This past year has been anything but ordinary - limited family hugs, abnormally small holiday celebrations, one lockdown location for work, sleep and play. But spring has sprung, times are changing, and more than ever, we all share a common desire to reconnect with family! 

With southern hospitality just minutes from I-95, the city of Fayetteville, North Carolina is the optimal choice to host your long-awaited family reunion, your much-needed girls' weekend away or even your boy's back in town outing. Whether you are planning to entertain a large group or an intimate get-together, with the help of the Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (FACVB), there has never been a better time to start planning an unforgettable reunion. Reaffirm your strong familial bonds in a city built on the values of commitment, duty, and honor.  

As the weather is turning warmer, Fayetteville, NC has all of the resources, indoors and out, that you need to make sure your celebration goes off without a hitch. The FACVB has your preplanning stages covered with Reunion Timelines and Budget Worksheets, to check off as the event begins to take shape. Plan the weekend full of activities across Cumberland County, that group members of all ages will enjoy.

For the more active members of the group, check out Cumberland County’s only state park, Carvers Creek State Park for a nice hike around the scenic lake. Those with more of a need for speed will enjoy biking or running along the Cape Fear River Trail; a paved path complete with a covered bridge and boardwalks, stretching 5.3 miles one way through 700 species of plants and trees and 150 species of birds. The even more daring may want to visit ZipQuest Waterfall and Treetop Adventure or indoor skydiving at Paraclete XP Indoor Skydiving.

If you’re searching for a more relaxing weekend, organize a stroll through the Cape Fear Botanical Garden. With 80 acres of pristine gardens, art installations, waterways, and an onsite cafe, the garden boasts a beautiful day to meander, lost in reacquainting conversation. Add in a trip to the US Army Airborne and Special Operations Museum (ASOM) and North Carolina Veteran’s Park to experience the values of service, honor, and sacrifice embedded into this community. From interactive learning experiences to exhibits recounting heroic soldiers’ stories from wars past, ASOM is a great place to bring everyone together in thanksgiving for freedoms earned by those past and present.  

NC Veterans Park

The opportunities are endless for anyone in the group in Fayetteville, NC. There are tons more activities and things to do all around the county - from catching a seasonal sports game to touring one of the many museums to walking through the downtown streets, popping in and out of the many shops and restaurants along the way. Wander through historic sites and heritage trails or play outdoor games at the many parks located sporadically all over town, truly immersing yourself in the joys of being surrounded by family throughout it all.

With 65+ hotels, minutes from I-95, it will be a tough choice to pick just one indoor or outdoor location for the main reunion event. And with accommodations to suit any budget, no one will be able to turn down an invitation! From hotel ballrooms to event spaces to restaurants to outdoor parks and gardens, any of Fayetteville’s spaces provides you with ample room to host an unforgettable reunion weekend. 

Mere minutes from any location chosen within the community, lies comfortable, affordable accommodations that welcome reunion travelers. From dependable hotel brands to homey campsites, guests will sleep tight as they reminisce and create new memories. To find a full list of all options offered, view our Accommodations page. 

It is safe to say that this past year has led us all to realize the importance of family and the need to reconnect with loved ones in all-new ways. Fayetteville, NC is ready to make your hugs last a little longer, make your smiles a little wider and provide you with the easiest ways to celebrate with those you hold most dear.