Come on, let’s get there already. Seriously! Okay you will NEVER hear that on a staycation! My wife and I have never done one; we’ve always gone to the beach or the mountains, both of which are hours and hours from Cincinnati. So when I first started thinking about taking a weekend for just us, naturally I thought about a Bed & Breakfast.
I jumped on Google and searched for Cincinnati bed and breakfast and I was very surprised at how many I found. You guys know that I work at an advertising agency and so one day I was at our home office in Louisville, KY and decided to swing by the Riverview Inn in Warsaw, KY. It’s about half way between both cities and wow. It. Was. Breathtaking. I spoke with the owner and she said she would love to have us stay and review the location, and honestly the price is a steal. Let’s start off on why staycations are an amazing getaway and why you should take one every once in a while.
Staycations break the mundane.
Life gets boring, lets face it. Between the 9-5, the dishes, the laundry, life sometimes is choir. But whisking your spouse away to a beautiful, rustic cottage on the river, leaving your kids at grandmas and spending some quality time connecting (and not driving) is amazing. I truly needed the break. Between my job, my blogs and my family I feel like I haven’t taken a moment to just breathe. Just breathe. Stop. Relax. Curl up to the one you love and just be. Yea, staycations are nice. They are affordable, and it’s definitely breaking up the mediocrity of everyday.
Staycations are Affordable
Lets take a look at costs when going to the beach. From my home in Cincy, the closest beach is 1,200 miles round trip. At today’s prices ($3.50) that trip would cost me around $150. Now, my car gets great gas mileage, if you’ve got a minivan, you’re looking more at $200-$250. If you fly, you’re looking at even more expense. Instead of going 1,200 miles, I’m only going 30. If you stay at a good B&B you’ll spend about $150-$300 a night, which may seem a little high, but usually an amazing homemade breakfast is included. If you spend $500 for everything, That is only $250 a day, for an unforgettable getaway. What’s that popular expression… #yolo?! $500 for a getaway is a steal compared to the $5,000 plus vacations many of us take. If you were to spend $5000 on a vacation for 7 days that works out to be around $715 a day. Don’t be afraid to take a weekend, you can afford it, just work it into your budget, go to Starbucks less that month.
No one thinks there city is fun unless maybe you live in New York or Los Angeles. Let’s face it, Cincinnati is NOT the definition of cool. So if you say to you’re friends’, “I’m going away to my own city this weekend,” they simply roll their eyes. Remember staycations are meant for you to get away, just like a real vacation. Don’t go to your local motel 6 down the street, check in and go to a museum. Now that is BORING, (unless you just love museums)! Traveling 30 minutes can break you out of the familiar and force you to explore a little. Leaving the kids with grandma, (this was our first time doing that) and staying within a 30-45 minutes, ensures that if something were to go wrong, you can quickly get back. But the best part of staycation are things like enjoying a s’more around the campfire with your wife, or exploring a hole in the wall restaurant in the heart of Kentucky. (Jewell’s on Main was so good it makes me wish the delivered to my house!!) It’s not Olive Garden or Red Lobster, you don’t know what you’re getting, and as a foodie who reads reviews, that is FUN! Going to a farmers market or exploring a small river town and just talking. That’s the makin’ of a good weekend.
My wife always complains that we are to scheduled. I love my outlook calendar and it’s always faithful LOL. But when I blew in the door last weekend and told her we were going to a local Bed and Breakfast, she just couldn’t wait for Friday to come. Not planning anything just packing and finding a cute restaurant or discovering a little winery is something we needed. Being a little spontaneous is exactly what a staycation is all about! Plus because staycations aren’t going to break your bank account, you can afford to be a little spontaneous. After all, most of us don’t have five grand to fly to Disney, but we have a few extra dollars to enjoy a weekend.
We stayed at the beautifully quant Riverside Inn Bed and Breakfast. Let me just say that if you are ever in Kentucky you absolutely must stay here. It truly is beautiful, quiet and a perfect romantic getaway. Kathy and Kurt were so nice and the location was amazing. And the FOOOOOD!! Seriously, this was breakfast; it felt like a 5 course meal. The guests were super nice, the property was amazing, need I go on?! 10 minutes off interstate 71 and about 30 minutes from my home in Cincinnati, it was perfect. Lacy and I were enjoyed our staycation so much, and can’t wait to do another one! We hope this inspires you to explore your local city for relaxing opportunities!
This post was unwritten by Riverside Inn Bed & Breakfast. They provided us a free stay. They are a beautiful bed and breakfast located in Warsaw, KY, which is approximately 50 miles from both Louisville and Cincinnati. It’s a quiet getaway that attracts thousands of people all year round! Check out their website for more details and sign up for their email list for discounts!