When you’re on a fall or winter mountain vacation, breaking out a board game in your vacation rental can be the perfect way to wind down and warm up after an adventurous day. Some of the best group vacation ideas are simply slowing down to spend quality time with your family and friends. Pop up some popcorn, hunker down in the living room by the fireplace, and enjoy some friendly competition with only the best board games for travel. Whether you’re bringing a favorite game from home or find some in your vacation rental, here are the six best board games to bring on a family vacation:
Heat up some mugs of hot cocoa, and break out the time-honored classic Candyland – a game of adventure and sweet surprises. Take turns drawing cards and advancing your gingerbread man pawns along the board’s rainbow path through luscious locations like Peppermint Forest, Lollipop Palace, and Licorice Lagoon. Race to be the first one to reach King Kandy’s Castle to win! 2 – 4 players. Ages 3+.
Yeti in My Spaghetti
If you’re breaking out a game in a winter wonderland, you might as well invite the Abominable Snowman to play. This fun and silly game features a yeti who likes spaghetti. To play, put the noodles across the bowl, set the Yeti on top, then start pulling noodles out. If the yeti falls into the ball, you’re out! This kid-pleaser won Game of the Year in the 2017 Toy of The Year Awards. 2+ players. Ages 4+.
The hilarious Pie Face game has been making the rounds on social media. Players load the game’s catapult-like contraption with whipped cream (not included) and take turns sliding their heads through the mask and spinning the spinner. As the spinner gets tighter with each turn, you’ll enjoy the suspense of waiting for the arm to launch – giving someone a face full of whipped cream! The upside if it’s you? You can wipe the whipped cream off into your hot cocoa! 2+ players. Ages 5+.
If you’re looking to linger by the fire for a while, start up a game of Monopoly. Buy, sell, dream and scheme your way to riches, as you traverse the board. Buy and sell properties, build houses and hotels, and leave everything up to chance when you draw the surprising Chance and Community Chest cards. Bankrupt your fellow opponents to win! 2 – 6 players. Ages 8+.
Another fun classic, The Game of Life is full of surprises. As you make your way around the board, you’ll choose a career path, have a family, go on vacations, and more. You’ll have tons to chat about while you play, as you share in each other’s pretend lifetimes. The player with the most money when they get to retirement wins. 2 – 4 players. Ages 8+.
Apples to Apples
A party game favorite, Apples to Apples is packed with instant fun. It’s as easy as comparing apples to apples. Deal everyone a hand of cards, and take turns choosing the card from your hand that you think is best described by the card played by that round’s judge. You’ll laugh at the surprising comparisons of people, places, things and events! 4 – 8 players. Ages 12+.
Ready for some fun? Plan a winter or fall getaway and bring an epic board game on the trip.