Marion, Virginia


As part of the National Plan for Vacation Day on January 30th, the Town of Marion is encouraging folks to plan their vacations, and explore what all Marion has to offer! 

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.

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, launched by Project: Time Off, is a call-to-action for Americans to stop making excuses and start making vacation plans!

“The Town of Marion is celebrating National Plan for Vacation Day because it’s time for Americans to reclaim their vacation days,” said Olivia McDonald, Executive Director of Marion Downtown. “By planning, we can all reap the benefits of taking a break while giving yourself something to look forward to.”

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.

America’s unused vacation represents a missed economic opportunity. Americans 662 million unused vacation days presents a $236 billion economic opportunity.

“America’s vacation deprivation shortchanges the time we invest in our personal relationships, undermines our performance at work, and threatens our economic well-being,” said Katie Denis, chief of research and strategy for Project: Time Off. “In 2018, Americans need to plan for their bucket list, instead of the to-do list.”

To help employees get their vacation days on the calendar, Project: Time Off created a vacation planning tool. By simply entering the number of days off earned, users can plot out their trips or vacations for the year, export to their work or personal calendar, and share with their family and co-workers.

What are you waiting for? It’s time to take back your calendar and put vacation at the top of your list of priorities.

Need some ideas? As part of Virginia Tourism Corporation's "Crush Friday" initiative that Marion is participating in, we're encouraging American's to spend time with us!

Come explore America’s Coolest Hometown. The great outdoors. Live music.  Bluegrass, Americana.  Nightlife.  Locally owned shops.  Unique eateries.   An art school.  And a live nationwide television show.  That's Marion, Virginia!

Marion's Main Street offers an easy stroll to a variety of restaurants, diners, bistros and eateries, something for most every taste.  All local, all authentic - all delicious!  Catch a rising star or a regional tunesmith picking on one of the many stages inside while you dine.  Then shop 'til your heart's content.

Learn to paint, to letterpress, to build a guitar or to play a banjo at the Wayne C. Henderson School of Appalachian Arts.  Hike to the top of Molly's Knob, or kayak on a glimmering 108-acre lake surrounded by mountaintops reaching for the sky.  Ride the "Back of the Dragon".  Tap your toes to your favorite bluegrass band, or pull a tap for a craft beer.  Camp in a cabin, room at a B&B, or slumber back in time at our downtown hotel. And don't miss the parades, the special events, the huge festivals all summer long!

Fill your shopping bags.  Bring your appetite.  Feed your soul.  In America's Coolest Hometown - Marion, Virginia! 

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