Refuge

I kinda sorta figured out how to use the GoPro Studio to edit our vacation video clips. It took longer than I’d like to admit and it’s verrrrrrrry amature, but we are happy to finally be able to see our vacation clips in one video. Then us nerds used Chromecast to watch it on the tv. There is no hope for hoodlums like us.

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If you are interested in making fun of my mad editing skillz, have at it.

After the nerdfest ended, we got out of the house for a bit. I wanted coffee and when we got to Starbucks I could see sunny blue skies, so we went for a drive to Carmel Valley. PS if you don’t sprinkle the vanilla powder on your coffee, I feel sorry for your life decisions. #justsayin’

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Have I ever told you guys about “June gloom”? If not, summertime on the Monterey Peninsula is our winter. It’s basically foggy & cool (50’s & 60’s) from June – August. Then Indian Summer kicks in sometime in September, tourists season dies down and it’s just the best time of year to come visit. Well, it’s kinda always a good time to visit, but you know.

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It has been foggy since we got back from vacation, which is fine and all, but this girl is solar powered. As we were driving through Carmel Valley which was sunny & 70(!), I remembered I had a gift certificate to Refuge! I have never been, it’s been on my bucket list forevah and I had the afternoon free. The stars have aligned!

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Refuge is a relaxation spa that has a eucalyptus steam room, dry sauna and several outdoor pools at varying temps.

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They have the most amazing rules ever: no appointments, no talking, no cell phones, no cameras, no kids, no noise, no yelling at Bam to stop chewing his butt. I may have added my own rule in there…

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There are several pools & spas at different temps surrounded by Gods country. The idea is to warm up in the sauna or steam room for a few minutes, then dip into either a spa with temps of an icy cold river or of the Pacific Ocean, relax in a warm or hot spa then relax in cozy chairs by the fire or zero gravity chairs in the sun room. Repeat 3-4 times or do whatever you’d like.

I have a really hard time chilling out. I love being active all the time, it’s tough to slow down, but the entire time I was there and when I left Refuge, I was totally relaxed. The only thing that would have made my experience even better is a glass of wine.

How cool would it be to to plan a long hike at Garland Ranch then spend the afternoon here? It would be the ultimate girls day out!

Who’s in?

Do you have a girls day or night out? What do you do?

If you have a GoPro, tips are very much welcomed!

**This post was not sponsored, I just wanted to share a rad place with those of you who live here or are planning to travel through. Stop in, then feel free to send me love notes and coffee.**

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One Comment on “Refuge

  1. That place sounds heavenly! If I ever make it back to Cali anytime soon, sign me up for that girls day out!

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