Slowing making my re-entry into the real world. It's not easy. I did get up and hiked, but not as early, more like 8AM, and I exercised and swam--so the Door's still with me. But I had lots of catch up on email, snail mail, work, husband etc.
Anyhow I do have the Golden Door Glow, I feel rejuvenated, lighter, tighter, toned and wonderful. It's just an incomparable week, and did I tell you the tab is all inclusive unless you want tennis lessons or after hours treatments. They even provide a full wardrobe of workout wear as well as kimonos that you can wear to dinner, robes, slippers, toiletries and hats, jackets, windbreakers and gloves for cold mornings. Transportation from San Diego airport's also included. And of course they feed you three spa meals daily, snacks, beverages, and extra portions or snacks on request.
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.
Brett sets gym up for cardio-boxing class....
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.
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)....
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
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.