Published on January 25th, 2011 | by Charu Suri25
Why You Should Do a Staycation (& Giveaway)
[The contest is currently closed. The winner is ALYSON. Congrats Alyson & hope you enjoy your stay. Thank you to all who entered! Stay tuned for more giveaways and thank you for reading the site]
I am always reminded of T.S. Eliot's quote when I feel my inner restlessness: "The spirit, unappeasable, peregrine."
The soul –I'm convinced –is a wanderer. Even after coming back from a well-planned, well-executed trip, I give myself barely a day of decompression before itching to get on the road again.
The lobby at the Roger Smith Hotel
It's like a New York bed bug: it just WON'T go away.
All the hours of uploading pictures, admiring the ones which should stay and which should be tossed out the virtual window, just serve to highlight that sense of loss. I should be exhilarated after a trip, but more often than not, I'm sad to see it end.
A born wanderer is always searching.
A Roger Smith Hotel Suite
Recently, I fought the urge to flee when bitten by the travel bug. I did something I've never done before: I took a staycation in New York City, in one of the suites at The Roger Smith Hotel. I had won this room in a Twitter contest, so I was excited to claim my prize.
I had visited the Roger Smith Hotel, located on 48th and Lexington, once before, during the TBEX holiday party. All the Picasso-style art on the walls reminded me of France's Bateau Lavoir district, where artists painted in the crystalline, open spaces.
The hospitality is unmistakable from the moment you set foot into the small but busy lobby: bright red — almost a scarlet/coral/saffron — walls immediately warm you up, especially if you're bringing in winter with your shadow.
I had a lovely suite, 1511, to share with my husband for one evening, and everything detail was in place: from the bottle of wine with two elegant glasses, to the handwritten "Welcome" card.
I felt as though I were in another city on vacation. Even if you "staycation" in your home city for an evening, time seems to stand still. That night, I sipped the warm comfort of the wine, indulged in Indian takeout from Darbar, and flipped through the TV stations with firefly hands.
After getting lullaby-ed by the soft traffic sounds and using the city lights as nightlights, we fell asleep and were blissfully unaware we were less than a few miles from home.
The next morning, after indulging in a Big Apple-sized breakfast, I felt like the proverbial zillion coins. I did not have to make my bed, nor worry about my daily list of household chores. Both mind and body had gone on a vacation, and there's nothing more relaxing and recharging than the feeling of escape.
The Penthouse at the Roger Smith Hotel
So, why should YOU take a staycation?
1) I get it: you don't have a million dollars, but you want to feel as though you've gone somewhere. Do yourself a favor, and BOOK your favorite hotel or local B&B and eat breakfast in bed.
2) You can check out the local hotels. Chances are when visitors come to you for advice on where to stay in your hometown, you don't really have a clue. You've heard good things about Hotel XYZ through the grapevine, but you don't really have firsthand experience. The answer is, clearly, a staycation.
3) You can indulge in other treats because you've saved on airfare and other travel costs. Opt for a spa treatment, or order a five course meal. Life's too short to be too frugal.
To celebrate the true "staycation" experience, The Roger Smith Hotel is offering one FREE HOTEL ROOM for an evening to any traveler for the month of January 2011. Simply enter a comment below to be considered, and a winner will be picked within 24 hours (since time is running out). Also be sure to let me know which date you'd like to stay at the hotel.
Hope you have a great staycation!