There is still a lot of uncertainly around COVID, and it feels like every step we take forward, we go two steps backward, reminding us that we haven’t quite made it to the other side just yet. With various areas filling hospital beds, it may not be that appealing to get out of Dodge, but you also may be feeling a little stir crazy. Well, that’s where the staycation comes in. If you need some me-time or some rest, and flying abroad isn’t an option, it is time to fall in love with your hometown all over again. “So, tell me, person who doesn’t know where I live, just what should I be doing?” We’re so glad you asked!
Most cities have a farmers’ market in the summer and early fall selling fresh flowers and produce, locally made and sourced goods, and artisan crafts. If you haven’t been going to your local farmers’ market, it is a whole new lens through which to view your city and its local economy. It is also a great way to participate in a farm-to-table approach to your cooking or pick up some really unique “flair” from someone in your community (by flair, I mean craft or good, not a flair up of COVID).
During this past year, picnics were the name of the game. You can visit your local parks for a stroll about town. Get out and smell the flowers, enjoy some fresh air and move your body. Consider visiting a different park a week to gain a better appreciation of what your community has to offer.
If you enjoyed the farmers market and want to take it one step further, seek out your local you-pick farm and go crazy. Pick whatever is in season and take it home to make a new baked good or dish out of your pickings. Not only will you get a breath of fresh air, but you’ll get to recenter yourself as you spend time in nature.
Local historical sites and monuments
Research the history of your city and local surroundings and if there are historical sites to see (as there surely are), go and find them. Make an adventure of it and deepen your knowledge of the place you call home.
Drive-in movies feel like a world away, but they are making a well-timed resurgence. You don’t have to get out and interact with anyone. Instead, you can pull up, tune in and drift off to another world with whatever is on tap for the evening. While you can certainly procure snacks at the drive-in, you can also smuggle your own in if you want to stay isolated. This is a great way to get out without going out.
Read a book
Another way to get lost is through a good book. The library and e-readers come in really handy in times like these! Best of luck to you as you take a moment to appreciate the place you call home.