Our Half Moon Bay Getaway

Almost 2 weeks ago, my husband and I went on our first overnight getaway. Alone. Just the two of us. With NO kids. It was so wonderful, it’s making it on the blog lol.  Not just to jot down all the memories of what we did, but to encourage ALL MARRIED COUPLES EVERYWHERE to go do the same 😀

I know it’s not always possible because of the timing and/or money. For us, this was the first time in a long time that I wasn’t nursing a baby AND it was financially feasible to do. But honestly, if you spend too much time thinking about it, you’ll talk yourself out of anything because there are always “more practical” things you can spend money on. But your marriage is absolutely worth it. It’s not a splurge on an item. It’s an investment in your marriage. Regular date nights are important too, but there is something to be said for getting out of your normal environment for an entire weekend (or longer if possible) with just the 2 of you. We certainly can’t always spend a weekend at the Ritz-Carlton overlooking the ocean, but we’re definitely going to try more over-nighters elsewhere on a more regular basis.

That said, being at a Ritz-Cartlon by the ocean was, however, AMAZING and reminded me of our honeymoon (we stayed at the Ritz-Carlton in Key Biscayne, FL). So this was a really sweet time together that sort of had that newlywed feeling again, except way better 🙂

Anyway. Staying in such a fancy place made me feel a bit like a fish out of water lol. Or like I was living someone else’s life for a weekend. It’s just not something we do often. I remember the first night after dinner, we went for a walk by the ocean, on a moonlit path, hearing the sound of the waves, walking hand-in-hand and thinking…”is this real life?” (I also had a particularly strong Manhattan right before which tends to enhance my emotions a little lol). I was just so happy to be exactly where I was right then.

And everyone at the Ritz treats you like royalty. I felt so special and pampered the whole time! I mentioned to the lady working at the front desk at the spa that this was my first weekend away from my kids, with just my husband, and so she gave us free stuff! Ivor used to work at a Ritz-Cartlton in Philadelphia so he gave me the inside scoop that employees have a certain budget that they can spend on guests to enhance their stay. How amazing is that?! The lady who gave me my facial threw in some extras for me too because she knew I was a tired mama (and desperately needed it lol). Her: “when was your last facial”…Me: “um…7 years ago….on my honeymoon” …Her: “ok, we’ll go the full 80 minutes and I’ll throw in a lip mask and eye brow clean-up…on the house” 😀

Anyway, we packed in a lot for 1 weekend and I could ramble on and on, but this post is already getting too long, so I’ll switch to bullet point highlights of my favorite memories instead:

*Walking into the lobby when we first arrived…..in slippers (I drove there in slippers because my heels hurt and I forgot to switch before getting out of the car because we were rushing to go see the sunset). I was embarassed at first. Me: “Who walks around the Ritz Carlton in slippers??” Ivor: “Rich people who do whatever they want. You’re fine. You’ll fit right in.” LOL

*Walking on a legit moonlit path by the ocean

*Sitting outside by the firepit, listening to the waves crashing.

*The employee who gave us free bubble bath and a candle

*Soaking in the tub, with bubbles

*The breakfast buffet of my dreams

*Mountain biking in Marin County (absolutely gorgeous!) It was mostly hard…..really hard. With a little bit of INCREDIBLE single-track downhill with an ocean view. I had a really rough time at one point, and Ivor ended up pushing both of our bikes uphill to give me a break <3

*The facial! Glorious.

*Getting fancy for dinner at the “fine dining” restaurant of the hotel- Navio. We had the most amazing mushroom risotto with shaved truffle (that the chef came out to add himself)…whaaaaaaaaa?! I can still smell it. OMG.

* A pleasant conversation with a woman we met before dinner one night, who praised the fact that I’m a stay-at-home mom and acknowledged how hard it must be but how rewarding and impactful it is. That doesn’t always happen. Normally it’s “Oh….cool” followed by a subject change or questions about what I did before kids (in my experience talking to Bay Area professionals anyway). It was unexpected and exactly what I needed to hear!

*Morning walk by the ocean, and randomly seeing 2 horses

*Mountain biking in Soquel Demonstration Forest- the flow trail loop. More enjoyable than the previous ride overall 🙂

*The sunset on the way home to go see our babies (I rarely see sunsets as a mom…isn’t that depressing? lol)

Ok, a few pictures then I’m done 😀

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