Happy Plan for Vacation Day!

After 2020, it can be hard to even remember what month it is.

Still, time is a precious resource. On average, American workers don’t use 33% of their paid time off.

That’s why there is a National Plan for Vacation Day. Put travel planning on your calendar for Jan. 26.

People who plan ahead are more likely to use their PTO days. And even if you’re not ready to make any RSVPs yet, thinking about a future vacation can be fun!

It doesn’t even have to be a big plan. Mini-breaks and day trips deliver a change in scenery and give you something enjoyable to anticipate.

Here in Calhoun County, you can:

Meet the giraffes

Binder Park Zoo opens on May 1. Once the weather warms up, the giraffes are ready to poke their heads over the observatory on the African savannah. They like to wait until the temps get into the 50s before going outside. Little Freddy, the baby colobus monkey, should be out with his family in the Wild Africa exhibit, as well. You can spend a day at the zoo, followed by a picnic or ice cream at Station 66.

Enjoy small-town charm

Book a night at a B&B, then spend your day in downtown Marshall. Try a legacy restaurant such as Schuler’s or the frisky new Grand River Brewing. Browse stores for everything from books to dog treats. You’re also close to the famous Louie’s Bakery and Dark Horse Brewing. If you stop at the beer garden, you can burn off some of those calories by taking a stroll on the nearby RiverWalk.

Eat internationally

Check out our restaurant listings for food from Italy, Greece, Burma, Malaysia, Germany, Japan, Ireland, Mexico and more. Even if you’re still not sure about air travel, you can still stop by WACO Kitchen, a new restaurant that overlooks the airport.

Play golf

Make vacation planning easy with our Southern Swing stay-and-play packages. Golf is great if you’re looking for an outdoor activity with low stress and maybe some adult beverages. You pick from 15 different golf courses and we’ll book your tee times and hotel rooms.

Bring your kayak

The Kalamazoo winds its way through Calhoun County. With lots of boat launches along the way, you have options for how long you want to be on the river. Plan on a trip for the entire day with stops at parks or go for half an hour with the kids.