I recently took my first trip to Arizona for a spa weekend in the desert with some of my closest friends. We had a group of seven women, all in our 30’s, two with babies at home, and one pregnant with her first, all desperately in need of a weekend of relaxation, good food, and great company.
We opted to stay at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia. The hotel is located in Paradise Valley, about a 15 minute drive from the Phoenix airport. We decided to rent a sweet mini-van that fit all seven of us, but it is an easy $30-40 cab ride from the airport.
One of the benefits to living in San Francisco is its proximity to so many great weekend destinations. Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, Big Sur, Carmel, Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino are all within driving distance, and completely doable for a weekend escape from city life.
One of our favorite weekend spots is the town of Healdsburg, which is located in Sonoma County, along the Russian River. This town has definitely undergone a transformation over the last two decades, as the critically-acclaimed wine regions of Russian River, Dry Creek, and Alexander Valley made it a popular tourist destination; high end hotels, fancy restaurants, and a revitalization of the town square quickly followed.
I’m deeply saddened by the news coming out of Paris tonight. Anyone who has ever visited Paris knows that it is a special place. The history, architecture, FOOD, art, and culture in general are unlike anywhere else I’ve ever been, and the city has an almost magical quality to it. It is also the most romantic city I’ve ever been to, and I look forward to returning one day with my husband, Jack.
In 2009 Jack and I attended his sister’s wedding in Lyon, France, followed by a trip to the City of Light. Here are some of my favorite photos from that trip: