Vacation Landscapes

Get out of town — without ever leaving your yard. We'll help you find an inspired getaway as close as your back door.

Landscaping With Stream

On Vacation at Home

This backyard renovation included the installation of a 100-foot stream down one side of the property and landscaping meant to give the feel of a woodland escape. Says RMSer lross7577, \"We don't have to travel far from our suburban home outside the city of Minneapolis to get a wonderful cabin retreat experience. We just walk out our back door.\"

Robinson Crusoe Getaway

The homeowners and their children don't have to go far to enjoy a getaway here. Their quarter-acre backyard, designed by Scott Cohen, carries a Robinson Crusoe theme, complete with water slide, pirate's cove, sandy beach, palapa, built-in fire pit, bridge, faux-grass putting green and a \"beached\" boat/spa. Photo courtesy of Scott Cohen, The Green Scene

Beached Boat

The boat is a hydrotherapy spa with 12 jets and a five-foot-deep well. To achieve the antique-wood look of the boat, landscape designer Scott Cohen and his team built the framework on-site using faux-wood siding for the concrete forms, then stained the resulting wood-textured finish with coffee-colored stains. Photo courtesy of Scott Cohen, The Green Scene

Faux-Rock Water Slide

The faux-rock water slide of Scott Cohen's Robinson Crusoe landscape gives young \"pirates\" a good view of their terrain. All \"boulders\" were made on-site: Bent rebar cages were hand-packed with concrete, hand-carved and textured with rubber mats. Photo courtesy of Scott Cohen, The Green Scene

Pirate's Cove

Beneath the water slide is the perfect place for kids to hang out — a pirate's cove lit with miner's light fixtures. All the \"grass\" in this landscape is artificial, a plus for the family members who are highly allergic. Photo courtesy of Scott Cohen, The Green Scene

Asian Garden

Landscape architect Keith Anderson created an award-winning landscape that includes three distinct themes, including this picturesque Asian garden. Photo courtesy of Keith Anderson

Eight-Sided Pavilion

This beautiful pavilion, designed by Keith Anderson, is the focal point of the European-garden section of a Colorado landscape. In the planting beds on either side, 'Winter Gem' boxwoods serve as the \"bones\" of the plantings while cockspur hawthorn trees provide colorful winter berries. Photo courtesy of Keith Anderson

Southwestern Garden

In the same landscape, landscape architect Keith Anderson also created this Southwest garden, complete with \"musicians.\" Along with the Asian- and European-style gardens, the entire landscape fits into an acre lot. Social events held in the three spaces have seen up to 270 people at one time in the garden. Photo courtesy of Keith Anderson

Water Feature with Waterfall

Eye-Catching Water Feature

\"We spend a lot of time in our backyard,\" says RMSer specevents. That's no wonder, given the beauty of this waterfall and heated pool. The rest of the landscape, designed by her husband, includes terracing that creates level terrain for entertaining, a playspace and even a small vineyard.

Fire and Water

In this elegant design, Jamie Durie created a vacation-at-home destination: a lounge area around a gabion fire pit with a gorgeous view of the pool.

Dreamy Backyard

A large fan-shaped, vanishing-edge swimming pool with a swim-up bar is the center of attention in this beautiful backyard oasis designed by Scott Cohen. A perimeter-overflow spa has a built-in cocktail table and reflects lights and fire at night. Color-changing LED underwater lighting in the pool complements the sunset.

Vacation Spot

A bell-tower rope swing, a 45-foot-long water slide, and nearby bocce and basketball courts entertain kids and adults in this hardscape designed by Scott Cohen. Bougainvillea will soon spill over the wooden arbor that forms a backdrop for the spa (right) and an upper terrace. A mosaic-tiled spillway cascades from the spa to the pool.

Playtime for a Crowd

Multiple play areas and plenty of lounging options coexist happily in this beautiful hardscape, perfect for relaxing and entertaining. Rock columns on the deck perimeter help unify the look.

A Fresh Perspective

In a gorgeous hardscape design by Jamie Durie, a swim (or a walk) to the other side of the pool rewards you with this beautiful away-from-home setting.

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