Last weekend Tyson, Parker and I grabbed both sets of Grandparents and headed to Brasada Ranch for some much needed relaxation. This place has been on my bucket list ever since I moved to Portland, so you can imagine the anticipation.
Prior to our stay, we organized our itinerary: horseback riding, golf for the guys, spa time for Tyson and I, and of course... as much time as possible at the pool. I packed my camera and some books, making a commitment to myself to be off social media (except to post the fun photos of course) and be away from my email. Trust me, you don't want any distractions while you are there.
As we pulled up to the ranch retreat, we received our keys to our 3-bedroom cabin from the main lodge and headed to our "home" for the next few days. Pulling up to our cabin, I felt like it was too good to be true. We were greeted by chirping birds, sunshine, a light breeze and the smell of juniper and sage; a recipe for a great vacation.
These three guys were like teenage boys at an adventure park. With permanent smiles on their face, I think it is safe to say they enjoyed the world-class golf course, very much.
Meanwhile, my mom and I enjoyed some horseback riding.
We had the most amazing trail guide with us that day. She took us up and around the backside of Brasada where you get to see some great views of the mountains and soak up all the natural settings around you.
I find riding horses to be so peaceful.
The following day was spent swimming in the pool until our fingers pruned. Tyson insisted on taking Parker down the water slide. The overly cautious mom in me said, "heeeeck no," but ended up giving in. Needless to say, Parker was safe and one ridiculously happy camper.
The pool at Brasada is EXACTLY what we have been looking for in the Northwest. I'm from San Diego where there is no shortage of awesome pools and it is something I've missed a lot since moving to Portland. If only Brasada were closer, you would find my family posted there all summer long!
Next stop after the pool was some spa time for Tyson and I. I haven't been to a spa for a massage in a long time (I usually gravitate toward facial treatments), so this was SO needed. I opted for the Sleep Well massage, while Tyson chose the Athletic Recovery massage. I'm a pretty picky spa-goer (I worked at one for 6 years!), but I was incredibly impressed with the services. My massage felt so luxurious. They also have the coziest robes for you and the softest linens on the massage table. I'm a details person, so that meant a lot to me!
My husband went for more of a productive massage; he's been pretty sore from running a lot and other lifting. He was so happy with his and felt like he got a lot out of it, which is exactly what he was hoping for.
One extra great touch? They brought us cocktails after our massages. I don't think it gets better than that... ; )
The rest of the evening was spent hanging with our family. We all went out for dinner at Brasada's Ranch House which was perfect for a family. I went for their special which was a shrimp risotto and devoured it. All of us were super impressed with the food.
A desert sunset is breathtaking.
I'm really looking forward to coming back to this place. In fact, our whole family is too. It's one of those places that you want to keep as your summer family getaway every year. However, I kept telling everyone how I would love to see this place in the winter too. For such a kid-friendly place, you wouldn't believe how peaceful it feels. We all fantasized about living on the property the whole time we were there, so I think it's safe to say that we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Until next time, Brasada! Thanks for the great memories <3