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Buongiorno! Mr. B and I have been enjoying travels through Northern Italy. Traveling during this time of year is great because the crowds generally die down a bit and the weather is usually more tolerable. Unfortunately, we couldn’t escape the higher temperatures and it’s been in the mid 80 degrees in Turin, where we are currently staying. Another advantage for traveling during this time of year is that the prices are typically more reasonable. For me, that means hoping to buy more souvenirs with the money we save.

I took thousands of pictures on our Italian trip last year and realize that I never shared any with you. I recently went through all of last year’s pictures and created this small photo montage highlighting the architectural features, design details and the natural beauty that capture the essence of Italy.

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I have one very special post scheduled while I’m away and I promise to do a recap post of my current trip when I’m back. I’m also looking forward to posting more regularly. Fall is approaching and I’m feeling inspired. In the meantime, follow along on Instagram.

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The Pendry Hotel, situated on a prime corner in the Gaslamp Quarter of downtown San Diego, opened its doors early this year with lots of fanfare as a new venture for the Montage Resorts & Hotels brand. The Pendry San Diego is only one of two, and was the first, in the Pendry chain (the other is in Baltimore). Mr. B and I visited the San Diego location over the Fourth of July weekend where we were invited to tour the rooftop pool and enjoyed delicious appetizers at the bar. Impressed with its sophisticated style, Mr. B and I vowed that next time we were in San Diego we’d book a room at The Pendry. The hotel combines modern day luxury and California style, as seen from my pictures captured in July and earlier today.

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If you need me, I’ll be at The Pendry over the next few days. But don’t be surprised if the “do not disturb sign” is on display. This holiday weekend is meant to be stress-free and the goal is to refresh, relax, and rejuvenate. I hope you get a chance to do the same!

Checking into the U.S Grant

On the morning of July 4th, we left the laid back life of La Jolla and headed into the City for a bit of urban action. We checked into the historic U.S. Grant Hotel in downtown San Diego for a single night before heading back to our seaside ranch house. It had been many, many years since previously visiting the U.S Grant so I was looking forward to checking-in since the hotel finished the final touches of a multi-year renovation earlier this year. All I can say is that my one night made me want to come back for more…

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For those of you interested in architecture and historic preservation, you might be interested in knowing that the U.S. Grant is officially designated on the National Register of Historic Places and over the years it has hosted 15 Presidents, countless dignitaries, and celebrities. It was built by the son of U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant, whose portrait (below) hangs prominently at the entrance to the hotel accessible from the lower level valet drop off. It’s as if President Grant is personally welcoming you to the hotel and when you walk inside you immediately realize that you’ve entered a very special place. The portrait is original to the hotel since its opening in 1910 and is just one of the many pieces that make up the hotel’s $6.5 million dollar art collection scattered throughout the hotel.US Grant Hotel PortraitofPresidentUlyssesSGrant

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An original chandelier from 1910 still hangs in the lobby.

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When we got off the elevator to our room on the 5th floor, I took notice of the fact that the color scheme shifted to a bolder color palette and included palm tree upholstered wall panels. Each floor also has a unique piece of artwork on display.
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The windows next to the bank of elevators provide a great view of the hotel garden and cityscape beyond. us grant san diego

Our room was compact and cozy (i.e. small) but very comfortable. I didn’t mind the size of the room, particularly since we were staying for only one night. However, if we plan another visit I will opt for a larger room and I’ll tell you why….I slept on the right side of the bed closest to the window. The only downside to this was the fact that there is no room for a nightstand on this side of the bed. The hotel could easily remedy this issue by constructing a simple, shallow shelf to at least accommodate a phone or bottle of water. Luckily, there was an outlet on this side of the bed so I was able to charge my phone but I had nowhere to put it other than on the bed itself. This is far from ideal, especially when you are trying to relax and disconnect. This was really the only negative about the room and besides this one inconvenience, I was actually very comfortable here. The bed was perfect and I felt like l was sleeping on the clouds. I could have slept in for days….

