The list includes a resort at Priest Lake in Idaho, and Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Skamania County.
Get comfortable with the clan in a cabin. Here are five to consider:
1. Elkins Resort, Priest Lake, Idaho
For an unforgettable family vacation, check in to a cedar log cabin tucked within the tree-lined shores of this pristine lake resort. Hike through old growth forests, check out the local waterfalls, paddle a canoe, go kayaking or test your balancing skills on a paddle board. Relax on the beach or claim your Adirondack chairs on the grassy lawn. Explore the nooks and crannies of the 25-mile long lake with guide Rich Lindsey, who will up your chances of having an impressive fish story to share at day’s end. elkinsresort.com.
2. Smith Fork Ranch, Crawford, Colo.
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Located in a picturesque Rocky Mountain valley known for a centuries-old ranching culture, organic farms and orchards, and artists and crafts people, the Smith Fork Ranch is a grand location for a multigenerational gathering or family getaway. Guided horseback riding and mountain biking, skeet shooting, archery and fly-fishing take place on or near a stunning 285-acre ranch surrounded by more than 1 million acres of national forest and wilderness. Later, end the day with a spa treatment or tour of the expansive on-site garden. Accommodations for a maximum of 26 guests include tastefully restored and appointed historic cabins, a log house and the newer River House. Children’s programs are tailored to the unique interests of the youngsters on the property. smithforkranch.com.
3. 320 Guest Ranch, Big Sky, Montana
Wake to the wide Montana sky and prepare for a day of hiking, horseback riding and fly-fishing on the ranch’s private stretch of the Gallatin River, made famous in the iconic film “A River Runs Through It.” Don’t miss the weekly pig roast, or consider the wagon or horseback ride, culminating in a riverside barbecue. When the snow falls, cozy up in front of your riverfront cabin’s fireplace, snuggle on a sleigh ride or slap on the skis for a scenic adventure. The 320’s proximity to nearby Yellowstone National Park provides day trip options or an ideal extension to your ranch experience. 320ranch.com.
4. Skamania Lodge, Washington
Elevate your experience with a stay in one of the lodge’s recently introduced treehouse-style cabins. Set 15 to 20 feet in the air, you’ll sleep amid the Douglas firs in a contemporary structure inspired by childhood memories of outdoor play. Enjoy the outdoor deck, firepit, hammocks and a wealth of nearby activities. Check out the hiking trails, the Columbia River Gorge Interpretive Center, and plan a trip to any of 70 nearby waterfalls. skamania.com.
5. Inn at Cedar Falls, Logan, Ohio
Visit the rolling hills of southeastern Ohio for great hiking, caving, multigenerational zip lining, canoeing on the Hocking River and guided day and moonlit hikes. An eco tour through a nature preserve includes a history and cultural presentation by a Native American of Shawnee descent, who provides insight into what life was like in the region during the time of his ancestors. Stay in a historic cabin at the cozy, family-run Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls where a warm fire, fresh-baked cookies and extraordinary dining await explorers at day’s end. hockinghills.com; innatcedarfalls.com.