Side Walks: June’s Book of the Month Giveaway

While summer vacation is perfect for exploring an exotic land or new-found city, it’s also a lovely opportunity to discover unnoticed sights and sounds, even flavors, in your own back yard. For the latter, illustrator Kate Pocrass created this fun alternative journal. Inspired by this summer’s annual road trip stylebook, Adventures in Style, we’re offering you the opportunity to win a copy of Side Walks: A Journal for Exploring Your City.

This charming journal is your guide as you “wander, discover, and document the unexpected everyday charms of the city you call home.” So in the spirit of discovery, we passed it around the office for two weeks, filling it out and sharing our discoveries. And as you can see in the collage below, this book is filled with fun prompts that urge you to make lists of the foods you’ve indulged in, to find fun colors in the world around you, and to “sit, relax, and observe” the world around you. How often do you just right fly past the quirky details of your very own neighborhood while running from here to there?

Side Walks has inspired me to rediscover my own little corner of San Francisco, and I’m sure it will do the same for you! If you’d like a chance to win a free copy of this book, join the discussion by leaving a comment below in regards to this month’s topic.

Imagine taking a “staycation” in your hometown. Where would you go?

  • You have until Thursday, June 28, 2012, to participate.
  • Though you may leave comments after the above date, any comments left after 11:59 p.m. PT on June 28 will not qualify.
  • Only comments left on this blog post will be counted into the giveaway.
  • We will contact you via e-mail if you are a winner.
  • For more information, please see our Contests & Comments page.

As always, we can’t wait to read what you have to say! Happy travels wherever you go!


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    Rachael 06/21/2012 at 7:57 am #

    I’m up in Metro Detroit but I love hanging around the riverwalk area of Detroit – the views over the river to Canada are gorgeous and it’s always lovely to spend some time in the nature reserve down there.

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    Laura 06/21/2012 at 8:06 am #

    I live in downtown Toronto, ON and my hubby and I love exploring the neighbourhoods near our loft. We randomly found the strangest house on the weekend that had hundreds and hundreds of toys and stuffed animals all over their porch, front lawn and fence. Most were decaying and faded. It was creepy, but I’m still glad we stumbled upon it.

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    Anna 06/21/2012 at 8:11 am #

    I’ve lived in New Orleans for most of the last 13 years, and it feels like I never run out of cool new places to explore. If I were planning a staycation here, I’d get a room at a quaint little B&B somewhere in the Marigny neighborhood, then spend the weekend wandering the Marigny, Bywater and French Quarter with new eyes. I’d take my time checking out everything new in the art galleries, take photos of the architecture and people, and seek out the best Pimm’s Cup and Sazerac at cocktail hour. I’d budget for at least one ‘fancy’ time-honored restaurant like Antoine’s or Galatoire’s, and try one exciting newer place, like Stella or Sylvain, and follow up a nice dinner with a late-night ghost tour in the French Quarter. I’d spend my Sunday afternoon exploring City Park, and visiting the sculpture gardens at NOMA, maybe even play up my cheesy side by visiting the park’s ferris wheel and carousel. Now that I’m planning all this out, I want to do it NOW!

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    Sarah 06/21/2012 at 8:11 am #

    I love our hometown brewery in Kalamazoo Michigan, Bell’s Brewery. It’s so nice to enjoy nature in their “beer garden” while having a locally made drink. I would for sure go there, and probably browse our downtown.

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    Lauren 06/21/2012 at 8:14 am #

    I have only lived in my current city, Lincoln, Nebraska for one year, so I have lots to discover about this town. For a staycation in my town, I would probably choose to take an unguided walking tour of the downtown area since you can only see so much downtown through a car windo. I would make sure I eat at one of the three greasy spoons I have seen, and stay one night at the most luxurious hotel in town, and another night at the cheapest, seediest hotel in town!!

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    Anna H. 06/21/2012 at 8:18 am #

    My friend and I are having a lot of fun finding new restaurants and activities that we’ve never tried but are unique to our city (Cincinnati, OH)! So far we’ve gone hiking at the ancient Indian burial grounds, seen museums and tried some delicious ice cream!

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    Carlijn Bakker 06/21/2012 at 8:32 am #

    I live in the Dutch Bible Belt, although I never appreciated it until recently, this might help me discover the beauty in it! I would love the see all the crafts they have about here! Sadly the are dying out a bit along with the traditional dresses.

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    Kimberly Michelle Adamski 06/21/2012 at 8:46 am #

    I have always lived in CT; my hometown is near New Haven. But now I live at the University of Connecticut and I call that home. If I was to go on a staycation, I’d probably visit the local student-run farm for one of their volunteer days, and go to the winery/vinyard one town over for a wine tasting; then perhaps drive an hour to Six Flags!

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      Eliza 06/21/2012 at 2:11 pm #

      Connecticutie too? 🙂

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    Abra 06/21/2012 at 9:32 am #

    I’ve lived in Austin for almost three years, and I still feel like I don’t know the city as well as I would like. I’ve spent almost all my time downtown or on South Congress. I have recently decided that I’m going to try and eat at new (to me) restaurants every time we eat out. And I’m going to try to hit more happy hours, because it’s right there in the title. Happy. Hour.

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    Suzi Smith 06/21/2012 at 9:49 am #

    I live in San Francisco too and LOVE this pictures, especially the Peace Pagoda in Japantown. Such a beautiful part of this diverse City!

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    Steph D. 06/21/2012 at 10:07 am #

    I live in Fairfax, Virginia, an old civil war town. On a stay-cation, I’d stay at the historic Bailiwick Inn (fully enjoying their afternoon tea, garden, and French restaurant). I’d go to a show at the Art League Gallery and a Fairfax Symphony Orchestra concert. And there are a ton of cute shops in the downtown area too!

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    Brittany Smith 06/21/2012 at 10:46 am #

    I live in a very small town…a staycation for me would involve a trip to the local winery, visiting the alpacas, having a picnic by the pond, and spending an afternoon in the library!

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    Katie 06/21/2012 at 10:54 am #

    I’m currently in Europe visiting my family, but I live in Miami and I would go to Biscayne Bay – lots of great people watching to do there!

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    Stephanie 06/21/2012 at 11:18 am #

    I live in Colorado so I am surrounded by the mountains, the Colorado river, wildlife and all kinds of beauty. There is so much to do here – rafting, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, 4-wheeling. A “staycation” for me would be packing a picnic lunch and heading out in the morning with my husband and young son on the 4-wheeler, hiking in the woods, enjoying lunch by a crystal-clear stream and then relaxing with a good book while my husband and son fish.

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    Jane 06/21/2012 at 11:40 am #

    A staycation in my home city of Vancouver, Canada, would involve hiking in the nearby mountains, walking around Stanley Park, and trying international cuisine in the city’s multicultural downtown.

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    Jane Whittingham 06/21/2012 at 11:41 am #

    A staycation in my home city of Vancouver, Canada, would involve hiking in the nearby mountains, walking around Stanley Park, and trying international cuisine in the city\’s multicultural downtown.

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    Emily 06/21/2012 at 11:54 am #

    I live in what, at first glance, you’d think is just your average American suburb. I’ve lived in the same town all of my life, and yet, I rarely tire of my surroundings. Suburbs in the Bay Area are, in my opinion, some of the best places to live. With the closeness of world-famous cities (ie: San Francisco) and a thriving theatre, art, and fashion scene, what more could a girl want? If I’m feeling outdoorsy, I can climb Mission Peak or go over to Lake Elizabeth to get closer to the ducks and the geese by kayaking. While I love traveling, I enjoy a nice little staycation every now and then. For me, a staycation would have to involve going to one of the local farmers markets, stopping by some antique shops in the historic part of town, and then going to the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum to watch some Charlie Chaplin films filmed right here in Fremont, California.

