Staycation, all I ever wanted.
Staycation, don’t have to get away.
Just because we know you are singing that now. . .
Want a summer vacation without the headaches of actually GOING on vacation? Why not avoid the hotel guest running past your door, or over your head, and just stay home. There are plenty of vacation activities to enjoy right here in Northern Virginia, and you won’t have to worry about whether or not you packed everything you need.
Start the summer off with some fun outdoor activities.
Great Falls National Park in McLean offers 15 miles of hiking trails, 5 miles of biking trails, and if you’re really feeling adventurous you can kayak the Potomac River. And if you're feeling not so adventurous, the sights are beautiful and the Visitors Center offers a museum, slide shows, and a children’s room.
Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna offers a more relaxed approach to getting outdoors as you explore the beautiful plants and flowers as well as a few man-made sculptures that are throughout the park. The Gardens also offer various summer camps for kids, but they do fill up fast.
If you need a day for the kids to run off some of their summer energy, Alum Spring Park in Fredericksburg, is a quiet refuge with play equipment and walking paths. Bring your picnic and make it a fun day out.
Want a little less nature in your outdoor activities?
Last year Money Magazine named Old Town Alexandria the “best value U.S. travel destination”. Full of restaurants, boutiques, and history, Old Town offers something for everyone. You can stroll the streets, hop the King Street Trolley, or even see the sights from a water taxi or sightseeing cruise. And, make sure you save room for dessert as there is definitely no shortage of ice cream shops.
50 Years of Love
This year will be the Summer of Love as we celebrate 50 years of “Virginia is for Lovers”, and the celebration will include plenty of fun summertime activities.
You can check out Prince William County’s calendar of events here--Weekendtolove.com
And Loudoun County events here--Summer of Love
And if you’re past the age of following the Dead on tour, you can follow love around Fairfax County. Snap your picture with the LOVEwork sign at the various stops as it makes its way to the permanent home in Lorton. You can follow the travels here---LOVEwork
With so much to do around home why bother packing up the car, finding a dog sitter, and worrying about whether the stove is off. Stay home, plan a few day trips, and relax.
“Virginia is for Lovers,” and what’s not to love!
Robin Butler, Your friend in the real estate business.