We get 13 weeks of “summer” in New England. And you better believe I’m enjoying every ounce of this unleashed, soul warming, daylight filled summer-and I hope you do too.
Yes, I know that June 21st is officially the first day of summer. And that the season ends on Sep. 21, the fall equinox. However, I’ve always lumped up the care free splendidness of summer into the months June-August. Let’s face it-as soon as Labor Day is over the ease and flow that summer brings with it gets washed away with the back to school craziness.
Planning out a care free summer may sound like a paradox, but the planning is half the fun! In fact, a 2010 study from The Journal of Applied Research and Quality of Life, shows that the anticipation drummed up from planning a vacation increases one’s happiness factor. So how does one plan for an amazing summer? Carve out some time, break out your calendar and reach out to the people you most want to include in your summer fun plans.
Make a Game Plan
Look ahead about 4-6 weeks at a time and decide on a few 3 day weekends and a full week or more off. For the longer break, I like to plan it one year in advance, especially because we like to vacation in New England and Air B&B’s or hotels fill up months in advance.
For 3 day weekends you could take at least one long weekend in June and July for a family adventure, like camping or day trips. Once you’ve got a few dates in mind, it’s time to plan them out and of course ask for the time off from work.
Coordinate Dates with Family and Friends
I don’t know about you, but as much as I try to make plans in the winter with friends, it’s just harder. We’re all working our tails off and hibernation mode is in full effect. Summer is just the perfect time to reconnect and enjoy time together outside! Reach out to your family and friends and nail down some dates that you can hit the beach together, enjoy lunch at a vineyard, or try an outdoor adventure like paddle boarding. It’s a great time to get creative and step out of your comfort zone. The best memories are made this way!
This is also the time to start planning your 3 day weekends and longer vacations with family. Maybe you already have a summer tradition in place, and now you just need to pick the perfect weekend together. Or perhaps you’ve always wanted to explore that one hiking trail, but never have, now’s the time to make it happen-after all August will be here in the blink of an eye ; )
Write Out Your Savor Summer List
This is the fun part, actually brainstorming your Savor Summer List! These are your top 5 musts for summer. Decide what you absolutely must do or see this summer. You may find that there’s a number of activities happening in your own state. Pick one of your three day weekends and check out that vineyard you’ve always wanted to have a picnic at.
There are tons of summer activities you can dive into: including concerts and movies in the park, farmers markets, kayaking, beach fun, carnivals, street fairs, and so much more. Grab one of your local town magazines, search the Facebook Events page, and get ready to explore.
I’ve always wanted to go to an event where you get to dress up, such as a Halloween Ball or a Kentucky Derby. This year one of our favorite gems in town, The Blithewold Mansion, is throwing a USO Party called Swing Into Victory. It’s being held on the grounds under a tent with a stunning view of the bay, a swing band, and yes 1940s attire! I can’t wait to swing underneath the stars and make memories.
Discover what lights you up and start building your savor summer list. Because after all, the summers are short in New England, but you can lengthen and enhance your days with just the right amount of planning.