Sugar Shack along Highway 385, or you can make dinner together in the kitchen of your Palmer Gulch Resort executive lodge. All executive lodges have full-kitchens with all of the appliances you need to get cooking and eating! When night falls, rest your head with the calm and peace of a mountain setting—a quiet in the midst of the school year mayhem, just before the holiday craziness sets in.

About the Palmer Gulch Resort

The Black Hills provide ample opportunities for wintertime adventure, and the executive lodges, open all year round, at the Palmer Gulch Resort are here to serve as your snowy home away from home. To learn more about Palmer Gulch Resort, or to make a reservation, visit our website at www.palmergulch.com or call 1-800-562-8503. Information packets are available for group gatherings, as well as GPS directions and maps of the area.

Last Modified: 11-1-2012-15:17:15
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