Staycation the New Vacation

This past weekend I had the opportunity to get away for a few days. My husband and I traveled to a nearby resort and spa located just 1.5 hours outside of our hometown.

The resort was nestled off a bay and surrounded by scenic marina views. We enjoyed lounging by the pool and exploring the historic downtown surrounding the resort.

I wanted to share my experience vacationing during these pandemic times.

Prior to arrival I checked with the hotel and learned about precautions and new safety measures to ensure a safe stay. We were informed that the hotel is operating at 50% capacity and that guests are required to wear their masks at all times while inside of the hotel.

Upon arrival, we checked in and there were no out of the ordinary experiences there. Upon entering the elevators we saw signs posted requesting elevators to be limited to 4 people at a time.

While this was a rule, it was a common courtesy that strangers would ride alone in elevators out of precaution. We observed that virtually all guests respected indoor mask policy.

Outdoors, masks were optional and not required. People and families naturally social distanced when in and out of the pools.

Even the hot tub had social distancing markers where couples could sit at an appropriate distance. We observed that strangers preferred not to risk sharing the hot tub together and would simply wait to use the hot tub when it was free and clear.

My husband and I took advantage of swimming in the pool during off-peak hours. We found a perfect sweet spot of occupying prime pool space in the late afternoon.

The resort's beach area was rather small and signs warned of jellyfish infested waters which also helped implement social distancing on the beach.

Our dining experiences also carefully employed social distancing measures. While at the resort we enjoyed a free complimentary breakfast buffet.

Tables were distanced apart and partitions were used to screen the buffet. The staff were assigned to different stations and served our food from behind the partitions.

Dining off the resort was a similar experience. Masks were required indoors but could be removed once seated at your socially distanced table. The wait staff wore masks at all times both on and off the resort.

Overall I enjoyed the much-needed vacation- staycation. I was satisfied with the precautions taken by the resort staff.

Since we opted to visit a resort in a quaint and sleepy town, we didn’t encounter overcrowding in restaurants or small shops in the downtown area. My overall recommendation is to explore areas 1-2 hours outside of your hometown to enjoy your own staycation.

I am fortunate enough to live within close proximity to beaches, resorts and water. However, I opted to visit a smaller town that offered many of the same attractions and amenities as larger and more condensed surrounding popular areas.

It is important to understand that even with safety precautions you are still assuming some risk. I encourage you to make informed decisions, ask questions, and to not be afraid to staycation if a break is something you need.

I hope that you enjoyed reading about my experience! I would love to hear about your own staycation or mini-vacation plans.

Where will your next venture take you?


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