Create the Perfect Staycation

Nothing is greater than when you feel the warmth of the sun’s rays radiating on your skin. A cool breeze sweeps by, and the sound of the water puts you in a meditative state. No, I’m not describing a tropical paradise; I’m describing your backyard. Have you ever needed a vacation from your vacation? I have countless times – constantly on the move, taking care of the kids, surrounded by your family 24/7. It’s exhausting!

That’s when I learned the beauty of a staycation. Staycations are taking a vacation at your own home. Forget dishing out money to pay for the resort, daily meals, and souvenirs that you’ll store in the back of your closet. Staycations are the perfect way to relax with all the comforts of home while also allowing yourself to escape from the hassles of life.

Backyard Tips

When your pool is ready for use, a few simple touches can transform your backyard into a resort-style getaway for a fraction of the cost!

1. Spend time cleaning your pool before your staycation. A stress-free day or weekend starts with a swimming pool that’s ready to enjoy.

2.  For those looking to transform your backyard, spend a weekend creating your poolscape by gardening with beautiful flowers and greenery. This simple DIY can truly transform your yard even when you’re on a budget.

3.  Make sure to keep all necessities close to the pool for easy access such as your towel and water-proof sunscreen. With everything in reach, there’s more time for floating around and relaxing.

4.  Making fun, new recipes can give you a taste of paradise but remember, food and drinks are best kept in a cool, shaded area to avoid spoiling. 

Poolside Parties

If you want to relax, pamper yourself poolside. Having a spa day alone or with your friends is sometimes exactly what you need to rejuvenate from a long day (or week.) Use your tanning ledge or a comfy pool chair to soak up the sun – don’t forget your sunscreen! Finally, what spa day is complete without champagne and orange juice for the perfect poolside mimosa?

When you’re ready to pump up the fun with family and friends, fire up the grill, turn up the music, and mix in a few pool games. Top off your day with our poolside jams playlist on your iPod, and lounge out in a comfy pool chair with your fruity drink in hand. With the right environment, you’ll escape to the perfect getaway without spending the big bucks!

We love these ideas, but the beauty of a staycation is having the ability to choose. You’re only limited by your imagination, so throw a poolside party for any occasion with our pool party ideas!

Get Grillin’

Take advantage of your outdoor kitchen during a staycation. Since dinner routinely takes place indoors, having dinner poolside or at your outdoor seating area is the perfect way to appreciate the natural views in your own backyard.

Create a romantic, candlelit dinner for two at sunset. Warmer days are coming, and along with the colorful garden they’re bringing mosquitos. Add some hand-picked flowers from your garden to your table décor, and fend off the mosquitos by adding bug-repellent candles to your outdoor area. These simple fixes create the perfect setup for a lovely meal. Keep in mind that everyone has different tastes, so visit our Pinterest board for a selection of recipes to fit everyone’s palette.

If you’re interested in something a little more upbeat, invite friends and family over for a gathering or have a neighborhood block party. Throw some meat and veggies on the grill so you won’t miss a minute of the excitement by utilizing your outdoor kitchen instead of being stuck indoors.

Your backyard is a blank canvas - spice things up or keep things mellow. Whichever you choose, enjoy everything your swimming pool has to offer by embracing the staycation.

Do you have amazing staycation stories and ideas of your own? Comment below or Instagram your staycation with the hashtag #foreverpooltime to share with the SwimmingPool.com community!