This year we decided to forego our annual trip and do a staycation instead. As with most things there are pros and cons, but overall it was a very nice experience. Between eating at all the places, and doing all the local things we were pretty exhausted.
We re-discovered the beauty of where we live, which is pretty close to the Blue Ridge Parkway.
We drove the Parkway, stopped to have a picnic, and visited the towns of Floyd, Buchanan, and Fincastle. All are rich in history which we explored via Google before we went and I’ve linked the towns so that you can explore them too
We also had time to venture to Burke’s Gardens God’s thumbprint. We stopped by the New River and road through Pearisburg. We had other plans but our staycation was cut short.
While in Floyd we experienced an old fashioned dance with blue grass while eating at The Floyd Country Store before getting back on the BRP and heading into Roanoke.
By the 3rd day we were tired …really tired. We napped, we enjoyed homemade muffins pre baked by me, and we watched movies. There are some cons as I mentioned above. It’s pretty hard to disconnect when you staycation. From the virtual world and the real world. It’s too convenient to return to work early, answer calls, or browse through messages. People know you are home, or nearby, and it’s hard to overlook chores.
A staycation requires planning just like an away vacation unless you are planning to sleep the entire time. I planned everything from routes and stops to meals and locations.. There were a few things that we didn’t get to do but we plan to do them.
This year we rediscovered our home town and surrounding areas and what a beautiful place this is.