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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Tucked into the trees on a gently sloping hillside, this home has touches of Northwest contemporary blended with urban modern. Two private outdoor patio surrounded by beautiful landscaping are perfect for entertaining.
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.
Flagstone steps wind down the hillside, creating a safe route to the lower terrace and sitting area. Where the stone's sandy hues complement the coastal setting, the purple three-awn grass softens the landscape.
The captivating pool and Polynesian roofed terrace provides a delightful focal point for the home, which is beautifully positioned within lush landscaped gardens approximately 500 feet above sea level on a 0.8-acre hillside promontory.
The kitchen and dining area are situated in a box-like structure that juts out over a grass and concrete patio. The patio is part of a terraced landscape strategically designed to work with the home's hillside locale.