Memo 279: Staycation Ready, So You Don’t Have to Get Staycation Ready


This post was brought to you in partnership with Hotel Valley Ho but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
A few weeks ago, life was coming at me fast (and it still is). I’ll spare you the details, just know that some sort of rest and relaxation needed to happen in the middle of all of the chaos in order to deal with said chaos.
Queue up the opportunity for one full day of rest and relaxation at the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, AZ.

My Quest For Peace

My quest for peace started with a light work out at the hotel gym right before a full brunch spread at Zu Zu. You know the drill. Make room before the feast. The staff at Zu Zu started the meal off with a fresh out of the oven cinnamon roll and that set the tone for the rest of the meal.
After brunch, I had a 90-minute Rock & Roll Hot Stone massage waiting for me at the VH Spa. I’m going to assume that the massage was amazing because the masseuse had to wake me up when we were done and I was kind of upset about it.

“Are you sure that was a full 90 minutes?”

I’m telling you that there’s no better feeling in the world than smooth hot stones being used to ease the aches and pains that stress can create. I closed out the day with yummy cocktails and snacks by the OH Pool.
When you’re feeling overwhelmed by life, a small break may be what’s needed to hit the reset button.

Here are my three tips to get staycation ready:

  1. Location, location, location! Have a few hotels in mind like the Hotel Valley Ho where you can just hang out for the day. Normally, if you book a spa appointment at a resort style hotel, you have access to the facility for the remainder of the day. Not a bad trade off, if you ask me. If resorts aren’t your speed, identify what peace looks like for you and keep the list handy.
  2. Cute and Comfy. Keep a few maxi dresses on hand along with a few pairs of comfortable low effort sandals. You don’t want to stress over an outfit or putting on complicated shoes when your main goal is rest and relaxation.
  3. Leave the Noise Behind. Put the phone in your bag and lock it away until the ultimate level of peace has been achieved.
Not every break requires a travel agent or a five-star budget.
Get a staycation in your life!

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