Day Tripping to Oxnard, California

From historic landmarks to modern day restaurants, freshly-picked strawberries to interesting side trips, Oxnard  offers lots of surprises and fun for visitors to this seaside California community where you Diva on the go just spent three delightful days.
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One of the original Five and Dimers still stands in the heart of the town.
 
Strawberry fields forever

Strawberry fields foreverStrawberry fields abound in the area and  fresh picked berries are sold at the weekly Farmer’s Market and  along the major highways that lead to Oxnard. We bought a bundle for ourselves and friends. They are soooooo sweet and delicious.

Tasting some mighty fine wines
Tasting some mighty fine wines

A really big surprise was the Herzog Wine Cellars which we toured before settling down for tastes  with winemaker Joe Hurliman, a fun guy who obviously knows his grapes. Loved the Reserve Chardonnay with it’s vanilla nose and big, buttery taste, and the Syrah Edna Vally 2005, Alexander Valley Cab Sauvignon. They offer tastings  for a fee. We also ate at the Winery’s fine Tierra Sur restaurant, which impressed your Diva with exceptional fare prepared by Chef Todd Aarons, executive chef with an notable background.  Unfortunatley I only got to sample  a specially arranged menu which precluded me from selecting  what I might have ordered  from the yummy-looking menu.  I loved his Mesclun salad with baby greens, sugar snap peas, beets and balsamic vinaigrette.  I liked my chicken dish which was substituted for the duck course (your Diva doesn’t do duck), but would have preferred sometjng more interesting. Next time. It’s definitely worth a trip back, maybe for dinner. Herzog Wine Cellars, 3201 Camino Del Sol, www.herzogwinecellars.com. You should know that there are many little wineries around the area along with tour operators who offer personalized visits like Roadrunner Shuttle & Limousine Service, www.rrshuttle.com;  Santa Barbara Wine Tours, www.sbwinetour.com.

IMG_0400There’s a charming quaintness about Oxnard especially in  Heritage Square — an area built in 1985 to preserve the historical and architectectural ambiance of the turn-of-the-century city. 
 We even met the mayor,  Andres  Herrera IMG_0411(seen talking to visitors above) a charming man who has done much to improve  and help revitalize the city  which he is obviously very proud of.
The  highlight of  the trip, for me, was the day-long visit to Anacapa Island, one of the Channel Islands National Parks IMG_0426IMG_0423That’s my mate, Richard  and me during our two hour hike around the island.
We were on the island during  nesting season and witnessed slews of  mother Seagulls sitting on their eggs or protecting their impossibly adorable  young. Should you, however, get too close they will fly over your head and poop on you (no joke) so Richard has a remedy, he fought them off by waving his hiking poles….
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On the way back to land we spotted hordes of dolphin but alas my photos didn’t come out so use your imagination…..IMG_0430

IMG_0426Okay I have to go now but I’ll be adding more stuff later so come on back to hear about other things we did in and around beautiful downtown Oxnard.

 

For everything else you wanted to know about Oxnard visit:  www.visitoxnard.com

 
Fuel for the Trip was provided by area restaurants listed in order of personal favorites:
 Tierra Sur, at Herzog Wine Cellars, with its super chef , Todd Aarons has the potential for a 4 star rating. Since I was an invited guest with a fixed menu (spicy purple haze carrot soup with coconut and mint cream, which was a fave rave of our group; duck confit with tomato rhubarb and stuff which I didn’t try, opting for a chicken version of the same that was fine;  and a Magrath farms frozen strawberry custard with a Moorpark blueberry beignet (I ate the custard, it was good). I would have preferred to order what I wanted,  but what I had had major promise.
  
Moqueca, a waterfront Brazilian restaurant where we consumed lots of different dishes–all good, not exceptional, but worth a visit when you’re in the mood for ethnic cuisine. I ordered a steak for my entree that was cooked right and tender but unexciting. The flan and peanut butter Pave De Amendoim were awesome, though. 3550  S Harbor Blvd., Suite 201, www.moquecarestaurant.com2  1/2 stars.
  
