Home Staycation

Written by Leah LeMoine Category: At Home Issue: July 2015
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Book a few nights at the Hotel Vous.

Sometimes you want to get away without actually going away. Staycations are fabulous and blissfully plentiful in the summer (see “Destination: Phoenix,” page 46), but when the mercury rises above 110 degrees, even a quick drive to a resort can be overwhelming. Luckily it’s easier than ever to recreate the resort vibe at home.

First, add water. “Water features are the jewelry of backyard design. They dress up any outdoor area and can be used in a small fountain or as part of a pool,” says Julie Crone, COO of Bobé Water & Fire Features. “We’re used to seeing features at resorts, but it was our dream to make them more accessible to people for their homes.” Bobé’s scuppers and copper bowls that combine water and fire add resort luxury to the backyard.

Next, add food. For a summer barbecue spread sans the risk of heat stroke at the grill, Bobby-Q delivers custom menus of meaty mainstays, from smoked beef brisket to saucy ribs. “We can save them the trip of having to go out into the summer heat by delivering to their home,” says catering manager Nicole Allman.

Finally, wind down with a pampering beauty service. Mane Attraction Salon co-owner and stylist Kendall Ong says he and his glam squad  can make house calls for clients. “Pretty much any hair service that we do in the salon, we can do in the house,” Ong says – everything from blow-outs to coloring treatments. Ong recommends Scalp Benefits, a 30-minute cranial massage with essential oils. “For a staycation, a relaxing and pampering thing, it would be fantastic.”

And what would a staycation be without copious cocktails? Arizona Cocktail Week co-founders Kim Haasarud and Damon Scott’s new joint venture, Rattle & Rum, offers in-home mixology classes. “People are craving for knowledge and this is a really fun and great way to teach people about spirits in their own home,” Haasarud says. “We want to have people taste things they’ve never tried before, so we might encourage them to push the envelope and break out of their comfort zone and explore.”

Tell your friends you’re out of town, turn off your phone and toast to a few nights in.

Bobé Water & Fire Features (above)
3101 N. 29th Ave., Phoenix
Chris Knight and Mossman Brothers Pools designed Gil and Dana Miller’s Fountain Hills backyard. “Our features were brought in to create a visual and audible element that blended with the natural surroundings,” COO Julie Crone says. “The water features are made at our facility in Phoenix.”


8501 N. 27th Ave., Phoenix
“Bobby-Q’s catering department is here to make your summertime fun as simple and hassle-free as possible,” catering manager Nicole Allman says. Full-service catering requires a minimum guest count of 75 and starts at $24 per person; basic home delivery starts at $10-$12 per person.


PHM0715AH03Mane Attraction Salon
3156 E. Camelback Rd.,
Phoenix , 602-956-2996,
“When you’re in your own environment, by nature you’re a little bit more relaxed and comfortable,” co-owner and stylist Kendall Ong says of the benefits of in-home salon services. “From a time standpoint, [house calls] can take anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half off their total salon time.”


Rattle & Rum
“The only drawback [to home cocktail tastings and mixology classes] is that most homes don’t have a home bar, so you’re bringing everything in, but that’s also a plus – if we’re teaching someone about the basics of mixology, it’s good to start from scratch,” says Kim Haasarud, co-founder with Damon Scott of the mixology events firm. Rattle & Rum offers in-home packages ranging from “The Terroir of Tequila” to “Bubbles & Beyond,” but will also customize classes on request.