Summertime brings with it the promise of warmer weather, longer days, and dreams of vacations. Unfortunately, sometimes, traveling just isn’t possible (especially if it's 2020). So what do you do? Simple...vacation local.

Your home or local city provides you the best space to turn your family vacation into a reality. Whether it’s backyard camping or a planned visit to a winery or brewery near you, you can easily transform your home or city into the ultimate summer vacation spot


Backyard Camping

One of the more popular staycation ideas is pitching a tent in your backyard and creating your own camping adventure. Backyard camping is not only affordable but there are plenty of fun and easy options for tent set up. Check out this tent that promises an almost instant set up in 60 seconds! A few enjoyable activities associated with backyard camping are making s’mores and telling scary stories around the campfire. Here’s a budget-friendly firepit and don’t forget the s’mores roasting set! 


Themed Movie Night

Create your very own movie theater inside or outside of your home. Movie nights at home can be more enjoyable and less expensive than an actual trip to the theater. Choose a movie night theme like 80s movies or watch a trilogy or series. Make special movie-themed snacks and homemade popcorn with a large pot or a popcorn machine. We recommend this cool outdoor projector and screen


Plan a Tourist Adventure in Your Own City or a Neighboring One

There are plenty of places to explore and visit not too far from home. Reserve a day or whole weekend to hit a few spots and explore your own city or one that is close by. There are often admission discounts for residents and museums and local attractions also run specials during the summer months. Click here for some places to put on your list to visit in the Hampton Roads area. 


Visit a Few Local Wineries or Breweries

Local wineries and breweries seem to be popping up everywhere from small towns to larger cities. Research some local spots that offer tours and plan a day where you and your spouse along with several other couples can enjoy what some places have to offer. No wineries or breweries in close proximity? No problem! Plan an evening at your home and invite some of your closest friends to take part in wine or beer night. Ask your guests to bring their favorite alcoholic beverage and provide the snacks. This charcuterie board is perfect for pairing cheese, crackers, and fruit with wine or use this recipe for a delicious pub snack mix for your beer lovers.