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Family Gathering & Party Event Space
When you’re trying to get the family together for a party or event, one of the most challenging logistical problems is selecting where to hold it. Finding a location that has the space, facilities, price, accessibility and accommodations, proximity, and other requirements that suit everyone’s needs can be nearly impossible.
Worse yet, the more people you want to attend, the bigger the burden on the host. Any gathering that involves more than a handful of attendees or extended family means that whoever generously opens their home to the guests will ultimately be responsible for dealing with most of the preparation and cleanup work. By the time it’s time to send invites out for the event, you can end up compromising the nature of the event just to make it happen.
Instead, it may be easier to opt for a change of scenery. Hosting the event on property not owned by anyone attending can eliminate many potential organizing pitfalls while also giving attendees a chance to break out of their ordinary routine and try something new. This has the potential to change relationships in the family for the better, help people’s mental health, and provide an opportunity to make new memories with loved ones.
While every family is different, it’s no coincidence that public parks are such popular family gathering spaces that they put out amenities like covered dining areas and grills; holding family events away from any family member’s home makes everything run more smoothly. However, despite the countless practical and social benefits to meeting up in a neutral space, there are still disadvantages depending on the location. Public parks, for example, have no guarantee of cleanliness, availability, or quality. Even though you are responsible for cleaning up, if the visitor before you neglected that responsibility, you are stuck cleaning up after them too. Grills and dining areas can be used by others or have maintenance problems, and even if everything is fully functional the facilities are still quite limited.
The best solution is to find a private party venue that can host your family event, ideally somewhere that can handle setup, cleaning, scheduling, and that has pre-existing relationships with caterers and professional event planners who can make a big gathering go off without a hitch. If there are kids coming or outdoor activities will be a big part of the event, try somewhere new that provides a sense of adventure.
Even among family members who see each other regularly, discovering something truly new together can be an unforgettable bonding experience.
Drumore Mill offers all of these advantages, and many more. Our spacious 30-acre property serves as an ideal family gathering place where you can enjoy the beauty of nature without leaving the comforts of modern life behind. Indoor areas can hold up to 100 guests who can enjoy excellent views of the surrounding landscape alongside all the conveniences of the digital age, including WiFi connectivity, user-friendly sound systems, Smart TVs, PA systems, and wireless microphones. Outdoor areas feature lush woods, rocky cliffs, wetlands, creeks, and waterfalls that provide ample opportunities for outdoor activities like hiking and sports. Even if your family gathering stays limited to one part of Drumore Mill, having the majestic and peaceful backdrop of nature gives everyone a sense of perspective that makes the event memorable. Many people’s happiest memories with their loved ones involve camping trips and nature outings. Fishing Creek, which is one of the few rivers in the county with native trout and rare fish species, runs through the property and into the nearby Susquehanna River. The nearby Fishing Creek Nature Preserve and Susquehannock State Park make Drumore Hill a central destination for almost every outdoor activity imaginable, which can be a great excuse to spend time together having fun with the whole family.
Family Reunion & Event Space Options:
(Cliff, Creekside & Waterfall View)
Holds up to 12 guests.
(Cliff, Creekside, & Waterfall View)
Holds up to 25 guests. 15-20 seats. Long CONFERENCE Table, BAR, & Balcony.
(Deck, Cliffside, and Waterfall View)
Holds up to 25 guests. 15-20 seats. Long CONFERENCE Table. Sunroom. Outside top deck with waterfall view.
(View of Woodland, Meadow, and Cliffs)
Holds up to 100 guests. 50-100 seats. Beautiful customized tables. Inside Bar. Band Stage. Outside deck, woodland view, and Koi pond. GuestS Access to Pavilion, Waterfall Lounge, and the Cave.
(Outdoor; Creekside & Waterfall View)
Holds up to 50-100 guests. Outside Bar, Outside Catering. Band Stage. ACCESS TO THE Waterfall Lounge and the Cave.
(Outdoor; Creekside & Waterfall View)
Holds up to 20 guests. (Spring-Summer-Fall) / Not Ideal for Winter. 15-20 seats. Direct waterfall view.
Grist Mill Great Room
Holds up to 20 guests. 15-20 seats. Long Table. Fireplace. Sunroom WITH Direct waterfall view.
The surrounding Lancaster County is also one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state of Pennsylvania, meaning your gathering will have plenty to do both on- and off-site. Better yet, Lancaster County has many attractions that cater to people with different interests, and the nearby surrounding counties also have plenty of activities.
Nearby Lancaster County attractions include the Fishing Creek Nature Preserve, Fern Cliff National Preserve, and Susquehannock State Park, Amish communities, countless hiking trails, and many restaurants, breweries and meaderies to end the meeting day in. Consider a tour of a historical attraction, Cornwall Iron Furnace, or National Iron and Steel Heritage Museum. For fun, try a tour of the Herr’s Snack Factory, the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum, the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, or a private museum collection such as Barry’s Car Barn.
Even family members who aren’t “outdoors-y” can still enjoy their trip, though. There are dozens of museums in the area covering every conceivable interest, from the Civil War to the clock-making, and from Amish history to military edged weaponry (although some museums have heavy themes, most in the area are relatively family-friendly). Other stops could include Lancaster County’s countless antique shops, restaurants, cafes, and farmers markets. And, after a long day of fun at Drumore Mill and the surrounding attraction, there are several highly-rated breweries to cap off the trip together.
Whatever the goal of your family event, Drumore Mill can work with you to host a memorable gathering that goes off without a hitch. Whether you have a set schedule or haven’t begun planning at all, we can accommodate your needs. Contact us today to learn how we can help.
Interested in a planning a gathering with a longer duration? Check out our Family Retreat options and amenities.
Room Amenities Include:
Whatever the plan, Drumore Mill can work with you to host a corporate meeting that helps your team succeed. Whether you have a set schedule or haven’t begun planning at all, we can accommodate your needs. Contact us today to learn how we can help.