The last time that my husband and I took an actual ‘vacation’ was on our honeymoon – over nine years ago now. Not that we haven’t taken short day or weekend trips from time to time – but that’s about it. And while we would love (LOVE!) to be able to afford an actual vacation at some point soon, we are very lucky to live in a state that has many recreation and tourist opportunities available right in our own backyard. I never really even knew it, but we’ve been taking “state-cations” all along. Usually to the Detroit area to visit my family, or once to Mackinac Island (piggybacked onto a work conference), and often to visit friends or family in various parts of the state, but almost always here in Michigan.
What’s a “state-cation”? Instead of a “staycation”, it’s an opportunity to discover the adventure, education and rejuvenation opportunities right within the borders of your own home state. Without having to pay extensive travel costs, you can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars just by being creative and looking at what’s in your very own backyard. Whether you’re looking to visit historical landmarks, hit the beach for a long weekend, or catch dinner and a show (or shop) in the big city, Holiday Inn has you covered with newly launched or re-launched hotels in your area.
When you stay with Holiday Inn, you’ll experience the changes they are implementing to transform their hotels all over the world – such as signature bedding with “soft” and “firm” pillows, power showers in the bathroom and other upgraded bathroom amenities, new exterior lighting and landscaping, and new lobby areas. And with summer winding down, there still some great opportunities available to explore your home state before the busy fall season kicks in. There are over 2,500 Holiday Inns in the United States – which has you covered no matter which state you live in.
On the Holiday Inn website, not only can you search for hotels in your area by various amenities or travel dates – but you can also view the list of ‘newly opened and refreshed’ hotels as well. For example, there are two Holiday Inns and one Holiday Inn Express in our community. And with amenities like indoor pools and allowing kids to eat for free – Holiday Inn is certainly a family-friendly way to enjoy a “state-cation”!
My husband is not a fan of traveling in general – which is one reason for our lack of major vacation plans over the past nine years. It’s often just me traveling for a night or weekend with our girls because I want them to grow up knowing and appreciating not only this wonderful state that we live in, but to enjoy and hopefully even end up loving to travel as much as I do. 🙂
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