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Active Adults Staycation!
No matter how long you’ve lived in your home, I’ll bet you haven’t done everything that happens in your local area. I’ve lived in my present home for almost 20 years now. And, I’ve often thought about all the things right here around my home that I haven’t seen or enjoyed yet. I could experience great things at area theatre, parks and festivals. And best of all, I wouldn’t have to pay for a hotel room. Consider a staycation!
Staycations are great alternatives for active adults
A staycation is a variation on the idea of traveling outside of your town, state or country for a vacation. People can experience and enjoy sites and events but they stay at home at night. Staycations became popular during 2007-2010 when many were experiencing belt tightening because of the economic crisis.
Residents at Westminster Village have the advantage of participating in many events or activities in West Lafayette. They can easily drive to Indianapolis within an hour and to Chicago in about two hours. If you like road trips like I do and don’t have a problem driving it all in one day, you could even travel to Columbus, Ohio or Louisville, KY in about 3 hours.
West Lafayette offers residents many options
The West Lafayette Parks and Recreation Department offers a full calendar of events for short day trips. Residents and visitors can enjoy aquatics, dance, fitness and adult art. Gardeners and plant enthusiasts will learn about native roots and wildflowers at the Lilly Nature Center. Each month, residents can experience fests and fairs as well as visit a multitude of great restaurants and clubs.
Spend the whole day in Indianapolis
A trip to Indiana’s capital provides day-travelers a chance to visit historic sites like the William Henry Harrison Home, the Madame Walker Theatre and the Indiana War Memorial. Visitors can visit museums, see theatre presentations and learn more about the greatest spectacle in racing.
You can also walk the canal, take a boat ride or eat on Mass Ave. I hope to soon visit and see a presentation at Beef and Boards. Or I’d like to spend the day going through every museum in the city.
Drive to Chicago
The key to a staycation is to be able to drive home each night. Chicago is big and may be a little farther away, but it offers so many shopping and dining opportunities that it would be a great trip. And if you like doing things on the water, Chicago features boat cruises on the river and on Lake Michigan.
Staycations can be a great way to travel and see things close to home. Some people even consider staying at their residence the whole time for their stay-vacation. The website, Living Well, lists several ideas for a stay at home vacation including camping in the back yard. While most of us might not want to go that far, they also recommend getting creative with it and have fun. The authors also suggest some ground rules for the time of your staycation:
- no smart phone
- no email
- no computer or video games
- no television
- no cooking
- no cleaning
- no laundry
- no worrying!!
Plan a staycation just like a regular vacation. Consider things that are fun, and relaxing. Include time for eating, learning something new, site-seeing or just playing.
-Elaine of the Westminster Village Blog Team