A Get Away and A Rekindling of Special Friendships
Submitted: February 20, 2013
Stayed: January 2013
A beautiful space to spend quality time with friends we've shared laughs with for decades. Over the last 20 years we have all been too busy to share 24 hours together until last weekend.
We had a fabulous time walking the Healdsburg Square, had a great lunch in town, bought some intriguing wine from a local vintner and then drove up a sunny mountain to a quiet, secluded oasis. The home was gorgeous, efficient, and immaculate, with luxurious bathrooms, fabulously comfortable beds and original artwork that only took a backseat to the view. The entire property was beautifully maintained, with a pool, spa and outdoor seating areas that all took advantage of the incredible views. The house is expertly piped for sound and we argued over whose I-pod would play next. The layout of the living room, dining room, and kitchen made for easy, comfortable mingling and conversations.
As we debated about where to take our pictures, we worried that everything would look photo-shopped. With a huge harvest moon, all our sunset shots looked too good to be true.
The kitchen has a convection oven and we took full advantage with 6 people preparing a sumptuous roasted rosemary chicken dinner. We all were able to share the load and prepare the meal together without getting in each other's way and do our wine tasting over a long relaxed period. The meal was topped off by an apple galette that we picked up at one of the two French bakeries on the square.
After sleeping like the dead through the perfectly silent night, the morning consisted of more quality time spent over a leisurely breakfast of cinnamon walnut french toast (from the other bakery on the square) and fresh local fruit.
When it finally came time to leave, it felt like we had been relaxing for days instead of hours.
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