Today's the day to start planning your 2018 vacation

Every year more than half of Americans (54%) fail to use all their time off, creating a stock pile of 662 million unused vacation days. In Maine, we do a little better with  38% of employees leaving time unused and  2,569,528 days unused, according to Project Time Off, a national movement to transform American attitudes about vacation and change behavior. Still, that's a lot of days! Can you imagine if just one-percent of those unused days were spent vacationing with Inns Along the Coast?  That would mean 25,695 more days could be spent by travelers enjoying the comfort of one of the nine very special inns and B&Bs that make up Inns Along the Coast! Today, January 30th, is National Plan for Vacation Day.  Use this day to start planning your trip to Inns Along the Coast and let this be the year that you don't become a Project Time Off statistic with vacation time left behind.

According to Project Time Off, the most effective remedy for American workers who want to use more vacation days is better planning. Yet just over half (54%) of households set aside time to plan the use of their vacation time each year. National Plan for Vacation Day is a call-to-action for Americans substitute excuses for plans to vacation in 2018.

“Inns Along the Coast is celebrating National Plan for Vacation Day because it’s time for Americans to reclaim their vacation days,” said Frank Isganitis, co-owner of the LimeRock Inn in Rockland, Maine. “By planning, we can all reap the benefits of taking a break while giving yourself something to look forward to while vacationing along Maine's Coast,” echoed Kristi Losquadro, co-owner of the Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B in Bar Harbor, Maine.

The research shows that planners have a distinct advantage over non-planners. Project: Time Off’s The State of American Vacation 2017 report found that planners use more of their time, take longer vacations, and are happier.

·         52 percent of planners took all of their vacation time vs. 40 percent of non-planners.

·         75 percent of planners were more likely to take a full week of vacation time or more at a time. Non-planners take significantly fewer days—zero to three—than planners at once (42% to 18%).

·         More planners report they are “very” or “extremely” happy with their relationships (83% vs. 70%), health and well-being (57% vs. 48%), company (57% vs. 51%), and job (59% vs. 50%) compared to non-planners.

 “In 2018, Americans need to plan for their bucket list, instead of the to-do list,” say members of Project Time Off. And what better time to do that than now while availability at the 9 Inns Along the Coast is still open for the busy summer months.  But why wait until this summer to vacation along Maine's Coast.  There's so much to do in the winter too! From XC skiing to winter hikes, tasting Maine's famous craft beers, wines and spirits or simply curling up with a great book in front of the fire followed by a romantic candlelit dinner at any of our fine restaurants. 

Don't wait!  Use Plan For Vacation Day to jump start your vacation planning for 2018, and start right here along the coast of Maine. Use #PlanForVacation and help us spread the word that January 30th is the first day of your vacation planning for 2018!

 Berry Manor Inn photo by Jumping Rocks Photography

Berry Manor Inn photo by Jumping Rocks Photography

In Bar Harbor:

Aysgarth Station B&B: Email: innkeeper@aysgarth.com , website: www.aysgarthstation.com, 207-288-9655, Innkeeper: Melody Kronenberg

Saltair Inn Waterfront B&B: E-Mail:  relax@saltairinn.com, website: www.saltairinn.com, 207-288-2882, Innkeepers: Kristi & Matt Losquadro.

In Camden

Hawthorn Inn: Email: info@camdenhawthorn.com, website: www.camdenhawthorn.com,  207-236-8842, Your hosts: Ted & Lisa Weiss

In Rockland:

LimeRock Inn: Email: info@LimeRockinn.com, website: www.LimeRockinn.com, reservations: 800-546-3762, 207-594-2257. Innkeepers:  PJ Walter & Frank Isganitis

Berry Manor Inn: Email: info@berrymanorinn.com, website: www.berrymanorinn.com, reservations: 800-774-5692/ Business line: 207-596-7696, Innkeepers:  Cheryl Michaelsen & Mike LaPosta

Granite Inn: Email: info@oldgraniteinn.com, website: www.OldGraniteInn.com, reservations: 207-594-9036, 800-386-9036.  Innkeepers:  Ed & Joan Hantz

In Newcastle

Newcastle Inn: Email: info@newcastleinn.com, website: www.NewcastleInn.com, reservations: 207-563-5685, Innkeeper: Julie Bolthuis and her four-legged assistant innkeeper, Jabu.

In Freeport

Brewster House Inn: Email: info@brewsterhouse.com, website: www.brewsterhouse.com , reservations: 207-865-4121, Innkeepers: Dave Noel & Kelleigh Dulany.

In Kennebunkport:

Captain Jefferds Inn: Email: captjeff@captainjefferdsinn.com, website: www.captainjefferdsinn.com, reservations: 800-839-6844, 207-967-2311, Erik and Sarah Lindblom