The stay-at-home vacation
After the Great Recession, a concept came into the mainstream collective conscious: The staycation. Also called a ‘nearcation,’ a staycation is where you pretend you’re a tourist in your own town or a place nearby. Staycations have been on the rise across socio-economic classes. After all, a good idea is a good idea! How to pick a “staycation” destination is the question.
The origin of ‘staycation’
‘Staycation’ recently came back into public awareness, but the term has been around since 1944. Referenced in the Cincinnati Enquirer, the concept was to vacation close to home to conserve gasoline as part of the war effort.
The importance of having a vacation
Research shows that vacation is important for mental health. It’s a time to recharge. Unfortunately, many Americans don’t take their allotted vacation days. And 60% of Americans who do go on vacation bring work with them.
Yet, according to one survey, 94% of respondents said they felt like they had more energy when they returned. Of those who were energized, 55% of those with low-stress vacations felt even higher levels of energy when they got home.
But vacations can also be expensive. However, they don’t have to be costly for you to have a great time and enjoy unique experiences.
Enter the staycation.
Why a staycation?
Staycations have lot of advantages including:
- Considerably less expensive
- No jet lag
- No layovers
- No lost baggage
- No airfare taxes
- Shorter time to reach destination
- No foreign currency to exchange
- No language barriers
- Money is spent locally
- Not feeling the need to “see everything” to get money’s worth
- Better for the environment
- Less stressful
Where to staycation
You don’t need to travel too far for a great vacation, whether it’s a weekend getaway or full-blown family vacation. We have an idea in mind, though we might little be a bit biased when it comes to our beloved lodge!
Location location location!
Centrally located in mid-Michigan, the Bavarian Inn Lodge is easy to travel to from all over the state. With Frankenmuth centrally located for residents of Great Lakes Bay Region and only about an hour away from much of metro Detroit, it’s a one-tank trip!
Make us your mid-point tradition!
We are a great midway stop for our friends in the Detroit area going up north or to Mackinaw Island. Stay with us for a night on your way up! It’s like two vacations in one!
A Bavarian staycation
What does the Bavarian Inn Lodge have to offer?
- 4 Swimming pools
- 2 Waterslides
- 3 Whirlpools
- Mini cooking classes
- Wine and beer tasting
- 40 shops and boutiques
- Lounging spaces
- Themed rooms
- Karaoke on weekends
- 13 acres of riverfront (great for a stroll!)
- Near festivals and events
A Bavarian Inn Lodge stay offers a place away from home
Some staycationers take day trips and sleep at home. However, besides all we have going on at the Bavarian Inn Lodge, getting out of the house for a while has significant advantages.
Take a break from work at the office and around the house
Oftentimes, if your boss or co-workers know you’re home, they might contact you to come into work or expect you to keep up with your email. Maybe they even get a little miffed if you don’t immediately respond. Or, maybe you are the one who feels compelled to check in.
Vacation should be vacation
Unless you’re in a profession where it’s dire, contact with the office greatly takes away from your vacation since you are not truly having a vacation! If they know you’re not going to be home, they’ll be less apt to call you in and they’ll respect that you’re on vacation – not on call.
Nix the routine
Staying at home also comes with the trap of slipping back into routine and not actually vacationing. You might find yourself doing laundry and yard work. This is not vacationing! At the Bavarian Inn Lodge, we clean your towels and do your dishes. When you’re here, you’re only job is to relax.