Fireworks lit and coolers emptied. There's just something a bit sleepier and lazier about midsummer. And that creates a challenge here in San Diego, where our mecca of beachfront getaways, tourist hot spots and all things fitness and yoga leaves us wondering how to take a vacation from our vacation.
A true quandary - it's like trying to take a savasana from your savasana.
The answer lies in that other awesome factoid about San Diego - that only an hour from our backyard vacation paradise, and just three miles from the Tecate border, lie 3,000 private acres of exotic staycation that will make you feel like you've traveled well beyond the grid.
And it's not just your generic brand of Baja bliss. Destination Rancho La Puerta is the organic, farm-to-hammock-to-mat-to-name-your-zen-here, quintessential San Diegan's staycation.
Now in its 75th year, Rancho La Puerta is a locally-grown getaway of mountain hikes and meadows, meditations and fitness challenges, gardens and cacao-infused massages, yoga and swimming, hammock naps and ab conditioning, luxury spa treatments and personal wellness programs, rustic vegetarian cooking and epicurean gourmet experiences.
And just like the organic farm-to-personal-order juices and smoothies at the poolside Tierra Alegre juice bar, you pick what to throw into your spa-cation elixir.
The wellness ingredients include a mix of yoga, Pilates, hiking, ropes courses, indoor cycling, cardio and conditioning, meditation - all organically offered with several offerings per hour, scheduled every hour on the hour.
So if you're looking for the ultimate savasana after your savasana, no need to worry about being late from your massage because there's a hammock nap or meditation session somewhere to meet you when you're ready. And if your made-to-order, organic, cold-pressed energy juice suddenly turns you into a ninja warrior, guaranteed you can mix up a cocktail of Pilates circuit boot camp and African dance that will have you ready for that hammock in time for a sunset overlooking the Laguna and Sierra Juarez mountains.
You can even throw in a few à la carte options like personal training, cooking classes or a taco and salsa cooking demo followed by dining and salsa dancing lessons. The three-, four- and seven-day staycations are offered with inclusive rates that combine casita-style housing at the ranch with dining, recreation activities, fitness classes and spa. Check out the web site at RanchoLaPuerta.com for details - package designs can range from gourmet to rustic.
And if you're just looking for that weekend getaway, this is still your staycation paradise with Saturdays at the Ranch happening on Aug. 22, Sept. 12, Oct. 17, Nov. 14 and Dec. 12.
Saturdays at the Ranch are the ultimate taste teaser. For $300, your day-cation includes round-trip transportation to Rancho La Puerta from San Diego, your choice from the Ranch's selection of daily yoga and fitness classes, a 50-minute massage, a culinary cooking and tasting demo, Mediterranean-style lunch, a hike through a portion of the 3,000-acre nature preserve, and free time to explore the ranch, pools, gardens and organic farm.
Saturday at the Ranch runs from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. You'll want to reserve early because spots fill up fast. And make sure to save the information - firstname.lastname@example.org - in your contact list. Because when you get back, you'll be calling to book the next trip down. And the best part, it's just an hour south of your daily beach and yoga spot.
Anna Mueco began studying kriya and hatha yoga in 2003, and has been a yoga and fitness instructor since 2006. Send your thoughts about the yoga world to her at anna@HyperNinjaYoga.com.