Monday, June 14, 2010

Ojai...



Happy Monday ladies, hope your weekend was lovely? Mine, I have to say, was pretty close to perfect. I turned 31 on Saturday and to celebrate this momentous occasion, Sean whisked me away (love that expression) to the romantic mountain town of Ojai. It was wonderful, he had planned everything, including doggy care, so we didn't have to worry about Moses. Starting the day with a nice breakfast in bed, we then drove the short hour and a half it takes to get to Lake Casitas. The lake is surrounded by the Santa Barbara Mountains and the grounds are truly spectacular. We had a lovely picnic taking in the view, sun and the cutest baby bunnies that were grazing (is that what they do?) all around us.



A little later we continued up the road to Ojai. On this particular weekend, the town was hosting a music festival, so it was buzzing with people and the atmosphere was great. We strolled down the main street and checked out the boutiques and art galleries. Oh and I bought some Kiehl's French RoseWater at the pharmacy to refresh, if you haven't tried this product yet, please do - it is so gentle and lovely and smells gorgeous. And we had some homemade butter pecan ice cream in the town park - this place is just so idyllic!


When it was time for dinner we drove back up into the hills and ended up at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa.


The setting of the resort is beyond romantic, and the terrace restaurant really reminded me of this beautiful place in Ravello, Italy where we ate once whilst on our honeymoon...



We didn't stay the night, but before reluctantly leaving, we solemnly vowed to come back very soon. I could so easily spend a week here, they have a state of the art spa, art studios and classes, amazing hiking trails and a stunning golf course that Sean seemed particularly interested in...


Just after we had payed our bill, the waiter brought this little tray with strawberries and caramel filled truffles. (We finished them before I even had a chance to snap a photo.) Anyway, I thought that was such a nice touch - especially combined with the fact that he {the waiter} kept addressing me as "young lady"... :) 


9 comments:

Tricia Rose said...

That does sound like a perfect weekend - even chocolate...

Diana Mieczan said...

Your guy is so special for planning this amazing weekend for you both...Happy Birthday sweetie and all sounds so special and the views are stunning:)
Perfect weekend, indeed:)
Have a wonderful day and see you soon:)

C'est La Vie said...

haha i bet that waiter got a pretty darn good tip!

happy belated birthday to you!!! :)

i think i want to go to Ojai now..

Liz said...

Happy Happy Day Emelie! Glad I've got the date on my calendar now - won't be late next year. Sean is wonderful and you are both blessed. XOXO Lizzie

Kerri said...

sounds like a great day- you'll have to go back again and stay longer! happy birthday!

Mademoiselle Poirot said...

Sorry Emelie, I'm so late: Still, Happy Birthday, it looks like you've had such a beautiful and special day and the photos are gorgeous. Love from London x

Tanja Arvidsson Ortner said...

Ser ut som du haft en helt okej födelsedag. :) Härliga foton! Kram

Café Bellini said...

Happy birthday! That sounds so amazing, how sweet of him to organise all that (very impressed that he got a dogsitter, too)!

Christi said...

A happy birthday to you, my sweet! Sounds like you celebrated well. Miss you much.

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