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Newsletter, 7/9/21

Holidays in 2021 will be fewer, longer and closer to home

1. an emphasis on local destinations

Statistics from 2020 support his prediction.

Last year, 72% of Americans didn’t take a summer vacation, but 31% did take a staycation.

Airbnb is expecting this trend to hold strong, too.

They reported that that nearly half of the travelers they surveyed were looking to take a vacation within driving distance of their homes.

Airbnb also reported that bookings within 300 miles of the traveler’s home jumped to 60 percent of all bookings in May 2020, compared to just 40 percent of bookings in February 2020.

Experts at The Economist say that “domestic tourism will boom in 2021.”

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Ralene Nelson, REALTOR®

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What is a Staycation? – And Why You Need One!


A staycation is exactly what it sounds like; a vacation where you stay at or around your home. Many people choose to stay overnight in their own homes during a staycation. Others specifically stay overnight at a hotel to get away from home, but still, stay within close driving distance. In the US, the staycation came about between 2007 and 2010, when the economy took a significant downturn and many people were spending less money.


 Staycations: As great as traditional vacations [or Better!]

When you scroll through social media during the summer or the holidays, you’ll probably see pictures of your friends or extended family enjoying a vacation.

Whether they’re lounging on the beach at an all-inclusive resort, kissing in front of the Eiffel Tower, or smiling while wearing their mouse ears at Disney, your mind shifts into vacation mode.

Then you start thinking about your next adventure.

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Real Estate News

Things to do in Northern California

The California Nursery Specialties Cactus Ranch in Reseda is “a sanctuary, a kind of therapy for people shut off from the natural world.” (Calvin B. Alagot / Los Angeles Times)

Good morning, fellow Escapists. This week, pack your panning-for-gold kit: We’re heading north to Coloma and Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park.You’ll also find more Northern California experiences to add to your summer adventure list, as well as one destination closer to home for Angelenos and a helpful guide to rockhounding.

🌟 Pan for gold in Coloma

“There’s still gold in the Golden State,” Times staffers Andrea Roberson and Casey Miller write in their guide to rockhounding in California. You just have to know where to look.

Rockhounding is what amateur geologists call searching for rocks, minerals and gems. And you guessed it: California is one of the best places in the world to rockhound.

Though rock hounds can no longer find gold on the ground in California, you can discover flakes and nuggets in rivers and streams, Roberson and Miller explain. They recommend searching in Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, where the state’s Gold Rush began in 1848. Even if you’re a beginner, you’re in luck: The park offers 15-minute lessons throughout the day. For more information, visit the park’s website.

Before you start searching for gold, a word of caution: Rockhounding can be dangerous and even illegal if you don’t follow the rules. Roberson and Miller offer a list of directions at the beginning of their guide.

🛶 Run the American River
Speaking of California gold country, here’s another quintessential activity for your summer vacation: rafting the American River.

Times travel writer Christopher Reynolds put running the American River on his list of the 40 best outdoor experiences in California, noting that guides consider it “a perfect introduction to river rafting, thanks to its evocative scenery and relatively mild Class III rapids.”If you’re new to rafting, you’ll want to sign up with a licensed, experienced company. Half-day and all-day trips generally cost $100 to $180 per person, Reynolds explains and will begin north of Placerville below the Chili Bar Reservoir. The middle and north forks of the American River are hot spots for more experienced rafters.

While you’re in the area, stop by Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, mentioned above. Reynolds also recommends a walk and a bite to eat in Placerville.

🌲 Use a rail bike to explore the redwoods last week’s Escapes, I mentioned several reader-submitted destinations for exploring redwood forests. Turns out, they’re the tip of the iceberg when it comes to experiencing impressive views of California’s state tree.A reader recently forwarded me a link to this story about rail biking through Northern California’s redwoods —an adventure I promptly added to my summer wish list. Visitors to Mendocino County can take the Skunk Train rail bikes for a two-hour journey along Pudding Creek and through old-growth redwoods on a historic rail line.Renting an electric rail bike, which holds two riders, costs $250.

🌵 Discover a secret refuge for succulent and cacti lovers

Need a close-to-home adventure this weekend? Can’t stop collecting plants? Look no farther than the California Nursery Specialties Cactus Ranch in Reseda.

The Cactus Ranch is “a magical secret place, the way Diagon Alley in the Harry Potter books was open only to shoppers in the know,” wrote Times staffer Jeanette Marantos in her recent profile of the destination.“ Everywhere in this 3-acre wonderland there are flats and flats of succulents, in so many colors and shapes they look like patchwork quilts laid out on the tables,” Marantos said. Owner David Bernstein is fine with visitors taking their time, posing for photos, and even setting up an easel to paint at the ranch. “I think of this as a sanctuary, a kind of therapy for people shut off from the natural world,” Bernstein told Marantos. “We’re not just selling plants; we’re horticultural therapists here.”The Cactus Ranch is open to the public on weekends from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (5 p.m. in winter). Bring cash or a check; credit cards not accepted.

Source: LA Times

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