Imagine crisp leaves spiraling down to your lawn; shades of burnt orange, espresso brown and gold filtered through the late afternoon sunlight; a cool, invigorating breeze blowing through your wind chimes; the scent of pumpkin and spice wafting into your room. These are some of the comforting gestures of fall, my favorite season.
These evocative signs of autumn – the brisk, chilly evenings and fireside marshmallow roasts – remind us that the holidays are quickly approaching. Even thinking about the hours you’ll spend shopping, cleaning, organizing, decorating, baking and cooking can send you into a tailspin, leaving you longing for an impromptu vacation to grasp at the warm days of summer.
Just as summer is a great time to relax and unwind, fall is ideal to pack things up for a quick weekend getaway. Look no further than a stay at the Rancho Bernardo Inn, located in North San Diego County. Nestled within a pristine residential area, this deliciously tranquil and wonderfully cozy resort offers comfortable accommodations, great food and exemplary service.
Rancho Bernardo Inn is a short drive from Orange County and only 35 minutes north of Downtown San Diego. The property is impressive, with 265 acres of lush greenery, large guest rooms and suites, a wonderfully warm, cozy décor, and an ambiance that makes you feel right at home.
If you’re a golf lover, Rancho Bernardo’s 18-hole California Championship Golf Course will entice you. The resort has hosted both PGA and LPGA tournaments, and the course provides a challenging and rewarding day out on the green for golfers of all skill levels. Group, corporate and private tournament events can all be booked here, and the JC Golf Players Card is an annual membership program that allows players to enjoy golfing here, as well as at eight other SoCal courses.
If a day of pampering is in order, head over to the resort’s San Diego Day Spa. It’s just a short downhill walk from the golf course; once you enter, you may not want to leave. Guests are pampered in private treatment casitas and are given all-day access to a fitness center, showers, lockers and a private outdoor saline pool.
One standout feature of Rancho Bernardo’s spa is its seasonal Made Fresh Daily treatment menu. Spa employees pride themselves on using fresh seasonal ingredients in the signature treatments, applying papaya, chocolate, pumpkin and grapefruit, to name but a few, depending on the season. The Made Fresh Daily treatment packages change to utilize the best ingredients at the time, and each package includes a complimentary beverage, a Spa at Home body-treat recipe from your therapist, and a Food at Home recipe card made by a culinary expert. This way, you can re-create your spa experience even after you’ve left the resort. Fall’s Made Fresh Daily treatment is the Spiced Pumpkin Chai, an exquisite 80-minute slice of heaven that includes a pumpkin scrub, a milk-and-honey wrap, a massage and a sweet-almond-oil scalp treatment. It’s highly recommended.
In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the coming holiday season, take some time to get away and visit the beautiful Rancho Bernardo Inn. Cozying up fireside along with loved ones surrounded by the comforts of the fall season may just be the break you need. ranchobernardoinn.com
Rancho Bernardo Inn
17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr.
San Diego; 877.517.9340
WINE & DINE
Satisfy your culinary cravings with everything from fine dining to café treats. Enjoy al fresco dining with spectacular views at the Veranda Fireside Lounge and Restaurant, where fresh Mediterranean- inspired cuisine can be enjoyed outside, along with live music on select nights.
Or if you time your visit right, you can check out the new AVANT restaurant, opening in early 2013, which will offer tasty cuisine with homegrown culinary touches from Rancho Bernardo’s gardens.
The Bar offers plasma televisions and laid-back fun, while the Café Granada is a must-stop for your morning latte, a breakfast pastry or a sandwich for lunch on the go.
Rancho Bernardo Inn features a number of packages for the fall season. The Hidden Vineyard Wine Vacation package offers overnight accommodations, wine-tasting tickets to three local wineries and breakfast at Veranda.
Not a wine lover? The Look What’s Brewing Package offers tastings for two at a pair of local craft breweries, with chauffeured transportation for an additional fee, overnight accommodations, and breakfast at Veranda. Go to the website or call the resort for details.