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Journal Sentinel Online – Plenty of sun and fun to go around in San Diego

Journal Sentinel Online – Plenty of sun and fun to go around in San Diego
By Brian E. Clark

January 24, 2014
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Holly Eklund, a native of Waukesha and a concierge at the swank Rancho Bernardo Inn, said she has no end of suggestions of things that visiting families can do.

“San Diego is a fabulous place for families, especially in the winter if you are coming from someplace cold like Wisconsin. The weather here is great all year round.

“You can go to the beach here in February, when it might be well below zero back home. Or you can spend time here at our resort, play golf or visit our spa while your youngsters enjoy our ‘Kids Rule’ program.”

Eklund, who moved to San Diego in 1990, said visitors who want to get a big-picture view of San Diego should consider taking an Old Town Trolley sightseeing tour, which stops at many interesting spots in and around the city.

“What’s really nice about this tour is that you can hop off and hop back on at any of the stops,” she said. “And it’s super for families — or anyone else for that matter — because you can see so much without having to use your car. It’s educational, too.”

She said the trolley tour, which begins on Twiggs St. in Old Town, goes over the Coronado Bridge, which is arched so much it’s like riding a roller coaster. From up there you can see Navy ships, dolphins and, from December through April, migrating whales. Other stops on the tour include Little Italy, the historic Gaslamp Quarter, Seaport Village, Chinatown, Balboa Park and the Petco baseball park, home to the San Diego Padres.

Southern Bride – Rancho Bernardo Inn

Southern Bride – Rancho Bernardo Inn
By Erica Rivera

January 2014
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Located on a beautiful and secluded inland plot of land just outside of San Diego, the Rancho Bernardo Inn offers rustic sophistication, a championship 18-hole golf course, extensive spa and numerous dining options. The staff here is friendly and extremely accommodating. Beautiful grounds overflow with succulent plants and the smell of rosemary and lavender tickle the senses as you wander down paths lined with olive trees and lush flora.

Pomerado News – Inn builds life-sized gingerbread house

Sweet dream: Inn builds life-sized gingerbread house
By Elizabeth Marie Himchak 

December 2013
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If looking for inspiration on how to decorate a small gingerbread house, the Rancho Bernardo Inn has a life-size version that might spark some sweet ideas.

The 9-foot high, 12-foot wide house can be viewed for free in the RB Inn’s lobby, 17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive. It will remain on display through the New Year.

Pastry Chef Margaret Carvallo has led the four-member team for the past four of the five years the inn has had the house as part of its annual holiday decorations. When she joined its staff, Carvallo said the house was one of the first things she was told about.

“I had never made a life-size gingerbread house before,” Carvallo said of her 12 years in the baking industry. The lifelong county resident graduated from the California Culinary Academy.

“I really like that it brings the team together,” she said. “It really does feel like Christmas.”

American Spa – Fresh Fixings

American Spa December 2013 – Fresh Fixings
By Heather Mikesell 

December 2013 | American Spa
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Because what you put on your body is as important as what you put in it, The Spa at Rancho Bernardo Inn (San Diego) offers Made Fresh Daily packages which include a complimentary beverage, a special spa-at-home body treat recipe, and a food-at-home recipe from the spa’s culinary expert. The Winter Made Fresh Daily Cranberry Almond Escape ($175, 80 minutes) relies on local seasonal ingredients, as well as an organic massage oil from Kerstin Florian. The treatment includes a blood orange and bay leaf sugar scrub, a cranberry essential oil wrap, and an almond-oil scalp treatment. “These treatments are made from products you can find in your own home, says spa director Cindy Boody. “We want the spa experience to translate into a spa lifestyle.”

UT San Diego – Fine Christmas Feasting

Fine Christmas Feasting at AVANT
By Michelle Dederko

December 19, 2013
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There’s a warmth in the air at Avant, which replaced the old El Bizcocho at Rancho Bernardo Inn to include more comfortable dining room seating and a spacious patio. On Christmas Day, partake in three courses, starting with the Dungeness crab beignet or Avant winter salad, and then dig into rich entrees such as pan-roasted halibut, sweet corn risotto or vintage beef tenderloin “Wellington.” Finish off the meal with a cranberry-orange spiced bread pudding or chestnut brûlée.

HotelChatter.com – Holiday Hotel Spa-aahhh Treatments

Holiday Hotel Spa-aahhh Treatments
By Janice Tober

December 13, 2013
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The Spa at Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego normally uses seasonal ingredients and this winter is no exception. From December through January you can indulge in the Chocolate Candied Orange Treatment, and indulge you will! This treatment starts with a hazelnut and orange scrub; then comes a chocolate comfrey wrap and cinnamon scalp treatment; an Acai butter massage follows, as does a mulled cider drink. The spa then sends you on your way with a take home recipe for hazelnut and sea salt shortbread cookies. The cost for this extravagance is $175.

Huffington Post – 6 Getaways With Fall Inspired Spa Treatments

Surf & Sand Resort and The Spa at Rancho Bernardo Inn San Diego, CA
By Alison Lewis

November 10, 2013
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Apple Cider Sugar Scrub
Apple Cider Vinegar is known to have many health benefits.  Whether taken orally or applied topically it helps to promote a natural, healthy glow within your skin, helps get rid of age spots and is a natural acne fighter.  The gentle acids in the Apple Cider break down old skin cells and allow healthy skin cells to shine through.  Helps restore your skins natural PH (good-bye dry, itchy skin) and helps improve circulation and blood flow.

Ginger Wrap and Massage
When applied topically ginger increases circulation in the skin and can help alleviate joint stiffness.  Ginger has natural warming properties when ingested or applied topically.

Pumpkin Peel Hand Treatment
Full of beta carotene and the anti-aging Vitamin A.  The enzymes found in pumpkin naturally break old skin cells, encouraging new cell turnover.  This helps to nourish dry, dehydrated skin.

Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2013 – Top 20 Resorts in Southern California

Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2013

October 2013 | Conde Nast Traveler
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Condé Nast Traveler readers rate the top resorts in San Diego, Santa Barbara, and more. Also check out our list of the best hotels in Southern California.

BayAreaFamilyTravel.com – San Diego: Rancho Bernardo Inn Kids Rule, Ghouls Drool Package

So Scottsdale Magazine – So Luxe/Places: Rancho Bernardo Inn