Saturday, June 21, 2014

Our Trip to Dana Point

Recently, Mark and I went to Dana Point, California for a long weekend! Mark had a medical symposium at the Ritz Carlton at Dana Point. I was lucky enough to tag along for a mini vacation. We went to this conference last year, so we knew that the accommodations would be fabulous.

We arrived early Friday morning. By the time we got settled into our amazing room, the sun was shining! We took a walk around the Ritz Carlton property and explored. It is a gorgeous hotel with spectacular views of Dana Point Beach.

Fireplace on the Patio of our Room

View of the Beach from the Hotel

Walking Paths Throughout the Property

Mark had some time before the conference registration, so we went back to the room to put on our suits and wandered over to the pool. After a long morning of traveling we were hungry! We enjoyed some sushi poolside. Also, we couldn't resist getting into "vacation mode" with a couple of mango mojitos.

Pool at the Ritz Carlton

Mango Mojito

While Mark spent most of his time at the conference, I enjoyed time at the pool. It was nice to have a few cocktails and soak up the sun while leisurely reading magazines.


Dana Punch Cocktail

Fish Tacos for Lunch

On Saturday night Mark and I went to the US Healthworks dinner. It was a fun evening and I got to meet a lot of Mark's colleagues.
Dressed for Dinner

Before Going to Dinner

After dinner, Mark and I spent some time in front of the fire on the patio. It was fun to sit by the fire, enjoy the view and talk. The sound of the waves crashing in the background made the setting even more perfect.
Fireplace on Our Patio

We stayed an extra day so that Mark could enjoy some vacation time as well. We started our day with a leisurely walk on the beach.

Morning Walk on the Beach

Dana Point Beach

Dana Point Beach

In the afternoon, we went to the pool to soak up some more sun and have some lunch. We even had a few cocktails! We were still in "vacation mode".  

Every night we tried to see the sunset, but the marine layer rolled in and we couldn't see anything. But, on our last evening we were lucky enough to be able to watch the sunset. It was breathtaking.
Sunset

Sunset

We had the perfect day together. It was so relaxing, and Mark even got to enjoy some well deserved vacation time. But, like all things, it was time to say goodbye to Dana Point and the Ritz Carlton. On Tuesday morning we headed back to the airport and jumped on the plane back to Indy.
View from the Plane

We came back home renewed and restored! A little time away in sunny California was just the thing we needed. Mark learned a lot at his conference, and we were able to make it into a mini vacation. I will say, the service at the Ritz was superior. The hotel provides you with a friendly, luxury experience. I highly recommend the Ritz Carlton at Dana Point if you ever have the opportunity to visit that area.

We had a wonderful trip, but home is home. It is always nice to come back to our little corner of the world.

*This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.*

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