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Did you notice the interesting artwork that acts as a headboard? It is definitely a focal point of the room and the hotel’s website describes the artwork quite well:

Masterfully blended within the custom moldings of the headboards in each guestroom is a one-of-a-kind art piece by French artist, Yves Clement. A “Sleeping with Art” concept integrates the large black-on-canvas paintings, which he calls “drippings.” Clement employed an “action painting” process by virtue of his controlled gestures and dribbling paint directly onto a floor canvas with a paint stick rather than a brush. The outcome is evocative, loosely figurative, abstract artwork with a value of $10,000 – $15,000 each.

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The hotel is said to be designed in “presidential colors”, such as blue and gold, as seen in our room. The gold drapes are a nice contrast against the blue and beige houndstooth patterned carpet. Houndstooth is such a classic pattern but here it feels fresh and modern due to its color scheme and scale. Houndstooth is definitely an up and coming trend…us grant interior design

Our room had an interesting three tier cabinet which was a nice change from the predictible furniture typically seen in a hotel room. A coffee maker, bottled water, snacks, stationery, ice bucket, safe and mini refrigerator are all neatly tucked away and concealed behind closed doors.
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The design palette for the bathroom was a bit of a change from the rest of the room design and had a slightly masculine feel to it. us grant san diego 3I am picky about my bath products and I will typically bring my own toiletries to a hotel if I don’t know what type of products will be provided. I was pleasantly surprised to see that our room was stocked with bath products from the British company, Elemis. Even Mr. B commented on how much he enjoyed the Elemis products. Shhh…don’t tell him… but when we got home I ordered him some products as a small “just because” surprise. No matter how big or small, everyone deserves a surprise every now and then! us grant san diego 6

At one point in the evening, I noticed a red glow through the window sheers. I pulled the curtains back and realized that the exterior of the hotel was lit up in alternating blue and red “stripes”. I told Mr. B that we had to go outside to see what the building looked like from the street. This is what we saw… us grant san diego 11We didn’t come here for the fireworks and, in fact, didn’t learn until that evening that the City of San Diego hosts the “Big Bay Boom'” each year. Fireworks are launched from four separate barges located in the San Diego Bay and can be seen from a variety of locations around town. Based on news reports, there were 500,000 people in attendance to view the Big Bay Boom. Luckily, we didn’t have to deal with crowds and were able to enjoy the show from the comfort of our room.

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The hotel is located within walking distance to the City’s Gaslamp district that serves as downtown’s restaurant row. Block after block you will find a lively scene home to a wide variety of restaurants and bars. The U.S. Grant is located so very close to the Gaslamp but the location can feel a bit sketchy at times so if you decide to stay here, don’t say I didn’t warn you. Would that deter me from staying here again? No. Would I like to come back for a future stay? Absolutely. However, next time I will opt for a larger room and take advantage of the dining opportunities onsite. Having been there before, the Grant Grill is a wonderful place for a convenient meal.

An Enchanting Creekside Estate in Montecito

I’ve had a major case of wanderlust lately and my daydreams have been all over the map. From a weekend staycation to an extended European holiday, I can’t get the thought of vacation off my mind. I’ve never used Airbnb, VBRO or any other online home rental service (have you?) but my curiosity got the best of me and I soon discovered this beautiful home in Montecito, California available for rent. The headline for the listing reads, “Enchanting Creekside Estate, 2 Minutes to the Beach”.  I was immediately sold and when I went through the pictures I realized that I wouldn’t mind calling this place home away from home for a few days. It looks like a wonderful way to get away from it all. Its beautiful decor and serene landscape look like a perfect respite.