Capistrano’s Restaurant, the fine dining room at the  Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Hotel & Resort. We ate in private wine cellar-like room with a beautifully set table, the Caesar salad earned 4 stars, but the rest of the meal lacked pizzazz. My salmon was okay but over-cooked and while they called it “mango salmon” there wasn’t enough of the tropical fruit to give it flavor. They do a mean dessert presentation and the Herzog wines paired well during the long evening.  www.embasssysuites.com. 3 stars
 
La Dolce Vita in Heritage Square is a charming spot with an adjacent wine tasting room, Rancho Ventavo Cellars (www.rvcellars.com),  where our evening began with samples of their Spanish reds (they don’t do whites, much to my Chard-loving chagrin). But I must say I enjoyed the Pinot Noir, which was also served at dinner. We dined upstairs at La Dolce Vita. Unfortunately my angel hair pasta, that accompanied chicken piccata, was mushy, really overcooked, the piccata lacked Italian brio. One of my dining companions complained his pasta was also overcooked. However others in our group seemed to take great pleasure in the repast especially the warmed chocolate chip bread pudding with caramel sauce and glazed walnuts (I opted for the mango sorbet). All a matter of taste. Anyhow it’s worth a try if you’re in the area. www.theldv.com. 2 stars
 
Trip headquarters– we were based at the Residence Inn by Marriott at River Ridge, a first for this travel diva used to more luxe confines like Ritz Carltons, Four Seasons, Montage, Hotel Bel-Air et al , that sport spas, fitness centers, two bathroom accommodations  with double basin sinks (our studio apartment had one tiny bathroom but it did come with a full kitchen, flat screen TV and a queen size bed with a  rather lumpy, soft mattress). I can appreciate its appeal to  budget seeking families especailly considering the fextensive complimentary breakfast (scrambled eggs, sausage, potatoes, oatmeal,cold cereal, really good ripe,fresh fruit mix, granola, breads, pastries, beverages). The hotel has two pools, tennis courts, a miniscule fitness room and Jacuzzis.  Rates vary in this recessionary era but our studio was about $180 a night with all the added taxes etc. www.residenceinn.com/oxrri.
 
We also took a reminder look at the Embassy Suites, where my husband and I stayed several years ago, this is a more luxurious and Diva-friendly property with added amenities and better appointed suites. Perks include free morning meals (eggs cooked to order, not mass-produced vats, and lots of other choices)  and two drinks and snacks at the evening cocktail party. But it’s smack on the beach and boasts that it is the only all-suite facility on a California coastline beach.  Your diva definitely recommends this for more discerning travelers (there’s a spa, fitness facility, restaurants, boutique), and beach
 buffs, it’s literally steps from the sand. Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Hotel & Resort, www.mandalaybeach.embassysuites.com
 
I was truly amazed with the amount of diversions available in and around Oxnard. It’s truly a must-see destination, especially the Channel Islands….
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Morongo the Second Time Around– and, it was all good

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Cinco de Mayo the gave us sombreros

And it was all good…. Especially celebrating Cinco de Mayo, got sombreros, too…. My husband, Richard surprised me with a birthday visit to Morongo Resort & Casino in March. We enjoyed our two-night fling so much we recently returned this Desert Oasis for Cinco de Mayo. This time we booked a very attractively appointed two-room suite on the 23rd floor with flatscreen TVs, huge bathroom with Jacuzzi tub and shower, two sinks, big closets, mini bar (which the Travel Diva never touches), robes, slippers, lush toiletries and great views of the magical mountains that at different times of the day change colors from purples to blues, grays and amber. Suites are definitely the way to go.  You also get private access by your room key in the elevator.

Las time we went into Palm Springs for dinner, this time we dined at the hotel’s Cielo–a penthouse restaurant offering awesome views of the surrounding mountains and softy lit by gorgeous chandeliers that change colors almost on cue with your mood. Our yummy meal began with ahi tuna presented beautifully and tasty and moved along to an exceptional Chilean seabass with a lobster salad, and Porterhouse steak cooked just right, bottle of so-so wine (the prices were a bit high for our budget so opted for a $38 bottle, about the cheapest on the list that was just okay). We skipped dessert because we gave at the earlier Potrero Canyon Buffet buffet (a really fantastic deal folks, lots of fine food from breakfast choices to Asian and pizza and awesome desserts). The all-you-can eat affair is less than $15 a person and really good quality. In fact Morongo’s breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet is among the best for any hotel casino we’ve ever visited. And this from a dining diva, too.

