Monday, December 27, 2010

My Town Monday: Rancho Bernardo, CA

Welcome to my last My-Town-Monday post of 2010!

I have to admit I was a little disappointed when I learned Mr. Summy's office holiday party would be at the Rancho Bernardo Inn. Why a planned community in inland North County, about 20 miles northeast of downtown San Diego? The last few years have been at the swanky Marriott on the bay with its great views and cool gingerbread houses display.

However, I was very pleasantly surprised.

The inn was so very Californian. Here's a shot of the entrance with its fountain.

The lobby was warm and cozy.

The decorations were really pretty. This is the outdoor walkway from the lobby to the party room.

The chocolate dessert fountain was delicious. Actually, the food in general was good. I particularly enjoyed the appetizers.

The view from our balcony was woodsy and secluded. (Yes, we spent the night. Remember, Mr. Summy and I have four children. We jump at the chance for a little break from parenting.) Oh, and here's a weird thing. The room included the contents of the mini-bar. When we checked in, the hotel clerk reminded us to empty the mini-fridge before leaving!


Actually, I hope next year's holiday party is back at the Rancho Bernardo Inn, now that Mr. Summy and I are better educated. I just might book a spa appointment. We will definitely take advantage of the hotel's tour to the Rancho Bernardo Winery. Oh, and we'll bring an extra bag for the mini-fridge items!

If you're interested in the history of Rancho Bernardo (personally, I love California history), click here.

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13 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

Looks pretty cool. And they have a chocolate fountain. Where chocolate fountains, love walks in. I just wrote that! :)

David Cranmer said...

Charles the romantic!

Great photos, Barrie.

Most of my holiday parties are at an airport bar flight between connecting flights.

Teresa said...

What a cool place!! Was the chocolate fountain just for the holiday party or is it standard fare for the guests, like the contents of the mini-bar?

Barrie said...

Teresa, I think the chocolate fountain was only out for the party. But I guess I don't know for sure. :)

Barrie said...

Charles, as well as writing speculative fiction, you're obviously a romantic poet!!!

Barrie said...

David, I bet you meet some interesting characters at your airport "holiday parties." :)

Clare2e said...

Looks lovely! And I think the mini bar policy is great! Happy holidays, and Happy New Year to all the Summy's!

Barrie said...

Thank you, Clare. And Happy Holidays and a happy, healthy 2011 to the 2Es as well! ;)

Sarakastic said...

someday i'll have a big row of christmas trees just like that!

Smol Dusaran said...

The mouthwatering chocolate fountain is to die for!

Gabriele Goldstone said...

What wonderful decadence - I hope you totally indulged.

Alyssa Goodnight said...

Maybe the items in the mini bar were past their expiration dates and you were just doing them a favor. :)

Barbara Martin said...

A chocolate fountain! That looked wonderful.

Happy New Year, Barrie.