It is another dreary January day. We see photos of our friends and relatives on beaches and bright places and FOMO (fear of missing out) has never been so real! We are in the weary winter days of Midwestern life and one thing to get you through is … planning your next vacation!

Today, January 28, is National Plan For Vacation Day! What a perfect commemoration to take time and find your next great holiday. And might I recommend a few stops in Stephenson County to help you reminisce how beautiful our area is once the slush melts? 

While our snow-covered hills can be fun for those who enjoy the winter weather, in the next few months it will melt away and become the home to lively wildlife and amazing floral color. These scenic areas draw you to the great outdoors to enjoy bike and hiking paths in Oakdale Nature Preserve, Jane Addams Trail and Hideaway Park among others. The fresh air in your lungs is invigorating for your senses, soul and, of course, your body. 

Stephenson County is never short on enriching experiences for your mind. With dozens of historical and cultural experiences, your vacation time can be spent enlivening passions that you don’t get to indulge on a day-to-day basis.  

If your time in Stephenson County includes a need to refuel after your activities, there are plenty of options to satisfy every palate. Bring the family or just a special someone to experience flavors in every cuisine.  Plenty of restaurants, bars, coffee houses, and brew pubs welcome you to their unique space and menu selections.  

Everyone and every family needs time to recharge and reset. Take the time today to decide what and where it is that will help you find relaxation in the months ahead. Enjoy your #PlanForVacation Day!