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    Mae East 06/21/2012 at 12:41 pm #

    I live in Maryland, minutes from the South Mountain section of the Appalachian Trail. I would love to backpack here with my hubby and kids and hike the 40 miles to Harper’s Ferry WV, an old civil war town. We would dine at one of the quaint eateries, and then grab some ice cream at the stand and enjoy it by the confluence of rivers. Then go for a cool swim, climb some rocks, and go back home. I would then sneak out on my own the following day and browse the antique booths at the many warehoused-sized antique malls and snag a few vintage toys and jewelry. Oh well, we leave for KC, MO+KS soon for a wedding. So no staycation, just 2,000 miles round trip by car with our 1, 2, and 3 year old kids. Fun! ; ) Seriously, less energy would be spent hiking 40 miles! lol

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    Melinda 06/21/2012 at 1:10 pm #

    I live in Brisbane, Australia, and have lived here for most of my life – yet I feel like I’ve never really explored my city and I just know that there is a wealth of interesting places and culture to discover. Brisbane is often overlooked as a city as a boring kind of place, especially compared to the bigger and busier cities of Melbourne and Sydney, but there’s plenty to see and do during a staycation here! I’d take a long walk through the city centre to discover the little cafes and specialty stores that are tucked away from the main mall. I’d explore the Cultural Centre district – walk through the museum, check out the exhibitions in the State Library and the Gallery of Modern Art, see what shows are on at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. I’d have a picnic in a picturesque spot in South Bank, near the Brisbane River, and keep an eye out for one of the free events that always seem to be going on there. I’d explore the quirky boutiques in West End – something I’ve wanted to do for ages but still haven’t tried yet. I’m sure my city has lots to reveal to me if I take the time to stop and look!

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    Sug 06/21/2012 at 1:23 pm #

    We live in a very little town in Wyoming. 🙂 I would go to our aquatic center and go swimming. Followed by a McFlurry treat at McDonalds. Then we would visit the local free Homesteader Museum. Next I would probably go up in the Big Horn Mountains, and visit one of my favorite waterfalls: 5-Springs. We would climb up the tumbling waterfall to the base of the main waterfall – getting soaked of course. Then after the climb, enjoy a lovely picnic by the stream, and watch the sunset.

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    Eliza 06/21/2012 at 2:10 pm #

    Living in a teeny, meeny town in Connecticut means that I have to travel quite far away to enjoy a “staycation”. But, I would definitely check out an organic farm that sells alpaca wool…or stay in the beautiful Norwich Inn and Spa. Both of these are beautiful places to relax and forget about stress! 🙂

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    Jennifer 06/21/2012 at 2:13 pm #

    I live in Utah. I feel like there is nothing around me but maybe with the help of this book, I can find something interesting!

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    GoodbyeNavi 06/21/2012 at 2:28 pm #

    I live in Georgia and am always stumbling upon new things here. We have a resort that has a Vineyard Festival every year that allows for grape stomping, wine tasting, and serene surroundings. I would strut around with my pinky in the air as I stomped on grapes in a classy ModCloth frock. I would then most likely fall over out of the grape stomping canisters as I’m clumsy. The festival is on a Sunday so it would be just capping off the end of the staycation. The days prior to that would include finding new parks to explore in the city to snap Instagram pictures of the gigantic squirrels that must be some form of mutation and have taken over the trees. I’ve always wanted to stay at a bed and breakfast so we would spend a lovely night at one. I would pretend I was Scarlet O’Hara and visit the Margaret Mitchell house dressed again in a lovely ModCloth outfit and swoon over the apartment in which my character was born.

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    Christina 06/21/2012 at 3:20 pm #

    I live in So Cal and am surrounded by pretty much everything… the beach, the mountains, the dessert and I still haven’t done it all in my 27 years of existence. I would love to hike every trail around my parts if possible. And explore every national park or gardens. 🙂

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    Carly E. 06/21/2012 at 3:37 pm #

    I currently reside in the quaint little town of Ypsilanti, MI. Beautiful in its entirety, my staycation would involve discovering all of its quirky little nuances. I would spend the day perusing the individual shops in our historic Depot Town, having lunch at Sidetracks (a local favorite for hamburgers), venturing on an evening bike ride through the city, and ending the day relaxing on my front porch with friends, watching the sun set on the Ypsilanti water tower.

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    Suzanne 06/21/2012 at 3:40 pm #

    I love doing staycations! It’s what I’m all about! Being from Windsor, Ontario, my staycation would consist of starting my day with breakfast at this place called Taloola Cafe. It’s very healthy minded and eco friendly and is located in a really old part of town. It also has these really neat multi-coloured, beaded chandeliers! After breakfast, I would stop at my favourite vintage store, Jones and Co which is a few minutes walk away. Since I would be saving so much money by vacationing in my own city, I would splurge on some fancy costume jewelry and maybe some over-the-top fascinators. After my shopping spree, I’d need to do some relaxing, so I’d pack up and go to Point Pelee in nearby Leamington, the southern most point of Canada. If I was feeling athletic that day, I might walk to the point, and if I was feeling lazy, I’d lounge on one of the beaches. After a day out in the sun, I’d come back into the city, and have a drink on a patio. When my staycation day was complete, I could walk home – I live in downtown Windsor. A perfect day if you ask me!

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    Jean 06/21/2012 at 4:00 pm #

    I live in Western Australia, haha ‘staycations’ are basically the only holiday we do!! I would definitely go to the beach for a day, even though it’s winter at the moment! I love taking pictures so the beach is perfect. Since it isn’t only relaxing, but also great for taking photos!

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    Nana 06/21/2012 at 6:00 pm #

    Downtown São Paulo (Brazil) would be my choice, definitely! The region is quite big and it never lacks interesting and unusual things/people to see. I also love-love-love stretching in a patch of grass, so another option would be finding alternatives to the most known (and annoyingly crowded) parks. Finally, maybe a walking tour that includes some bizarre facts about the city would be another nice thing to do on a ‘staycation’.

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    Julie 06/21/2012 at 6:16 pm #

    I live in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada and there are a lot of great restaurants, bakeries and cafes downtown that I haven’t visited yet. If I had the money, I would go downtown every day to a new place and try some new delicious food or drink.

    After stuffing myself with tasty food, I would take a walk by the Otonabee River to work off that food and to enjoy the view! And if it was too hot to do that, then I would probably go into the cinema to enjoy a movie or wander around Peterborough Square and try to find hidden treasures in the stores! 🙂

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    Tasha 06/21/2012 at 6:16 pm #

    I live in Winnipeg canada, and i would take a stroll down the wonderful riverbanks in my city!

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    Taylor 06/21/2012 at 7:09 pm #

    I live in Winnipeg, Canada. I would stay in the oldest, grandest hotel in the city the Fotgary. I’d eat breakfast at Stella’s café, stroll down Wellington Cresent, take a shopping trip to Rhymes with Orange and then have a healthy gourmet burger at UnBurger! All while wearing a darling peterpan collared dress 🙂

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    Agatha 06/21/2012 at 9:46 pm #

    I would probably go to Old Town in Pasadena. There are a bunch of stores that sell designer brands to vintage clothing and tons of restaurants. So I’m exaggerating a bit because Old Town is really only about four blocks, at least the main part of it is. Even though I’ve lived in Pasadena my whole life, I don’t go to Old Town often which is quite a shame because there are a several hidden places that can bring wonderful memories such as a wolf statue that some people sit on. It’s weird, but it’s just great.

