Sometimes you just have to treat yourself!
Bernardus Lodge in Carmel Valley was the perfect place to do so last weekend when Mr. A and I headed south on a spontaneous whim.
We had no idea where we would end up staying when we left Friday night at 7:00.
We ended up in Santa Cruz and got one of the last rooms in town at the Ramada Inn.
On Saturday morning, when Mr. A called Bernardus, I thought, "right, there won't be a room."
But there was! So, we headed south to Carmel.
Nestled in Carmel Valley, it is one of the loveliest inns I've ever stayed in.
The lobby is like one giant living room with sumptuous fabrics, a big fireplace on one side and a library on the other.
The rooms all feature down mattresses, duvets and pillows.
The beds are sinfully luxurious!
Complimentary wine and cheese on the deck!
The grounds are lovely too. At night, the big stone fireplace is ablaze for late night chats.
There is a grass area for croquet, bocce ball and other lawn games.
A pool, of course...
....as well as beautiful fountains.
The garden and grounds are all in bloom right now.
It was a serendipitous kind of weekend.
From not knowing where we were going to finding treasures to take home, it was a pleasant surprise.
Tomorrow I'll share some antique stores we discovered along the way.
For more information about Bernardus Lodge, visit their website here.
Happy Monday to you all!