The official start of spring is a little over a month away – close enough that daydreaming about warmer weather and outdoor fun can begin to turn into actual planning for a day trip or vacation. If you want to have fun and keep it pretty simple at the same time, why don’t you think about a staycation?
Defined by Merriam-Webster as a vacation spent at home or nearby, staycations have gained popularity in recent years as a way to relax and refresh but at the same time spend less money than you might on a traditional getaway. Below, find just a sampling of the many worthwhile activities happening right in the neck of your woods in coming months.
What to do:
- Nothing beats the winter blues like oysters, right? The Smith Point Sea Rescue 2014 Oyster Roast is coming up on Saturday, March 1. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door, children 10 and under are free.
- The Northern Neck Wine Tasting Festival is coming up Saturday, April 19. Ten local wineries will be on the grounds behind Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern in Heathsville, VA from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tickets are $12 a person.
- Just Gardens 2014 is coming up May 16 and 17. The tour of gardens will benefit The Haven Shelter & Services, Inc. and highlight 5 gardens in Essex County. Advance tickets are $15 and tickets purchased day of are $20.
If you want to really feel disconnected while still staying close to home, considering trying out a local inn or bed and breakfast. Take a look at some of the places around town where you could tuck in for the night.
Where to stay:
- Listed by both the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission, The Inn at Warner Hall is located on a waterfront plantation just 30 minutes away from Williamsburg.
- The Hope & Glory Inn is a great place to stay in Irvington. In 2012, it was named one of the top 10 coastal inns in the United States by Coastal Living magazine!
Tell us, have you ever taken a staycation? What was your favorite part?