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Shannon Bennett Campbell Water’s inter-mountain photos dominate much of this view of Stonewall Jackson State Park, instilling a sense of calm.

As we approach fall and our social climate experiences another COVID surge, our upcoming vacation choices seem limited or complicated at best. A new option is available to us, and amidst colorful mountain forests and pleasant cool breezes, it’s a choice to consider. This year we are very happy to select one “Visit.”

These holiday choices for staying close to home are diverse and adaptable to most ages and lifestyles. Some choose to experience the state park system. Others choose to just stay at home but plan several exciting activities or special restaurants to try. Still others are determined to give camping a try, despite sometimes being daunted by the weather.

The West Virginia Department of Tourism has sponsored “staycations” in much of their advertising encouraging residents to plan vacations in the Mountain State. Our government designers have spent a great deal of state money modernizing and beautifying the state park’s facilities. Park golf courses and hikes are at their best during these fall months, with seasonal colors at their peak.

A recent trip to Canaan Valley, with its hotel-like rooms or cabin rentals that draws our attention, reminds us of the excellent dining and golfing facilities, as well as the expansive views.

Another nearby resort is Stonewall Jackson Lake, which has several water sports facilities in addition to a large golf course. The Stillwater’s full-serve or buffet dining room offers many choices that have earned this resort high marks.

Kids enjoy early morning kayaking on one of Stonewall Jackson State Park’s waterways.

The cost to the family of being part of the staycation scene is greatly reduced as fewer gas miles are registered for travel. In addition, valuable time is saved because you get to your destination much faster.

If you’re looking to add some distance to your trip, Wheeling’s Oglebay Park or Hinton’s Pipestem offer great golfing, hiking and biking. A children’s zoo at the Wheeling venue is popular.

The stay-at-home option might include a visit to the West Virginia Museum of American Glass in Weston, the State Fair in Lewisburg, or the September 2-4 Stonewall Jackson Jubilee.

While it’s still too early for snow in Snowshoe, Raven’s golf course would welcome your stay and its ski lift would offer a picturesque play of colors spinning on wooded acres below.

Those who prefer to shop and prepare for Christmas decisions may prefer a trip to Bridgeport’s Eastpointe, where gifting opportunities abound, along with a great selection of restaurants to eat before returning home.

Cottages or rustic cabins are available for stays at many West Virginia State Parks.

At best, vacations are times when we decide to change up our normal routines. Now most of us have a routine we’d really like to ditch, and that’s doffing masks again to add some protection against another round of COVID. This can be possible through a stay. We are called to make choices that will help our families deal with life as it is. I have to say that the people of our area have come together very well to meet the challenges that have been presented to us. We can be proud of that. And we definitely deserve a vacation.

Consider taking a direction that saves time and money. Plan a stay and discover ways to relax while experiencing adventures near your backyard for the first time. It could be an event that not only saves money but also preserves peace of mind.

Fall craft fairs can be part of the staycation scene. Elaine Sinclair prepares several baskets for various events here.

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