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Upper Garden of Main House

“Situated in Montecito’s Golden Quadrangle, this gated, 1.5 acre estate offers total privacy amidst a lushly landscaped creek side setting. Multi-level gardens surround an authentic hacienda-style 4 bedroom 3.5 bath main house that offers mountain views and landscaped gardens framed by majestic Sycamore, Oak, Magnolia and Bird of Paradise trees and bordered by San Ysidro Creek. Located within a 2-minute drive from Santa Barbara’s world famous beaches, the property also includes a detached one bedroom guest house, 6 fireplaces and several outdoor living areas. Perfect for a family or extended family with staff, this property can accommodate up to 10 people comfortably.”

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Upper Patio

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Upper Courtyard Fountain

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Upper Courtyard

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Main House: Living Room

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Main House: Dining Room

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Main House: Kitchen

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Photos Above & Below: Master Bedroom

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Above and Below: View of the Guest House on the Creek

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Guest House Living Room

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Lower Garden Courtyard

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Herb and Vegetable Garden

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For more information on this beautiful estate, check out the rental listing here. 

Welcoming the Waldorf Astoria to L.A.

One of the most anticipated openings in Los Angeles recently was the new Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Beverly Hills. The 12-story, 170 room hotel opened its doors earlier month and by the looks of it I am sure it will attract a crowd of “who’s-who’s” in the Hollywood circles. waldorf_astoria_exterior_Beverly HillsThe hotel and grounds were designed by the renowned architectural firm Gensler (a firm I wanted to work at when I was an aspiring architect) along with the studio of French designer Pierre-Yves Rochon, who has revamped various iconic hotels including the Four Seasons George V in Paris and the Savoy Hotel in London. The interiors are influenced by the Art Deco/Streamline Moderne style appropriate for the Beverly Hill’s location. It’s all about the glamour, baby!

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waldorf astoria beverly hillsGuest rooms and suites have a quiet elegance about them. waldorf astoria guest suite beverly hillsWALD_BeverlyHills_GuestRoomWaldorf Astoria / Beverly Hillswaldorf astoria guest roomA bathroom fit for a movie star…or for Reviving Charm. Guest rooms are stocked with designer toiletries by the French brand Diptyque. I would stay here for the toiletries alone!

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A gold glass chandelier hangs over a staircase in the spa. The hotel is the new home to the Spa by La Prairie, a luxury skin care brand. I have been curious about the La Prairie line and just ordered their product to try. The new spa will give me a fabulous excuse to make a reservation for some pampering while visiting the new hotel. Two birds, one stone….waldorf astoria beverly hills artwork Reviving CharmLa Prairie has six treatment rooms and spa “experience showers” for men and women. The spa is ultra chic and modern designed in classic black and white. aldorf Astoria / Beverly Hills spaWaldorf Astoria Beverly Hills / Photographed for THR MagazineThe rooftop pool offers beautiful views of Beverly Hills. In case you’re planning your own trip to the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, don’t forget to reserve your VIP cabana! Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills / Photographed for THR Magazine pool

The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is a beautiful property dubbed the “soon-to-be-iconic” hotel. I can certainly see why. Once I make my way to the Waldorf Astoria and pay a visit to the La Prairie spa I will be sure to share my experience with photos of my own.

Photos courtesy of Waldorf Astoria and The Hollywood Reporter.

The Fairway Villas at Wynn Las Vegas

Yesterday we looked at Las Vegas “then”; today we’re taking a close look at it “now”. Vegas has come a long way, baby! The epitome of bad taste can easily be found in the town often referred to as Sin City, but there are also wonderful spaces tucked amidst the garish design. One such space is the Fairway Villas at the Wynn Hotel. In 2015, the Wynn Las Vegas announced that the hotels’ apartments and villas became available to the general public. Previously, they were available to invited hotel guests only. The Fairway Villas offer private views of the golf course adjacent to the resort. One and two bedroom villas are available ranging in size from 2,411 to 3,224 square feet. As one could expect from an exclusive property, the villas have their own private drive entrance, registration lobby, personal ambassador, butler service and priority reservations at the golf course, spa, and restaurants. Naturally, rates are available only upon request. This might be one of those times where if I have to ask, I probably can’t afford it!
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For a closer look at the Fairway Villas, take a virtual tour on the Wynn hotel website. Images courtesy of the Wynn Hotel and Wynn Magazine.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! If I can’t stay in a castle when I visit Ireland someday then I sure would love to spend a few nights in a beautiful Irish country house. One place I might be willing to consider is Roundwood, an 18th century home located just over an hour outside of Dublin. The charming interiors and beautiful setting look like it would be a perfect place to call home for a relaxing few nights. Be warned: there are no flat screen TV’s to be found here. I’m not sure I can live without that creature comfort but I would be willing to give it a try and use it as a great excuse to also disconnect for a few days. 

