It's not a secret that the Centennial State is known for its signature red deserts and mountainous landscapes. However, your current vacation plans might be on hold due to recently recommended travel restrictions since the last holiday season. But no need to worry. The beautiful state of Colorado offers residents plenty of great alternatives that are not only breathtaking but also safe for you and your loved ones. Here are four great staycation ideas seniors might consider planning for this spring or summer.
Many businesses are adopting video chat applications and digital platforms to offer virtual experiences. In the post COVID-19 era, you can choose from a variety of virtual tours, lectures and other experiences, ensuring that you can find things you and your friends or loved ones are interested in.
Sign up for a tour of an art museum you've been meaning to visit in person, or, if you have grandchildren, it might be fun to accompany them during a virtual college visit. These are just two of the literally thousands of ideas to consider.
If you're looking for places to "visit" virtually in Colorado Springs, the Visit Colorado Springs website has a page dedicated to informing locals and tourists about upcoming virtual events in and around the area.
Whether you're a seasoned camper who enjoys the wilderness or you're just looking for a nice view on your next hike, sightseeing is a great excuse to get out of your assisted living apartment. Depending on where you go and what you do, the cost to explore the scenic beauty of Colorado Springs is often next to nothing, especially if you already have camping or walking clothes and equipment that you might want.
Colorado Springs is home to many wonderful parks for you to explore, including the beautiful Garden of the Gods and the North Cheyenne Cañon Park, which captures the natural landscapes of the Rocky Mountains. If you find yourself feeling a little extra adventurous, be sure to go out into the wild on a sunny day, especially if you intend to camp out for the night. As you probably already know, Colorado is known for crazy weather, so be prepared to accommodate poor weather or have a backup plan if you get rained out.
Whether you're tenting it with a loved one or planning an RV excursion, call ahead to the park you're planning to visit. Ensure camping sites are available and ask about any changes to park policy as a result of COVID-19.
If you're in need of some new scenery, consider renting a place away from your apartment for a night or two. Some great suggestions include getting a lake house with some close friends from Viewpoint or sharing a romantic evening with your spouse at a luxurious high rise rental.
Look at trusted rental sites online and read reviews to ensure cleanliness, safety and good customer service before you choose an accommodation. It is a vacation, after all, so it should feel like it! Airbnb, a popular online rental website, has dedicated a lot of its platform to finding great stay-cations spots close by ViewPointe assisted living and across the country.
Be cautious and only rent from property owners or rental websites that can guarantee they are abiding by proper cleaning practices to ensure you and your guests are protected from unsanitary issues with your rental. It is their legal obligation to not put you at risk and follow the correct cleaning procedures. Although you'd like to take their word for it, don't forget to read through plenty of guest reviews to get the full picture of the property before committing to rent.
Unfortunately during these times, there are plenty of valid reasons why you might not feel like you should leave your apartment or community. Maybe it's a matter of your physical limitations or you simply aren't interested in anything you've looked into. The winter months you've spent indoors can make the most patient of seniors stir-crazy, but a fun staycation in your own apartment can be enjoyable.
Reimagine the way you enjoy your time in your apartment or think of different ways to spend your day. Ask yourself: Is there a hobby you've been meaning to try? Splurge on new supplies, new books, a new movie or takeout from that fancy restaurant you've been eyeing.
Whatever you do, make it fun for yourself and for those you wish to share quality time with. Whether you're just entering retirement or your vibrant lifestyle was slowed by the pandemic, time might be one resource you have plenty of right now. Explore on-site activities at Viewpoint here and think outside of the box to do new things that make your time more enjoyable during a staycation.