January 31, 2023

Plan for Vacation with a Reset Trip

Today we celebrate National Plan for Vacation Day!  This is celebrated each year on the last Tuesday in January, which is January 31 this year. This is a day to encourage folks to plan their vacation days for the year early on in the year!  The goal is to inspire people to use their vacation days to explore the USA.

In the spirit of National Plan for Vacation Day, we wanted to share some ideas from guest writer Sharon Redd from Live All the Way.  We hope this helps you get closer to packing your bags!

Take a Reset Trip This Year

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Taking a rest or self-care trip is all about doing what your body, mind, and spirit need in order to feel rejuvenated. For some, it might be a yoga retreat. For others, time hiking in nature, while some want amusement parks or art museums. The important thing is that you pursue what’s right for you. Such trips may include a wide variety of places and activities tailored to meet your needs, budget, and preferences. As well as the things you plan to see and do, no doubt you'll discover some good surprises along the way.

Think about how you want to spend your time, money, and energy and make your choices accordingly. While the idea of going on a trip may seem like it requires a lot of preparation, effort, and expense, planning is key.  If well planned, a brief trip may be just the thing! These trips can help you prioritize, pursue self-care, and regain your equilibrium after a stressful time. Sometimes the novelty of visiting a new place is enough to restore your spirit. Read on for ideas.

Appleton, Wisconsin

Downtown Appleton logo - sunburst with flowers and vegetables in foreground Appleton, Wisconsin is a lovely small city on the eastern side of Wisconsin. Just north of Lake Winnebago, it has some interesting niche museums. The Paper Discovery Center, the Hearthstone Historic House Museum, and the History Museum at the Castle provide ways to expand your mind. Nearby Butterfly Gardens of Wisconsin and the Bubolz Nature Preserve provide opportunities for spending some time immersed in the beauty of nature. Consider staying at the Franklin Street Inn Bed and Breakfast, where Victorian charm meets modern convenience. Whirlpool baths, fireplaces, and a convenient location make this charming establishment a great base from which to explore Appleton.

Springfield, Massachusetts

Springfield, Massachusetts, offers a wide variety of entertainment. If you want to spend time outdoors, visit Forest Park, which includes both a zoo and an aquatic garden. If gambling and seeing some live entertainment is your cup of tea, go to the casino at MGM Springfield. The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield will delight people, young and old. Other options include the Titanic Museum and Six Flags New England. Springfield is near enough to the Berkshires that it’s an easy drive for those who love the majesty and beauty of the mountains.

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Chattanooga has a lot to offer, whether you’re interested in history, culture, nature, or just relaxing. If you stay in a hotel downtown, you’ll be near enough to walk to the Tennessee Aquarium and enjoy a stroll on the Riverwalk. Raccoon Cave is nearby if exploratory activities are fun for you. Plenty of shops and restaurants, and even an indoor climbing facility, are available to keep you entertained. The Hunter Museum of American Art has one of the largest collections of American art that will keep you interested in it for hours. If you want to be active, check out the Experience Art Map. For a tour you can customize to view murals, galleries, and outdoor sculptures.

Orlando, Florida

Of course, Orlando is known for being home to Disney World, but there are also a number of other theme parks in the area, such as Legoland and Seaworld. A trip to Disney World for relaxation and pure fun might be just the ticket for you. Although visiting these attractions can be pricey, you can click here to learn about the Disney Vacation Club.  The Club can save you money and make your trip possible without breaking the bank.

In addition to the well-known theme parks, Orlando boasts a number of art and history museums.  These include the Wells’Built Museum of African American Culture, the Maitland Art Center, and the Orlando Museum of Art, among others. At the Orange County Regional History Center, you can immerse yourself in history, as well as enjoy the outdoors at Heritage Park. Remember, the trip will serve to help you regain your equilibrium only if it includes activities you enjoy. So keep this in mind when booking your itinerary.

Plan Ahead

In celebration of National Plan Vacation Day, we urge you to take time to plan now people biking along path' for your vacation days this year!  We thank Sharon Redd for her ideas about places to visit. Naturally, we here at the Franklin Street Inn are partial to her inclusion of exploring Appleton. Feel free to contact us for even more ideas and sights that make Appleton and the Fox Cities #One Great Place.