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Take a Home Grown Vacation in Vinings

Do you want a little break from the day-to-day grind but don’t have the time for a full vacation? You need a staycation! Pack your bags and book a few nights away right in Vinings for a nice break from the everyday.

My family and I recently spent the weekend at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel and Convention Center, a AAA 4-Diamond hotel located  in the Vinings area. Renaissance Waverly offers all of my favorite amenities for a vacation from a variety of onsite dining options, relaxing garden areas for short walks, a fitness center so I don’t miss a workout and a spa so I can really feel like I’m on a vacation.

One huge benefit for taking a staycation is the shortened travel time. I spend a lot of time traveling for business, and after dealing with all the hassles travel involves, I have learned to value the ability to drive just 30 minutes away to reconnect with my family.

Renaissance Waverly is a luxury hotel in all aspects and staying there for a few days helped me relax so I could concentrate on my family. On our staycation, I was able to let my stress slip away. I slept in and didn’t worry about preparing meals, washing dishes, or doing laundry. I was able to let loose and have a little fun!

Another benefit of taking a staycation is knowing the area well enough to feel safe, but still having the opportunity to act as a tourist. I’ve driven by the Renaissance Waverly all the time and never stopped to realize the beauty of their gardens. I was able to spend some time with my family on the serene walking path where all sounds of the city were totally blocked out. The rooftop pool with a skyline view let me see the city I’ve lived in for most of my adult life in a new way. And I liked it!

A staycation is definitely something worth considering for any family who feels disconnected, unfocused and stressed out. With less time spent getting to a destination, you can have more time spent relaxing and bonding with your family. After being a tourist in our city, you may look at the Vinings area, and maybe yourself, a little differently.

The Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel and Convention Center is located at 2450 Galleria Parkway Atlanta, GA 30339.

Kendra Pierson is one of Atlanta’s top parenting and family travel bloggers, a freelance writer and business owner. She is married with two sons, the oldest of which loves his Smyrna-based elementary school. Read more about Kendra’s adventures on her blog,