1. Take a Hike.
I have always been a nature lover and either climbing a mountain or just walking a trail on the weekend is a great way to relax and unwind from the workweek. It is such a stark contrast from sitting in a cubicle and that is what makes it so enjoyable.
2. Visit a Farmers Market.
My wife and I are lovers of great food. To make great food you need to start with fresh ingredients. We oftentimes visit local farmers markets on the weekend where we get to see fresh produce from farms in the surrounding area. You tend to pay a little bit more than the non-local produce in the supermarket but you are 1) supporting local farms and 2) purchasing the freshest produce you can get for your scrumptious nightly meal.
3. Try a new specialty drink.
These days, finding a recipe for a specialty alcoholic beverage is a few clicks away. I love to explore the variety of different recipes that I can find for frozen margaritas, cosmopolitans, or, better yet, a drink that I have never even heard of. Add some spice to your weekend and try something new. It could even be a new wine from a local vineyard. You’d be surprised at the quality of wines you can purchase from local vineyards, even if you don’t live in Napa or Sonoma.
4. Day Tripping.
As I write this article, I am on vacation. This time I did not have anything planned, which was different from my typical vacation. As a result, I was able to take day trips to unfamiliar locations. Sometimes we just get stuck in the same routine and don’t explore surrounding areas that may be an hour drive from our home. Venture out and explore your surroundings. You may just find that it is a lot more interesting than you had assumed.
5. Visit your local library. Really!
OK this one may sound boring to most of you but recently I have really started to take advantage of my local library. Until I actually checked it out, I didn’t realize that there are a multitude of movies and CDs available for free. And don’t think that you can’t get the latest books to read. I can even go online and check out books from my local library which makes it very convenient.
Weekends can go by very quickly but if you fill them with exciting and interesting activities you may find that, by the time Monday morning comes, you just may be ready to tackle the upcoming workweek. At the same time, you may start planning what your upcoming weekend may entail.
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