There is very little I love more than vacation. I love to travel. I love to go to far off places, see new things, and meet new people. I love to sample new cuisine and experience new cultures. So last spring when my husband suggested a staycation, I almost had a heart attack. I set some ground rules that we had to try and go new places and experience things that we never have. As the week goes, I am sure we will visit some familiar places but for now, we are trying to try new experiences. This blog will chronicle our week and highlight some awesome activities close to home.
Saturday June 16 – Day One
We started today with the hottest day of summer thus far. Me, I love the heat so bring it on. I am feeling much like I am in the tropics so my mindset is ready for vacation. We head into the downtown, park the car and head to the bank.
As with all vacations, we needed some money. So we walked to Chase Bank. I am always in awe of the businesses in Livermore. The service was so friendly and prompt. There was no waiting, we were greeted with a smile and were readily served. Off we went.
We then walked over to Mike’s Café. Mike’s was recently renovated and this is our first time here. Located next door to the Alehouse, Mike’s has a nice atmosphere and excellent variety of breakfast choices. We both opt for the spicy sausage and cheddar cheese omelet. I love that they have the option of substituting fresh fruit for the potatoes and toast. The menu is varied and offers the option of eating on the lighter side or carb loading. Our waitress took excellent care of us. Service was prompt and friendly. I could not have asked more for my first meal on vacation.
The next stop on our tour was the Art Glass Studio. The studio is one of the many in town that participate in the monthly Art Happens This is a program where local studios open their doors for viewing and participating in various art activities. Art Glass has a make and take activity for each of these events and then they also extend the time to the following Saturday. This month, they featured a mosaic glass flag. For 15 dollars, you make the project and then take it home. Roberta, the owner was very helpful and various people in the studio were available for instruction. The studio has many other classes listed on their website. There is no air conditioning so bring some cold water with you to keep hydrated.
Next, we went to Café Art. Café Art is the ceramics studio in town. Here you can paint a piece of art and then they will fire it for you. We then walked around downtown stopping at Doms to look for water filters for my upcoming trip to Fiji. We went into the music store to look at drums, and then to Vans for some local honey. By then it was 105 so we decided to head home.
After refreshing a bit, we headed off to a local home for a wonderful fundraiser for the Relay for Life.
Then we headed over to the Neely’s for an excellent evening of swimming, dinner and fun. Day one complete, we head home and pour into our beds. One reflection on the day, a tremendous benefit of staycation is that you can spend time with people you know and care about and still have the ability to have new experiences. Livermore is a great place for this week. I can't wait to see what the rest of the week brings.