Hagerstown-Washington County CVB Highlights "Staycation" Travel Itineraries

Hagerstown-Washington County CVB Highlights "Staycation" Travel Itineraries
Vacationing Close to Home Bringing More Visitors To Hagerstown and Washington County
Civil War and John Brown's Raid, Museums, Parks and Recreation All Highlighted

(Hagerstown, MD)- The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is proud to announce new pages on its website called "Staycations." With the ever increasing cost of travel, many people are taking time off to enjoy life closer to home, and to visit local attractions. The trend of staying put and traveling locally is called a "staycation," an idea that is catching on throughout the region.
"There is so much to see and do in Washington County," said Tom Riford, President of the Convention and Visitors Bureau. "With people thinking about exploring places that are closer to home, we thought that anyone within driving distance would appreciate these itinerary suggestions. It gives them the opportunity to get out and see new places and experience new things, while keeping travel costs fairly low."
The itineraries are available on the Staycations page of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau website at http://www.marylandmemories.org/staycation.html. The website also features a link to lodging information for guests traveling from outside the area. The link takes visitors to the online booking engine for the CVB where they can reserve a room at area hotels and bed and breakfasts. Directly, the reservation link is: www.marylandmemories.org/book_a_room.html.
Several travel itineraries are posted on the new Staycation section of the website, encouraging local residents to take advantage of Washington CountyR17;s historical attractions and recreational opportunities. There are also itineraries for art aficionados, music lovers, and food connoisseurs.
"With five national parks, eight state parks, over thirty museums, and lots to do, a Washington County Staycation is an attractive idea to the residents of the region," said Tom Riford. "Nationally, the Staycation idea is catching on, especially with challenges in airline travel, higher gasoline costs, and concerns about limited time. According to the Travel Industries Association, and also presented by the Maryland Office of Tourism, Washington County is perfectly located for a positive impact from higher travel costs - because people want to explore opportunities right in their own backyard." Riford said that the Baltimore-Washington, DC Metro Area has over two million people who, according to surveys completed at the beginning of the summer, indicated willingness to vacation closer to home.
"People taking 'staycations' are not necessarily entertaining themselves at home," said Roger Dow, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Travel Industry Association. "On the contrary, many are participating in travel-related activities that generate significant revenues for restaurants, attractions, theme parks, as well as hotels and resorts."
As discussed in the Baltimore Examiner on Sunday August 10, "Hagerstown offers visitors not only the elusive relaxation that money just can't seem to buy, but also great natural attractions, arts and culture, sports, outlet shopping and a college semester's worth of intriguing history. Here, in a small town that might have been a page torn from Norman Rockwell's sketchbook, families can enjoy a wallet-friendly vacation close to home."
Hagerstown is less than 75 miles from DC and Baltimore. "We're close. Our intent is to appeal to a broad range of people," CVB Director of Sales Betsy De Vore said. "There's a little something for everyone, no matter what their interests." De Vore said that both groups and individuals from throughout a two-hour driving distance were increasingly interested in coming to Hagerstown and Washington County. "We have seen more people this summer learning what's here, instead of driving much farther away. Hagerstown is an attractive, and cost-saving get-away."
Some of the Staycation itineraries include "Taste of Tuscany at Antietam," "Hagerstown Restaurant Weeks," Maryland Symphony Orchestra POPS Concert," "Discover Hagerstown's Hidden History," "Historical Hikes and Bikes," "Shots, Stops, and Shops," and "History and Mystery."
The Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization whose mission is to help attract visitors to Hagerstown and Washington County. The CVB helps to create vibrant growth for the local economy by promoting, developing, and expanding the local visitor industry. For more information visit www.marylandmemories.org.

This information was provided by the Hagerstown/Washington County Convention and Visitor's Bureau - www.marylandmemories.com