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Ways to save you money: Take a”Staycation”


ALPENA, Mich. – It’s National Financial Literacy Month, and WBKB is helping you save a few bucks and learn about credit all month long – including how to save on your next vacay.

Let’s be honest, the pandemic has put a damper on travel, but while there may be an uptick in vacations as people become vaccinated, many people are choosing a little paradise right at home.

It’s always a plus when you can get in your car and drive just a few miles to relax and have fun.

“I think it’s just nice a way to get together with everybody and still be safe,” said Ramada Inn “staycationer” Carla Steinke of Alpena.

The Ramada Inn offers several amenities that any family would love, making you feel like you’re at a resort out of town.

“People are itching to get out, people are tired of staying home and they’re looking for things to do that are close to home and affordable and so we’ve seen a big uptick in families coming to the hotel on the weekends, during spring break and taking advantage of all the amenities we have to offer,” said Ramada by Wyndham Alpena Hotel & Conference Center’s General Manager Kat Gray.

Travel experts say staycations definitely will help you save money and time.

Not only are you starting your trip right away, this type of vacation eliminates airfare, excessive gas prices and allows you to support your local businesses.

This is especially important as businesses struggle during the pandemic.

Gray said you don’t even have to stay overnight to take advantage of all the hotel has to offer.

“Our arcade, which is our old restaurant space is not only being used by hotel guest, also by local families who just wanna come in and play arcade games all day long,” said Gray.

Gray said the hotel’s prices are very competitive with larger resorts In Traverse City and other Northeast Michigan tourist resorts.