The COVID-19 pandemic ruined a lot of travel plans in 2020, but it also generated some. Last August, AAA Member Shelly-Ann Harris, of Margate, Florida, got a phone call from her friend Montia Gardner. Montia, who lives in Baltimore, had been working on her dissertation and isolating for months. The stress was beginning to take a toll—she needed to get away.
“We like to do road trips, so we said, ‘Let’s do something we’ve never done before,’” Shelly-Ann says. They quickly made a plan: Shelly-Ann and her sister Lataya would meet Montia in eastern North Carolina, and together they would drive to Charlottesville, Virginia, in search of vineyards and relaxation.
“I told my business partner that I’d be gone next week,” Shelly-Ann says. “We hadn’t made plans for housing; we were just going to see what happened when we got there.”
After looking around Charlottesville and going online, the three were drawn to the AAA Four Diamond Boar’s Head Resort. So, Shelly-Ann made a phone call—asking first whether the hotel offered a discount for AAA Members. “They said yes, and I said, ‘OK!’” And for the next few days, the resort was their home base as they explored local wineries, restaurants and scenery.