Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow … because you used your road trip planner to get indoors and explore the antique stores! Once the holidays are safely behind us, what we have ahead of us is 18 weekends (more or less, depending on where you live) in which it will be warmer inside than outside. But that does not mean that you are restricted to your home. On the contrary, this is a good time to see other interiors and save some money. Hotels routinely offer off-season rates. Restaurants, especially those in popular summer destination areas, offer winter specials. Stores also offer deep discounts on inventory that didn’t sell over the holidays.
Add some energy to your road trip planner by creating an antique hunting weekend getaway by choosing towns and cities known for their antiques and collectibles. Visit some of the best cities to find those treasures that excite you, from antique jewelry and country collectibles to handmade quilts.
See the offers of the following old areas. Some are tucked into corners, others take up an entire mall (sorted alphabetically by state).
* San Diego, California – Known more for its long beaches and summer fun, San Diego has its share of history, including Antique Row. Located in the heart of downtown San Diego, this place offers a variety of antique gems in various specialty stores such as jewelry, hats, clothing, and rare records and soundtracks.
* Savannah, Georgia – Savannah’s has a charm based on the city’s respect for its past and is well worth planning your road trip. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the many small neighborhoods, which often look like more pictures from a storybook. The Old South permeates everything and you are sure to find antiques with interesting stories behind them.
* Mount Dora, Florida – Enjoy your stay at an award-winning B&B and spend some time exploring the Amish Cupboard & Country Stuff, which has a wide selection of antiques and collectibles in an Amish-themed shop.
* S t. Louis, Missouri: For an interesting change of subject, try Cherokee Street Antiques Row. This is an old neighborhood shopping district that has become known for its antique stores. It attracts people who are looking for antiques of all kinds, from books to furniture and jewelry, and undoubtedly what can best be called “one man’s trash is another’s treasure.” This district includes 5 blocks of shops, open every day (although some close on Mondays).
* Hartwood Gardens in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania – There are actually six Allegheny County parks, but Hartwood includes a magnificent 16th century-style Tudor mansion filled with original English and American antiques. Take a look at this link to see the amazing photos.
* Quechee Gorge Village in Vermont – This town features a country store, an antique mall, a craft center, a toy and train museum, and a restaurant. This makes for a particularly easy road trip to plan and gives you the advantage of driving in a section of Vermont known for its scenic beauty and the Quechee Lakes, a gated community located on the border of Vermont and New Hampshire.
* Fredericksburg, Virginia – A 40-block National Historic District spans the downtown area and contains more than 350 buildings dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. Filling out your road trip planner will be easy here, as you will find many shops in this historic city.
So, let’s let Winter throw her tantrums; Any road trip planner knows you can still have an indoor adventure hunting for treasures in antique stores.