The Staycation

ducks enjoy the water near Bateman Road

The Discovery Trail in Abbotsford: ducks enjoy the water near Bateman Road

This is the first time in nearly 10 years that we have not travelled to Oliver, BC for a summer holiday. This is the week that I would normally be there, sitting at the beach, checking out local thrift shops, eating too much and reading books galore. Instead, we stayed home this summer and while we are planning a trip to Portland in August, we did a “stay-cation” last week, spending our time in near home.

the trail has lots of boardwalk areas and little bridges - this one crosses Stoney Creek.

the trail has lots of boardwalk areas and little bridges – this one crosses Stoney Creek.

The theory is that a stay-cation is usually cheaper than traveling but I’m not sure that’s true. It all depends on what you do. If you stay close enough to home that you don’t have to pay for accommodations, then mostly, it is cheaper. We did some of that at the beginning of our week, staying in Abbotsford and exploring parts of the Discovery Trail that we had not walked before. The Discovery Trail is a 30km paved trail that connects the west and east ends of the city, going through forest and marshland. It’s very easy walking (not many hills at all) and being in the woods is so refreshing when it’s hot out.

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We also spent a Sunday afternoon at the Harrison Festival of the Arts where we paid to see the Wailin’ Jennys but also took in free concerts on the beach, including Briga Music, which was an amazing, gypsy band from Montreal. Don’t you LOVE her dress?

the view from our 7th floor balcony.

the view from our 7th floor balcony.

We ended our week in Vancouver (about an hour from home) taking in the RUSH concert on Friday night and the Whitecaps game on Saturday afternoon. We stayed at the Shaughnessy B&B, which is a highrise building with clean, very Spartan rooms and a simple breakfast. The beds weren’t super comfy and Aaron claimed his futon was the worst thing he’d slept on ever but heck, it was cheap. The three of us stayed here for $148, including secure parking. If we’d brought our bathing suits we could have swum in the pool or soaked in their hot tub. They also have a billiards room and a lounge area with a piano. The main thing for me was that we didn’t have to drive the hour back to Abbotsford after the awesome concert and then drive all the way back in for the game on Saturday.

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We toodled around Granville Island and had lunch at the Granville Island Brewery – simple yummy fair and one of the best bitters I’ve had in a long time.

Have you ever had a stay-cation? What would you recommend folks do if they visit you in your home town?

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