IMG_0388The weather was warm and wonderful and we spent a lot of time at the Oasis Pool–an inviting area with tiny sandy “beaches”, private cabanas and lots of comfy chaises. IMG_0393

We also booked massages which came with an extra bonus “express mani or pedi”, I took the mani, he opted for the pedi. My rub was deep and thorough, but Richard didn’t fare as well, his therapist was a little too light handed for his tastes, but he said it was still relaxing. The little spa is quite satisfying with steambaths, saunas, whirlpools, cold plunge, lockers and assorted beverages to sip on. We were there for “Mimosa Monday” and enjoyed the cool drink after our steams.

Morongo offers assorted specials on just about everything from 30 percent off spa purchases, 20% off sservices, 1/2 price wines in Cielo on Tuesday and Thursdays (our waitress forgot to remind us and we goofed or we would have order a better bottle), and discounts depending on the day of the week, obviously Monday through Thursday getting the better rate, higher fees on weekends.

You can’t beat this hotel for charm, service, cleanliness (even the public loos are spotless), buffets and pay outs at the slots–if you keep it you can win, alas most of us toss it back in. They also have a rewards club, “Winner’s Circle” which gives gamblers cash back for play.

www.morongocasinoresort.com or 888-MORONGO

Morongo the Second Time Around

And it was all good….
Especially celebrating Cinco de Mayo, got sombreros, too….

My husband, Richard surprised me with a birthday visit to Morongo Resort & Casino in March. We enjoyed our two-night fling so much we recently returned this Desert Oasis for Cinco de Mayo.
This time we dined at the hotel’s Cielo–a penthouse restaurant offering awesome views of the surrounding mountains and softy lit by gorgeous chandeliers that change colors almost on cue with your mood. Our yummy meal began with ahi tuna presented beautifully and tasty and moved along to an exceptional Chilean seabass with a lobster salad, and Porterhouse steak cooked just right, bottle of so-so wine (the prices were a bit high for our budget so opted for a $38 bottle, about the cheapest on the list that was just okay). We skipped dessert because we gave at the earlier Potrero Canyon Buffet buffet (a really fantastic deal folks, lots of fine food from breakfast choices to Asian and pizza and awesome desserts). The all-you-can eat affair is less than $15 a person and really good quality. In fact Morongo’s breakfast, lunch and dinner buffet is among the best for any hotel casino we’ve ever visited. And this from a dining diva, too.
The weather was warm and wonderful and we spent a lot of time at the Oasis Pool–an inviting area with tiny sandy “beaches”, private cabanas and lots of comfy chaises.

Getting the Golden Door Glow

A Journal From a Week at the Golden Door…

I’ve been home two weeks now and can truthfully aver that yes I’ve kept that Golden Door glow. I am now also armed with the new Golden Door cookbook, Golden Door Cooks at Home by Chef Dean Rucker goldendoorcooksathomecoverso I’m keeping up the healthy living attitude.  There’s over 100 recipes, each easy to prepare or at least Chef makes it sound that way that range from yummy breakfasts to desserts. What’s more they even let you in on nutrition and fitness secrets and tips from the exclusive health and fitness resort . You really must order a copy right now: www.goldendoor.com.

My Golden Door week began Sunday, April 12–arrived at Oceanside via Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner—a smooth, uneventful ride in business class–where I was met by a driver who whisked me to the Door in 20 minutes flat, where I left the world behind for seven days of pure bliss.

Saturday April 18 All Good Things Come to an End and so I leave the Golden Door. aglow from head to toe, via Amtrak’s Surfliner from Oceanside to Los Angeles.

Do come back for a complete wrap-up of my week and what I got out of it.
Friday April 17
Pretty much repeat of yesterday with hike, b’fast (waffles and chicken sausage), stretch, Gentle Yoga, personal training session with Brett, makeup (pic posted soon) and now off to lunch by the pool, it warmed up here…come back later for updates. Lunch was great as usual, fresh salmon salad and a cookie for dessert. Rest of day exhausting: makeup, scalp treatment, herbal wrap, massage, dinner (fresh salmon again, but I had a choice and chose it, really delicious finished with a flaky, yummy banana, apple strudel.
Thursday April 16 over the hump day at the Golden Door
Day 5
(you really need to follow my journal daily, which begins at the bottom, hey makes you think)
Okay spa brain really set in. Relaxed, unwound, loose, light, toned and pampered. That’s what the Golden Door’s all about.
Did the 5 mile mountain hike followed by a session in the steam bath and hot tub. Then back to room for breakfast in bed: Mexican-style scrambled eggs in a whole wheat tortilla, fruit (melon, that alas wasn’t ripe enough, unusual for here), coffee. Then off to see Brett, my main fitness squeeze who sets me straight with weights and then stretches me out real good…
Brett sets gym up for cardio-boxing class….

