Spa Treats

A few weeks back, several of us moms took a mental day. Because really... who needs mental days more than moms? As the very grateful guests of The Spa at Rancho Bernardo Inn, nestled in the hills of North County San Diego, the girls and I were treated to a light champagne brunch, some tasty body treatments, and a delicious lunch at poolside cabanas.

Don't hate.

We each had a choice of treatments. I had the Made Fresh Daily Special: Sangria Sensation. Sounds like food, you say? Well, you're right!

The Spa at Rancho Bernardo Inn is one of the spas on the forefront of bringing back fresh, raw ingredients to the treatment rooms. Using season produce, locally grown and harvested, the spa staff will buff, polish, exfoliate, and otherwise beautify guests of the spa, naturally. The Made Fresh selection changes every month to keep up with the seasons. To see all the other scrumptious treatments that The Spa has to offer, check out their on-line brochure.

My Sangria Sensation treatment started off with an Orange and Almond scrub to reveal the new layers of skin. You know... the younger layers. Next, I was covered in a Wine and Apple Clay and wrapped up in warmth to let the mixture soak into my pores. Once I rinsed the clay off, I was treated to a massage with a Vanilla Orange moisturizing lotion. By the end of the Sangria Sensation, I smelled delicious and felt absolutely amazing!

When our treatments were over (and after a bit of sniffing each other's yummy scents), the girls and I moved down to the pool to the Cabana that the staff had reserved for us. Wrapped up in luxurious robes, we sat and chatted about how wonderful it was to take that day just for ourselves.

Soon, our servers arrived with lunch. Each of us had pre-ordered our selection prior to arriving at The Spa, which was a good thing, since we were all far too relaxed to make any kind of decisions. In fact, not until I opened my own bento box could I recall what exactly I had decided on as my meal. I was happy to see that I made some really tasty choices. Seared ahi with arugula, gazpacho, a small salad, and carrot cake to round up the yum.

Eventually, we had to go home.

But we'll be back.

Because moms need their mental days.


Here's an at-home version of the Apple Wine Clay masque that was used in the Sangria Sensation, made with every day household items. The only other thing that you'll need to enjoy this delectable treatment is a little quiet time.

White Wine & Apple Mud Mask

White wine is rich in flavanoids that help reduce the appearance of skin aging by decreasing oxidation and inflammation. Apple is naturally abundant in alpha hydroxy acids that promote the proliferation of healthy new skin cells.

Here's an at-home treatment that combines the two:

  • 2 Tbsp White clay
  • 1/4 cup fruity white wine
  • 2 tsp cinammon
  • 1 Tbsp aloe vera gel
  • 1 Tbsp applesauce
  • 1 squirt grape seed oil

Combine all ingredients until an even consistency is achieved, then stir for 30-60 seconds. Gently rub on the skin. Let dry for 10-15 minutes and rinse.