When the word "staycation" entered the English vocabulary, I thought it was a bit too contrived. However, now that I’ve been on one, I think the word describes the situation perfectly.
Of course, there seems to be two definitions for the word. One is the exploration of your town, city, or a spot near where you live. At night you’re back home. To me, that’s what people have been doing for decades.
The second meaning has the same exploration element. However, the night is spent at a bed and breakfast, hotel, or an inn where you live, or a short drive away. My husband and I have been blessed over the years with many opportunities to travel in Europe and North America. But, 2013 found our wings clipped a little.
Wanting a change of pace and to celebrate Canada’s 146th birthday, we booked two nights at the Inn at the Forks. We arrived Sunday afternoon, June 30, and left Tuesday morning, July 2. What a great decision.
On arrival at the hotel, everything went smoothly. The parking attendant whisked our car away. The front desk had our reservation in order.
We had made dinner reservations for the two nights several weeks in advance. The first evening we ate at The Current restaurant at The Inn. My allergies were handled without a hitch.
Our Monday night dinner was at The Old Spaghetti Factory, one of our favourite places for pasta. The restaurant was jumping inside and out on the patio.
Over the two days we spent hours walking outdoors, people-watching, doing a bit of early Christmas shopping and enjoying the natural surroundings.
Being at The Forks on Canada Day was a joy. Many musical groups celebrated the event. At the Oodena Celebration Circle, we listened to aboriginal traditional drumming and watched the dancing. We listened to a female singer and band at The Railbridge Stage. Music also poured forth from the canopy location.
Throngs of people were enjoying various events for young and old. By 9:30 p.m. we were among the huge crowd at the Scotiabank Stage area. The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra was the final act.
We were amazed at how many infants, toddlers, and children accompanied adults. The grand finale, of course, was the fireworks — a brilliant show.
When we left The Inn on Tuesday morning after breakfast, we were completely relaxed. Twenty minutes later we were home after enjoying a successful staycation.
Jeannette Timmerman is a community correspondent for Fort Richmond.