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    C 06/22/2012 at 5:19 am #

    I don’t really have a “hometown,” but I am living near DC, and I’ve seen the museums and walked around the Mall, but there are still so many places I haven’t seen in the city. I’m also not that far from some great hikes in Virginia and West Virginia, so I could go back and forth between urban exploration and wandering in the woods.

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    Patty 06/22/2012 at 6:00 am #

    I live in Atlanta and I would “travel” up Buford Highway – a mecca for authentic ethnic eats!

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    Emily 06/22/2012 at 6:26 am #

    I live in Ann Arbor. Now that I am not an undergraduate student I’ve been wanting to discover Ann Arbor outside of just the school

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    elpatte 06/22/2012 at 6:27 am #

    I live in Ann Arbor, MI. Now that I am no longer an undergraduate student, I’ve really wanted to get to know Ann Arbor outside of just the school!

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    Alison J. 06/22/2012 at 7:21 am #

    I live in NYC but I still haven’t seen ALL of NYC … Governor’s Island for example. I’d love to head there, rent bicycles and have a picnic lunch. I’ve also heard their ‘Jazz Age’ Lawn Party is a lot of fun.

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    Naama 06/22/2012 at 8:41 am #

    I’ve actually taken a ‘staycation’ in my town before – it was great. A staycation in Tel-Aviv must start with breakfast in one of the dozens of great cafes around town. Full Israeli breakfast: Herb omelet, freshly cut salad, bread, cheese, jam and coffee. Nobody has the time for such a breakfast on a normal day, but hey, we are on a statcation. And then a stroll in the White city admiring the (rather eclectic) architecture and imagining how those buildings will look when renovated. And then coffee in the Boulevard, because it’s the best place in the world for people-watching. And the – a bike ride to the flea market in Jaffa. Old and new, expensive and cheap all in the same morning. Perfect.

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    Maddie Swab 06/22/2012 at 10:26 am #

    For a staycation in Atlanta, GA, I would go to Little 5 Points and shop around. There are so many things to do there!

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    Lucy 06/22/2012 at 10:26 am #

    Living in the south, a staycation to me would be hanging out with my family and friends and exploring different parks, shops, and restraunts. I am a big fan of trying out new things so any new place I could go or activity I could try out would be an amazing staycation. There are so many different things I haven’t seen in my hometown, I would love to discover them with the help of this book :).

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    pixelsandlace 06/22/2012 at 11:08 am #

    I live in Marco Island/ Naples. For a Staycation I would start by going to our awesome beaches and beach bunny it up in the white powdery sands or jet ski with the dolphins. I would also follow with heading to down town Naples and enjoy a coffee of craft beer at the Pub or any of the small cafes and bars. It is also a great area to do art since there is always an art walk going on or, you can set up and paint any where, any time. Lastly even if the weather is bad I can always take a board out and skin board on the streets if it floods. I would call that awesome

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    Abby Isackson 06/22/2012 at 11:47 am #

    A staycation in Springfield MO would have to include stopping at several of the wonderful flea markets we have around town, trying out some of the new restaurants as there are always a new one to try, drop by one of our many farmers markets and pick up some yummy fresh food, pop into Mother’s brewery and take a tour and stroll down historic Commercial Street and check out shop including the Askinosie chocolate shop. Eeeee! I am looking forward to my staycation. You have inspired me to take one.

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    Berta 06/22/2012 at 11:55 am #

    Staycation in the suburbs of Atlanta would include a trip to Callaway Gardens, talking to strangers, camping in the wilderness, and finally getting on my friends jet ski.

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    Juliette Gold 06/22/2012 at 12:10 pm #

    When we just moved to Israel, my mom used to take me on “exploration missions” around the town. It made us get used to the new place and feel at home.

    A lovely “staycation” would be taking mom on a nostalgic day through our old route.

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    Ashly 06/22/2012 at 12:20 pm #

    I live way uptown in Manhattan. If I were to have a staycation here I would get a hotel room in a bustling downtown neighborhood and just explore all of the awesome restaurants and bars in that area. The best part about living in NYC is that from one end of the island to the other, it feels like you really are in an entirely different place.

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    Heather 06/22/2012 at 2:48 pm #

    I live in the small city of Fort Wayne, IN. For a “staycation” in my hometown, I would stay at the Hilton hotel at the Grand Wayne center in the heart of the city. I would spend my day downtown taking in the sights of the spectacular buildings and beautiful parks. Fort Wayne’s famous Coney Island restaurant would be on the menu for lunch. For dinner, you have your choice of many ethnic restaurants downtown and throughout the city. At the end of the day, I would see a show at the Embassy theatre, or, depending on the season, I would catch a baseball game in the new Fort Wayne Tincaps stadium. It would be a truly wonderful day! 🙂

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    Lauren Elizabeth Anderson 06/22/2012 at 6:20 pm #

    I’m in Charleston, South Carolina. My dream staycation would be taking a private carriage ride around the city, shopping at our fabulous market with an endless supply of money, eating at a restaurant way outside of my budget, and running into one of our town celebrities, Bill Murray or Stephen Colbert! I’d end the day at a historic house turned bed-and-breakfast.

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    Mimi 06/22/2012 at 6:52 pm #

    I live near Washington D.C. I go to the Eastern Market because I have only been there once before and felt that I didn’t get a good look at everything that it had to offer. There are so many other places in D.C that I haven’t ever glanced at, and it feels wrong to have lived here my whole life and not truly know what is in my city.

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    Kayla 06/22/2012 at 8:22 pm #

    On my dream staycation I would visit the places that I don’t normally get to go. I would stay in a local hotel. The next day I would take in brunch at a local french bakery, tour the rose garden in the park, visit the art museum, I would also love to take a tour of a local theater here which has been around since the early 1900’s. There are so many tunnels in and under it, it has such great history. I would then finish my day with a dinner at a local gourmet restaurant. It would be a great day, and come to think of it, something that I should do as soon as possible!

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    cassandra 06/22/2012 at 10:03 pm #

    I live in a very small town adjacent to the state capital, so most of my time is spent(and most of my friends live) roughly an hour away. I probably should become reacquainted with my hometown! I would probably begin my adventure by having coffee and a pastry at a local bakery/café I haven’t been to in years. Then I’d spend the rest of the morning riding around town on my bike, taking pictures and shopping for something special at one of the myriad antique and vintage shops along the main street, and visit the history museum. Afterwards I would wander over to the park, where the weekly farmers’ market is held, and find something to munch on for lunch as well as some fresh produce and bread. I’d like to end the day by inviting a few friends over and using the food from the farmers’ market to make a fancy dinner(I’ve heard one shouldn’t cook during a staycation, but one of my favorite things is making good food for people I love).

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    kathy m 06/23/2012 at 6:03 am #

    In Toronto I would love to visit the CN tower again! You can never get tired of that view! They just started last year the Edge Walk, you can actually walk on the outside rim of the tallest building in North America! You’re literally just attached to the building by a few wires! Really scary but to say you’ve done it must be amazing!!

