With Memorial Day coming up, it’s very likely that your getaway plans have been dashed. However, there are some super fun (and yummy!) ways to spend your time at home.
1. Have a backyard campout (or make a living room fort!)
If you’re not so sure just yet about heading out to one of our state parks for a campout, you can still camp out in your own backyard, which is a great activity for kids and adults alike! Or if you live in a condo or apartment, you could make a living room fort. Set up some twinkly lights, pull together all your favorite blankets, and make sure to leave some room for snacks.
2. Set up a wine tasting at home
Splurge on a few bottles of high-quality reds and whites and host your own at-home wine tasting! You can pick up some fantastic wines from restaurants that have started selling wine to go or converted into liquor stores, like NAM Kitchen, Chirori, and Aria. Or, order up some amazing wines for delivery from Yonah Mountain Vineyards–they’re having $10 flat rate shipping right now on an UNLIMITED number of wines! Just add in some charcuterie or tapas for delivery from Eclipse di Luna, and you’ll be golden.
3. Get crafty and make some patriotic chalk art!
Get in touch with your creative side outside in the amazing spring weather! It’s a wonderful way to break up the routine, and of course is a great activity to try with your kids! Make it extra fun by incorporating your kiddos (or pets!) into the art like the cool fireworks photo above. With Memorial Day coming up, it’s a perfect time for you to create a patriotic message thanking the soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
4. Or, create some signage thanking frontline workers!
Food delivery drivers, healthcare workers, police, and cleaning crew–they’re all so essential to keeping our city running. While maybe not the most typical vacation idea, creating a heartfelt message to thank them is a wonderful way to get outside of your own head and to show a small token of appreciation for every person working on the frontlines.
5. Check out a drive-in movie!
It’s the perfect time to enjoy a drive-in movie in Atlanta. Starlight has been a staple for years. You can either stay in your car and dial into the radio, or set up a lawn chair right outside your car to enjoy the fresh air. Independently-owned Plaza Atlanta, an Atlanta landmark that has been screening independently-owned and international films for years, has also converted its parking lot into a drive-in set up. Pick up a meal to go from Porter Beer Bar down the street first! Or, if you’re a frontline worker treating patients with COVID-19, they’re hosting private screenings for you for free!
6. Grill out in the backyard (or order up some fire BBQ to have at home!)
There’s nothing that feels more summer than firing up the grill. Pick up some high-quality steaks from Buckhead Beef’s pop-up shops, or try out SYSCO and Proof of the Pudding’s weekly Pop-up Stockup Shops to put your grill making chops to the test. Don’t have access to a condo grill or a backyard grill? You can get some fire BBQ for curbside pick-up or delivery from places like Ted’s Montana Grill, The Greater Good BBQ, and Lovie’s BBQ.
7. Try an affordable family-style meal for pickup!
Take a break from all the cooking and cleaning you’re doing with an affordable family-style meal from some of Atlanta’s best restaurants. Hawker’s, Budi’s Sushi, and Chef Kevin Gillespie of Gunshow / Cold Beer are all doing DELICIOUS family-style meals. Nina & Rafi‘s massive rigatoni take and bake kits are also a great option–make sure to also get some of their cheesy bread!
8. Enjoy a virtual tour of Atlanta’s best attractions!
A lot of Atlanta’s best tourist attractions remain closed to the public, but many have got virtual tours available for you to check out! Check out the Georgia Aquarium’s live penguin feed and educational events, or the High Museum’s virtual events like their Friday Field Trips and virtual exhibitions of their permanent and visiting collections. The National Center for Civil and Human Rights is also hosting tons of online webinars.
9. Have a backyard picnic!
Enjoy the great outdoors with a backyard picnic. You can make it as cute as you want and even host a backyard family photo shoot too! For the perfect picnic food, get some freshly baked bread from Cafe Vendome, tasty poh boys and sandwiches from Henri’s Bakery, or a banh mi from Lee’s Bakery on Buford Highway!
10. Convert your bathroom into a luxe retreat
Now is the perfect time to make home improvements to make your bathroom the oasis you’ve dreamed of. Installing a new, luxe shower head is an easy way to give yourself a spa-like experience and all the staycation/vacation vibes. Add in some candles or an essential oil diffuser, a plush cotton bathrobe, an eco-friendly bathbomb, and a glass of wine and you’ll feel just like you’re at Chateau Elan.