Seasonal Fun July 3, 2017

Make Your Home Staycation Ready

Sometimes there’s no place like home—which is why a staycation can make sense for busy families looking for some quality, no-stress downtime this summer. But staying home doesn’t have to mean status quo. With a little planning and a few budget-friendly purchases, you can have the best vacation ever—in your own backyard. So grab the sunscreen and a piña colada, and check out these tips for turning your home into your new favorite staycation spot.

Set the Scene

Think about the last time you visited a hotel you loved. What made it so special? Recreating this at home may sound difficult, but it often comes down to little touches that are inexpensive and fun to find. Love the fruit infused spa water at the hotel front desk? Bring the luxury home by purchasing a glass beverage dispenser and filling it with your favorite fruits (cucumber is good, too) and ice.  Even a large mason jar with a spout (Walmart, $14 – $30) can take staying hydrated to the luxe level.

Gauzy curtains floating in a tropical breeze make your last vacation sensationally relaxing? Hang a temporary rod and make a shady reading corner with a few sheer white panels (Target $5 – $20). Add a few large pillows, a soft outdoor-friendly carpet and pile up books for everyone to enjoy nearby.

Did you spend quality time reading in a hotel hammock swaying under palm trees in Hawaii? Buy an ENO hammock (Academy Sports, under $70) and snooze in suspended comfort all summer. The newer hammocks don’t require a Boy Scout badge in knot tying to hang–clips and straps make it a snap.

Did an evening of gazing into that special someone’s eyes across a roaring fire poolside make you melt? A mirrored tray with candles can set the mood at home, or go big with a portable table top fire pit, fueled by liquid propane, that will give you that warm glow (but without much heat) on a hot San Antonio summer night. (Lowe’s, $80).

Entertain the Kids

“I’m bored, Mom.”  Those three little words can turn a staycation into too much frustration.  Think outside the box this summer with these tips for keeping everyone occupied at home.

Large yard but no shade? With the temperature soaring, keep kids outside but out of the rays with a tent. The Ozark Trail 4-Person ConnecTent for Canopy (Walmart, $40) hooks onto your existing 10×10 straight leg canopy to add a little side room where kids of all ages can nap or let their imaginations run wild all day.  Stock your tent with pillows, a few props, a craft box, a small cooler with water, and a new detailed coloring book and colored pencils to keep little hands and minds busy.

What’s a vacation without a little golf? Skip the wait at Topgolf with an inclined slope putting green that will let your budding Jordan Spieth practice shots every day.  (Dick’s Sporting Goods, $50). Or blow the budget and go big with the “fun for the whole family” pool putting green, made from synthetic grass on a foam base, that allows you to practice lofting the perfect pitch over a water hazard and into the hole. (Frontgate, $500).

Have a pool and want to get the kids away from the computer and into the water for a little exercise disguised as fun? Set a budget and let them research and pick out a new water toy to take pooltime from “same old” to “swim-sational.” Kids especially love the floats that allow them to soak siblings and innocent bystanders with an endless supply of pool water.  (Walmart, $30)

Paradise Found

Staycation sounding great right about now, but you think your home needs more than a minor makeover to be the oasis you are imagining? We can help you with that! Upgrade to a permanent paradise with one of these amenity-packed properties for sale in San Antonio and enjoy a get-away every day for years to come.

Enjoy private outdoor living with views of the hill country and downtown at 21207 Harvest Hills. Pool cabana has an outdoor living area, full bath, fireplace and summer kitchen. 3 bedrooms/ 2 baths/ 2 half baths offered at $612,000.


Come home to country living in the city with this estate home at 16223 Axis Trail in Hill Country Village. Country club backyard features swimming pool with stone coping and a full tennis court.  5 bedrooms/ 5 baths/ 1 half bath.  Offered at $1,200,000.


24811 Birdies Green
Perfect staycation 4 bedroom/3 bath/2 half bath home in Canyon Springs features sparkling pool, spa, and convenient cabana bath.  Offered at $495,000.