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    Ashley H 06/23/2012 at 10:08 am #

    In Winnipeg, Manitoba we have the Exchange District, it is over 100 years old and full of restaurants, vintage clothing stores, bars, art galleries, and in the centre is Old Market Square where there is a stage in a small park where performances are held for jazz, theatre, reggae and anything else. It’s a little off my beaten path and I never seem to get down there as often as I wish I did.

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    Ella 06/23/2012 at 10:20 am #

    I’m another fellow torontonian. I love my city, and I love that there is still so much I haven’t seen or smelt or tasted! On my staycation I would take the ferry over to Centre Island. It’s got all- beaches (even, shockingly, a nude one! ) You can go kayaking or canoeing, and they rent tandem bikes or even four-person bikes. The island is huge and offers great views of Lake Ontario. There’s even a haunted lighthouse and an amusement park! It feels like you’ve gotten away from the hustle and bustle of everyday city life, and you can really take the time to sit, relax, and drink in the beauty of life around you. Especially with the killer view of our Toronto skyline! Love it.

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    Carla Pullum 06/23/2012 at 2:14 pm #

    I would go to the Oceanside Harbor and make it a beach stay vacation!!!

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    margriet 06/23/2012 at 2:15 pm #

    I would go to the old city wall in my town. it’s still there from the middleages partly surrounding the city center. You can even go on the wall and look at the world from a whole new perspective. I live in the city center and sometimes I walk past it and it reminds me how pretty it is where I live. there is also water around the city center and I like to wander around to discover new places.

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    Shannon 06/23/2012 at 5:44 pm #

    When I was in the military, I lived where I was told to live. Now that I’m out, I just moved to the first place I’ve chosen on my own: Los Angeles. There is so much to see and I can’t wait to discover it all!

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    Austin Pence 06/23/2012 at 9:41 pm #

    I live in Baltimore, MD & some people think that its pretty gross, scary, dirty, etc., but if I were to take a “staycation”, I would go to Fell’s Point, close to the city, but far enough away. It has cobble stone streets, gelato shops, and old record store, kayaks and boats (right next to the water), and even history (Homicide: Life on the Street building). It’s very nice and definitely a place to visit!

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    Mari 06/23/2012 at 10:10 pm #

    I live in Cedar Springs, Michigan, the smallest small town in the world. When I want to have a staycation, I simply go to the nearest city, Grand Rapids. We’re so little, we’re grouped in with Grand Rapids on the weather map! For my staycations in our city, I go to art museums, letting my fingertips drift aimlessly, inches away from local masterpieces. Once a year, when artprize comes to town, the entire city comes alive in a celebration of culture and visual splendor. Can you ask for a better place to stage a staycation than the birthplace of the largest art festival in the United States?

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    Kimberley McGill 06/25/2012 at 2:25 am #

    it would be lovely to go home to new orleans and explore – there is never a dull part to the city that has my heart, and to explore the city is to discover her diverse people too. i adore that city!

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    Wendy Morgan 06/25/2012 at 6:52 am #

    I live in the country, the little town of Embden 2 miles north and Chaffee 3 miles east. By little I mean neither town is really a town, they are recognized as villages. They do not have post offices and share the same zip code. They each have. Front street and a back street, around five blocks long. One town has a Farmers Union Station and the other has a bar.
    So what is there to do on a staycation? Well you can head south on the dirt road to the wildlife refuge. If you are quiet enough you will be able to watch deer, coyotes, rabbits, turkeys, and the like before they spot you and run off. Walking through the shelter belts in search of lost sheds from the deer that use the trees as their private corridor while moving from corn field to bean field. Grab the shotguns and shoot clay pigeons in the back field. Ending the day sitting around a fire watching shooting stars and fireflies.

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    Jen 06/25/2012 at 1:37 pm #

    I’m currently living in Richmond, VA… if I had some time for a staycation, I’d definitely try to visit the art museum and spend some time outside at one of the parks like Maymont. Not to mention grabbing a few friends for dinner and drinks at some point! 🙂

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    Stephanie Ward 06/25/2012 at 3:10 pm #

    I live in Lewistown, IL. For my staycation, I would visit Dickson Mounds Museum. It is located over an old Native American city and burial grounds. I would also visit the historic places referenced in Edgar Lee Masters’s book Spoon River Anthology. There is also a small blacksmith museum that I have never been inside on Main Street. Although our town is tiny, there is much to learn that I haven’t taken advantage of fully.

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    Kelly 06/25/2012 at 3:30 pm #

    I have lived in Colorado Springs, CO for just over a year. When we moved here I began exploring (and blogging about) my new city by street through the alphabet. Sometimes I’ve driven down the street and sometimes walked. I’ve done A,B,C and D so on a staycation I’d probably pick a street starting with the letter E to explore! This journal would be a great accompaniment! Kelly

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    Clarissa Fidler 06/25/2012 at 3:37 pm #

    I’m from Seattle, WA but I currently live in Chicago, IL. I move here last September to attend graduate school. Everyday I am amazed at how much the city has to offer but working and going to school definitely take my attention away from all of the beauties around me. For my staycation, I would go into every store and restaurant on the main street in my neighborhood. I walk down it for 1.5 miles to go to work everyday but I have yet to visit all of the amazing establishments. There’s everything from a Brazilian restaurant to a pastoral wine and cheese shop. Plus, famous Lake Shore drive is at the end of my block and I haven’t been to the lake yet this summer. It’s a sin!

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    fidlerc 06/25/2012 at 3:39 pm #

    I’m from Seattle, WA but currently live in Chicago, IL. I move to Chicago last September to start graduate school. For my staycation, I would eat at every restaurant and go into every store along the main street in my neighborhood. I walk 1.5 miles on it everyday to work but have barely sampled the fine cuisines or enjoyed the many shops. School and work distract me from taking in everything around me.

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    Caroline 06/25/2012 at 5:25 pm #

    I live in an area with no transportation and not much to do…but the trail running is great! There is a cute little beach around the corner from my house right on the river, and just yesterday I took my boyfriend on a picnic in the grass. It was nice to find such a gem!

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    Juliana 06/26/2012 at 1:10 am #

    I’m a student in San Francisco and I love to explore the city’s radically different districts. Not just for admiring cute coffee shops or determining who has the best park, but also for the street art. I’m fascinated by the murals found on almost every block, all painted with love and care. My current favorite discoveries are the colorful stenciled koi fish found swimming on the sidewalks of the Castro and the “Peaceful Hearts” Banksy in Chinatown!

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    Marissa 06/26/2012 at 7:46 am #

    I’m from a really small town in Pennsylvania, but PA boasts that no matter where you go in the state, you are only at most 15 minutes away from a national historic site. I’d take the time to visit all of my favorites as part of a marathon day: Friendship Hill, Fort Necessity, Braddock’s Grave, and Falling Water.

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      Mae East 07/13/2012 at 10:00 pm #

      If you visit Falling Water, try and visit Kentuck Knob too, another FLW designed house not far away. It has a nice sculpture garden there as well!

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    Savannah 06/26/2012 at 9:43 am #

    Currently, i’m living in Columbus, Georgia, and i’m always up for new things to do, as adventure is my favourite pastime. For a staycation, I would probably stay at an old loft hotel downtown, and walk the riverwalk, and enjoy the nightlife and the local music scene. Then perhaps I would go kayaking down the river, as i’ve always seen people do it, but never tried it. To top off the staycation, I would try a local restaurant that i’ve never been to, and hopefully find that the food is as delicious as the vibe! The great thing about adventuring in your own town is that you can bring as many or as few friends as you like, and you can enjoy something you’ve never enjoyed before, right in your own back yard.

