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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Random Tuesday....Relaxing at the Spa!!!



So much to share today!!  Whew!  Get your coffee and pull up a comfy chair!!  Ha!!  Another Random Photo Day!

Finishing my trip to Illinois...Jennifer (our niece ) took us too a really cool restaurant area called Vinegar Hill.  It was an old factory building, turned into many eating establishments.  Very cool and so authentic looking.  Here are some pics....




Jennifer pointing out the 60 inch pizza parlor!






We ate at the Dublin Pub!!  And that one place actually made 60 inch pizzas!!  Can you imagine??  Ha!!

Next stop, Illinois State Museum...



Wonderful historic exhibits.  We saw an exhibit featuring Craft and Embellishment, ie., embroidery and such.  It was a beautiful selection.

After we got home, I started to work right away on my new painting.  I will show some progress shots on Thursday.  It is going well.  Love the bold, new colors I am using.

Last Sunday, my BF Cheri took me to Ojo Calliente...a Hot Springs Spa about 2.5 hours from our house.  OMG!  It was so fabulous.  You probably heard about it.  It is the number one spot in the country for Spa's!!  And it is so unique and beautiful...here are some pics...

Cheri at main house/registration


some of the cabins

Fire pit

one of the lounges

porch outside restaurant



What a relaxing spot!!

My silver Highlander outside our cabin

Beautiful fountain at entrance



We had dinner and breakfast here and the food is wonderful.  For dinner we tried the Agave Margaritas.  Yum!!



Breakfast, Cheri had Smoked Salmon and bagel with cream cheese ( lox)!  Another yum!!



There are several different temperatures of springs/pools in the resort/spa!!  My favorite for heat was The Soda Pool...



Add for a cooler dip...the main pool.  I am telling you...I have never been so relaxed!  Thank you Cheri!  She treated me with this adventure for my birthday gift!!!  Wowzers!!



The sunset was amazing the other night.  We finally got some rain!!!  Hallelujah and Praise the Lord.  One whole inch!!! Storm clouds made for some amazing sights...




The the next day...the sunrise was subtle and so beautiful...




I just love it here...the sights are always so unique and amazing!!  You all have to come and visit!!!  And let me know.  Lunch will be on me!!

Next week, Madrid, New Mexico!  About 30 miles north of my house and about 45 minutes south of Santa Fe!  Quaint coal mining town now turned into art district and restaurants.  Very cool!!

My oldest granddaughter, Lisa, is coming to visit for one week.  So we will obviously be shopping and dining to our hearts' content!!  Ha!!

Ten weeks until surgery!!  Woot!!  Woot!!

Well are you Randomed out??  I am!!  Ha!  That is it from my neck of the woods.  But don't forget to stop over and visit Stacy at Stacy Uncorked to see what she is up too as well as the other Randomizers!!  We have been carrying on, Randomizing, since Keely of The UnMom is on haitus.  Though we think it is time for her to pick up where she left off!!  Ha!! 





I enjoyed sharing with you and I so love your visits and comments.  They make my day!!

Have a blessed and magical day!!
Hugging you
SueAnn

17 comments:

Brian Miller said...

wow love all the architecture...and what a wide range of styles...that jazz mural is really cool....the stack stone, mmm...the spa looks like a lot of fun, even that breakfast...great pics SA

Magaly Guerrero said...

If the pics weren't sooo good that they make me feel like I'm almost there, I would say they were cruel; too much awesome when you can't jump in it.

I love the fireplace, and the hammock, and the pool (oh my hot gods, the pool). You are always having too much fun, if you didn't share the experience I would probably be mad. As it is, I just adore you.

Many hugs! (I typed 'guts' first!)

Dominique Goh said...

Whao.. I love your holiday pictures especially the fireplace and the pool.. must be really great to relax there.

allstarme said...

I really want to go to some springs now. it's always been kind of a goal of mine. Happy RTT!

ellen abbott said...

What a gorgeous place. I could spend some time at that spa. Aguave margaritas!

Cathy Kennedy said...

Amazing photos! The restaurant is really beautiful, I think.

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Kristina P. said...

That place looks fabulous!

ethelmaepotter! said...

Gosh, I love it when you take me along...

Vinegar Hill looks AMAZING - I love it when renovators stay true to the original style.

And Ojo Calliente - somebody else in Blogland visited it just recently...I remember seeing her pictures...who was that?...hmmm...I'll have to think about it. But it looks fab, too. I never thought I would enjoy a spa, but I'm rethinking that....

SandyCarlson said...

Looks like an utterly incredible place. God bless.

Stacy Uncorked said...

I am SO going to take you up on your lunch offer and come hang out with you one of these days amongst all that beauty, SueAnn! All those shots are AMAZING!!!

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Julie from Momspective said...

Those make me feel like I need to get the heck outta here. *sigh*

Shammickite said...

Oh my, that spa looks gorgeous, no wonder you had such a good time. Now, where's the nearest spa.... I need to make an appointment!

The Retired One said...

Looks like a fantastic place! I want to take a trip out west so bad, I can TASTE it...it is on my bucket list!

missing moments said...

60-inch pizzas! amazing
Thanks for dropping in and I'll be a regular here! new follower!

lime said...

beautiful architecture and lovely shots of it all. looks like a truly picturesque place.

thanks for visiting me today :)

SandyCarlson said...

Back again! That soda pool looks wonderful.

Julie-ann Bowden said...

Oh wow, what an amazing adventure and beautiful photos you've shared. Always love the skies. The old factory into a resturant look fabulous. I felt so there!
Thank you for sharing your adventure and family togetherness. It warms my heart up.
Your lovely Sueann!