Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Oh my! Earlier this month I had a chance to escape my day-to-day responsibilities of being a full-time mom to two highly-demanding tots and get away for a girls' weekend at Lakeview at Fontana--a rustic-chic resort and spa near Bryson City, North Carolina. It was exactly what this worn out mother needed. My husband, the incredibly wonderful man that he is, took a couple of days off work to watch the kids so I could fly down with a girl friend for three nights and four beautiful days to completely recharge my batteries. It was heaven on earth!
I did my research long before I booked the trip. The reviews were excellent and the price was affordable. Everything about the resort is geared toward relaxation from the location with views of the Smokey Mountains--which offers amazing hiking trails--to the spa treatments--the Green Tea Detoxifying Body Treatment makes you want to sleep like a baby. The morning begins with a gentle yoga class that completely sets the day off right: deeply relaxed.
What I love most about Lakeview at Fontana is that it is completely unpretentious. The staff all wear yoga pants and their signature RELAX t-shirts. I bought two! To remind me of my stay and to relax.
When I returned home the afterglow lasted for about two and a half days. At first, my children's screaming didn't even phase me. I was at peace even in the mist of their tantrums. Even though that feeling didn't last forever, somehow that mini-retreat did something in me. It reminded me of what I was like before kids--carefree and easy going. It enabled me remember to take deep breaths when everyone is melting down around me and let go of the things I cannot start or finish.
Somehow my girls' weekend at Lakeview at Fontana was more than a little R&R. It pressed the reset button on my mind, body and spirit...and that is priceless.