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    Margaret 06/26/2012 at 10:50 am #

    San Francisco for sure! I live in the Bay Area but I haven’t really explored San Francisco very much because of the commute and the traffic. I usually go for big events but I’d love to just spend a couple of days wandering the streets with a handy book to guide me along the way!

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    Lidia Varesco Design 06/26/2012 at 11:02 am #

    My 10-month old son and I met a friend in Chicago’s Millennium Park this weekend and I told myself we have to do this more often! We live just a few miles away, so there’s so excuse.

    I would like to go back to Millennium Park, visit the Lurie Gardens and have lunch at the Art Institite garden afterwards. Of course, shopping on State St. would be nice…if Little One agrees!

    Can’t wait to see the book…

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    Eugene Wang 06/27/2012 at 10:22 am #

    I live in Chronicle Book’s hometown, San Francisco. So many neighborhoods to explore. I live in the inner sunset, but love venturing around the Mission or Outer sunset. So many great places to eat and shop and historical spots.

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    Ashlie 06/27/2012 at 10:47 am #

    The theme of my staycation would be to remember what it means to be southern and to embrace that. I want to remember what it felt like to move back to the South after living in the Midwest for a couple of years. Everything felt fresh and new then. I live in Winston-Salem, NC, a small southern city right in the middle of the state. I would step back in time and explore the old Moravian part of town with historic buildings and charm. I’d try to catch some fireflies, check out some of the vintage shops in the West End, take a drive over to a local dairy farm called Goat Lady Dairy, sample some wines at a nearby winery, and go on a BBQ eating marathon to find the best around. I’d check out the farmer’s markets and finally try that new local taco truck. I’d spend a day at the local museums (SECCA and the Reynolda House) too. It’s been too long since I’ve done that. Oh and I’d finally try that new upscale southern style restaurant downtown that everyone is raving about – Spring House.

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    Astrid Fernandez 06/27/2012 at 10:57 am #

    I live in Queens, NYC. I would go down to Far Rockaway, hang out on the boardwalk, go surfing, grab some tacos, and enjoy the sunshine. I would also go to Governor’s Island and ride around on my bike and have a picnic on the grass. And for a little culture, I would do a day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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    Crystal 06/27/2012 at 5:33 pm #

    I grew up in New Haven, Connecticut. There is so much more to this city than Yale University. The arts community is vibrant, the food scene is great and there is a wonderful history. xo

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    Savannah 06/27/2012 at 5:39 pm #

    I live in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Needless to say, there isn’t much to do here. But when I need to go somewhere to be inspired and feel jazzed up, I go to the Coffee House On Cherry Street. This place has it all. The atmosphere is laid back, and there is always great, typically folk, music playing. The furniture is quirky and adorable, and the baristas/bakers are probably the coolest people I know. CHOCS gives some much needed color to this otherwise bleak city.

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    Robin Franklin 06/27/2012 at 5:55 pm #

    I live in the Rio Grande Valley area of South Texas. I would start my day early to go to one of the GIANT flea markets we have here, where you can often find the most unusual things, even live exotic birds, and while there I would also enjoy in a tasty fresh fruit cup for about a dollar. Afterwards I would head to our Butterfly Trails and sit under the shade, maybe even sneeking in a delicious sweet raspa with spicy chamoy on it, while taking in the scenery. Then, possibly spend some time at our brand new library, or our aging historical museam. For lunch, I would eat at a local mexican resturaunt, and order something that I still can’t pronounce, but would be amazingingly tasty and authentic. At night fall, I would visit the down town area to Cine El Rey, where I would have a yummy mixed drink while taking in a local play, commedy show or old movie screening.

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    Megan 06/27/2012 at 9:09 pm #

    I live in Calgary, Alberta and since I live in the suburbs, I have to go downtown to really find the cool things. I’d love to go to Inglewood again, which is an awesome little district. I’d go find some more records at Recordland and eat lunch at a gluten-free cafe called Wilder Nest. I’d also window shop at my my favorite strawberry tea at a kitchen supply store there. I’d finish off buy browsing the art at the DaDE Art gallery.

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    Jennifer 06/27/2012 at 9:10 pm #

    I live in Grants Pass OR which has beautiful hikes and rivers, but I love going to Ashland and walking downtown and seeing all the beautiful buildings and plants.

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    Marina A 06/27/2012 at 9:14 pm #

    I live about a 20min drive from the exciting and unique city of Vancouver, BC. I have always wanted to have a staycation there where I stay a weekend in one of the ritzy waterfront hotels and spend my day shopping, sipping tea in a cute cafe and visiting the charms I would usually miss during my usual visits. Of course there is always something interesting happening in Vancouver whether it is a craft fair or the pride parade, it’s all quite thrilling.

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    Katie 06/28/2012 at 9:55 am #

    I live in Corpus Christi, Texas. For a stay-cation of my own, I would plan many visits to the beaches so I could soak up some sun and search for seashells. While at the beach, I would also rent the bicycles available to ride along the shore. Then at night I would take a trip around downtown in the horse-bound carriages available. I would also go to the aquarium to watch all the animals and the dolphin performance. I would go shopping at all the mom-and-pop stores located around town. And I would go to the roller rink to skate all night. I would also attend the Thursday night concerts played by the beach, then the Friday night movie screening by the beach. Then I would go on the ferry to watch the dolphins swim by the boat. Lastly, I would plan a trip to ride around the Corpus Christi Bay in a yacht, and maybe have a little yacht-party.

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    Michelle 06/28/2012 at 10:27 am #

    I live in Pittsburgh, so I would stay in the downtown area! I haven’t gone there more than once, and sometimes I feel like a tourist in my own hometown for how little I’ve seen of it. I’d take my time and explore the city. I would also make a trip to Oakland and to The Strip District! I’d go to all the different grocers in The Strip and make some interesting meals, along with exploring the shops and picking up a few trinkets. In Oakland I would explore the museums, and spend a longer time in the Cathedral of Learning to look at the International classrooms. In the city, I would just want to stumble around and really get my bearings and learn more about my own hometown. I would also scope out the campus of my soon-to-be college of Point Park!

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    Grace 06/28/2012 at 11:11 am #

    I live in Kansas City and I would love to spend a few days doing some of my favorite things: visiting our art museum, going to the rose garden and park, seeing the new aquarium, going vintage/antique shopping, shopping on the plaza, and eating at my favorite restaurant which has mediterranean food.

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    Carmen Zuniga 06/28/2012 at 1:27 pm #

    I just recently decided that I am staying in my hometown (Miami) for college. It’s bittersweet, but it is probably the best decision. I never go out as much, and I am a family-type of girl, but as I’m turning 21 this October, my goal is to explore my city. I plan on loving it and finally getting to know it after 18 years! Winning this book would mean the world to me, it would make a lot of things simpler. 🙂

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    carmenicole 06/28/2012 at 1:35 pm #

    I just recently decided that I am staying in my hometown (Miami) for college. It\’s bittersweet, but it is probably the best decision. I never go out as much, and I am a family-type of girl, but as I\’m turning 21 this October, my goal is to explore my city. I plan on loving it and finally getting to know it after 18 years! Winning this book would mean the world to me, it would make a lot of things simpler. 🙂

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    My 06/28/2012 at 2:44 pm #

    Last summer my boyfriend and I took a staycation in our home city of Denver. For two days we used the city’s bike sharing program to get around instead of our cars. We had breakfast at a nearby cafe that we had never been to (though we loved it so much we almost go weekly now!), went to the Museum of Science and Nature to play at the kiddie exhibits and see a planetarium show, stopped at our neighborhood farmers market to buy food for our picnic lunch and enjoyed a beer at one of Denver’s best microbrews with a mountain view. It was one of the more relaxed and enjoyable “vacations” I’ve ever been on!

