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Winter Getaway: Carmel Valley


Relaxing fireside with Doug and a great glass of the Lodge’s own wine.

I’ve written before about the importance of downtime (here) and I’ll probably come back to it each year about this time. Winter for me is  a time for reflection and regrouping. This is the second year I’ve taken a weekend away – this time to Carmel Valley, Calif. at Bernardus Lodge. Between walks with the dogs I had time to relax by the fire, wander around the Lodge’s vineyards and enjoy meals made with produce grown on the property.


From top left: the entryway to the property all decked out for the holidays; the Lodge’s main building; walking Hugo and Doug around the vineyards; view of the mountains and vineyards upon waking up.

I left the weekend feeling recharged and focused – ready to finish 2015 with lots of positive energy. How do you stay charged-up this time of year? Hope you treat yourself to some downtime and have a great end to 2015!


From top left: enjoying a vineyard stroll; beautiful vignettes abound on the property; the edible landscaping is used in the Lodge’s kitchen; even in December the pool is a beautiful place to relax.


Catherine, Doug and Hugo

Me and my boys: Doug, left and Hugo, right.

Me and my boys: Doug, left and Hugo, right.