In my last post, I forgot to mention all the RAGE on airplanes these days. Thankfully, I'm not interested in traveling by plane any longer, except to visit my sister and/or brothers. Road trips with podcasts or books from iTunes and you can count me in!
Kate and I drove 45 minutes to The Allison Inn, a luxury resort with an amazing spa, nestled in among hundreds of acres of vineyards and wineries.
We arrived Tuesday afternoon about 2pm and they let us in our room early. Plush and more plush. Robes and slippers our size (they asked ahead of time). Instant fireplace, wet bar, deep soaking tub, huge shower and a window seat. We have our own little deck overlooking nature which looks amazing despite the drizzle.
Tuesday at 3pm we had 90 minute facial. Who knew that someone can slather and massage a face for that long???? Also did our hands in hot wax with mittens to keep them warm for a while. Lovely, long foot massage. And an exquisite head massage. I had an abundance of blocked pores so had 15 minutes of gouging, which hurt a bit but not unbearable. My face looks ten years younger! She recommended a monthly facial for 3-4 months then go every few months or so. Not sure it's in the budget but I have a couple of friends who DO go monthly and their skin does look young.
We came back to our room after checking out all the indoor water features. Dinner reservations were for 7:30. What a delight that was! The chef sent a tiny shot glass of fresh, chilled pea soup with a few morsels of house smoked ham. We shared a salad of wild greens, dried cherries, roasted hazelnuts, pecorino cheese with just the right amount of white balsamic vinaigrette! Accompanied by home made tater tots with mornay sauce. Of course, we had to "cleanse our palates" with some grapefruit sorbet.
Kate chose salmon and I had halibut and every little decorative thing on the plates was edible AND delicious. Since we are here celebrating our birthdays and Mother's Day, just as we were getting up to leave, our waitress asked if we could stay a moment ... the chef gave us a plate of cookies, candied orange peel with happy birthday written in chocolate ganache.
With a very small glass of a very great cabernet. We are both making the most of escaping the crazy, chaotic world for just a while.