Okay left Brett and came to PC to update you on my progress. Feeling good today, having a friend join me for lunch today. Marta, the maitre d’ of the kitchen whose been here forever and is fantastic at her job–which entails sometimes putting up with primo-divas (I’m not one of those). Anyhow Marta’s setting Glenn and I up by the Koi pond with today’s special: Bento boxes. Okay here’s Glenn obviously enjoying his Bento Box lunch. Glenn said his friends were concerned he wouldn’t get enough to eat and should eat before coming. Chef Dean showed them, Glenn didn’t even finish, nor did I. But we did have room for the Door’s delicious cookies–yep you get cookies.That’s the Koi pond. I hated to see Glenn leave but hey I had a body scrub scheduled and I don’t miss treatments even for best friends. And glad I didn’t. Carolyn, a striking, blonde-haired Irish export was fantastic as she massaged/scrubbed and oiled my weary body.

After the scrub it was time for my pedicure with ace manicurist Teresa, a Viet Namese export who ends her treatment with a fabulous foot reflexology massage. And then it was off to my room for my 5 PM rub by CJ, alas it would be my last from this cool dude as he gets Friday and Saturday off and is replaced by Eric, whom I’ve never had the pleasure of being massaged from. That’s grammatically incorrect, but geez this is a blog.

Dinner followed: salad and fresh fish (forgot what variety, but it was delicious)and corn meal cake that was quite tasty. After the ritual walk to the gate there was a woman who gave hand writing analysis, I skipped it. Not because of lack of interest but I wanted to write this journal which I hope you’re enjoying.
Day 4 At the Golden Door in Escondido, California
Wednesday, Tax Day and I’m plotzed, in spa speak it’s called ‘hump’ day. Actually slept in and skipped the hike, which although I love this activity, my body said “no.” But this is the Golden Door and you are on your own to go with your personal flow, which I’m doing. See below for full account….
Diane Allan and Suzie Fernandez teach classes at the Golden Door


I’m back at the Golden Door in Escondido, California. It’s been a year since my last visit and I was jonesing for some chic r and r and I’m getting it.Arrived the afternoon of Easter Sunday via Amtrak Surfliner from Los Angeles. I sat in a cushy seat in Business Class, made cell phone calls, read, listened to my Mp3 Player, chatted with the hostess, a lovely Afro-American women with great wit and style. She served pax complimentary wine, water, soda and there was also coffee, tea and snacks, but I didn’t bend to temptation as I was en route to a salubrious week. The Door’s driver picked me in Oceanside for the short ride to the beautiful bronze gates that enter me into a transcendental world far from reality.

I checked into my Japanese-honjin Inn style room, slipped into a kimono and met the other 17 female guests for dinner–gourmet spa cuisine of salad, fish and yummy guilt-free Key Lime dessert. The Door usually takes 40 people weekly but this being a holiday and a recession (it’s pricey)….

Day 2 (Monday)

up at 5:30 for 6:45 mountain hike (5 miles), back to room for breakfast in bed (aah), but not for long, up and at ’em for back and stretch class, Aerobics, Pilates, lunch, hike (1 1/2 miles), facial, steam, herbal wrap, massage and dinner–a spa cuisine masterpiece by chef Dean. We started with a perfectly seasoned salad with ingredients from the Door’s organic garden and moved on to chicken roulade which was so good it was hard to believe it was low-cal, low-salt, and finally a cannoli, yes they serve dessert and it was divine. After dinner we walk to the gates that open to the real world, but we keep it closed, reality doesn’t exist here. Then a lecture on
how to get the most out of your workout and nutrition but sorry to say opted to go to the steam bath and then read my Robert Parker Spenser Novel in bed.

Day 3 (Tuesday)

Another glorious day at the Golden Door. Slept well and off to the 5 mile mountain, followed by a session in the hot tub , quick steam and breakfast in bed. Yummy cheese toast this morning with fresh strawberries from the Door’s organic garden. Then off to Stretch class, ooooh, felt good and a wild and wacky Boomer’s Aerobics taught by Diane (seen above) to the music of the 60s – 80s. Cool. Then did my own thing (dyot) which including lots of Facebooking and Twittering.

