Friday, August 5, 2011

The Beauty of the Staycation

We all need to “get away” from time to time, but sometimes a vacation just isn’t in the cards. A vacation is a time to explore, to experience new things, and to focus on you.

Whether it is a solo escape, romantic getaway, or family adventure, we often ignore the wonders of our own hometown. A staycation is an easy way to experience new things that just happen to be on the other side of town.

The key to a memorable staycation is to plan each day. The rules are simple: no work, no household chores, and no normal routines. Focus on Fun, Relaxation, Romance… or all three! Those of us living in the DC Metro area have wonderful options that we often ignore.

Visit museums. From the Smithsonian to the Newseum, there are many fascinating museums that offer hours,or even days of enjoyment.

Visit neighborhood family attractions. The Northern Virginia Regional Parks Authority has 24 Regional Parks featuring golf courses, swimming pools, hiking trails and much, much more.

Shop or dine in unusual places. There is a wealth of unique shops and ethnic eateries throughout the region. Venture to new neighborhoods and try new foods, just as you would be doing if you were visiting another state or country.

There are many great little getaway spots between the Chesapeake Bay and Shenandoah Mountains, often less than an hour drive from home. Send the kids away, turn off the computer and hide the phone. You will save a bundle on gas, air, hotels and the headaches of travel and you may find this to be the most relaxing “trip” ever.

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