Don’t underestimate the power of the grocery store when vacationing! I love to wander the aisles of a grocery store that is new and different from the ones in my hometown, where the most exciting grocery store is Publix. It is no wonder that I get excited when I see a local grocery, a farmer’s market, a Whole Foods or a Fresh Market and the stores get added to the itinerary. My kids love to wander the aisles themselves, looking for new candies or other treats that we might let them bring home.
On our last trip, we ended up at a Wegman’s by chance. We had a wonderful time wandering through the the bakery section smelling the wonderful breads and sweet cookies. There are more cheeses and olives than you can imagine!
Grocery stores are a great place to pick up the perfect souvenir to bring home for yourself, loved ones or your housesitter. We have picked up hot sauce and pralines in New Orleans, beer at a hard to find microbrewery in Northern California, wine at the Biltmore, divinity and taffy in Savannah, and soups, coffees and teas in England and Germany. It is the perfect gift because the receiver does not have to find a place to store it!
Making a trip to the grocery store is also a great way to save money. Even if your hotel doesn’t have a kitchenette, you can still pick up sodas, juice and snacks to tide you over in between meals. You can also pick up bread, meats, cheese, and peanut butter to make your own picnic lunches.
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