Friday, July 31, 2009

Indian Springs Resort in Calistoga

On my recent trip to Napa, I decided to stay in Calistoga, just a few minutes away, based upon a trusted recommendation of a friend. Fortunately, I listed to that rec, as I really enjoyed the resort that I stayed at, Indian Springs.

The resort reminds me of something out of the FDR era as you pull up. Lots of little cottages, a huge swimming pool, outdoor games, and of course the spa.

The rooms were clean and well appointed; new snacks (complimentary) magically appeared every day, too.

LOVED the pool. Just floated around all day in this giganormous rectangle of water.

The spa was excellent. Relaxing, and definitely one of the best facials I'd had in a long time.

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Monday, July 27, 2009

The Postman Always Rings Twice, Pt. 2

The first globs of paint have finally hit the canvas. Hopefully my creative block has ceased! As always, it begins with the eyes. To see more of my art, visit my regular website.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Flying Over Napa

Up until last month, the Napa Valley was one area of California I had yet to explore. I am so glad that I finally did. What a beautiful area; not quite as spoiled as Southern California, there is still much agriculture and respect for the land there. I truly enjoyed my visit. A highlight was taking my first hot air balloon ride over Napa early one morning. If you’re going to do it, definitely go with Napa Valley Balloons. They are tops.

Special thanks to pilot, Gabe. How many pilots are good enough to dip the balloon low enough to pick bay leaves off a tree and successfully get back up in the air? I believe this guy could land on a dime!

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Saturday, July 04, 2009

The Queen Mary

Once a luxury liner, this 1936 cruise ship now sits in Long Beach since 1968, acting as a hotel, restaurant, and semi-tourist trap. Although it still has some of the trappings of its former glorious self, it is definitely in need of a sugar daddy who can do a first-class restoration. Figuratively drifting along without a real mission, it would appear that the owners are doing the best that they can to make a buck. However, it is obvious that this “plan” is not really working too well. I sure hope this piece of floating history is able to be stablized and restored.

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