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 ...!

7 comments:

Lynne said...

I stayed in San Diego, once. Unfortunately, the crew I traveled idea of fun was the hotel tiki bar. I so wanted to go see the sights, but I was young and scared back then to venture out on my own. So, I pretty much stuck to my hotel room. I have a feeling, while my hotel was very nice it dulls in comparison to yours, lol. Glad you got rejuiced!

FrankandMary said...

I've heard of the place...much social cachet.
Tranquil ambiance a la Starbucks.
I can relate. ~Mary

garnett109 said...

your suppose to drink out of it marty not look at it

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Can't imagine a hot coffee in the heat of San Diego.

Beth said...

Those are some funky names...Dreams of Eternity sounds lethal!

Joann said...

98 degrees, I would have jumped INTO the fountain.... maybe that's acceptable behavior at the Fountain of Youth.

Traci said...

Too bad you are in meetings. I LOVE San Diego!