This is such a lovely property…you’d never know that it was abandoned and boarded up during the 1960’s. Thankfully it has been restored and the current owners are willing to share it with us. To learn more about Roundwood House and its history be sure to check out their website. 

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Main entrance

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Main hall and staircase.

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Main staircase.

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Drawing Room.

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Dining table set for a wedding party.

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The Green Room.

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The Green Room bath.

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A lovely cut velvet chair in the Green Room.

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The Yellow Room.

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The Blue Room. The artwork in this room are actually photographs of original paintings from the 1700’s. They look amazing against Farrow and Ball’s “Drawing Room Blue” paint.

A former barn has been transformed into a library.

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A corner in the herb garden.

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Booking a room a hotel or resort is something I take very seriously. I do a lot of research and it’s not uncommon for me to call a hotel directly and ask a few questions about the location of certain rooms, types of rooms or their amenities. I have found this helps to ensure we get the best room for our dollar and a room that meets our expectations. At certain hotels I might even go so far as to request a specific room number; however, not all hotels will allow this. The latter was the case with Bacara. But nonetheless, we very happy with our room, its amenities and its location within the resort. This was our first stay at Bacara so naturally I did a lot of research about the resort and even spoke to a reservation agent about the differences between a few of the rooms. I narrowed it down to two room types. Do I reserve a smaller room with an ocean view or larger room without an ocean view? Oh, the problems to have! Ultimately, I ended up booking an 820 square foot Executive Suite sans view. Let me take you on a tour…

Our Executive Suite had a small entry space (photo bottom left) that had a full-length mirror in a perfect location for checking yourself before heading out the door. You can’t see the actual front door in the pictures below but it is located opposite the mirror. The louvered door is a small powder room, as seen in the photo to the right. Having two bathrooms in our room was another huge selling point for booking the Executive Suite. bacara-resort-executive-suite-1From the foyer, you automatically enter the dining area of the open dining/living area of the suite. The dining room comfortably seats six.
bacara-suite-dining-room-via-reviving-charmThe room was generously sized to include a living area, dining room, and dedicated office space. You can see the front door to the suite at the right-hand side of the picture below.suite-life-at-bacara-reposrt-by-reviving-charmbacara-executive-suite-detailsThis is the office area before I got situated in the room. I ended up using this space as a makeshift dressing room and a place to store my suitcase since the only closet in the suite was fairly small. There are lots of drawers in the room but very little space for hanging clothes. I found that the desk was also handy as an area to layout cosmetics, etc. bacara-resort-executive-suite-office-spacebacara-suite-detail

I also used the desk as a place to draft a handwritten note for the hotel Concierge that was extremely helpful in arranging to have a couple of floral arrangments delivered to the room. More on that later…

The office area is equipped with a tablet that allows you to do many things. For instance, you can request housekeeping, room service, and express checkout. I rarely used it but it was a great feature to have when I needed it.barcara resort executive suite via Reviving Charm 1In the corner of the living area there is a comfy chair and ottoman where you can catch up on the reading material supplied by the resort. I am a magazine junkie so I was happy to enjoy some new reading material. The doorway to the left side of the tray table is the entrance to the one bedroom in the suite.

