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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Weekend Retreat

The majestic Pacific of my favorite sights, smells and sounds. It is peaceful place for me and one of the favorite places for our family to visit. Last Saturday night Dave and I had a getaway night....just the two of us. We were able to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary at one of our favorite places. It was pure heaven....a total indulgence.
We arrived in Bodega Bay (remember the movie The Birds??) in the early afternoon and took a long walk on the beach. I love walking the beach barefoot. It was a sunny, but chilly day. The sand was so warm on my bare feet that I did not feel the chill in the wind. The sun was shining, the air smelled fresh and clean and the waves were crashing. It was so peaceful.....just the two of us.
Driving to our hotel we were fortunate to spot some wildlife. In all honesty, I have never seen a live skunk. Usually I smell them or see them as roadkill....this was very exciting. Of course, because it was daylight the poor little guy was probably not in the best of health...but I thought he was kind of cute!!
We had the good fortune to stay at the Bodega Bay Lodge and Spa. I highly recommend it. It is very luxurious. All the rooms have a view of the bay and a fireplace. The restaurant is 5 star dining, and the room service menu is the same as the restaurant menu. We chose to order dinner in and we ate in front of the fireplace with candlelight illuminating the room....very romantic, much better than a noisy restaurant.
After a leisurely breakfast and coffee on the patio, we strolled down to the spa for our treatments. Dave had a hot stone massage and I had a facial and massage. Pure heavenly bliss...words cannot describe the level of peace and contentment we felt upon leaving the spa.

We were only gone from home for 24 hours, but it felt like much longer. We came home fully refreshed and rested. Twenty years of marriage has never felt better!!


Tera said...

Congratulations to the both of you! Sounds perfect!

Chrys said...

Oh my goodness what a getaway you two had! Congrats on celebrating and being able to take a mini retreat. Your pictures are gorgeous. I felt like I was almost there walking the beach. I love the smell of the ocean and the feel of sand between my toes, also.

ChrisB said...

Congratulations. That looks like the perfect place to relax and celebrate.

karisma said...

Happy Anniversary! I am so jealous, we were going to do this for our anniversary too, Im still waiting LOL! (Ours was in January!) Looks like the perfect getaway! Very peaceful and relaxing! Im really happy for you! I love that last picture! Its stunning!

Kim said...

Congrats on your anniversary! The photos make me a bit homesick for where I grew up. Bodega Bay is just a couple of hours down HWY 1.

I'm glad you had such a good time!

Beth from the Funny Farm said...

What a great place! We are going to be celebrating 20 years a month from today.

bichonpawz said...

Congratulations Alison!! What a beautiful place for a getaway. Really looks peaceful and relaxing. Glad you had such a good time.

Junebug said...

Happy Anniversary! What a beautiful place to visit.

lisa marie said...

Happy 20 years! That looks like a great place to stay!

I haven't seen very many skunks but I sure love them. Not their smell though.

Laura McIntyre said...

Happy 20 years, its wonderful that after so long you guys appear to be just as happy and enjoy spending time together.
The place looks lovely