Saturday, August 30, 2014

Relax, rejuvenate and refresh!

by Mary Kennedy                         
 
Last week, I did something I rarely do--I devoted a three day week-end to rest and relaxation at a fabulous hotel in Rehobeth Beach. No computer, no pressure to work, just a time to decompress and enjoy the beautiful weather at this popular seaside town.                       
 
I felt pampered from the first moment I saw our "garden room." A private garden, what could be better?          
                                                           
 

Every morning we had coffee and breakfast from a terrific buffet. There was no hurry to do anything, the ocean was waiting for us and it was only a few blocks away. It felt decadent, lingering over the newspaper and coffee, enjoying some great food. Best of all, I didn't have to cook it!                                          
                                                           
 
   I could relax and enjoy the scenery, throw a few bread crumbs to the koi in the pond and just kick back.           
 
 I could enjoy the "adults only" pool at the edge of the garden (there was a kiddie pool on another floor.)
                                                       
 
We could stroll along the boardwalk
or take a dip in the ocean--the water was perfect!
 
This is one of the first times I've ever left my laptop at home (sorry, laptop!), and it was wonderful to disconnect for a few days. In the evening, I could curl up with a book; the hotel had a great library filled with books,chess sets and games.          
                                                         
 
 
 And there were plenty of places to have coffee or wine after dinner and enjoy a good chat.
 

 
Was it worth it? Yes! Do you have a special place that you like to escape to, a place where all your worries are cast aside and you experience pure joy and relaxation? I hope you do. Here's wishing you a happy getaway!
 
Mary Kennedy

24 comments:

Annette said...

For years we use to head out to the beaches along the Florida Panhandle. We would rent a condo. My husband loves to cook breakfast would make a huge spread for everyone. We nibbled on snacks for lunch and went out for fresh seafood for dinner. We relaxed on the beach or at the pool. We read and played board games. This was before cell phones, tablets and laptops. It was such a wonderful relaxing couple of days.

mary kennedy said...

It sounds wonderful, Annette, I love Florida! You're right, it was so much easier to "disconnect" in those days!

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

I love to go to Ogunquit Me and will be up there in a week.. Just for a few days. There is an ocean walk called Marginal Way that I love. It is up on the rocks and you can sit and just look down and out at the ocean. I love that spot. For 15 years we went to Cape Cod and rented my neighbors family cottage. I love going there. I went a few times after my husband died and my son was grown, but it wasn't as much fun. The beach was right around the corner. They retired there and build a lovely home on the spot.

mary kennedy said...

Diane, that sounds wonderful. !'ve always wanted to go there. My good friend (and fellow Cozy Chick) Duffy Brown writes the Cyclepath Mysteries, set in Maine. How nice for your neighbors, it sound like a dream house!

Lorraine Bartlett said...

I love to go to Niagara-On-The-Lake in Ontario, Canada. It's such a beautiful town.

mary kennedy said...

I feel nostalgic, Lorraine, I've been there once and have never gotten back there. I really must go. Thanks for stopping by!

Nancy said...

Your hotel looks fantastic! We've vacationed in Sutton's Bay and Caseville, MI where the atmosphere is relaxed and the beaches are pretty.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

What a great post, Mary, and what a lovely place to get away. I love Quebec City and we found a terrific hotel here right in the old city, but couldn't manage to leave my laptop at home for our ten-day trip. Someday someday.

XO

MJ

mary kennedy said...

HI Nancy, I think you would love it. It's the Bellmoor In Rehobeth Beach, Delaware. It's very laid back and private, thanks for stopping by!

Grandma Cootie said...

In the pages of a good book. There is always a new place to experience and if it's not restful then I can just pick up another book.

Might sound funny but when we were a bit younger our place to escape and relax was Disneyland. Even with all the noise and crowds and lines, we would leave real life at the turnstile and enter a world of fantasy where we didn't have to worry about anything except when to stop for lunch. The bonus was that the entire family was participating in the fantasy, all doing the same thing and having a good time together. Don't get there very often anymore but will always have the memories.

mary kennedy said...

HI MJ, I bet you are having a fabulous time!! It is so good to get away...I have got to do it more often. If it is too guilt-provoking to leave your laptop at home, see if you can manage with an IPad for e-mails and maybe a roll up keyboard if you absolutely have to get some writing done. Thanks so much for stopping by.

mary kennedy said...

Grandma Cootie, I absolutely understand about Disney, I used to take the kids there when they were young. You're right, it's total fantasy, total escape and I loved every minute of it! I look at the photos from those days and think, "Wow--we all looked so YOUNG."

Kuzlin said...

Looks beautiful and cozy!

mary kennedy said...

It's fabulous, Kuzlin, I can't wait to go back, thanks for stopping by!

Colleen Leyrer said...

I absolutely love going to Corpus Christi. Sure, it's a 2 hour trek, but once I see that gorgeous Gulf of Mexico on the horizon I can feel all the stress melting away. The beautiful soft sand beaches of North padre island by white cape beach. I always hit up Black Beard's restaurant when we go and a few local shops to maybe get a new beachy dress. I feel relaxed already just thinking about it.

Lisa Ks Book Reviews said...

My family and I vacationed for a week to three weeks every year in Rehoboth when I was a young girl. We became friends with the owners. My old sister worked there for a year. my younger sister and my Mom worked there, and when my "real" job at home started taking a part piece by piece, I quit and ran away to Rehoboth to work with me Mom. So for many years, 6 ,months of the year I was able to work and live in one of my favorite places. To this day, when I need peace in my heart and the need to feel wonder, I head to Rehoboth, sit on the boardwalk, and watch that vast ocean meeting the sky. It's been too long since I've done this. Mary, you may have given me the nudge I needed.

gary said...
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gary said...

This is Jen, Sorry used hubby's account. This place looks fabulous! Where is it? I am so happy you had such a wonder mini vacation. ((HUGS)) flsjen@aol.com.
Jen Beard

Lynda Turpin said...

Wow Mary, that place looks absolutely amazing. It is perfection - just the type of place I dream of going. So peaceful - and near the ocean - what could be better. I'm so glad you were able to get away for a few days to de-stress. With so much going on and so many deadlines nipping at your heals, it must have felt like heaven to just leave everything behind for a bit.

mary kennedy said...

Hi Jen, it's the Bellmoor at Rehobeth Beach--a terrific place! I am so glad I found it. Can't wait to go back, thanks for stopping by

mary kennedy said...

It really was fantastic, Lynda, of course now I'm totally spoiled and am thinking, "When can I go back?"

mary kennedy said...

HI Lisa, that is so fantastic that you spent half a year there. I would love to live near the ocean--that's my dream,. I hope you can get down there this Fall--less crowds and the rates are lower, too.

mary kennedy said...

HI Jen, it's the Bellmoor at Rehobeth Beach, Delaware.

Maggie Sefton said...

Mary----I'm SO glad you took time to relax, girl. You need it more than most people, given your daily duties----and occupational stress. Do it again. There's another place you could escape to that absolutely lovely and surrounded by water on three sides. Wades Point Inn on the Eastern Shore.