Today’s boomers are busier than ever: working past the retirement age they planned on, welcoming adult children back to the nest, raising grandkids, caring for aging parents and relatives, or engaged in the things they had always dreamed of doing after retirement. (Some may even be doing all of the above).
These are all very good reasons for “getting away” — and certain boomer & senior discounts don’t hurt either. But for busy boomers, the questions of who will care for Mom? what if my son has a huge party and destroys the house while we’re gone? are powerful deterrents.
Don’t let these excuses win. There are plenty of great things to do in just a weekend’s time. Check out our ideas here:
- Take the grandkids: Great Camp Sagamore is the perfect place for an intergenerational getaway. This national historic landmark offers overnight stays, and in the summer time, Grands Camp weeks are tailored especially to grandparent and grandchild bonding. Not the outdoorsy-type? There are 11 Great Wolf Lodge destinations throughout the US. This unique chain of family-friendly hotels all contain indoor water parks – and will surely solidify your standing as the coolest grandparent ever.
- Go solo: Shut off your cell phone, leave the laptop behind, and take time to focus on YOU. Search your state for womens’ retreats, yoga retreats, personal growth retreats and more at RetreatFinder.com.
- With the birds and the bees: Most busy boomers find themselves indoors all day, so take the weekend as an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors in a beautiful (and affordable) national park near you.
- Paint the town red: You’re known to rarely take a break, so why not “do it up” in style and surprise them all? It’s easier to justify splurging a bit on your accommodations and activities if it’s just a weekend trip. Consider the special packages offered at South Florida’s luxurious Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa.
- Wine & dine: Peruse the recommendations of boomer travel expert Donna Hull for wining & dining Paso Robles-style; find information here on a wine country getaway you’ll never forget (provided you don’t have too much good wine).
- Get pampered: You spend so much time waiting on others. Time to kick back and let someone else spoil you! Consider a decadent & delicious spa weekend in Hershey, Pennsylvania, the home of the great American chocolate bar. Where else can you enjoy a whipped cocoa bath?
- The classic bed & breakfast: Surround yourself with the comforts and charm of an old home, indulge in a gourmet breakfast that you don’t have to prepare, and relish the opportunity to meet wonderful people. If that sounds like your cup of tea, check out BedandBreakfast.com for reviews, ratings, special offers, and recommendations.
- Be a jet-setter: Got tons of frequent flyer miles from years of business travel? Why not spare a few for a long weekend in Europe! It’s just a quick trip across the pond, and if you throw in Friday and Monday for travel time, you can pack a lot into the weekend. GypsyNester’s David & Veronica will ensure your European excursion is the best it can be. Head to their blog for dining/hotel recommendations and must-see sites.
- Love those city lights: With parks, restaurants, night clubs, theatres, historic sites, cruises, art museums, Broadway, zoos, shopping, botanical gardens, the newly restored World Trade Center site, and just about anything else you can think of – available just about 24-7 – why not hop a bus, train or plane to the world’s greatest city? Head to iloveny.com for a great one-stop source for all things Big Apple.
- Never stop learning: Make it an educational experience with these fabulous weekend trips from RoadScholar.org, designed and priced for boomers.