Your well-deserved holiday is still in the planning stages, and you still have a decision to make: do you go urban or rural? Maybe your significant other likes the bright lights and activity of the city, while you like the simplicity of camping out. You can find a happy compromise, however, with a nice stay in the countryside.
Not Necessarily Rural
Quite often, the person who loves city lights may consider anything less than Broadway to be rural and isolated. However, there are plenty of smaller towns and communities that will offer not only quality accommodations, they may actually top the big names in the city.
The big city hotels certainly offer quick access to the activities downtown, but you have to share the space with countless other people. And, you usually have to pay exorbitant prices for the convenience. However, a stay in the countryside near a big city will give you quick access to the activities you crave, and allow you privacy and a good sleep-in, if you want. The smaller hotels, bed and breakfasts, and inns in the surrounding areas are usually less expensive, and offer the same amenities, if not more than their flashier competition a few minutes away.
Change of Venue
A holiday in the countryside can also give you an entire new outlook. An inn overlooking a lovely lake, or a B&B located on a shady, curving cobbled street can provide you with a serene venue that calms your mind and restores your soul. Don’t worry, the city is just a few minutes away. In the meantime, take a stroll on the heaths, or add a rock to a retaining wall around a sheep pasture.
Plenty to Do
There is certainly plenty to do when you venture to the countryside. Bistros, cafes, B&Bs, and local dining establishments often set records for their specialized cuisine. There are small museums and art galleries that showcase artists and artifacts you’ve never seen, and it’s all within walking distance of your hotel. You can enjoy almost private showings, at times.
Most smaller towns have bands, choirs, or orchestras. Sure, you may not hear expert performances equal to the London Philharmonic, but, as American composer Charles Ives said, “True music comes from the heart of the participants.”
Access to Nature
You would be surprised to find out how many wildlife preserves are in any given area. Nature walks, historic trails, and ancient ruins are fascinating, carrying their own aura and stimulating the senses. The sound of wind coursing across a meadow, the scent of salt in the air, and the clear sunlight on bright green pastures and the beautiful large planters create their own place in your niche in your spirit. And, that’s something you don’t get in the city.
Besides saving money on your country stay, you can find yourself with better accommodations. While a hotel may offer a hot tub in the swimming area, you can quite often find a whirlpool tub in your bath at the B&B. So, give the countryside a try. You’ll find a new holiday destination.