Window treatment details.bacara resort suite life via Reviving CharmLet’s enter the bedroom now, shall we?bacara-executive-suite-bedroomFrom the bedroom, another louvered door leads you into the main bathroom. The louvered doors are a very nice decorative touch throughout the entire suite but they don’t provide much in the way of privacy when it comes to masking sound. For this reason, I often used the powder room when I needed to tinkle. The hotel should seriously think about making a change to the door situation. bacara-executive-suite-bathroom-1bacara-suite-bath-productsIf you look closely at the bathroom photos you might notice that the floral arrangement moved from place to place within the space. Ultimately they stayed in the location you see below.  bacara-suite-flowers

Speaking of flowers…Whenever we stay in a hotel for any length of time I really like to have fresh flowers placed in our room before we arrive. I usually order two small arrangements: one for the bedroom and one for the bathroom. I couldn’t write this post without mentioning something about the flowers I ordered for the room as it is a testament to the exceptional service we received when it came to a last minute request. You see, I had been meaning to call Bacara to order flowers but never got around to it. It was about three hours before check-in in time when I finally was able to make the call. I called the Concierge and apologized for the short notice and inquired about the possibility to have flowers placed in the room. I had no special requests other than I was looking for something elegant. The Concierge called around and called me back promptly to inform me that my request could be granted and provided me with a very reasonable quote. When we checked into our room we found these two small floral arrangements waiting for us. I was very happy with the floral arrangements but I kinda chuckled when I saw the carnations since it had only been days after writing this post. bacara resort suite life in room flowers Reviving CharmI can’t share photos of our suite without including a picture of our private balcony that overlooks the pool. This was a great place to relax outdoors without having to leave our room. bacara suite balcony via Reviving CharmSo there you have it…the 3rd and final post about Bacara Resort and Spa. I hope you have enjoyed it. Most importantly, I hope this series may be useful in helping you decide any future vacation plans. If you happen to book your next vacation at Bacara, feel free to drop me a note and let me know how your trip was. I would love to hear all about your experience. bacara resort landscaping via Reviving Charm


You have a myriad of hotel choices when visiting Santa Barbara, California. I narrowed it down to three choices before finally booking a suite at Bacara Resort and Spa last month. One of the deciding factors was really their reputation for providing a wonderful spa and 3,500 square foot fitness facility. I had a wonderful 80-minute massage in one of their 36 treatment rooms and took advantage of their jacuzzi, sauna and eucalyptus steam room. I even brought home some of this eucalyptus shower spray to recreate my experience at home. I like the spray so much I even plan to purchase the lavender and lemongrass mists also. But the spa has so much more to offer. Let’s take a look, shall we?

This is the walk up to the spa (shown in the background) and the adjacent spa cafe. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to take advantage of the spa cuisine served at the cafe. spa-at-bacara-resort-via-reviving-charm-1

The entrance to the spa building and spa cafe overlook an adults-only heated salt water

As you walk into the spa building you immediately notice the sheer volume of the space and the magnificent wooden beam rotunda. A circular staircase will take you to a large roof top terrace. We’ll visit that area in just a bit.bacara-spa-via-reviving-charm

There are several very comfortably appointed lounge rooms including those designated only for women, men, and a co-ed lounge space. Here is the woman’s lounge area. bacara-spa-via-reviving-charm-1bacara-spa-via-reviving-charm-2

The woman’s lounge has floor to ceiling windows that overlook the spa pool. spa-at-bacara-resort-pool-via-reviving-charm

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Once you reach the top of the circular staircase you enter this transition space on the rooftop. The rooftop terrace is comprised of several outdoor rooms for lounging or outdoor massages.

I only had one negative experience while at the spa. While in the jacuzzi I was joined by a group of three women who were talking really loud. There is something to be said about spa etiquette and keeping your voice to a whisper to allow others to relax in a calming environment. I had no shame in asking them to (kindly) pipe down. They immediately obliged.

Nevertheless, the Spa at the Bacara is a great destination for a girls getaway or romantic couples trip. I definitely plan on going back. Only next time I hope to spend more time at the spa to take advantage of all it has to offer.

