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Real Life :: Dottie’s Little Getaway.

Oh my, I had a great little vacation. I didn’t go far and I only went for three days, but oh my, was it relaxing.  My sweetie and I did something rather scandalous–we went up to Calistoga in the heart of wine country for a wee vacation. Without our child.  We went up there with nothing planned except some massages and fancy dinners.

And it was terrific.

I must admit, we felt guilty leaving our little Peach for three nights.  I was afraid I would miss her something fierce and of course I did. But you know what? It had been a looonnnnggg time since it was just me staring at this handsome gent across the table.

But it was a lovely trip. We stayed at Indian Springs in Calistoga which is one of the oldest spas in Calistoga and has this divine 1930s/40s feel too it–all white painted beadboard.

We rented one of the cottages and spent a large chunk on this sweet porch reading our books for hours on end.

And the pool. Sweet Lord, the pool. It’s this Olympic pool size mineral spring fed gloriousness that stays around 95-100 degrees. Eric and I would get up super early (the baby might not be there, but our internal alarm clocks are still set for 6:00AM) and have the pool to ourselves. Heaven.

And we had a special birthday dinner at Sol Bar, where the classic cars of the California Mille were parked much to our delight.

Hello Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car!

And lovely drinks were had too.  Don’t judge me for drinking a glass of champagne followed by a delicious frou frou gin drink in VERY quick succession. The hangover the next day judged me enough. I was the birthday girl, afterall.

And speaking of birthday, Eric got me the BEST present. A bias tape maker. For those craftily inclined you know that this thing in genius.  I nearly started to cry.  I had the same reaction to it as Alix had to her Giant Dwarf starlette crown.

All in all, it was just what I needed, a little break from reality to recharge so I can take on the action packed hurrah of summer and beyond. And instead of feeling blue when the vacation was over, I was rather excited to return home so I could see this little one and her little braids again.

Have you ever taken a vacation without your kids?

PS: And don’t forget to return this afternoon to enter the special Mother’s Day giveaway! TRUST me, you’ll want to return for it!

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  1. andsoiwhisper says

    I have been to Calistoga and it is a great area to go for a holiday. Lovely shots!

  2. Fuzzymama says

    What a great gift!!! The dress looks great! : )

    • Dottie says

      The Peach is CRAZY for that little dressie. It is the BEST!

  3. bethR says

    what a beautiful place to stay! happy birthday!

    i’ve spent two nights away from my first born (he’s almost five), but only to finish production on my second born (she’s almost two). i don’t know why i would feel so guilty about being away. we also don’t have much in the way of options to watch them and i’m pretty sure they would both fall down a staircase if i wasn’t there.

    • Dottie says

      I totally understand the issue of finding someone to watch the little ones. We actually left the Peach with her daycare provider who was happy to take her and it didn’t mess with her schedule much either.

  4. Jenny (VintageSugarcube) says

    Miss Dottie- LOVE LOVE LOVE those pics! Sooooo glad you got some R&R. What a wowzer of a place to stay! Happy Belated Birthday to ya and wishing you a fantasticooo of a year ahead.

    • Dottie says

      Oh but I LOVE LOVE LOVE you Miss Jenny! You make everything sparkletastic! And thanks for the birthday love, lady!

  5. elizabeth antonia says

    good for you! what a beautiful place. it is so hard not to feel guilty but i think it’s good to reconnect with the husband too! and wow, the feeling of coming back to your beautiful little girl is unparalleled!

    we left our little girl for 4 nights (big sur) when she was 21 months – she had a blast with her grandparents. and yes, we are going to do it again this year!!

    • Dottie says

      Good for you, Elizabeth!!!

  6. Melinda says

    My grandparents used to take us four weeks to six weeks a year. I don’t think my mom ever felt guilty about it. We all needed a break from each other. And it made us real close with our grandparents.

    • Dottie says

      Oh, that is a post on its own. I LOVED going to my grandparents and I must add that it did make me close to them as well. It was the best!

  7. Alix says

    HURRAY! What a great b-day getaway!!! I’m so so glad you took this time out for yourself. It’s so important!

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