On Wicked Wednesdays, we all weigh in on a topic. A couple of weeks ago, we talked about our favorite dream vacation, which in most cases involved lots of travel and planning. This week, we’re keeping it more low key and sharing our favorite staycations–getaways close to home.
So, Wickeds, what’s your ideal staycation?
Liz: The beach is always my favorite, whether it’s near or far. I prefer Rhode Island beaches to the ones in Connecticut, so most summers when it’s a beach day that means driving an hour and a half or so to Second Beach in Middletown, RI. It’s close enough to Newport that you can also do dinner or some shopping, but also perfect to just drive in to the beach, hit the sand and head home. Heaven!
Jessie: Like Liz, I love the beach. We spend the summers in Old Orchard so the whole season is an ideal staycation for my family. Whether strolling the beach at the crack of dawn to sprawling on a patchwork blanket under the stars, the sea breeze and the lapping of the waves never gets old for me. As a matter of fact, I’m heading there now!
Barb: That’s one thing I love about New England. Oceans, lakes, mountains, historic cities and charming country towns are a day’s drive away. These days, staycations are spent on our front porch in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. The whole family was here last weekend, and we had wonderful days at the Cabbage Island Clambake, the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and the Maine State Aquarium. Not to mention, wandering downtown for shopping and ice cream!
Sherry: When I lived in New England I loved to drive to Rockport, Massachusetts (pictured to the left) or York, Maine for a day to enjoy the coast and have a lobster roll. Now that I’m back in northern Virginia I love to go to the National Mall and while away the hours at the American History Museum, the Sculpture Gardens, or the National Gallery of Art. There is so much you can do here that is free it’s amazing.
Edith: I’m echoing the beach theme. At the end of this week I will have the first draft of Quaker Midwife Mystery #2 done, and before the end of July I will have finished revising and have sent in Country Store Mystery #2. I plan to take a week off, go to the beach for at least a couple of hours each day, eat BLTs and drink G&Ts, and … bring up all the boxes from the basement. I desperately need to sort, glean, donate, toss, and otherwise dispose of books, photos, and other possessions. Even though that sounds like work, it will be so satisfying and relaxing to have it done, I know it’ll feel like a vacation. Oh, and I’ll do some reading, too!
Julie: Add another beach staycation fan. My family has a house down the Cape, and I have spent staycations there many times. It is a combination of spending time with my folks, reading, lots of naps, and spending some time at the beach. I realize this is sort of cheating, since I’m not officially home.
Readers: What’s your favorite staycation?