Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

April 17, 2013

Staycation Expo set for April 20

Staff writer

CROSSVILLE — From golf to hiking, shopping to indulgences, and everything in between, there is something for all ages to enjoy in the Cumberland Plateau.

"There is so much diversity for activities and recreation in this area," said Ashley Allen with the Crossville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce. "There's a lot of diversity in our tourism. It's hard to find someone who can look you in the eye and tell you we don't have anything here for them."

To help residents of the area and visitors to the community learn more about the wealth of recreation opportunities and tourist attractions available, the Chamber is hosting the second Staycation Expo April 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fairfield Glade Conference Center, 128 Stonehenge Dr. The event is free to attend and open to the public. There are also some spots still available for vendors with fees ranging from $30 to $40, including access to electrical outlets.

Staycation Expo helps vendors reach out to the community and let them know about the sometimes hidden treasures they have available.

As gas prices continue to rise, trends show many consumers are taking longer vacations, but staying closer to home.

"There's this idea you have to drive and drive and drive to have a vacation," Allen said. "That's not necessarily the case. You can have just as much fun staying close to home and save a lot of money."

Vendors scheduled to attend this year's Staycation include specialty shopping destinations, marinas, resorts, museums, wineries, golf courses, tourist attractions and area convention and visitors bureaus, all with information on local and regional attractions and upcoming events.

"There's something for everyone," Allen said. "That's what so great about the Upper Cumberland. We have activities for all ages and all interests."

To learn more about the Staycation Expo, or to reserve a vendor booth, call the Chamber at 484-8444.