We're heading to Carmel-By-The-Sea, California
Thursday, October 24 - Monday, October 28
Our latest destination retreat will bring us to the unique and charming central-coast village of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.
Join JJ Buchanan and Julie Pryor, along with other like-minded women, for a wellness getaway featuring activities designed to stimulate the senses and invigorate mind, body and spirit.
We'll explore the coastline, hike the majestic redwood forests, experience the cascade of a waterfall, enjoy local cuisine and wine, and so much more. Our hotel is located in the heart of the quaint village - so we'll be able to walk to many of our destinations. Each room has a king size bed and a fireplace so that you can rest well after the day's planned activities are through.
This is a custom designed getaway for our group, which includes the expertise of local historians and national park guides, wine education from local vintners, and top-notch cuisine from acclaimed chefs. It will be an unforgettable, one-of-kind experience.
Cost: *$2300 based on single occupancy,
should you have a roommate, cost is $1600.
This all-inclusive getaway includes:
Four nights at a local Carmel-by-the-Sea hotel (with king bed and fireplace in each room)
All meals including Thursday evening dinner, Friday/Saturday/Sunday breakfast, lunch and dinner, and Monday breakfast and lunch-to-go.
Transfer to and from San Jose Airport.
All activity fees, including tours, guides, wellness experiences, wine tastings, time at the Refuge spa in their Nordic and warm pools, walks and meditation and guided stretching.
Price does NOT include: airfare or alcohol (beyond tastings). In terms of flight, we do recommend Delta direct from JFK to San Jose leaving 8:25 AM, arriving at 11:30 AM. Return to JFK on Delta 1:30 PM departure.
Here's a look at some of the activities we have planned:
Thursday, October 24:
Upon arrival at San Jose Airport, take a scenic drive down the famous 17-mile coast passing through Pebble Beach before arriving in Carmel mid-afternoon.
Enjoy a skillfully selected wine and food pairing experience at Mission Ranch in Carmel. We'll dine al fresco on the patio while watching the sun set on the beach.
Friday, October 25:
Greet the day with meditation on the beach, followed by a guided walking tour of Carmel. This town is known for its charm, glorious views, boutique shops, and its exquisite cuisine.
After lunch, we'll spend some time at the thermal pools at Refuge Spa. Should you like to have a massage at the spa, arrangements can be made (not included in the getaway cost). Friday evening we meet for another very special dinner.
Saturday, October 26:
Take in the glorious scenery during a private tour and hike of Point Lobos, the gem of California State Parks and a point of historical interest.
The adventure continues on our private coach to explore a Carmel valley boutique winery, where we will enjoy a fabulous lunch complete with wine pairings. There will be time for exploration of the valley area - check out the local crafts, olive oil, and other vineyards. Back in Carmel-by-the-Sea for the evening, we'll have another incredible dining experience.
Sunday, October 27:
Sunday is our spiritual day in Big Sur. This destination's vast mountainous coastline has drawn those in search of emotional, physical and spiritual healing for centuries. Accompanied by a local guide, we'll walk the forests and hike the lesser known trails surrounded by the incredible mountains, water and sky. Back in Carmel-by-the-Sea, our evening will be capped off with a final meal customized for our group by Chef Kurt Grasings.
Monday, October 28:
Prepare to return back to regular life, equipped with a renewed spirit and invigorated mind and body. Ahead of breakfast, we will begin our day with our last guided beach walk, meditation and stretch. We will be picked up at the hotel and be transported back to the airport.