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This week, a special travel to design, as I take you to one of my favorite spa destinations, Rancho La Puerta located just across the Mexican border, not far from San Diego. When I traveled to Rancho La Puerta, it had been years since I had stepped foot into a spa. In the mid-90’s, spa destinations were my vacation of choice, my mother and I would joke that we would simply would go from “spa to spa”.  For many spa vacations are the epitome of decadence, a chance to enjoy healthy, world class, low calorie food, work out for hours each day, then treat yourself, in many cases to a daily massage or other glorious spa treatment.

Rancho La Puerta’s design strength lies with its warm, easy design.  The design is welcoming and enveloping without being overwhelming or pretentious. Throughout the sprawling spa campus, one can find three health and beauty centers as well as thatched roof, open, buildings for yoga, pilates and feldenkrais, which attracts groups to Rancho La Puerta each year.

At Rancho La Puerta, unlike many other spas, a one week stay is required. But why not?! Spend the week here, eating healthy, challenging yourself with their fitness classes, meet new friends and partake in their evening activities.  Nearly every night, my girlfriend and I would head to jewelry class or sculpting class after dinner!

At a time, when so many of us are stressed and looking for tranquility in our lives and homes, why not incorporate this tranquility through the use of colors, finishes and textiles, similar to those used at the legendary Rancho La Puerta. Exhale and Enjoy!

The Spa Restaurant

The Spa Restaurant

The Restaurant Interior

The Restaurant Interior

A mix of country and Southwestern

One of the many common areas where you can curl up and read a book or just do nothing!

One of the many common areas where you can curl up and read a book or just do nothing!

One of the many inspirational sayings you will find throughout the ranch. I LOVE the idea of incorporating inspirational words into ones' living space.

One of the many inspirational sayings you will find throughout the ranch. I LOVE the idea of incorporating inspirational words into ones’ living space.

The tranquility of water

The tranquility of water

The Spa Pool

The Spa Pool

Why not create your own tranquility at your home?

Why not create your own tranquility at your home?

One of the high ceiling, beautiful designed work out areas

One of the high ceiling, beautiful designed work out areas. LOVE the exposed stone wall.

Feldenkrais class

Take a look at the built-in benches and I ADORE the grand fireplace!

If you have never walked the path of a Labyrinth you are in for a treat! Walking its path can be quite reflective.

If you have never walked the path of a Labyrinth you are in for a treat! Walking its path can be quite reflective.

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