A Day At Wholeness Center

I arrived at Wholeness Center Saturday morning with two of my girlfriends for a much needed girls spa day! (Located in Valley Cottage, NY. An easy 45 minute train ride from Grand Central Station) The second we hopped out of the car, we saw this beautiful white building and we knew we were in for a treat walking through those doors. The inside is just as pretty as the outside, but with so many thoughtful touches. Even the crystals in the pens that we used to sign our paperwork, matched the crystals that were on the front door handle.

We were greeted right away and then guided upstairs to change into our robes and enjoy breakfast while we signed our paperwork. Already feeling at peace and we hadn't event started our massages. After breakfast we enjoyed the steam room and infrared sauna.

Soon it was time to receive our 1 hour centering massages. And what a treat they were. My masseuse was very informative about her techniques and asked me about any trouble areas I had. I was so relaxed and she made me feel completely comfortable. I met up with my friends again after and they were both raving! Safe to say we we’re all feeling pretty blissful.

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Next it was time for our Refresh Facials. I was in need of this big time! Once again I was completely relaxed as my skin began to fill renewed and rejuvenated. My Esthetician used a Seaweed and Aloe mask that felt super cleansing. She explained good skin practices and products I should be using and how often. Once the facials were done, we were all glowing and I never felt so good about my skin without makeup.

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We were then treated to a tasty brunch with mimosas. There is no better way to celebrate a girls day with than with massages, facials and champagne! The staff at Wholeness Center had us feeling like queens. You can truly tell they care a lot about their clients and are passionate about what they do.

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We ended the day with some shopping in their downstairs boutique. It’s full of fabulous brands like Free People and accessories from Bali! I went home with one of the round woven bags and I’m obsessed! Could you ask for a better day? I think not.

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Our spa day was wrapping up, but we could have stayed there all day. We went home feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and happy! I highly recommend you check Wholeness Center out if you’re ever visiting New York or you live close by. They have so many different services to offer. It’s the perfect place for a girl’s day out, bridal parties, bachelorette parties, quality time with your significant other, or even if you’re just treating yourself! Check out their Spa Party options! I have a feeling no one leaves there without feeling like a new person! We will be back!

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Coloradograms: Vail & Garden Of The Gods

What do you do when you arrive in Denver Friday Morning, have a wedding in Vail Saturday afternoon, and fly out Sunday evening? You try to jam pack as much exploring as you possibly can into one weekend!

Here’s what we did:

Flew into Denver Airport and arrived around 11 am. Hopped on a bus to our rental car and hit the road to Vail. We made one pit stop for lunch (Jimmy John’s duh!). Chase was actually in the wedding so he had to be at the rehearsal at 3:00 pm. We got to Vail around 1:00 pm, quickly explored Vail Village. Basically just on the hunt for wine (we found it!), then checked into our AIRBNB at Vail Racquet Club. (highly recommend btw- they gave us a free upgrade to a 2 bedroom suite and it’s only about 7 minutes from Vail Village!) Chase changed quick and flew out the door, meanwhile I took my time getting ready for the Meet & Greet at Four Seasons at 6:00pm. Flash forward to Saturday morning. Chase didn’t have to be at the ceremony until 1:30, so we finally had some time to explore a bit. We drove around Vail and pretty much stopped anywhere that looked worthy of a photo op. The pines were so pretty with all of the snow! Pro-tip: renting a car really is the best way to go. I know I say this about all of our trips, but if you want to make the most of your trip, you will listen ;) Wedding festivities took place the rest of the day/night at the Sonnenalp. Flash forward to Sunday morning! Okay so this is when the real exploring kicks in. We have until 3:00 pm to take in all of Colorado’s beauty. We make a last minute decision to drive to Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. Mind you this is an hour south of Denver but it had been on our list so why not!

