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Sadly, the summer of 2020 came and went in a flash. However, increased flexibility at most workplaces has led to something peculiar: an “endless” summer. Because Mom and Dad can work remotely, and the kiddos have the ability to learn from home, a lot of families are rethinking their late-summer, fall, and early-winter plans. Families can utilize this new-found flexibility to embark on a “workcation,” a novelty in its own right. Balancing work and school is never easy, especially when it’s all happening at home. However, sprinkle in some outdoor adventure, yummy treats, and rustic sophistication, and you have a recipe for success. Summer has been officially extended, so it only makes sense to find collective solace during a well-deserved Adirondack vacation to Garnet Hill Lodge, the crown jewel of quaint North River, NY.
Admittedly, the Wi-Fi connection at Garnet Hill Lodge isn’t as fast as Flash Gordon. We’re located in the rolling Adirondack Mountains. Thus, a mild amount of patience is needed to surf the net. While utilizing most applications and Google itself isn’t a chore, it’s critical to always plan ample outdoor learning. Also, despite our growing dependence on technology, most learning still flows through textbooks. The most appropriate way to greet this extended remote learning “challenge” is to embrace nature.
Adults and children alike can appreciate many simplistic activities, such as birding, Geocaching®, and forest bathing (shhh…). In fact, there’s never been a better time to utilize your children’s imagination and creativity. Geocaching, the “world’s largest treasure hunt,” is sure to provide quite a thrill. The whole family can learn more about the local flora and fauna while admiring the beauty and working on photography skills. In order to be able to balance work, school, and play, it’s recommended that you rise early, take turns helping with schoolwork, and plan a rigorous daily schedule (per usual).
As mentioned earlier, the Wi-Fi cannot rival your office’s speeds. Thus, come prepared with a bundle of big-picture missions, brainstorming exercises, essential reads, and, perhaps, a list of necessary phone calls. It’s been proven that a workcation, especially when combined with an Adirondack vacation, boosts creativity, relieves stress, and strengthens bonds with loved ones. Getting bogged down by day-to-day responsibilities is quite common, so don’t be afraid to arrive with a different mentality. Think big. You might be surprised to discover how productive you are when surrounded by so much quiet and natural beauty. After all, business people can adapt to anything.
But, of course, make sure to leave room for several days of playtime, deep within the Adirondack backcountry. Whether you plan to visit the lodge during summer’s last breath, autumn’s peak, or early winter’s frost, you’ll instantly access miles upon miles of on-site trails. The entire family can agree on a mid-day adventure to Thirteenth Lake and its surrounding network of paths! The on-site Outdoor Center boasts dozens of equipment rentals for those who need some gear, including canoes, snowshoes, and mountain bikes. We also connect with several area outfitters to provide guided excursions, including family-friendly whitewater rafting, fly fishing, and mountain biking.
Please visit us online at Garnet-Hill.com to book a well-deserved workcation with the kids. Oh, and don’t forget to browse through our mid-week Adirondack vacation discounts, where 15 percent in savings await.