You have talked about it all year-taking the family to Disney World for Christmas vacation. Everyone is excited, but only you know the truth. You never managed to dial 1-888-DISNEY to make reservations and the credit union holiday savings account funds are depleted because you decided to join the masses for Black Friday madness. Being less than a month away you realize that visiting the Magic Kingdom may not be a reality this year. No need to fear, STAY-CATION is near. What is a STAY-CATION, you ask? A STAY-CATION is a vacation spent at home, or near home doing enjoyable activities or visiting local attractions.
Living in the DMV area provides its residents with a plethora of options when planning a STAY-CATION. Here are just a few to consider:
Virginia is known for its vineyards. Fall is considered the best time to visit, but wineries have events throughout the year. There are over 200 wineries in the area; alternatives for every palate. A bottle of wine always makes a nice holiday gift. Visit www.virginiawine.org for more information.
Who knew that the Top of the World was located in downtown Baltimore? The Top of the World is actually located at the World Trade Center; the tallest pentagonal shaped building in the world. It provides visitors with breathtaking, panoramic views of the city. Make sure to visit www.viewbaltimore.org for more information. You cannot visit downtown Baltimore without stopping by the Inner Harbor. It’s one of Charm City’s most well known attractions. Speaking of harbors, the National Harbor is another great place to spend an entire day. There is something for everyone; including shopping, restaurants, and the ICE! winter holiday event. Visit www.nationalharbor.com for more details.
Keeping with the holiday spirit consider visiting the National Christmas Tree in Washington, DC. The tree lighting is on December 6. Visit www.nationaltree.org for more details. If standing outside in the cold makes you feel like a Grinch, then tune in and watch the tree lighting ceremony on the television or online in the warmth of your home. Another idea to consider, is riding through some of the Festival of Lights in the metropolitan area. Take a look at www.dc.about.com for more information regarding holiday events in the area.
Just because you can’t get away for a vacation this Christmas doesn’t mean you can’t create your own holiday magic at home.