Want a Quick Escape in the Midst of COVID-19?


If you are looking for a quick getaway in the midst of COVID-19, then you may find the following ideas interesting and worth pursuing. (Full-Disclosure — I have never been to any of these suggestions. So, I do not endorse them. However, I found the suggestions interesting. They were offered to me by a NY-based PR firm called Bed and Brunch PR.)

In New York:

Salisbury Mills, NY – Pie Eating! — Move over chocolate mint, at the Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast in Salisbury Mills, New York, it’s a slice of pie that greets guests on their pillow for the remainder of this month! The inn, about an hour’s drive from New York City, hopes guests come hungry and ready for sweet dreams, particularly after the incredibly stressful year this has been for everyone.

The pies include cherry pie, cream pie, and the crowd favorite – apple pie. They’re served by “chef’s choice” every night – except on weekends if a wedding party has reserved the full B&B. This year, the B&B shared its secret apple pie with guests as a way to send a little comfort home during the peak of the pandemic. Pie on the Pillow is included with every reservation in September.

In Michigan:

Land and Sea Foliage Getaway in Oscoda, MI — Calling all foliage lovers for the ultimate fall peeping package. Stay two nights at the Huron House Bed and Breakfast in Oscoda, Michigan, and enjoy the vibrant colors of the season. Hike your way through the majestic Huron-Manistee National Forest. The next day, consider a trip on the AuSable River Queen, the only paddlewheel riverboat of its kind in the north! Take in the colors but stay alert for Bald Eagles that perch on the large trees along the river bank. The “land and sea foliage” package includes 2-night stay at the Huron House Bed and Breakfast; Print out of suggestions for colorful Michigan road trips; Complimentary next-day breakfast-in-bed; Complimentary WiFi so you can post your foliage pics; and Complimentary parking at the Huron House. Package costs start at $498 plus taxes and vary by room selection and length of stay.

DIY Apple-Caramel Getaway – Saugatuck, MI — Has the apple got your eye? Come stay at The Hotel Saugatuck in Saugatuck, Michigan, for an apple and caramel lover’s getaway! Start your visit at the nearby Crane Orchards and handpick your own apples. Then return to the lakeside property in the evening for a private in-room caramel for two. The Hotel Saugatuck will provide warm caramel and a selection of toppings so you may dip and ‘decorate’ your freshly picked apples.
Package costs start at $751 plus taxes and vary based on room selection and length of stay. Apple picking is available through early October. Check http://craneorchards.com/ for specifics.

In Texas:

Courtesy: Jumping Rock Photography

Pumpkin Patch Hayride with Photography — Stay at BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch and take a hayride from the barn to our Enchanted Lake this October, then to our pumpkin patch, where you’ll pick your very own pumpkin! While you’re here, get ready to smile for the camera! Our award-winning photographer will take journalistic photos of you and your loved ones among the boldest colors of the season. BYO pumpkin carving kit and after, carve funny, silly, or spooky faces into your pumpkin at the barn. Take photos and enter into our “Creative Pumpkin Carving Contest” that will be held on Saturday, October 31st. An independent judge will pick the winner from the photos who will receive a one-night (week-day stay) in the future at BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch!v(winner will be notified by phone/email) $89 for up to a family of 4 (plus the cost of accommodations & tax). Call us to customize or add additional guests. Upgrade to a 30-minute mini photoshoot for just your group for $299 or a private 2-hour session on the patch or elsewhere on the ranch with Skeeter Hagler, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, for $499. For kids under 10 years old, consider adding a 30-minute lead line Children’s Horseback Ride for an extra memorable experience $39. This package is only available to guests of the BlissWood Bed and Breakfast Ranch and is available October 1- 31, 2020.


In California:

Fall in Love with Life – Mendocino, CA — Arrive at Stanford Inn and Resort in Mendocino, California, and smell the Pacific. Watch the sunset over the Pacific from your deck and then sit down in front of your fire listening to the crackle of the burning wood. Package includes Room with a wood-burning fireplace, a private deck overlooking gardens and out toward the Bay, and a king-size bed. Canoeing, kayaking, or paddle both on Big River Estuary, California’s longest undeveloped Mountain bike on old logging roads and trails. Join a yoga session. Experience a Forest massage. Get three-course dinners selected from the Ravens’ menu each night. Chef prepared organic breakfasts each morning. Afternoon dessert tastings. 2 Nights – $1275 plus 11% tax/fees(2-nights, double occupancy, 2 massage treatments)

Courtesy: Skeeter Hagler Photography

If you have any other suggestions, please post in the comment section below! Stay safe and enjoy your time away!