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Staycation in Washington

Experience the quaint, southern hospitality of Little Washington while enjoying modern comforts, tranquility and culture in your own backyard, so to speak.

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Paula Stephenson
, Washington Tourism Development Authority
This article was written by our sponsor, Washington Tourism Development Authority.

Are you longing for a trip to 'get away' right about now? Want to travel safely, but not sure about the timing or how to do so? Well, you can travel and still stay close to home! A lovely staycation in Washington, N.C., is just what you need!

Experience that quaint, southern hospitality while enjoying modern comforts, tranquility, and culture in your own backyard, so to speak.

First thing's first, you'll want the best accommodations for your staycation in Washington.

Choose from the historic When Pigs Fly Inn with super hosts Jeff & Linda or the beautiful Elmwood 1820 Bed & Breakfast Inn. Or maybe one of the many AirBnB's, such as The Loft, The Caboose, or experience the unique 'Disconnected' houseboat on the waterfront.
The Loft on Main is a unique boutique hotel experience in a charming, sunlit, beautifully furnished, "artsy," contemporary, loft apartment located in Historic Downtown Washington. (Photo Courtesy of Washington Tourism Development Authority)

What better way to kick off your Washington staycation than with libation!

How about an Autumn Piers from The Hackney Restaurant & Gin Distillery? 1000 Piers gin is made onsite at their own distillery. Or a Carolina Jewel from The Bank Bistro. Nothing says celebration like a custom crafted cocktail - cheers!
Of course, you'll need some scrumptious cuisine to go with those drinks. Marabella's eggplant rollatini or Grub Brothers' peel and eat shrimp would do nicely.
After dinner, stroll along the riverfront parkway and boardwalk, or take in some live local music at Parley's Sip and Steam or Captain Cook's.
After a great night's slumber, have a plate of bacon pancakes at Shep's Grill. Or try his famous brisket omelet. Your taste buds will thank you! Then get your recreation on by renting a kayak or a bicycle from Inner Banks Outfitters. Owner Liane Harsh will take good care of you.
Next up on your staycation, indulge in a massage at Copper Canyon Wellness or a custom blend facial at Esthetic Complexion Day Spa. (You are on a getaway, after all. You DESERVE it!)
Once you're good and refreshed, grab an ice cream treat at Scoops on Main or Cups & Cones. Then peruse the many art galleries and tour the North Carolina Estuarium. Did you know it is the world's first environmental educational showcase that celebrates the Pamlico-Albemarle estuary? Only in Washington, my friends!
Cap off a great day with some shopping. You MUST stop by Wine & Words on Main Street and let Mary recommend the perfect vino and specialty cheese to take back to your lodging (or as gifts for friends.)
Be sure to grab a latte, cappuccino and delicious baked treat from Rachel K's Bakery or Giddy-Up Coffeehouse to round out your 'trip.' You can get it to go as you embark on the self-guided historic walking tour in the historic downtown district.

The possibilities are endless in Washington for a staycation. Whether you are a local or a visitor from 'right up the road' (as we say around here), you're sure to be amazed and entertained by everything this eclectic riverside town has to offer!

This article was written by our sponsor, Washington Tourism Development Authority.

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