Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Staycation With a Twist (SWAT)

So, a “staycation” as defined by the experts at Wikipedia is “a neologism for a period of time in which an individual or family stays at home and relaxes at home or takes day trips from their home to area attractions.” Since I like Wikipedia I will go with this definition. What I am about to suggest does not fit this definition so I will call it “Staycation with a Twist” or a SWAT.

Now that semantics are square let’s get on with it. I have discovered the most wonderful way to affordably vacate for a short period of time, please the entire family, boost the local economy and just flat out enjoy your summer. A couple of weeks ago I, the hubs and our girls decided that it sure would be nice to enjoy an indoor pool! With temperatures soaring into the 90’s daily an outdoor pool seems more like a death wish that a fun outing.

Well, that idea turned into why don’t we rent a room at the new hotel down the street since they have an indoor pool. When I found out that the rate to stay at the Hampton Inn in Advance, NC is $109/night my first thought was “wtf.” Really, I swear, that is the correct rate. Anyway, if I am paying that I am going someplace way cooler and I’m not just talking about the temperature. So, we ended up in a room at the Embassy Suites in downtown Winston-Salem, NC for $20 more and with an indoor pool as well. Now you’re talkin.

Let me back up. This is a Saturday morning and we are looking to make fun for that day so we decide that before we hit the hotel since check-in is like 4 anyway why don’t we make a day of it! We will go the The Children’s Museum and out to eat downtown first! Then will rest, dive into the indoor pool, shower and go out to enjoy Summer on Trade for the evening. And that is exactly what we did!

Can you imagine how much fun the girls had? And the cool part is that we were thoroughly enjoying ourselves too. When we got home on Sunday afternoon it felt like we had been gone on a great weekend vacation and we were gone just 24 hours. For a fraction of the cost and the effort it would take to go out of town for a whole weekend we spent 24 jam packed, fun, on-the-go hours and really got to do things in our own home town that we would not have otherwise explored. It turns out that Summer on trade is an awesome summer concert series that we had been missing all summer!

Even if you don’t live in my wonderful hometown I am sure that your own hometown has something similar that you could do for a really fun and inexpensive day with your family too! If you just rent a hotel room that has access to a pool it will be a really nice outing for all of you. Plus it is nice to be in a hotel room with your family because all the distractions of home are gone and you get time to just focus on one another. You really have to try it!

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