Local parks, vineyards and barns are good options for a winter picnic. Find a place that will allow you to reserve the area exclusively for your party. Make sure to visit the venue well ahead of time, taking note of amenities like BBQ areas, regulations and restrictions. Since weather is an extremely important factor when hosting outdoors, be sure there is a covered area in case of rain or snow.
This hillside canyon retreat brings nature inside with this stunning, modern window. The outdoor space easily feels like part of the home with views of the mature trees and lush landscaping just outside.
The landscape plan for this home is especially breathtaking at night, as well-placed lighting illuminates all of the special features included outdoors. The unique pergola, pool, stone fireplace and dining and lounging areas have an ethereal quality — as if guests were being entertained on a hillside villa overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
An interior courtyard not only creates a seamless transition into the woods, but also opens the home to natural light and cool breezes. Standing beneath this broad arch allows for views of the hillside, too.
A pergola perches above a flagstone patio to form an outdoor living space adjacent to a hillside. The flagstone creeps up the walls of the grill to create an organic yet contemporary look appropriate for updating this 1920s-era farmhouse.
Modern, angular steel stairs by Word + Carr Design Group adds character to the arid Austin, Texas, landscape. The gravel walkway complements the rocky hillside where this home sits. The landscape design won the ASLA 2018 Award of Excellence in the Residential Design Category.
This dramatic, elevated infinity pool and spa rest beside a cozy outdoor room with a fireplace and comfortable seating. The hillside entertaining space features dramatic, sweeping views of the Los Angeles landscape.
For additional visual interest, the landscape architects outlined the backyard with a zig-zagging hedge of Bush Germander. The plant's light green hue complements the color of the hillside.
Credits: Architecture: John Corry; Landscape Contractor: Steven Z. Volski + Associates
Paragon Pool collaborated with a landscape architect to create this hillside infinity edge pool and hot tub. The pool's dark pebble interior contrasts with the light hues of the decking and waterline tile.