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Toward the end of last year, I started thinking about a long weekend vacation. I booked a suite at Bacara Resort and Spa as a surprise for Mr. B. I hid my surprise for a couple of weeks and when the time came we jumped in our car and off we went…despite the notorious California traffic on a long holiday weekend. reviving-charm-on-the-road

On the upside…the sunset was beautiful and I am sure glad I was able to capture this picture from the car. santa-barbara-sunset-via-reviving-charm

I previously posted bits about our trip here and here and have been meaning to write about the resort itself since a few people have asked me questions about the property. I decided to break up my experience at the resort into a 3 part series. Today I’ll provide you with a general look around the resort. Stay tuned for future posts about the spa and our suite. The goal of this series is to provide information that will hopefully be helpful in planning your own stay at Bacara Resort and Spa someday.

Although the resort is touted as being located in Santa Barbara, it is technically located in the town of Goleta, a quick 15-20 minute drive north of Santa Barbara, California. I know that Goleta doesn’t sound as “sexy” as Santa Barbara but it does have views of the Pacific Ocean that are equally as breathtaking. Keep reading…I’ll share those with you in a bit.

Let me first provide you with the lay of the land. The resort is sprawled over 78 acres of prime oceanfront property with direct access to the beach. The resort boasts 358 guest rooms and they are situated among 18 villas throughout the property. We were located in Villa 8 which overlooks the pool and is denoted with the yellow star on the map. The main lobby is situated at the top of a hill (shown far left on the map). If you have a hard time getting around, don’t worry. The hotel offers golf cart service to transport you anywhere you need to go on the property. We didn’t use this service so I can’t comment on it. There is also a nice walking trail adjacent to the resort (shown far right of the map).


When we pulled off the street and into the Bacara’s motor court, I immediately knew that this vacation would be all that I had hoped for. I was wanting a nice, relaxing vcation and realized that I couldn’t have picked a better place. The motor court is surrounded by Spanish/Mediterranean style architecture and beautiful drought tolerant and California native plantings. Bacara made a very good first impression! bacara-motor-court-via-reviving-charm-1I have the need for speed and can appreciate a fine automobile. At Bacara, there was definitely no shortage of luxury cars sightings. cool-cars-by-reviving-charm-2

As we walked into the lobby we were greeted with the most stunning floral arrangement made up of fresh white daisies. Beauty in simplicity.

The lobby is a grand, spacious area with several separate sitting areas. There is also a strategically placed console table that holds a beautiful display of orchids, succulents and candles. It also acts as a refreshment center during certain times of the day. When we arrived in the evening it was used as a bar area as the the hotel was offering a complimentary wine tasting. This provided hotel guests with a wonderful an opportunity to mingle. What a wonderful welcome. The following evening complimentary s’mores were served on the lobby terrace.


The seating area by the lobby fireplace is not surprisingly one of the most popular spots for guests to gather. Even Mr. B and I shared a couple of wonderful fireside chats.bacara-lobby-fireplace-via-reviving-charm

There are beautiful details throughout the hotel. This grand fireplace is situated along the corridor of the hotel where banquet facilities are located.

Angel Oak Restaurant is known for their steak and seafood and is only open for dinner. We made a reservation for our first night at the resort which worked out beautifully. Being able to enjoy a meal on the property after a long drive made things easy and convenient for us. If you love wine, you’ll be happy to know they also have an extensive wine list. bacara-angel-oak-restaurant-via-revivingcharmHere is Villa 10, one of the many villas situated on the property. bacara-resort-via-reviving-charm-2

The sweeping staircase is beautifully designed with decorative tile work.
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bacara-resort-pool-via-revivingcharmPrivate poolside cabanas are available for rental. cabanas-at-bacara-resort-via-reviving-charmbacara-beach-shower-via-revivingcharmThere is a pathway from the resort that leads you directly to the sand. I took this walk each morning. I can’t think of a better way to start the day.

So there you have it…a  brief tour of the grounds of Bacara Resort and Spa. Stay tuned for more about the spa and a look at our suite.