Meet my personal trainer at Noon, Brett, he’s the best, had him last year, or he had me, does great stretch out, which I need after all the exercise I’m doing here.

My wonderful workout with Bret was followed by a fab facial from Ashton. You have choices here and I opted for full cleansing treatment. Divine.

I followed with a session in the Steam to prepare my muscles for a massage from CJ, a cool surfer/biker dude who gives a mean, deep rub that turns me into rubber. Feeling lazy, I decided to have dinner served in my room–another great Golden Door amenity.

Read in bed until sleep came, which actually wasn’t realized soon enough which is why on

Day 4

I slept in and missed the hike. After my oatmeal breakfast in bed I took the Stretch class, it helped. Then I went to the Samurai gym for short sessions on the treadmill and elliptical before meeting up with my PT Brett. My bad, body wouldn’t respond, so he had no alternative but to stretch me out real good.

This was followed by more steam, herbal wrap, more steam, relaxing. I figure it being Wednesday and Tax Day I’d really let myself go into a transcendental state of bliss. It works well here. It is such a beautiful, bucolic setting set in a little valley surrounded by mountains, with lots of lush foliage, orange and avocado trees and of course that organic garden.

Well it’s nearly lunch time. It’s cold out today so no dining by the pool, decided to feast in my room. Wish you were here.

For rates and info go to http://www.goldendoor.com/, there are special weeks and min-weeks offered throughout the year, keep in mind it’s an all-inclusive rate.

 

Day 6 of the Diva’s Week at the Golden Door Saturday April 18 All Good Things Come to an End and so I leave the Golden Door via Amtrak’s Surfliner from Oceanside to Los Angeles. Do come back for a complete wrap-up of my week and what I got out of it. Friday April 17 Pretty much repeat of yesterday with hike, b’fast (waffles and chicken sausage), stretch, Gentle Yoga, personal training session with Brett, makeup (pic posted soon) and now off to lunch by the pool, it warmed up here…come back later for updates. Lunch was great as usual, fresh salmon salad and a cookie for dessert. Rest of day exhausting: makeup, scalp treatment, herbal wrap, massage, dinner (fresh salmon again, but I had a choice and chose it, really delicious finished with a flaky, yummy banana, apple strudel. Thursday April 16 over the hump day at the Golden Door Day 5 (you really need to follow my journal daily, which begins at the bottom, hey makes you think) Okay spa brain really set in. Relaxed, unwound, loose, light, toned and pampered. That’s what the Golden Door’s all about. Did the 5 mile mountain hike followed by a session in the steam bath and hot tub. Then back to room for breakfast in bed: Mexican-style scrambled eggs in a whole wheat tortilla, fruit (melon, that alas wasn’t ripe enough, unusual for here), coffee. Then off to see Brett, my main fitness squeeze who sets me straight with weights and then stretches me out real good… Brett sets gym up for cardio-boxing class…. Okay left Brett and came to PC to update you on my progress. Feeling good today, having a friend join me for lunch today. Marta, the maitre d’ of the kitchen whose been here forever and is fantastic at her job–which entails sometimes putting up with primo-divas (I’m not one of those). Anyhow Marta’s setting Glenn and I up by the Koi pond with today’s special: Bento boxes. Okay here’s Glenn obviously enjoying his Bento Box lunch. Glenn said his friends were concerned he wouldn’t get enough to eat and should eat before coming. Chef Dean showed them, Glenn didn’t even finish, nor did I. But we did have room for the Door’s delicious cookies–yep you get cookies.That’s the Koi pond. I hated to see Glenn leave but hey I had a body scrub scheduled and I don’t miss treatments even for best friends. And glad I didn’t. Carolyn, a striking, blonde-haired Irish export was fantastic as she massaged/scrubbed and oiled my weary body. After the scrub it was time for my pedicure with ace manicurist Teresa, a Viet Namese export who ends her treatment with a fabulous foot reflexology massage. And then it was off to my room for my 5 PM rub by CJ, alas it would be my last from this cool dude as he gets Friday and Saturday off and is replaced by Eric, whom I’ve never had the pleasure of being massaged from. That’s grammatically incorrect, but geez this is a blog. Dinner followed: salad and fresh fish (forgot what variety, but it was delicious)and corn meal cake that was quite tasty. After the ritual walk to the gate there was a woman who gave hand writing analysis, I skipped it. Not because of lack of interest but I wanted to write this journal which I hope you’re enjoying.

