In light of the COVID-19 national emergency, experts are now recommending that Americans practice social distancing, or deliberately increase the physical space between themselves and other people during this critical time to avoid the spread of illness. While you’re doing your part to help #flattenthecurve, you may be experiencing a bit of cabin fever. We want to help you stave off the boredom and prevent stir-craziness from setting in, so try these ten activities to keep yourself entertained while you’re stuck indoors!
Binge-Watch Movies & Shows Filmed in Virginia
From series like HOMELAND to blockbuster hits such as Harriet and Dirty Dancing, Virginia is featured in many prominent films and television shows. Now is a great time to binge-watch these titles through your streaming services; for instance, Homeland can be found on Hulu and TURN: Washington’s Spies is available on Netflix. You can find Harriet and Dirty Dancing for rental through Amazon Prime, among other services. “Also check out Following Harriet, a companion podcast to the film, brought to you by Virginia is for Lovers and INGREDIENT.
Take a Virtual Tour of Virginia’s Iconic Museums & Historic Places
Many of Virginia’s most famous sites and historic destinations are now offering virtual tours, providing online alternatives to their standard tours. You may not get in your daily steps while doing these virtual tours, but it will help to keep the boredom at bay.
Take a Hike! (or Bike)
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Even if you can’t venture out into public spaces, a quick hike or bike ride will keep you from getting too stir-crazy. Whether this means journeying through a nearby park or neighborhood or heading to a beautiful Virginia hiking trail, getting a little exercise will aid in maintaining a healthy lifestyle while you’re avoiding the gym and other active locations that draw larger crowds. Just be sure to maintain the recommended six feet distance between you and others.
Read a Book by a Virginia Author
Numerous talented writers have called Virginia home over the years, and what better time than now to discover some of their celebrated works? If local libraries are not open, consider ordering a copy through an online retailer, or check to see if your local library offers ebooks or audiobooks. For the kids, download some Virginia-inspired coloring book pages to provide a creative activity away from the television.
Follow Virginia Aquariums & Zoos on Facebook to Catch Live Stories
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Places like the Virginia Aquarium and the Virginia Zoo are giving their Facebook followers an up-close view of some of their favorite residents on a daily basis. For instance, the aquarium introduced their resident American Crow, Russell Crow, on their Facebook live stream, while the zoo did a video featuring their giraffes, ostriches, and even a hornbill. Stay tuned to your local zoos and aquariums for virtual tours that let you learn more about these gorgeous animals!
Support your favorite small local businesses, such as Virginia’s restaurants, wineries, and breweries, by ordering takeout or delivery. Buying a gift card is another great alternative; you can send them some much-needed revenue now, then come back later to cash it in. Plus, many businesses in Virginia are currently offering deals and discounts on these types of purchases, making it a win-win for all involved!
In addition to restaurants, wineries, and breweries, check out the websites and social channels for local boutiques and artisan shops; many of these businesses offer some sort of online shopping alternatives since customers can’t shop in person.
Create a Virginia Music Playlist
From Dave Matthews Band and Jason Mraz to Pharrell and Missy Elliot, Virginia has produced some of the best music around! Spend an afternoon compiling all your favorite Virginia-born artists into one incredible playlist that you can listen to for years to come. Don’t want to make your own? We’ve put together a Virginia artist’s playlist, too.
Try Your Hand at Mixing Seasonal Cocktails With Your Virginia Spirits
Forgo the standard vodka tonics or bourbon & cokes for now and get creative with your cocktails! Many Virginia distilleries, including Virginia Distillery Company, Cirrus Vodka, Catoctin Creek Distilling, A. Smith Bowman Distillery, and Belle Isle Moonshine even feature recipes online!
Attend a Virtual Tasting at a Virginia Winery
Can’t visit the tasting room in person? No problem! Some wineries, like Bluemont Vineyard, are offering Virtual Wine Tastings. Order a few bottles to either pick up at the winery or get shipped to your home, then schedule a virtual tasting solo or with a few friends, where you’ll hear directly from the winery staff and get detailed tasting notes on their current offerings.
Start a Travel Bucket List of All the Virginia Places You Want to Visit
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Just because you can’t yet leave the house doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start thinking about your top travel destinations to visit around Virginia! Use the Virginia is for Lovers Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, and Youtube channels to find inspiration for your next getaway to Virginia.
Tell us, how are you keeping the boredom at bay during these weeks of social distancing?