Okay Garden of the Gods is really cool! Not only is it pretty with the red rocks but you can actually climb them too! Only serious climbers with a permit were allowed to climb the tall ones (which there were some climbing while we were there) but there are a few crevices in the rocks that are really fun for the basic climber. As Chase said, my inner tom boy came out! haha. Anyway my point is that it’s definitely breathtaking and worth driving an hour out of our way.

Okay phew. Just reminiscing about this weekend tires me out all over again, but it was all worth it! Plus we got to see our friends get married, so win win! Here are some pics from our trip below:

Vail, Colorado

Vail, Colorado

Vail, Colorado

Vail, Colorado

Chase and I

Chase and I

Garden of the Gods  , rock climbing!

Garden of the Gods , rock climbing!

Exploring San Francisco

Where to explore:

It was my goal to visit as many places on our list as possible within a few days! If you’ve been following me for a while you know I love pretty backdrops and always do my research on places with the best views before a trip! So below are some of my favorites that are great stops if you are traveling with friends or a significant other!

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Bernal Heights Park- Pretty views of San Fran! It’s an easy hike to the top where you will find this swing! Pro tip- go earlier in the day. You won’t have to wait to snap a pic on the swing! However- this place still flies pretty under the radar so chances are there might be 1 or 2 other people waiting to snap a pic.

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Golden Gate Bridge Lookout- Battery Spencer located on the other side of the bridge from San Fran in Sausalito. It’s the best place for a pic of the city with the bridge! It tends to get crowded and parking can be a battle. I suggest parking down at the bottom and walking up. It only takes about 15 minutes. Pro tip- return for sunset and drive all of the way to the top. It’s unreal! (Bam Margera from Jackass asked my BF to take his photo here, haha!)

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Baker Beach- You can’t really go wrong driving anywhere along the coast, but this was another spot on my list. It’s the best location to get the beach and Golden Gate Bridge in one photo. (see photo below!)

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Point Bonita Lighthouse- According to a local this spot is still pretty undiscovered by most, but totally worth the hike. (Another easy one!) It was pretty foggy while we were there, but when it would break the ocean and cliffs we're beautiful!

Where to stay:

We wanted to stay in the heart of San Fran so we were close to all of the places we wanted to explore. The Clift, located in Union Square, was just what we needed and not to mention we had great views of the city from our windows. We stayed in a one bedroom suite. This includes, a dining area, living area, bedroom, bathroom, and vanity room. What more could you possibly need?

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The Clift Royal Sonesta- Sometimes you just want breakfast in bed! I highly recommend!

Napa Wineries:

We figured since we had traveled all of the way to the West Coast, it was only right to check out Napa while we were there. Plus, it’s only a little over an hour from San Fran! We stayed in an AirBNB for the night that was close to the wineries and then just hopped around all day. I mean wine not!? ;) #WhenInNapa

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Round Pond Estate- We were on the hunt for palm tree lined streets and based on my extensive research (ha!) I know of at least 2 that have them! Round Pond Estates and Scribe Winery. Pro tip- Both wineries need reservations. I would book a week in advance.

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Robert Mondavi Winery- I love Robert Mondavi wine so this was a no brainer. Plus you can buy by the glass and don’t need reservations. :)

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Domaine Chandon- Calling all champagne and sparkling wine lovers! This is your stop, plus the view is gorgeous. Not a sparkling wine fan? Don’t worry they have still wines available by glass! Pro tip- most wineries require reservations. This one does not!

Domaine Chandon - Chase took this shot with his drone!

Domaine Chandon- Chase took this shot with his drone!

Where To Eat & Grab coffee:

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Palm House Restaurant- Caribbean cuisine. If you’re looking for a lively vibe, cute decor and yummy tacos and margs. Check out Palm House! All of the food has a fun Caribbean twist, like ceviche in a coconut! (See below!)

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Home Coffee Shop- I love anything rainbow so when I heard Home Bakery had Birthday Cake Lattes, well I’ve never made an easier decision. It really does taste like birthday cake in coffee form.