September is rounding the corner, and for many, it feels like summer has passed too quickly. You may spend your days dreaming about enjoying a mango margarita on a tropical beach or an adventurous backpacking trip through the lush mountains of New Zealand, but don’t forget about the coziest, comfiest place in the world—your home.

You can avoid the chaos and expense of traveling by spending some time enjoying the simple pleasures available at your fingertips. There is plenty to do near our neighborhoods, and a staycation may be exactly what you need to feel truly refreshed. Use these ideas to kickstart an intimate vacation you’ll cherish forever.

Staycation Ideas for Staying at Home

Orchard Trails Plan 3 Backyard

Glamp Out in the Backyard

The spacious backyard design of the Plan 3 model at Orchard Trails in Brentwood is the perfect spot to pitch a tent and dangle some twinkle lights to set the tone for a memorable glamping night. Cuddle up with your loved ones, sip some hot chocolate, and spend the night swapping scary stories and gazing at the stars as you enjoy a new perspective of your backyard. This staycation activity allows you to skip the logistics of planning a camping trip and just enjoy the simplicity of nature and social connection, all from the comfort of your home turf.

Beach House Plan 3 Primary Bathroom

Indulge in Self-Care

How gorgeous is this primary bathroom in the Plan 3 model at Beach House at The Dunes? Imagine enjoying a lavender bubble bath in this well-designed oasis. A day of self-care is a welcome reset when most of our daily routines are spent trying to cross items off of our "to-do" lists. Pick up your favorite at-home spa day essentials like a face mask, manicure kit, and facial steamer, and enjoy some time pampering yourself. Set the mood with your favorite meditation playlist, kick back in your comfiest robe, and enjoy some peace and quiet. 

Langston Plan 3 Loft

Host a Film Festival

Watching great movies with friends and family is a unique kind of bonding experience. Bring your favorite treats, and stream a marathon of films in the living room. A large, comfortable sectional and plenty of floor space is all you need to spread out and get cozy in the spacious loft at Langston in Mountain House. Or, take the fun outside on a warm evening and create a backyard cinema with a projector screen and cushy floor pillows.

Things to Do Around Our Communities

Family at an Aquarium

Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Support ocean conservation and nurture your inner animal-lover with a trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Kick off a day full of adventurous activities with a free trolley ride to the aquarium from Downtown Monterey, Fisherman’s Warf, or Cannery Row. You and your family will love the available interactive experiences and diverse animal species exhibits.

Man Golfing

Play a Round of Golf
Enjoy one of the many golf courses Northern California has to offer like Bayonet, Black Horse, Pebble Beach, Half Moon Bay Golf Links, or the Course at Wente Vineyards–just to name a few! These walkable courses offer great opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise while relishing your staycation. Whether you’re learning the basics or gearing up for a 4-round tournament, there’s a lot to love about a day spent on the picturesque greens.

Beach in Carmel on 17-mile Drive

Experience 17-Mile Drive

Spend the afternoon admiring the coast by taking the famous 17-Mile Drive, starting in Pebble Beach. Lush landscapes and vibrant wildlife line the well-traveled trail, and you’ll have the opportunity to stop throughout the route to take pictures, have a picnic, or make your way down to the sandy beach. Experience the beauty of the Lone Cypress, Spanish Bay, and stunning panoramas overlooking Spyglass Hill and Fanshell Beach.

San Francisco Skyline

Spend a Day in the City

The renowned Bay Area is home to an incredibly rich diversity of cultures, tech enterprises, and adventurous opportunities. Spend a day or two exploring the illustrious City of San Francisco and get a taste of vibrant city life. Visit unique boutiques, top-rated restaurants, world-class museums, family-friendly events, and lively entertainment venues. There’s something for everyone in San Francisco.

A successful staycation starts at home. If you’re looking for a new place to put down your roots, visit our website to explore the friendly neighborhoods at Shea Homes Northern California and inquire about available homes.

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