'Getaway Season' in Philadelphia Area as COVID Worries Ease
May 27, 2021
To rephrase the classic Gershwin song, “It’s summertime, and the fishin’ is easy.”
Perhaps as never before, the old ad slogan “Wanna Get Away?” seems to perfectly summarize the national sentiment right now. Almost every American feels a need for a break.
Memorial Day weekend, summer 2021, Independence Day, even Labor Day weekend ~ all of it couldn’t come soon enough for a populace locked down now for pretty much over a year. As COVID vaccination rates increase, and pandemic fears decrease, it’s clear that a lot of people plan to get away in the upcoming weeks and months.
Travel industry-watchers predict that 4 in 10 Americans plan at least 1 vacation this summer ~ with the data equaling numbers for pre-pandemic summer travel of 2019.
"The pent-up demand for travel, coupled with the flexibility of remote working options, will drive more Americans to hotels and private rentals this summer, as an escape from the everyday,” said Ramya Murali, principal with Deloitte Consulting, and a leader on the U.S. hospitality sector.
This report from the prominent consulting, auditing and advisory firm hints at little difference between the summers of 2019 and 2021 in terms of the numbers of Americans taking at least 1 trip with a flight, and/or stay in paid lodging, between Memorial Day and the end of September.
That said, where do you plan to go? Mix some business in with pleasure? Any plans for company or business trips? Let’s take a peek at some neat getaway spots, both in the Philadelphia region, and beyond.
Philadelphia Region Getaway Spots & Ideas
Trout Season Open
Officially, trout season opened April 3 in Pennsylvania. However, with pandemic restriction confusion, plus few taking extra time off of work before summer, how many anglers are taking advantage is unknown.
What we do know is there are very relaxing spots both in and around Philadelphia, whether you aim to catch some fish, just get some fresh air, or a combo of both. Among our favorites (shhhh!):
- Beginners: Pennypack Park is a wonderful, winding natural pathway with a creek that’s excellent for kids or beginning anglers, or just to take leisurely strolls or set up for a shady picnic. (Know this: each Spring, the creek gets stocked with Brown and Rainbow Trout, which are fun to fish for and tasty for cooking later on).
- To explore: The upstream portion of the Schuylkill River ~ meaning outside of downtown Philly ~ is worth the drive up toward Reading. There you will discover some of the most scenic, and serene, stretches of what some locals call the “hidden river.” Anglers can choose from literally hundreds of fishing spots, aim for its popular Smallmouth bass, or go after some of the Flathead Catfish and types of Panfish there.
- For the exotic: Experienced anglers thinking about more of a challenge need look no further than just outside downtown Philly, at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. This large area of preserved lagoons and tidal marshes is home to everything from Catfish to Panfish, Largemouth Bass, and even eels. While your line’s in the water, keep an eye out for wild beaver or deer known for the area.
Visit this site for more detailed fishing spots in Philadelphia and surrounding environs.
Catch a Ball Game
How long has it been since you got out and enjoyed a ballgame? The Phillies put together a contending Major League Baseball team this season, and just getting out to the sights, sounds, and smells of Citizens Bank Park can be a blast not just for yourself or friends, but also you family, or even for a company excursion.
So many employees have been cooped up together inside for months now (if they were not fortunate enough to enjoy remote working), that this summer is a prime time for a business to plan outdoor get-togethers for everyone.
Perhaps the easiest and most-affordable excursion during the upcoming holidays and hot months is to just hit the sand ~ and take advantage of wonderful beaches in your region. Some say Vitamin D helps boost your immune system to help prevent the coronavirus, so … double bonus!
Don’t forget the beach ball! Some insider’s tips:
This 7-mile-long stretch of sand offers not only plenty of sunshine, but lots of possibilities to recreate. It has a seemingly endless number of options for play, including kayaking, bodyboarding, surfing, boogie boarding, rafting, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), and more. Plenty of lifeguards around for safety and kids, along with nearby restrooms and ample parking.
Along with many of the activities noted above, Wildwood Beach has expanses of white sand, and also a boardwalk should tanning and ocean play get tiresome. All the carnival games, food vendors and rides are sure to have the kids excited!
If your desire is more adult-oriented to, say, mix sun time with nightlife, Dewey Beach might be the spot for you. Beachfront bars and nightclubs are not too far away from the strip of sand known as one of the best for beach vacations in the Philadelphia region. Great place to take along co-workers, or close friends or travel pals.
Many Americans never forgot the joy of just taking off in a car or recreational vehicle, without a destination in mind, right through the pandemic emergency. For those who shy away from expensive resorts or hotels, plus the cost to fly, look into heading west, or north or south, to really explore all that the mid-East Coast has to offer.
Final Words on Summer 2021 in Philadelphia and Beyond
The Deloitte article noted above is under the heading and subheading, “Keen but cautious: US leisure travel in the second summer of COVID-19.” Yes, it’s rather difficult to conceive that we’re heading into another vacation season under coronavirus worries and safety regulations, but a lot of Americans plan to at least leisurely travel during the holiday weekends and summer months ahead.
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