Life & Culture

The Workcation Trend Is Taking Off

Sep 22, 2020 ByAndrew Parker

Due to the past half-year’s global battle with the coronavirus pandemic, most of us have gotten used to the fact that our kitchen table is our new office desk. Now, the hospitality industry has taken notice and stepped up to the plate. Resorts, campgrounds, golf courses, beachfront cottages and the like we all used to go to escape work are now inviting those working remotely to come for an extended stay. From major hotels to boutique hotels, these places are now offering remote work packages that are too tempting not to look into. Why would you work from your apartment when you could work from a beautiful resort that could also help with childcare and schooling? “Due to COVID-19, many companies now operate remotely and some may decide to continue to do so even after restrictions are eased,” Evans Hotels’ CMO, Ilsa Butler told Travel + Leisure. “These [work and stay] packages allow people to fully enjoy all of the hotel amenities and services, including dining which can be a big stressor for many with families.”

A change of scenery can do a lot of good for our health. According to a survey from Bluescape, 77 percent of employees are really struggling to establish clear boundaries between work and home life when they work from home. “The change of environment has shown greater health benefits which leads to improved productivity and work-life balance during these times,” Butler noted. “The packages are keeping the resort top of mind, which is helping with the recovery. [Guests] may not book a workcation package, but new offerings help remind people that we are open and ready for when they are.”

Mackinac’s Island Grand Hotel in Michigan offers a Grand Back to School Package, which is perfect for a family. It includes tiered discounts based on the total number of nights booked and a dedicated meeting space where students can study and take their virtual classes in a socially distanced space. Boxed lunches are available for purchase, and a staff member is available to assist with any questions. While kids are busy at school their parents can get their work done or just relax!

Looking for a cottage stay? Then the Old Edwards Inn & Spa in Highlands, North Carolina, is for you. The collection of private homes and cottages include all of the resort’s signature luxury amenities and access to a private concierge. The Old Edwards Inn & Spa offers a Private Vacations Package which includes s’ mores, champagne, and a cheese plate upon arrival. Plus, you get the option of adding other experiences into your itinerary such as catered food, private musical performances, guided hikes and adventures, spa treatments, and more! Uh, sign us up!