With winter winding down and thoughts of spring break drawing us out of hibernation, March is a month with a lot to offer. That said, not everyone will be jet-setting off to some sunny, exotic locale—which is why the term “staycation” first emerged in the mid-2000s. It means engaging in new and exciting activities at home in the same way you might if you were a visiting tourist. It means day trips and local outings. Family time without the air travel. Making memories that will last a lifetime without breaking the bank. Not a bad alternative, is it?

Whether you’re a couple looking for a relaxing spa escape, a family seeking healthy outdoor adventures, or a group of friends looking to reconnect over casual food and fun, there are no lack of options in any vicinity. The key is to try something new. Break from your routine and step out of your comfort zone.

Haven’t worn ice skates in 25 years? Use your staycation to reconnect with a youthful passion. Never been cross-country skiing? March is the perfect month to give it a shot.

Dining out on your staycation should be equally adventurous. Why hit up the same familiar restaurants when you can play tourist in your own town? Make a point of seeking out new culinary experiences as if you were travelling abroad. Or better yet—choose a theme and make each meal a cultural experience in its own right.

Discover old-world charm

Looking for a unique destination just a short drive from Toronto? Mississauga’s picturesque Sawmill Valley Creek, home to the historic Glenerin Inn & Spa, is a wonderful staycation option. Delivering old world charm yet conveniently located, the Tudor-style stone mansion is set amidst two acres of sprawling estate grounds. The Inn’s interiors showcase the property’s original decor, with grand stone fireplaces, exposed ceiling beams, 1940s stained glass and oversized paned windows. Stay for the night, or come for the day! Book a relaxing spa treatment, or explore the beauty of the surrounding woods. Whatever your staycation calls for.

Get mystical

For those looking for a distinct and unforgettable staycation experience, the Inn will be hosting a night of Mystics, Mediums and Magic on March 27th! Certified Medium Marilyn Mazzotta will be on hand to lead guests through an enchanting presentation, followed by the delivery of personal 10-minute psychic readings. Come discover, learn and obtain information that could help put you on a better path—and have a laugh or two along the way. The package includes hors d’oeuvres, a light dinner buffet and a complimentary drink.