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    Debra J Webb 06/28/2012 at 2:51 pm #

    I would visit the Wildlife Refuge, Victorian Square Gallery of shops, downtown shops, the University of Kentucky Museum of Art with the Native American Arts display, the University of Kentucky Botanical Arboretum, the Lexington downtown library and new theater! I would also attend some free concerts and movies in the community! I would donate some goods to the Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program and Shelter Home. Take photos and scrapbook!

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    rebekah 06/28/2012 at 2:56 pm #

    Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has been home for almost five years. I love the sites, sounds and smells, but know I’ve missed out on many of its treasures by dating someone long-distance the first few years, going home every so often to visit family, and letting work and other “necessities” fill my free time. I’ve been overcoming a foot issue that’s kept me from traipsing around my new-to-me, quaint, downtown neighborhood, and I’m determined that once I’m past that, I’ll get to know the Red Stick better and share this gem of the South with the blogosphere through Instagram and Facebook. Your darling book would make that much easier, and clearly, seven hundred times more fun!

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    debrajwebb 06/28/2012 at 3:00 pm #

    I would visit the Wildlife Refuge, the University of Kentucky Art Museum with the special Native American Arts display here until August, the University of Kentucky Botanical Arboretum, Victorian Square Gallery shops, Downtown, Lexington Library Downtown with the new theater, free community concerts and movies, picnic, hiking, donate goods to the Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program and Shelter home. I would also do at home arts, crafts, sewing, drawing, painting, dance DVDs, Qi Gong, Reiki, Tae Bo, belly dancing, scrapbook and photographing. baking….I do a few of these things everyday, so I am on my joyful journey highway everyday!

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    Viveka 06/28/2012 at 3:50 pm #

    I live in Helsinki and would definitely go up to Tampere for a ‘staycation’ ! It’s a beautiful city that shows the true colours of Finland. Id take a trip to the local market and have breakfast there with fresh croissants and homemade marmalade and orange flavoured latte. Then I’d go to Näsinneula, a tall watch tower where you can view all of Tampere and even see a stretch of sea while enjoying creamy ice cream. They also have the best amusement park in Finland called Särkänniemi. This staycation would truly be a relaxed indulgence.

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    ModLiz 06/28/2012 at 3:52 pm #

    If I could fo on a staycation at my home in the deep south, I’d love to wear vintage dresses and go reclaim lost memories, while exploring my family’s old homestead.

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    Rebecca S. 06/28/2012 at 3:54 pm #

    I live 2 hours from Chicago so a staycation for me would be catching the train to Chicago early and bumming around the city. Checking out the local festivals going on, catching early movie screenings, wandering through the museums, and looking for unique shops/neighborhoods to check out.

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    Heather Maddox 06/28/2012 at 3:57 pm #

    I am from Kansas City. To start the day there are several great coffee shops to choose from: The Roasterie, One More Cup, Coffeegirls, Oddly Correct, and Mud Pie to name a few. Activities for the day could include: Nelson Atkins museum, picnic at Loose Park, shopping in Brookside, city market, River Market Antiques. There are some local restaurants I’ve been wanting to try as well: Town Topic, Room 39, The Farmhouse, and Urban Table.

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    Kimmy 06/28/2012 at 4:05 pm #

    I’m from a tiny city: Cerritos, CA. Even though it’s small, it’s nothing short of an adventure anywhere you go! The first place I’d go would be the Cerritos Library, the only library I know to have a ten foot aquarium and dinosaur bones. I would check out a movie or book to save for later. Then, I could walk over to the Heritage Park and hang out with friends and the ducklings parading by the statue of Paul Revere. Come visit Cerritos!

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    Amanda 06/28/2012 at 4:06 pm #

    I’ve lived in the DFW area of Texas most of my life, but I am just NOW finding things all throughout Fort Worth and Dallas. I have friends from other countries that LOVE exploring my area, and I find that they know more and have seen more than me just simply because it’s all new to them. It’s time to re-invent that attitude of exploration and learn to really enjoy the place I call home.

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    Monica 06/28/2012 at 4:09 pm #

    I am in Milwaukee – where I grew up, though I haven’t lived here for six years (college and two years of law school took me away). I only have two months before I need to go back for my final law school year, but in the weeks I’ve been here, I’ve realized that, despite spending 18 years in Milwaukee, I don’t know the city very well at all.

    I would start with Lake Michigan – only a few miles from where I live now. I think just the lake could take me through until the fall – walking the shore, jumping the waves, and going out on the Denis Sullivan, a replica nineteenth-century tall ship where passengers are allowed to help raise the sails. I could wander up the Riverwalk, a system of paths along the river that lead to the Third Ward, an up-and-coming artsy district where there are free yoga classes every Saturday morning and a studio where a different artist comes in every day to help you paint your own canvas.

    From there, to the Art Museum, one of the most beautiful buildings in the world and where I haven’t been in years. Then the Public Museum, to see if the Streets of Old Milwaukee are as foreign as I remember them being when I was little.

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    Jodi 06/28/2012 at 4:12 pm #

    My stay-cation would be in my alma mater’s town, Murray, KY. It feels teeny, but is actually brimming with lots of hidden places. Breakfast of country ham, grits and hash browns at the famous Hihburger would set me up for exploring Murray’s pulsing flea market scene, digging through bins at the Peddler’s Mall and scoring awesome finds at Angel’s Attic thrift store. (Proceeds support the local clinic!) After spinach and bacon quiche, fruit tea and the famous rolls and cheesecake at Dumplin’s, I’d take to the road with my list of unanswered questions: Why is there an old Coke vending machine by the side of Poor Farm Road, or pairs of shoes nailed to local university’s “Shoe Tree”? Then, I’d sneak into the university’s science building to do a little stargazing with its rooftop telescope. With a few delicious slices from Matt B’s pizzeria filling my belly, I’d top off the day with a little geocaching (or late-night Frisbee golf!), but beware: Trying to find all the trinkets hidden in old trees in Central Park can get a little spooky at night!

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    Jillian 06/28/2012 at 4:22 pm #

    My stay-cation in St. Louis, MO would start with a picnic breakfast with my beau in Forest Park on Art Hill, right in front of our historic art museum. From there, I would spend some time at the St. Louis zoo at the new sea lion exhibit and cool off in the penguin house. We would then head to the Delmar Loop and visit Vintage Vinyl and pick out a record together, just for kicks. We would hop across the street and grab a bite to eat at Fitz’s Bottling Co (I love the Orange Cream – he’d have a root beer.) Then, one of my favorite places — the City Museum. We’d play there until we tired, then ride the ferris wheel on the roof and watch the city buzz. Then we’d head back to Forest Park to see a play at the Muny, our outdoor theatre. Actually, this sounds really nice. I might have to arrange a day for it. 🙂

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    Marcy 06/28/2012 at 4:46 pm #

    I would hop on my bike and ride through the country-like suburbs of Boston. One day in the northshore and one day in metro west.

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    Dana 06/28/2012 at 4:50 pm #

    I live in Anchorage, Alaska, which is probably one of the ugliest cities in the world. It’s the rest of the state people come to visit. That being said, I’d love to find the beauty in Anchorage. I know we have lots of great restaurants, stores, walking tours, and gardens, but I’ve never taken the opportunity to find them.

