Could holiday travel be the perfect time to Stay-Inn?

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If you are drawn to holiday travel, should you Stay-Inn?

For many people, holiday travel involves heading to family and friends. Since those larger gatherings are discouraged this year, it could be an opportunity to start a new holiday travel tradition. Is it time to Stay-Inn this holiday season?

This year, many people have taken to small, drivable getaways. While the concept of the staycation isn’t necessarily new, this idea encourages people to find a new adventure that is just a short drive away. In some cases, that little escape could reveal a whole new world.

For the holiday season, 24 inns, beds and breakfast and boutique hotels banded together to promote “A Very Drivable Holiday” campaign. The idea is to welcome travelers who are taking a short trip and hopefully making some special memories. Sometimes a tank of gas seems like a world away.

In some ways, this idea is almost like a Hallmark movie in real life. Who doesn’t enjoy watching those happily ever after holiday movies? Often set in a picturesque little town, that pretty little destination seems like the perfect escape.

Given that this year has been turned upside, holiday travel deserves a new approach. Whether it is a cookie to enjoy before bed or a special libation from a local distillery, the hope is to show guests that little discoveries could lead to lasting memories. Although it isn’t exactly the same as a Hallmark movie, it could be the memory that you will cherish for years.

Al Heminger, owner of the Huron House Bed and Breakfast and The Hotel Saugatuck, both in Michigan, said, “If this year has taught us anything, it’s that happiness is a choice. Now is the time to write your own story – and make it beautiful, because it certainly will be memorable.”

Included in this “A Very Drivable Holiday” campaign are the following locations:

  • Stanford Inn and Resort, Mendocino, CA
  • Charred Oaks Inn, Lexington, KY
  • Inn at Woodhaven, Louisville, KY
  • The Rookwood Inn, Lenox, MA
  • Waldo Emerson Inn, Kennebunkport, ME
  • The Lamplighter Bed & Breakfast of Ludington, Ludington, MI
  • Huron House Bed and Breakfast, Oscoda, MI
  • The Hotel Saugatuck, Saugatuck, MI
  • A G Thomson House Bed and Breakfast, Duluth, MN
  • Turning Waters Bed, Breakfast and Adventure, Wabasha, MN
  • Tuxedo Park STL Bed & Breakfast Inn, Saint Louis, MO
  • At Cumberland Falls Bed & Breakfast Inn, Asheville, NC
  • Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast, Asheville, NC
  • Top of the Ridge Farm Bed & Breakfast, New Durham, NH
  • Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast, Salisbury Mills, NY
  • A’Tuscan Estate Bed & Breakfast, McMinnville, OR
  • Chehalem Ridge Bed & Breakfast, Newberg, OR
  • Historic Smithton Inn, Ephrata, PA
  • Carriage Corner Bed & Breakfast, Intercourse, PA
  • The Artist’s Inn and Gallery, Terre Hill, PA
  • Faunbrook B&B, West Chester, PA
  • Spring Creek Place Cabins, Greeneville, TN
  • BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch, Cat Spring, TX
  • Gillum House Bed & Breakfast, Shinnston, WV

At each of these destinations, the locales will be offering special holiday extras. From holiday themed breakfasts to special welcome gifts, they want to ensure that each guests has a memorable experience.

Given the struggles of independent businesses have had this year, this special promotion is a way to help. While guests will be making a special memory, the business is helped. In a way, it is a gift that keeps giving beyond the holiday season.

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Are you ready to Stay-Inn for your holiday travel? What is your best advice for holiday travel this year?