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Backyard Staycation – How to Create the Ultimate Escape

Let’s face the facts…most of us aren’t traveling any time soon.  Well, who says you need to go far away to escape?  Today, I’ll give you tips to create your own vacation at home…a backyard staycation!

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I guess I should note that even though we have a pool, you don’t need one to create a backyard staycation!

pool water feature for a backyard staycation

Here are some ways you can create a backyard escape (with or without a pool):

Backyard Staycation Ideas – A Lounging Area:

Create a resort style retreat in the privacy of your own backyard.  With an umbrella and some lounge chairs you can design a cabana-like spot to relax and unwind.

Outdoor wicker chaise lounge chairs with cantilever umbrella - backyard staycation ideas

As I mentioned, last year we added a pool and new patio to our backyard.  After that huge expense, I wasn’t ready to spend even more money to furnish our outdoor living areas.

In my shopping searches, I came across these beautiful outdoor wicker chaise lounge chairs.  They were less expensive (by far) than the high end ones with the same look.  Since, I specifically wanted lounge chairs with an aluminum frame, these were perfect.  While researching chairs, I’ve noticed some of them were made with steel frames.  From what I’ve heard, the steel ones can rust – and that was the last thing I wanted on my brand new patio!

Luckily, we already owned this cantilever umbrella so we set it up in the new spot.  After years of use on our old deck, the umbrella is surprisingly still in great shape.  Even the solar lights still work.  Plus, you can’t beat the price!  I’ve seen this type of umbrella for much higher prices that what we paid.

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Backyard Staycation – Resort Inspired Accessories:

Did you ever notice how some hotels use covers on their lounge chairs?  Why not use them on your chairs at home?

Chaise lounge chairs by the pool

Believe it or not, my husband had the idea to buy these!  Yes, my practical husband who thinks everything is “fine the way it is”!  Well, he didn’t need to mention it twice and I was online researching the best ones.  Many different websites sell them but several had negative comments about them turning yellow or not washing well.  Then I came across these chaise lounge covers and ordered them right away after reading the reviews.

Well, I’m happy to report that the reviews were correct!  We love our new lounge chair covers and the bit of luxury they add to our outdoor living area.

Details of chaise lounge chair covers

We especially love the way the chaise covers hook onto the back of the chair.  This was one of my husband’s requirements.  Thankfully, everyone is happy now!

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Ideas to Pamper Yourself:

While lounging outside, grab a pretty hat, sunglasses and sarong and give yourself a pedicure!

Sun hat and pool essentials for a backyard staycation

If you’re like me, you don’t want to go near a nail salon these days.  Why should your toes suffer, though?  Pretty them up while you relax in the sun!

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Backyard Staycation Ideas – A Feel Good Summer Book:

It goes without saying that if you’re lounging in your backyard, you need a great summer book to read!

Feels Like Falling Novel - Summer Reading Pick

This was one of my favorites this year!  Be sure to read why I think this book is the perfect novel to read this summer.

Backyard Staycation Ideas- Music 

Does anyone else remember the days of lugging a huge “boombox” to the beach?  Well, this amazing portable speaker is just 4 inches tall and delivers great quality sound that we’d only dream of “back in the day”…

Portable speaker for outdoor entertaining

portable speaker

We bring this speaker everywhere and I cannot recommend it enough!

Backyard Staycation – Refreshments to Keep You Cool:

Sure, a pina colada would be a wonderful addition to your backyard staycation, but you can’t beat a glass of homemade iced tea!  What better way to cool off on a hot summer day?!

Iced Tea by the Pool - refreshments for your backyard staycation

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Hopefully, I’ve given you some ideas to make your backyard into a mini getaway. 

Sure, nothing can compare with a “real” vacation.  But during these times, we do what we can, right?  Enjoy!  Oh, and don’t forget the sunscreen!

Now, where’s that cabana boy?…

What are your ideas for a backyard staycation?


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    1. Thank you, Bea! We’ve been in our home for 21 years and just last year my boys and I convinced my husband to do this! Persistence pays off!

    1. Thanks – I’m glad you thought my tips were useful! We all need to make our homes as relaxing as possible these days, don’t we?

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