The “staycation” is a relatively new name for the time-honored tradition of the holiday on home turf – there’s something very satisfying about exploring the delights of your own country once in a while instead of trekking thousands of miles for just a few days.
Taking a staycation is especially perfect for shorter amounts of vacation time, such as the Fourth of July weekend, where the allotted amount of time off just doesn’t quite make sense for that planned trip to Europe. Here are four great suggestions for a quick getaway in your natural habitat.
Big Fun in Lake Tahoe
Recreate happy childhood summers spent lakeside with a luxury lodge in Lake Tahoe. Nineteen-Seventy accommodates up to 18 guests, making it the go-to getaway for big groups looking for the perfect meeting spot. It’s over 12000 square feet and seamlessly fuses the low-key lakefront vibe with upscale stateliness. And you won’t have to venture too far for entertainment: a home theatre, billiard room and grand piano (for someone to play “God Bless America”) are found inside, while a small playground, stone hot tub, kayaks and mountain bikes are just a few features you’ll find outside. Hop on a boat and waterski, tube or wakeboard; in the evening, take a cocktail cruise on a classic wooden powerboat. Despite being in the tranquil woods, you’re only a 5 minute drive to downtown Tahoe city.
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Cityscape in San Diego
Can’t decide between the beach or the city? In San Diego, you can have both. The nearby beach town La Jolla is progressively being uncovered by clever travelers, and Visions of Paradise villa epitomizes the essence of La Jolla. It’s contemporary, comfortable and entirely chic – think ocean views and an illuminated heated pool, complemented by glowing city lights in the distance. Roast marshmallows in your outdoor fire pit as fireworks light up the sky after your classic July 4th barbeque. You’re less than 2 miles from Pacific Beach, and within easy reach of Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo and Seaport Village, making for an easy afternoon adventure. Visions of Paradise can comfortably accommodate up to 12 people—so call your friends or siblings because celebrating your country is one of its trendiest spots just seems like the right thing to do.
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Hit the Beach in Naples
When you think of Florida, two things immediately come to mind: retirement, and big beaches. If retirement’s not on the cards quite yet, the beautiful beaches will definitely convince you of Florida’s beauty. Naples is not only charming and relaxed – it’s a destination that accommodates travelers of all ages. Villa Del Sol has perfectly manicured lawns, a deep turquoise pool, and is literally steps away from a pristine beach. Play bocce ball, or grab your snorkeling equipment and stroll over to the Gulf of Mexico. The home is classically American, with custom wood ceilings, lush fabrics and the best-of-the-best in furniture and fixtures. It’s stately elegance encapsulates Naples luxury, while the sunshine and sounds of rippling waves encourage total relaxation. After a day building sandcastles, retreat back to your dream house for an American-themed movie marathon in your personal theatre. For the golf lovers, a course is only 5 minutes away (when in Florida…).
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Adrenaline Addicted in Whistler
We know. Whistler isn’t part of the United States. But we’re willing to stretch the rules a little bit if you are – and the picture-perfect scenery in Whistler, British Columbia is worth stepping outside of your boundaries. Whistler Heli Chalet is loaded with everything you can imagine: a steam room, outdoor whirlpool spa, and of course, a helicopter pad, situated right by your patio with a view, where your private chef will serve your favorite Independence Day goodies (gourmet hot dogs?). Whistler is home to many adrenaline-boosting activities in the summer, from bungee jumping to zip lining to white water rafting. If putting away your skis for the season pained you – hurt no more: you can ski at the glacier in Whistler Blackcomb all summer, and work on your tan at the same time. Have your life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness with a side of true north strong and free and you’ve got one awesome staycation.
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