Day 4

At the Golden Door in Escondido, California Wednesday, Tax Day and I’m plotzed, in spa speak it’s called ‘hump’ day. Actually slept in and skipped the hike, which although I love this activity, my body said “no.” But this is the Golden Door and you are on your own to go with your personal flow, which I’m doing. See below for full account…. Diane Allan and Suzie Fernandez teach classes at the Golden Door I’m back at the Golden Door in Escondido, California. It’s been a year since my last visit and I was jonesing for some chic r and r and I’m getting it. Arrived the afternoon of Easter Sunday via Amtrak Surfliner from Los Angeles. I sat in a cushy seat in Business Class, made cell phone calls, read, listened to my Mp3 Player, chatted with the hostess, a lovely Afro-American women with great wit and style. She served pax complimentary wine, water, soda and there was also coffee, tea and snacks, but I didn’t bend to temptation as I was en route to a salubrious week. The Door’s driver picked me in Oceanside for the short ride to the beautiful bronze gates that enter me into a transcendental world far from reality. I checked into my Japanese-honjin Inn style room, slipped into a kimono and met the other 17 female guests for dinner–gourmet spa cuisine of salad, fish and yummy guilt-free Key Lime dessert. The Door usually takes 40 people weekly but this being a holiday and a recession (it’s pricey)…. Day 2 (Monday) up at 5:30 for 6:45 mountain hike (5 miles), back to room for breakfast in bed (aah), but not for long, up and at ’em for back and stretch class, Aerobics, Pilates, lunch, hike (1 1/2 miles), facial, steam, herbal wrap, massage and dinner–a spa cuisine masterpiece by chef Dean. We started with a perfectly seasoned salad with ingredients from the Door’s organic garden and moved on to chicken roulade which was so good it was hard to believe it was low-cal, low-salt, and finally a cannoli, yes they serve dessert and it was divine. After dinner we walk to the gates that open to the real world, but we keep it closed, reality doesn’t exist here. Then a lecture on how to get the most out of your workout and nutrition but sorry to say opted to go to the steam bath and then read my Robert Parker Spenser Novel in bed. Day 3 (Tuesday) Another glorious day at the Golden Door. Slept well and off to the 5 mile mountain, followed by a session in the hot tub , quick steam and breakfast in bed. Yummy cheese toast this morning with fresh strawberries from the Door’s organic garden. Then off to Stretch class, ooooh, felt good and a wild and wacky Boomer’s Aerobics taught by Diane (seen above) to the music of the 60s – 80s. Cool. Then did my own thing (dyot) which including lots of Facebooking and Twittering. Meet my personal trainer at Noon, Brett, he’s the best, had him last year, or he had me, does great stretch out, which I need after all the exercise I’m doing here. My wonderful workout with Bret was followed by a fab facial from Ashton. You have choices here and I opted for full cleansing treatment. Divine. I followed with a session in the Steam to prepare my muscles for a massage from CJ, a cool surfer/biker dude who gives a mean, deep rub that turns me into rubber. Feeling lazy, I decided to have dinner served in my room–another great Golden Door amenity. Read in bed until sleep came, which actually wasn’t realized soon enough which is why on Day 4 I slept in and missed the hike. After my oatmeal breakfast in bed I took the Stretch class, it helped. Then I went to the Samurai gym for short sessions on the treadmill and elliptical before meeting up with my PT Brett. My bad, body wouldn’t respond, so he had no alternative but to stretch me out real good. This was followed by more steam, herbal wrap, more steam, relaxing. I figure it being Wednesday and Tax Day I’d really let myself go into a transcendental state of bliss. It works well here. It is such a beautiful, bucolic setting set in a little valley surrounded by mountains, with lots of lush foliage, orange and avocado trees and of course that organic garden. Well it’s nearly lunch time. It’s cold out today so no dining by the pool, decided to feast in my room. Wish you were here. For rates and info go to http://www.goldendoor.com/, there are special weeks and min-weeks offered throughout the year, keep in mind it’s an all-inclusive rate.patti

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brett stretches me out one last time….aaaah…

Diane and Suzie Q flex their Golden Door muscles….door1