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    Monica 06/28/2012 at 4:52 pm #

    In my town, I’d go to a farm whose produce I’ve eaten but whose land I’ve never visited. I’d love to see their organic processes and maybe try a few at home!

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    Elise 06/28/2012 at 4:55 pm #

    I’ll definitely go do a picnic in Laurier Park, in Montreal, QC. Or just laying around, sit on the grass, feeling the sun, hearing the dogs barking and just take it easy…and i’ll probably go around a corner to the meditation center, and maybe, after, grab a delicious gelato or sherbet at Foudesserts.

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    annembray 06/28/2012 at 5:18 pm #

    I live in the Mar Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles. For my imaginary staycation, I’m allowed to venture within a 2 mile radius from my house (it’s a “neighborhood arrest” situation!). On foot.
    1) Breakfast + Bowling at Pepy’s Galley @ AMF Mar Vista Lanes
    I have never been bowling. This is a serious gap in my life experience.
    2) Shampoo, Haircut + Styling at Floyd’s 99 (Shaving of head + face for boyfriend).
    It’s right across the street from the bowling alley.
    3) Shop along Venice Blvd between Centinela + Inglewood
    Robinson’s Beautilities, Sam Johnson’s Bookshop, Council Thrift, etc, ending up at the Mar Vista Branch of the LA Library to check out some books.
    4) Return home to nap.
    5) Early dinner at Santino’s Tapas & Grill on Lincoln.
    We’ve eaten there once and the mushroom appetizer is etched in my memory! Want!
    6) Walk home through the neighborhood and gawk at all the remodels going on.
    7) Climb on the roof and watch the twilight.

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    Marissa 06/28/2012 at 5:28 pm #

    I would walk my dog Rocky up to the former trap rock quarry behind our house. We would hike all the way up to the top of the hiking trail where it abruptly breaks off to a steep 200 foot drop and stoically look over the gravel below- we are kings of the rocks! Then we would visit the home made ice cream shop across the street for a rocky road sundae!

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    Ann 06/28/2012 at 5:32 pm #

    I’ve lived in Hollywood, CA for almost eight years now, and despite the glitz and glamour my city is known for, I’ve never fully discovered the hidden treasures this city had to offer.
    If I did plan a stay-cation, it has to be an adventure of sorts with a couple of friends and my camera in tow. The one thing I really like about Hollywood is how everything’s close, so all I need are a good, comfy pair of shoes or my trusty Metro bus pass, and I’m all set! I’d be a foodie for most of it, checking out hole-in-the-wall places that will satisfy my tummy and my taste buds. I would visit vintage, thrift and co-op stores on Hollywood Blvd. or La Brea and see if anything catches my eye, and won’t make a dent in my wallet. I have yet to see a scintillating musical at Pantages Theater and explore all the famous museums that line up the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue. Yup, I’ve lived here for a chunk of time and I have yet to do those things! Gosh, but I do love this neigborhood even if it’s crazy and busy almost everyday. 🙂

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    Delta Pick Mello 06/28/2012 at 5:45 pm #

    I work in Old Sacramento — the heart of California. It is the place where the Gold Rush began, the West Coast terminus of the Transcontinental Railroad and the Capital of one of the most interesting states in the US. I can look out my window and see railroads, paddlewheels, bridges that go up and around and the convergence of the Sacramento and American Rivers. Looking East I see the Sierras and I am surrounded by acriculture, wine country, redwoods, rivers and lakes. We have a growing food culture and it is wonderful on a summer evening to walk around the midtown area with all the outdoor restaurants, art galleries and clubs. You might even see Govenor Jerry Brown out walking his dog Sutter. Its a great place to be.

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    Monica 06/28/2012 at 6:57 pm #

    I live in a very beautiful city… Savannah, GA… but, I rarely have an opportunity to take it all in due to a very hectic schedule… This summer, however, I’m going to make time to get to know this city I call home a little better!!!

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    Ann 06/28/2012 at 7:08 pm #

    Oh delight. I would go to the French Market on Saturday morning for a scone and some coffee, and then to the antique barn for a vintage find. I’d end the day at the Arboretum.

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    Jessica 06/28/2012 at 7:08 pm #

    I’ve lived in Winchester, VA for my entire adolescent and young adult life. Where the slow turn of a small town tends to drag on some folk, it does quite the opposite for me. Between the historic walking mall and battlesites in town, and the vineyards and mountains just on the out skirts. There isn’t enough time in ones life to venture through all the crooks and crannies that make this home.

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    Luz Del Sol 06/28/2012 at 7:09 pm #

    I’ve been in Denver, CO for about a year and a half. I love my home and my neighborhood but I live in a part of town where walking to a bar or restaurant is impossible. I suppose if I were to “staycation” I wouldn’t be picky. Capitol Hill, South Pearl, Highlands, I’d like to stay in a boutique hotel in any neighborhood where I could just walk around for a few days. Oh- and a visit to a spa wouldn’t hurt either.

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    Luz Del Sol 06/28/2012 at 7:10 pm #

    I’m in Denver, CO and I’d like to just stay in any neighborhood where I could walk around to shops, restaurants and bars. I’m so of isolated in my current neighborhood and I miss that luxury. Oh- and a trip to the spa wouldn’t hurt.

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    MooeyAndFriends (@MooeyAndFriends) 06/28/2012 at 7:43 pm #

    I always wanted this book! I don’t travel that much but I do live in around big city that I should probably go out and discover a bit more.

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    Melissa Thibault 06/28/2012 at 8:00 pm #

    Home is where my husband is stationed. ..a land of cement presidents, roaming bison, and the Disney World for motorcyclists. Guessed our new locale?
    Rapid City, South Dakota has become our new home and I would love Side Walks to help document our home away from home. Coming from the dirty south where our winters max out to 45 degrees on a really cold day to a state where 45 degrees is welcomed in May, I need to begin documenting our adventures and culture shocks to remember all the good and really cold times here in the north. We’ve already been mountain biking (was dying after the first half mile), cliff jumping, tried local eateries (The Corn Exchange being my favorite yet). It feels like we are trying to learn our new city, but would love some help from Mod Cloth! Send us Side Walks. We promise not to disappoint.

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    Eliza 06/28/2012 at 8:00 pm #

    I live in a small city in the Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas. A staycation for me would be to go downtown with my three best girlfriends and explore. Downtown Pharr, though maybe not a place that tourists visit, still has its charm.

    We’d visit a small art gallery/home that’s next to the public library. The gallery has eclectic illustrations in rustic frames and photos of the town dating back to the early 1900s displayed in a corner. I bought a great pin-up illustration in a rustic green frame there once!

    Next, we’d go to Irma’s Sweet Shoppe, and have some coffee and lemon bars while we talk and take in all the vintage item that literally decorate every surface of the shop. Then, we’d walk around and explore the neat locations, which are great for outfit photo shoots.

    After that, we’d go to the library to escape the Texas heat, and go to the second floor, find a secluded table and read each other’s horoscopes from different books in the library. After some time, and working up an appetite, we’d go to Junction Café. It has delicious Mexican food, and a great atmosphere.

    Lastly, we’d end our day by walking to Snow Wiz for some yummy raspas. That’d be a great staycation, because I’d be with friends and exploring a part of my city that no one seems to appreciate enough.

