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Save Money, Add Spice With These Romantic Staycation Ideas

Save Money, Add Spice With These Romantic Staycation Ideas

Article by Kristine Bell

A Romantic Staycation Lets You Connect While Saving Moneyby Kristine Bell

In 2008-2009, the “Great American Staycation” was born. People began rebelling against high gas prices, baggage fees and escalating hotel rates by staying put for their time off work. They’d visit local attractions, museums, festivals and amusement parks, while skipping all the hassles and costliness of traditional holiday trips. However, as Americans become a little more confident, they’re beginning to migrate a little further from home on 2-3 hour road trips. This article details some of the most popular staycation places for romance in the U.S.

Chicago, the “Windy City,” may not sound romantic, but it frequently falls into the top five staycation places in the U.S. The summer offers picnics in Grant Park, music festivals, public art displays, horse-drawn carriage rides past Buckingham Fountain, boating outings on Lake Michigan and dinner on the 95th floor of the Signature Room.

InterContinental Chicago Hotel offers a number of romantic deals to get you more bang for your buck. You could book your stay with the “Jazz It Up With A Martini” package, which gives you four martinis on-the-house and two complimentary tickets to The Joint Jazz Club, including free valet parking and breakfast for two. For as low as 9/night, you can try the “Economic Stimulus” package, which gives you a room for two in the Historic Tower, a food and beverage credit, 50% off valet parking, free high-speed Internet access and free fitness club access. Shoppers will love the “Magnificent Mile Shopping” package, which gives you a American Express gift card, a complimentary coupon book, a Starbucks gift card, complimentary valet parking and breakfast for two at Zest.

Savannah, Georgia is one of the best staycation places on the east coast. As South Magazine puts it, Savannah is “basically one big historical landmark” with all its colonial plantations, historic mansions and meaningful monuments. A couple can enjoy a romantic vacation staying at Mansion on Forsyth Park, a Victorian Romanesque structure built in 1888, which offers soaking tubs, open-air bathrooms, stunning artwork and tall ceilings. “We offer a truly unique experience here from a building, design and historical perspective,” says general manager Axel Suray. “We also pride ourselves on exceptional service and attention to detail. There’s nothing else like it in Savannah.” Shop for art, specialty items and statement jewelry at Zia Boutique, indulge in gourmet sandwiches and coffee at Wright Square Cafe and peruse The Paris Market and Brocante. Enjoy a couple’s massage at the Savannah Day Spa on Oglethorpe Avenue, take a cooking class at the Mansion on Forsyth Park or ride in a horse-drawn carriage around all the historic sites.

No matter where you live, national and state parks make excellent staycation places. You may choose to camp overnight in a tent or cabin, or you may just make a day-trip out of it. Some people pack picnics of sandwiches, fruit, champagne, cheese and crackers. Others like to take the barbecue approach, grilling up steaks and s’mores for dessert. Many local service providers offer equipment rentals for kayaks, canoes and mountain bikes if you’re the active type. Of all the staycation strategies, the key is to leave your cell phone, computer and work-related stresses behind.

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