our second summer staycation

our staycation at the pointe hilton squaw peak resort | thelovedesignedlife.com

This past weekend we just went back to the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak resort for our second summer staycation! Last month, we went on our first staycation here and we had such a great time, we had to come back!

This summer is the first time we have ever tried a staycation as a family. To be honest, I hadn’t really ever thought of it much before. But since moving here to the Phoenix area a little over two years ago, I now realize it’s super common for local families to do, especially in the summer! I think everyone we talked to while we were at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak was local. It is just so hot here in the summer and travel to other places isn’t always do-able with young children and/or budgets. So a lot families will book stays at local resorts in the summer, when the rates are cheaper.

For the best rates at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak, check out their current specials here!

I mentioned this last time as well, but it was especially fun this time for all of us to have the River Ranch water park to enjoy. All my oldest could talk about since last time was the water slide, and that’s pretty much all he did any chance he could get! And my mermaid girl loves to swim as much as possible just about anywhere.

back to our favorite river ranch water park at the pointe hilton squaw peak! | thelovedesignedlife.com my babies swimming at the river ranch water park | thelovedesignedlife.com omg how cute is the balloon dog floatie?? the kids loved it at the river ranch water park! | thelovedesignedlife.com love this mermaid girl of mine. | thelovedesignedlife.com headed to dunk them in the waterfall! | thelovedesignedlife.com

fun in the sun at the river ranch water park in phoenix, az | thelovedesignedlife.com expert jumping in skills | thelovedesignedlife.com

my suit by raising wild | little A + D’s suits by minnow swim | big A’s swim shirt by swimzip

But we also wanted to try a few new fun things on this visit. So I signed the kids up for one day at the Coyote Kids Camp. The summer camp program wasn’t really up and running yet last time we were there, so this was something fun and different to do. It’s funny because I expected my little A to maybe be a little unsure. She’s 3.5 and they accept ages 4+ if fully potty trained, but agreed she could give it a try. But actually it was my 6 year old who was hesitant! So I compromised and told him to try it for a half day and I would come to pick him up then if he wanted me to. But of course by the time I got there to get them, he was having so much fun, he didn’t want to leave! Plus, the big kids got to go to the water slide in the afternoon, so he was sold on staying. 😉

setting up for a puppet show in the coyote kids camp at the pointe hilton squaw peak resort | thelovedesignedlife.com little brother getting in on the action. | thelovedesignedlife.com arts + crafts time at the coyote kids camp at the pointe hilton squaw peak resort | thelovedesignedlife.com showing me what she carved out of soap at arts and crafts time! | thelovedesignedlife.com

In the morning, both of them got to do a science experiment, swim, and do arts and crafts! They were so excited to show me everything they did at the end of their day. And I was so happy because I was feeling a little bit of mom guilt leaving them that morning when my big boy wasn’t too sure.

This Summer Camp program is open to local residents (even if you aren’t a guest of the hotel) and is pretty affordable! I would for sure recommend it if you live close by!

You can find all the information about the Kid’s Coyote Camp here!

While the kids were in there, my husband needed to work a bit remotely from our room, so I took Diego swimming. It was actually so nice to just have one child to look after for a change! I basically let him rule the day and chased him around everywhere he wanted to go. He is in quite the running stage right now which generally speaking is pretty stressful. But it was much more manageable with just the one babe! These next couple pics are just from my iphone because a bulky DSLR cameras + toddlers + pools do not mix.

poolside with my baby boy | thelovedesignedlife.com

my sunnies [similar] [similar] | his sunnies

mama needs a margarita | thelovedesignedlife.com

After we had an early lunch, I took him back for naptime in the room with dad. And THEN, I got to sneak away for a little mommy time! I went to visit the Tocasierra Spa for their “Margarita Pedicure.” I haven’t had a pedicure in far too long, so it was such a special treat! When I got back to the room, my daughter was asking about where I had been so we had a little pretend mini-spa date of our own. We maybe had a little too much fun with this idea!

getting ready for her spa day | thelovedesignedlife.com

pouty spa face | thelovedesignedlife.com spa life | thelovedesignedlife.com spa life at the pointe hilton squaw peak | thelovedesignedlife.com spa life | thelovedesignedlife.com

Our final fun event before we checked out was going to Breakfast with Yote the Coyote, the resort’s mascot. I was telling the kids about it before we went, and my daughter made up a little song on our way there that went: “Where are we going? To the Yote the Coyote!” And she continued to sing that song over and over the whole way there!

on our way to breakfast with yote the coyote | thelovedesighnedlife.com so excited to meet the resort mascot, yote the coyote | thelovedesighnedlife.com hi fives all around from yote the cuyote | thelovedesighnedlife.com

As you can probably tell, the whole trip was a blast and we really made the most of the 3 days we were there! We can’t wait to go back again one last time at the end of the summer! If you’re looking for a family summer staycation or getaway, this resort is really the best.


Thank you so much to the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak resort for sponsoring our visit so that we could share our honest experience about the family fun we had while we were there! This post also contains some affiliate links. And thank YOU for supporting the brands that support this blog.

4 Comments on our second summer staycation

  1. Bethany
    June 24, 2017 at 3:10 PM (2 years ago)

    Love this post! Staycations in AZ really are awesome! This is the Pointe with the lazy river, too, right? So much fun.

    • Paige
      June 27, 2017 at 10:30 AM (2 years ago)

      yes it is! have you been there? I have no idea how I hadn’t been there until now!

  2. Kat Fox
    July 2, 2017 at 3:46 PM (2 years ago)

    How cute are you and your daughter with the cucumbers on your eyes!