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    Gabrielle Siegenthaler 06/28/2012 at 8:04 pm #

    I just moved to a new city and I love it! It’s all so new and really is a fresh start.. This book would be a wonderful way to help me really discover all that this new place has to offer! I love the idea. (: (:

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    Megan Shapiro 06/28/2012 at 8:27 pm #

    I live in Cincinnati and cannot wait for this summer to rejuvenate my love of the city. We are hosting the international phenomenon—the 2012 World Choir Games! I will be volunteering as a choir guide and rediscovering what I love about Cincinnati while seeing my city through the eyes of its visitors. I cannot wait!!

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    serenpoly 06/28/2012 at 8:36 pm #

    I moved to my little town 80 miles east of Los Angeles knowing full well what I was doing to myself in terms of my commute. But I wouldn’t live anywhere else.

    Today is Thursday, and we have an open-air market this evening – every Thursday, year round, unless it rains – with a full farmer’s market, live entertainment, and booths selling, oh, who knows what! And two more farmer’s markets on Saturday morning, one of them organic.

    For a place this size, we have a very lively arts scene. We have a summer music series at our outdoor stage, which also hosts a Shakespeare festival in the spring, a summer rep company at another outdoor stage, two theater companies, a local symphony, a civic band, several choral groups of various sizes (of one of which I am a member), a summer musical theater program for youth in the next city over (that draws a lot of its volunteers – most of whom don’t have kids in the show – from my town). And we have a college here, so their programs are available to us ‘townies’.

    We’re just big enough to have significant diversity, and small enough that you’ll probably know somebody in any new group you join. And there are lots of groups: men’s, women’s, and youth groups: many; service clubs: all the usual suspects; churches: check, check, check, check, check, mosque, reform and conservative Jewish congregations, and a Buddhist temple, plus an active Interfaith Council. Volunteer commissions within the city government. Local charities and assistance if you need it.

    We haven’t completely escaped the issues of modern urban life, but we respond to them well when they happen. The way people came together when there were some tragic murders or the mosque was vandalized was amazing.

    My vacation started today, and I’m planning to visit Disneyland and go over to LA during it. But you can be sure that Wednesday night I’ll be at home, attending our 4th of July celebration with my fellow citizens – and having a wonderful time!

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    Amanda Harrison 06/28/2012 at 8:38 pm #

    I live in Bundaberg – a small town in Queensland Australia. My town is rich and diverse. Go for a wonder up the main street and you marvel at all the old architecture of the commercial buildings – names like art deco, Victorian call out to you as you lift your gaze upwards. Cruze out to the west and your greeted with a brown scrubby bush, that a first seems dense and boring but you start to notice little wonders as you stay longer – bright blue flowers peeking around a rotting dried log, call of the kookaburras, movement among the leaves reveals a goanna lazily crawling along. Take a detour back in through town, heading east – you might get lost at the heady smelling Rum factory, dark burnt sugarcane lingers in the air as you take a small sip of the intoxicatingly deadly liquor. Without hesitation your back, eastbound, and as you come over the hummock the view to great you is divine, end to end cane fields with a shimmering blue sea in the distance, cane to coast, you travel ends with white sandy beach and an ice-cream.

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    Steph 06/28/2012 at 8:45 pm #

    In my college town in Delaware, I’d wake early to go for a walk on the University’s farm, bringing a classic Jane Austen novel with me to read in one of the many great climbing trees overlooking the fields. After, I’d go to “the diner” (there’s only one!) with a friend for a delectable brunch. Together, we’d then explore White Clay Creek- a small state park teeming with wildlife and waterfalls- carrying a disposable camera to document our adventure. As evening approached, we’d head over to Cucina’s to order the best Italian food around. Before the day closes, we’d join more friends for salsa dancing at a local restaurant until midnight. =)

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    Christina S 06/28/2012 at 9:01 pm #

    I live in NYC, but there is so much of the city I don’t know. I would love to get off at a random subway stop and just walk around. I’m sure I’ll discover some great restaurants, wonderful shops, and a bar that makes the perfect mojito. I love finding out of the way places to eat, so there would definitely be a lot of restaurant-exploring on my staycation!

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    Jaymie 06/28/2012 at 9:23 pm #

    Honolulu is my hometown and there is obviously a lot for visitors to do here. The top thing on my staycation list is to go to a beach I’ve never been to before. Yes, I live on an island and there are still beaches that I have yet to sink my toes into. Hiking is also on my to-do list.

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    Allie 06/28/2012 at 9:34 pm #

    I would go back back into Boston around the Fort Point Channel area. Visit the ICA, maybe stop by my old work (Artists For Humanity), and adventure across to Chinatown for a bubble tea. Sitting out front of the Boston Children’s Museum is nice and sunny, an dyou can even spot some fish in the channel!

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    Kayt Huerta 06/28/2012 at 9:52 pm #

    I live in Amarillo, Texas and if I took a staycation I would go to the new restaurants in town that I haven’t been to yet and order a small tasting from each place. Get a popsicle and walk around this park I pass all the time with a lovely fountain in the center. Go for a bike ride down 6th street. I would basically do all the things that I’ve been putting off.

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    Claudia Gonzalez 06/28/2012 at 10:09 pm #

    I would head over to Santa Susana Pass for amazing hikes that make it look like I’m on a different planet!

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    Bridget 06/28/2012 at 10:59 pm #

    I live in the rural town of Wangaratta Australia and it always surprises me the amount that our little town has to offer. Stunning wineries, swims in the river, cute little coffee shops and of course a day at the snow is only a short drive away. It will never cease to amaze me what a little exploring can reveal about our little place called home.

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    judygreeneyesJudy Hante 06/28/2012 at 11:33 pm #

    My hometown is beautiful San Diego. I’ve been to many of the major sights and locations in this wonderful city, but I think if given a staycation I would explore some of the quaint mid-city neighborhoods with which I’m less familiar, like Mission Hills, Little Italy (both in the heart of the city) and also some of the coastal communities, like Encinitas and Leucadia. All of the neighborhoods have unique features, shops, restaurants, architecture and great places to walk. I’d also like to explore some of the beaches that I have not frequented before. There is so much to see and do in San Diego. An evening activity might include a ferry ride to Coronado Island for dinner and some great seafood while viewing the lights of downtown.

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    mindthatbird 06/29/2012 at 4:23 am #

    I live in Ghent, Belgium. Around the corner is an ecoconscious b&b boat I’d love to sleep in one day. They even clean their own water by way of reeds on the deck of the boat. I once had my picture taken while standing in the dirty water with bare feet. Although it was quite disgusting, it was the best picture we ever took.

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    Mary 06/29/2012 at 8:40 am #

    Hey there! I’m near Sacramento and Grass Valley/Nevada City/Auburn in California. I’m super excited to be offered the opportunity to have a picture/word journal of sorts to record all the beauty and whimsy of my favorite spots.

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    Megan Bradley 06/29/2012 at 10:25 am #

    I attend the Illinois Institute of Art- Chicago and really haven’t been able to explore the city. It would really awsome to explore a city like chicago using this journal!

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    Sam Ridgway 07/03/2012 at 9:21 am #

    I live in the relatively small town of Sherwood Park, Alberta, but I can think of a hundred things I would do for a staycation!! We have an adorable little museum I have always talked about visiting, about 50 great places for a picnic, lots of local artists and restaurants, and (especially during summer) a ton of little festivals celebrating our residents and their interests and achievements.
    I, however, am the type of person that likes to be guided a little more than by my own imagination – a book like this could really allow me to explore my hometown!!

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