Even though jetsetting of to an exotic locale may be appealing, sometimes it's just not possible. If you can't make it to a white sand beach or a secluded mountain retreat this year, follow our tips to have a "staycation" that you'll never forget.If you can escape for a week or two, check out our favorite historic hotels, inn, and B&Bs.
Host A Wine And Cheese TastingDon't fret if you can't make it to Napa Valley this summer! Peruse the wine and cheese aisles of your local market for exciting regional finds. Make a complete tasting platter with four or five cheeses of varying firmness and pungency.
Create A Cozy BedSpend the day reading in the comfort of your own bed. With the right sheets, blankets, and pillows, you might never want to leave - and you might even forget that you're at home!
Follow our guide to make the most comfortable bed.
Relax In The TubPick out your favorite bath salts and books, pull the curtains tight, and relax in a cool bath. Add lavender-scented candles, an exfoliating body scrub, and deep-cleansing face mask to create an experience reminiscent of even the best spas.
Sip Summer CocktailsWhip up refreshing, fruity cocktails to sip during long evenings. Use seasonal fresh fruit and top-shelf spirits for a true resort experience.
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Cook From Your GardenCultivate your herb and vegetable gardens through spring, so when summer comes, you can prepare delicious dishes and drinks at home that will rival those at any four-star restaurant.
Want more? Check out our guide to create a perfect herbal tea garden.
Add Fresh FlowersWhen the garden is in full bloom, keep fresh flowers around the house for an instant pick-me-up, just like your favorite bed and breakfast does. Try placing single-stemmed dahlias in clear glass vases of varying heights for a simple summer arrangement.
Plus: Learn how to arrange flowers like a pro.
Pack A PicnicOn a sunny afternoon, pack your favorite picnic foods and head to the backyard or nearest shady park. Or gather up a group of friends and host a picnic party, complete with buffet table, fresh berry pies, and a comfortable hammock hung under towering trees.
Get even more picnic tips.
Create Your Own Backyard GetawayTurn an average gardening shed into a chic backyard getaway. To save money, use cast-off furniture and accessories from your home, and display fresh arrangements made with flowers picked outside your own door.
Discover inspiration from one couple's greenhouse makeover.
Save The MemoriesDon't forget to take photos and keep souvenirs of your staycation. Craft personal memory boxes to hold these treasures, or make a scrapbook.
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