How to make your staycation a destination

June 19, 2020

When spending summer vacation at home, a little creativity can turn another night on the patio into a night in paradise. With Philips Hue smart lights, you can transform your outdoor space into a different destination each night — making your staycation one to remember.  

Each light scene below is available for free directly in the Hue app, allowing you to quickly set the scene (and go on your vacation!) in just a tap.

Staycation idea: Go to the city

Missing the hustle and bustle of city life? Turn your backyard into a lively rooftop restaurant — just pick the place!

Get the glamour of this Spanish island city with the Ibiza scene, whose golden colors fill your space with relaxing, gentle light. Invoke the true spirit of Spain by preparing a variety of tapas and, since Ibiza is known for its lively nightlife, music to dance to. 

Immerse yourself in the buzzing atmosphere of two of Japan’s largest cities with the Osaka or Tokyo scenes, featuring vibrant red, blue, and purple lights. Make it authentic by ordering in — or, if you’re particularly adventurous, making — sushi to enjoy outside on your patio. 

Hop over to the United States by switching the scene to Motown and turning on some jazzy tunes to get the vibes of Detroit nightlife. You could even take a worldwide tour, with plenty of other city scenes to choose from: SohoFairfax, and Chinatown, to name a few.

Bright idea: Missing the excitement of going to the club? Create an Entertainment area in the Hue app with your color-capable outdoor lights, download the Hue sync desktop app on your computer, and put on some music — your outdoor lights will dance, brighten, dim, and change color in sync with the beat!

Garden dinner party

Staycation idea: Go to the beach

The beach is a favorite summer vacation destination, and you can still bring the beach back home even if you’re spending your staycation far from any coastline. 

Turn the lights to the deep red and orange of the Honolulu scene to bring Hawaii into your backyard — all you need is a beautiful flower lei. Visit sunny Florida with the Palm Beach scene, whose pink and turquoise lights are so cheerful, you can’t help but smile. 

If you're craving something more exotic, the purple and pink lights of Tropical twilight can transport yourself to the far-off island of your dreams.

On especially warm nights, fill up a kiddie pool and dip your feet in. With gentle island-inspired music and a fruity drink — served in a coconut, perhaps! — you can almost feel the beachy breeze.

Staycation idea: Go on an exotic adventure

Though scaling mountains or scuba diving may not be possible at home, adventure-seekers can still set the scene for those exciting vacations.  

Feel the heat of Africa with Savanna sunset, which turns your lights to deep reds, oranges, and yellows — the perfect atmosphere to plan your next safari adventure.  

Need to cool down instead? Set the scene to Arctic aurora, whose blues and greens transport you far, far north where the aurora borealis shines bright in the sky. Use it on those chillier summer nights where you can snuggle under a blanket and gaze at the stars.  

Staycation idea: Go camping

One of the best ways to make summer vacation at home fun is to go camping right in your own backyard. Set up a tent, bring in some blankets, and turn the lights to a special scene — such as Galaxy, Starlight, or Moonlight — to provide that special atmosphere before it’s time for lights out.