When I booked my trip to Iowa in October, I pretty much thought that was going to replace my trip to Montelucia this fall. After all, Donna and I would have a chance to catch up at the wedding… so, I assumed that would suffice as our fall catch-up trip. I’m so glad I was WRONG!
The Montelucia advertises specials this time of year, and a special that included spa credits and a great deal on room rates made it impossible for us to turn down.
And… how could I wait another 7 months to see this beautiful view?
Montelucia has very quickly become one of my favorite places on the planet. While San Francisco caught my eye this year as a contender for favorite new city, Montelucia blows it away completely.
Donna and I have been coming here for several years now… and it’s become a second home to me. The service on property is phenomenal, the experience exquisite. Frankly, I can’t get enough of this place.
And, it’s not like we do the same thing every trip…. there are some commonalities (pool time, yoga for me, and Donna running her “loopty-loo” around the property), but there are always different events going on here to help us mix it up. This visit, for example, we didn’t even leave the property… not once!
Some might argue that this trip came at a horrible time for me (due to majorly stressful work events greeting me when I return home), but I’d like to instead say that the timing was absolutely perfect.
I’ve ruined my share of vacations by overthinking what will come on the other side of trip. I’ve spend too much time thinking about what’s going to happen… rather than just enjoying the now. My escape to Montelucia has reminded me that THE NOW is beautiful and should be appreciated.
It’s kissed by sunshine and drenched in laughter… and absolutely delicious. And, you can kind of miss its delight if you’re just worrying about the tomorrow. I refused to miss it this weekend.
I think it also helps that I’m spending this trip with one of my favorite people. Donna and I have been friends for years and years… and just get each other. We can spend time in silence, soaking up the whisper room or reading a good book. Other times, we’re enjoying the fire pit singing old Huey Lewis hits… yep, that happened this trip (Note to self: Must download more HL on iTunes when I get home.)
The conversations that cause me pause though are those where we’re talking about the things that matter. The things that make us grow. Everyone needs a friend that digs beneath the surface a little, and makes you think about those things that matter most. Those dreams you’re chasing and the challenges that you’ve faced. Donna is that friend for me, and I adore her for it.
As always, it was an amazing two days in the desert, and just what the doctor ordered. While it’s difficult to say goodbye to this beautiful place, I know I will see it again in May… and look forward to the joy it brings me upon my return.