by Carolyn
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When Patrick first texted me, “Oh hey, Adobe is doing this company retreat for 25th Photoshop anniversary. They are having it in some resort in Santa Barbara. I don’t know. Do you wanna go?”, my ears pricked up. Resort?! Santa Barbara?! I felt it, it had to be Bacara Resort, it must be Bacara Resort. And it was Bacara Resort. That’s how we got to spend four nights in this blissful oasis located directly on the cliffs along the coast with beautiful views of the Pacific.

bacara-resort-santa-barbara-80Four nights and five days we were living in the lap of luxury. I have stayed in few hotels, and not all of them were on the budget side, but this was my first time lodging in a place where you are chauffeured to your rooms in golf carts, where beds are so plush, where paths wiggle through perfectly trimmed green lawns and where everyone has this five stars friendliness, while being very professional. Like most buildings in the Santa Barbara area, the Bacara is a luxurious Spanish-colonial beauty boasting with three pools, tennis courts, spa treatments, fitness center, three restaurants, bar, private beach and right, did I mention the ocean views?
A huge bonus and thumbs up, Bacara, for transforming the driveway fountain into a lush, colorful, drought-resistant succulents garden.

bacara-resort-santa-barbara-5Initially, my plan was to go out and finally explore the hell out of Santa Barbara ( I have been few times, but never long enough) while Patrick is golfing ( how fancy, right?), but resisting the heated, blue pool at the Spa and the comfy room with fireplace was not possible. Next time, Santa Barbara.

bacara-resort-santa-barbara-52Deciding where to put my feet up was my main daily task. The pool mostly won the race, except one day, when the sky was cloudy and the air a bit too chilly for a bikini, so we stayed in bed, watching Royal Pains, and only made a short walk on the beach. But don’t fret, I wasn’t only lazing around. I went to the gym, I read a book ( So Good They Can’t Ignore You ) and managed to go for a run at 6 am! You are reading right, 6 am! I’m wondering, why is it always easier to get up so early when on vacation? Strange.

While our breakfast and dinner was organized by Adobe, we had a free choice for lunch. I opted all days to enjoy the healthy dishes at the Spa Café, where attentive staff brought the food directly to my lounge chair. Thank you. Soy-glazed Chicken Breast with Shitake Mushrooms + Kale and Farmer’s Vegetables Stir-Fry were my favorites, but if you are looking for some Burger & Fries, the Bistro had more items on the menu.

What can I say, of course, we could have stayed few days longer and I would go back to Bacara in a heart beat. ( Where is my piggy bank? )
At this point, I would like to thank Adobe for organizing this amazing retreat and to all Bacara staff for treating us so well. Until next time.

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