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Celebrating Milestone Occasions with a Staycation

Though large group gatherings and big trips are still not recommended, it is vitally important to find ways to celebrate the important moments in life, like milestone birthdays or anniversaries. Here are some creative, socially distanced ways to celebrate a major milestone event in your life safely with a Tampa staycation.


Plan a luxury staycation and treat yourself

Parents have had a tough year, so what better way to reward yourself and celebrate that milestone than to book yourself an amazing room with a view in a luxury hotel, sans kids. I celebrated my 40th birthday at the JW Marriott Tampa hotel in the king corner spa guestroom with floor-to-ceiling windows and wrap-around harbor views.

Hotel Safety Precautions: Masks required for staff and guests in common areas. Advanced cleaning protocols like UV light to neutralize viruses and air purification system. Hand sanitizing stations inside elevators and common areas


Plan an adult slumber party

While large groups are not the safest option, one or two of your closest friends can quarantine and get tested so that you can be together to celebrate. My best friend came to stay with me, and it was welcome break from being moms to just being BFFs. You’re never too old for junk food, girl talk, pillow fights and board games.


Spend a day relaxing poolside

Reserve a poolside cabana to carve out your own piece of paradise in the sunshine while keeping your distance. Order your favorite appetizers and cocktails and make a toast.


Unwind with a spa treatment

Celebrate by giving yourself the gift of total pampering and relaxation. A massage or body scrub is a great way to usher in a new decade of life.


Eat something amazing

A delectable meal is always in order when it’s time to celebrate. Order breakfast in bed and spoil yourself. I had a fantastic lamb shank birthday dinner at the Six rooftop restaurant and a strawberry gateau for dessert. Anchor & Brine at Tampa Marriott Waterside just across the street is another excellent choice with a large outdoor patio lounge on the Tampa Riverwalk and delicious seafood options.


Schedule a birthday photoshoot

Hire a photographer to take gorgeous, memorable outdoor portraits to commemorate your special occasion.


staycationDecorate the room

Order balloons, a cake, charcuterie board and a custom decorative backdrop to bring some festive fun into the space and create that special celebratory ambience in your room.


Throw a virtual party

If you still want that sense of having a party with your family and friends, then a Zoom party is the way to go. Treat it like a real party and send out electronic invitations, hire a virtual DJ, have a signature cocktail for everyone to make and drink together and play a couple of games. My friends actually planned this as a surprise for me and it really did feel like I had a real party with 50 of my friends and family.


The decision to travel right now is a personal one. Follow the hotel guidelines and take all precautions issued by local government officials and the CDC.

Originally published in April 2021

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