Wednesday, July 22, 2009
THE FOUNTAIN OF REJUVENATION
It was out of the frying pan and into the fire yesterday as I arrived at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego in the midst of a 98-degree heat wave. The hotel has been rated "the number one spa resort in North America" by Conde Naste Traveler, but don't be jealous: I'm in meetings all day, every day, until Saturday. I couldn't help noticing that the hotel really encourages guests to check out its fountains. "The lush grounds of Rancho Bernardo Inn are home to 21 distinctive fountains," reads the hotel's promotional literature, "Each fountain adds to the resort's tranquil ambiance." When I checked-in, the woman at the front desk handed me a guidebook describing the various fountains and suggested that I take a walking tour. With names like "Dreams of Eternity" and "Tranquility Fountain" how could I resist? Unfortunately, I only got as far as the "Fountain of Rejuvenation" -- which happens to be right outside my hotel room -- before I cried Uncle. Uncle Starbucks, that is. I high-tailed it to the nearest Starbucks and ordered my usual Grande Drip. Now that's what I call rejuvenation ...!