Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Tourist In Your Own Town

August and I took our first mother/son trip this weekend to New York City. Introducing him to a city I love dearly and watching him see the famous landmarks in person for the first time was as memorable for me as it was for him.

On Sunday morning my sweet friend with whom we were staying asked me what we had planned for the day. "Jane's Carousel and Mast Brothers Chocolate in Brooklyn," I replied. She had never heard of either, and after watching the passionate Mast Brothers Chocolate video (it's so moving that my family has watched it tens of times), she asked if they could tag along. "Of course! The more the merrier!" And we set out on our journey, which got me thinking, what are we missing in our own neck of the woods back home?

Whether you're short on money due to the economy or just looking to spend more quality time together as a family and learn more about your local roots, an at-home vacation is a great idea! And not only because you don't have to spend time packing and unpacking.

Contact your local visitor bureau and request a travel catalog and calendar of events. Ask friends, family and even strangers what their favorite local attractions are. Where do they like to eat? What event do they go to annually?

There are sure to be magical happenings close to home you've yet to experience...what are you waiting for?

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