Go big at the farmers’ market.
Now’s the time to load up on summer’s best bounty. Fragrant melons, colorful peppers, blushing peaches, and tender gem lettuces are the basis for an incredible farm-to-table meal at home. For a light dinner, try a colorful panzanella salad. As a great farmers’ market alternative, or addendum, spend a day picking your favorite fruits at a nearby u-pick farm. If you’re lucky enough to snag a few cartons of elusive olallieberries, make beloved olallieberry pie at home.
Learn something new.
Just because summer school is nothing but a distant memory that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take advantage of the season’s seemingly longer days to self-educate. Skip the study-heavy subjects (best left for winter) in favor of active pursuits like gardening, sailing lessons, or dance classes.
Be a tourist in your own town.
Not all weekends are made for travel, which is why a proper staycation is worthy of your summer bucket list. Spend a day or two rediscovering your town and the surrounding area: Re-familiarize yourself with town history at the local museum, try a restaurant you’ve never been to before, or wander into the nearest patch of wilderness and make it a point to notice the native flora and fauna. If you’re still struggling to come up with things to do, take a moment to imagine you have friends in town who’ve never visited before. Jot down all the sights you’d show them, no matter how small, and start working your way down the list. You might be surprised by how different your familiar territory looks with a new perspective.