This past weekend, we had a fun little getaway to Santa Rosa, CA. We received a lot of questions and strange looks when we told people we were going away for the weekend and that our destination was Santa Rosa. People did not really understand why we would plan a weekend getaway just an hour from home and also were very curious about what we planned on doing in Santa Rosa of all places. My thoughts are that ANY PLACE can become an adventure if you have the right mind set. For me, just getting away from the house and having time away from work and errands and responsibility is an adventure in itself. We were only gone from the house for 30 hours, and yet, we came back feeling refreshed and decompressed. It is not always important to go far away, but rather, just learning to enjoy the time away- wherever that may be- that is important. For us, the weekend was fabulous and we were even able to have some new experiences along the way.
We started off the weekend checking into the Flamingo Resort and Spa. We had watched one of those travel shows about a year ago where they showcased this historic hotel. We thought it sounded interesting, and then I just happen to be checking Groupon one day and there it was! So I quickly reserved a room. The hotel is older, but nice. The rooms were big and unique. I have to say that I’ve never stayed in a hotel room with a front and back door, so that was interesting. The hotel had a great looking spa with lots of massage and facial options (which we did not get to enjoy.. THIS trip). Also a very large pool and a nice hot tub. I personally love anyplace that has history, so I had a great time walking around the lobby where they had lots of photos of the hotel in the 60’s with Hollywood guests like Jayne Mansfield who used to frequent the hotel.
After checking in and getting settled, we ventured over to the Charles Schulz museum to get some history on the Peanuts Gang (admission was included in our Groupon deal). We learned some fun facts about the creation of Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the bunch. For instance, did you know that most of the phrases used in the Peanuts comics were actually things that Charles Schulz would say in everyday life. It’s funny to imagine him saying “oh, good grief” when he was frustrated, but apparently he actually did. The best part for me however was the actives room. Granted, most of the things they had in there were for kids, but I didn’t mind. I took a crack at drawing Woodstock (that did not turn out very well) and then made my origami Snoopy doghouse. Which turned out great if I don’t say so myself. Next door to the museum was the Snoopy ice skating rink for those into ice skating. We passed on that.
The rest of the day and evening were spent exploring the area and of course eating (our favorite thing to do). We did not make it over to historic downtown Sonoma, which I really wanted to do. That will be on the list for our next visit.
So, that brings us to Sunday morning and the FABULOUS brunch at the Flamingo Hotel restaurant. The price was super reasonable for a Sunday brunch and the food was fantastic. We are already making plans to go back again. I would say my favorite items were the made-to-order waffles, eggs benedict and the prime rib (so tender you could just cut it with your fork). That being said, nothing compared to the biscuits and gravy. One of my all-time favorite breakfast items. The dessert table- although limited- was more than enough for us to get a few treats after our meal. We ended up spending 90 minutes there sitting and enjoying the ambience and the mimosa’s.
Brunch was a great ending to a perfect one-night getaway. Whenever we go on these little adventures, we spend so much time talking and laughing that it makes me wonder why we don’t plan more of these types of trips. I guess sometimes the reality of life gets in the way of the more important things like making memories such as this. I think it’s time to change that and spend some time reprioritizing what is a more valuable use of our time. When I am older, I want to have way more “that was a great memory” and way less “I wish I would have” moments.