Enjoy Your Stay

Whether it’s a spa Saturday with girlfriends or a weekend escape with your spouse, it’s always nice to have something to look forward to—especially during the cold-weather months. If you can’t make that getaway just yet, then plan a local excursion. You’ll then be able to anticipate that break in routine and enjoy the aftereffects of having had a little R&R. Here’s how to look forward to the final weeks of winter.

1. Pamper Yourself
Ring up your gal pals and make a plan to treat yourselves to a full day at the best local spa with massages, soaks, and saunas, or just get together for manicures and pedicures, followed by a ladies’ lunch or early drinks and dinner.

2. Weekend Away
Winter might be peak season for the tropics and ski resorts, but it’s often the opposite for other destinations. This time of year occupancy is typically down in urban hotels and off-season resorts, so take advantage and book a night or two away with your significant other. You can try searching packages online, or call a hotel or resort directly. Very often, the property itself will offer a reasonable room rate with extras, such as dining or spa credits, complimentary breakfast, or parking. Search a hotel’s Web site and you might discover specially designed packages that could include tickets to an entertainment event or museum, or even shopping vouchers. Now that’s something to look forward to!

3. Think Vacation! 
It’s not too early to start planning for spring break or even your summer getaway. Where to go this year? Let your nose inspire your destination. If you’ve been washing your clothes with island-scented laundry detergents, you may be craving a beach holiday. A lavender-scented detergent may well evoke the South of France and bring on a trip to Europe. And if you’ve been using a tropical scent, well, pack the surfboard.

4. Day Trip
When was the last time that you really had a good day off? Drop the weekend routine of errands and grocery shopping and create a little winter adventure. Pick a day to pack up the kids and hit a local museum or the zoo, hike trails in a nearby nature preserve, or go sledding. Afterward, you can warm up with a hot chocolate at your favorite coffee shop. For dinner, forget cooking: End the perfect day with pizza and a movie. What could be better?