Thank you, Termites!

As some of you know, Casa d’Vino was recently treated for a termite infestation.  I think I owe a giant “Thank you” to the termites because that treatment led us to a stay at the Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort.  We’d heard so many good reviews about the property from our guests – and, of course, The Gardens of Avila is one of our favorite restaurants so it was a no-brainer to decide where to stay.  We hadn’t had a vacation in several years so our 2-day getaway was really important to us. I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful location, better service or a more relaxing stay.

We scored a West Meadows Suite (Thank you, Marina) which is almost larger than the condo we vacated.  The highlight – a private hot tub on the deck.  Over the course of our two days, we managed 6 soaks in the hot tub (perhaps a new Sycamore Mineral Springs record??).  At the end of the stay we were pruny, but happy!

We still had to work, so we didn’t have as much time to explore as we would have liked.  We did get an opportunity to walk around the facilities which look

The Labyrinth

absolutely beautiful.  And we walked the labyrinth and Meditation Garden, which I just loved.  I am in the process of framing some of the photos I took in the meditation garden as they make me relax just by looking at them. My only regret was that we didn’t have enough time for a class in the Yoga Dome (OK, actually I didn’t have enough time, I can’t really see Mr Vino doing Downward Dog)!

The Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort is a GREAT place to stay if your are visiting Avila!

We had already taken advantage of Restaurant Month to dine at The Gardens, so we decided to mix it up a bit.  We enjoyed dinner at the Custom House one night and the Ventana Grill on the second night.  Both meals were absolutely incredible and I’ll do review in a future blog.

I’m so glad we stayed very local.  It just reminds me of what an exceptional place Avila Beach is.  Avila Beach is the perfect destination for relaxation.  It is filled with amazing friendly, efficient, helpful people.  The hotels and restaurants offer a superior experience and are definitely worth visiting.  In these challenging economic times, it’s so important to support our local businesses.  Please make an effort to dine at our great local restaurants, get away at our fabulous local hotels, and, of course, enjoy the many diverse local wineries.

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