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Category: Spas and Pampering

Here Comes the Guide brings you expert articles and blog postings about the best California spas and places to be pampered. Who doesn’t love a great massage or facial? And, if you can get one at a place that is also a fab California wedding location, all the better! We tell you all about it here.


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ONE the Spa

ONE Spa TreamentONE Spa, Shutters On The BeachAs if the California casual beachfront setting of Shutters On the Beach isn’t alluring enough, this SoCal favorite also has one of the finest spas in town—ONE. Using exquisite coastal-inspired products designed by facialist-to-the-stars Ole Henricksen, the superbly trained therapists at this haven-within-a-haven lavish guests with uplifting treatments delivered in a serene environment. (We still dream about our time spent at ONE and can’t wait to go back!)


Diary of a Ritz Fan: Marina del Rey Edition

Pool AreaMy colleague Jan invites me to spend the upcoming weekend with her at the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey, where she’ll be staying while profiling new locations for Here Comes The Guide. I jump at the chance for some quality Ritz time. It’s a well-known fact around the office that I the Ritzes. (What can I say? I have a soft spot for superior customer service and a swanky setting!)

Jolene On The Scene at the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey

Jolene On The Scene at the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey posted by Jolene

My colleague Jan invites me to spend the upcoming weekend with her at the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey, where she’ll be staying while profiling new locations for Here Comes The Guide. I jump at the chance for some quality Ritz time.


Bachelorette Party Planners

Bachelorette Party Planners posted by Denise

I was both maid of honor and wedding coordinator when my sister got married last year. Because so many of the guests were coming from out of town, we decided to combine the bachelorette party and bridal shower into one fun-filled weekend to save on travel time and ensure that everyone could attend.


Honeymoon in Napa Valley

Honeymoon in Napa Valley posted by Denise

To celebrate my friend Nicole’s 30th birthday in style, we went to Calistoga and spent a night at Indian Springs Resort and Spa. I had been super stressed from all the event planning I had been doing over the summer, so I was really looking forward to a day of relaxation and sun. This was just what the doctor ordered! They have these adorable cottages that were built in the 1940s, and their geyser-fed mineral pool made me feel like I was a part of Old Hollywood.


Holiday Gift Ideas

Holiday Gift Ideas posted by Allison

In my humble opinion, some of the best holiday presents don’t require wrapping paper. Experiences—especially those that fall under the category of sinful and relaxing—make thoughtful gifts that never gather dust. Here are a few holiday gift ideas, for you or someone you love:


Getting Ready for the Bachelorette Weekend

Getting Ready for the Bachelorette Weekend posted by Denise

I’ll admit that trying to juggle working at Here Comes The Guide, moonlighting as a floral assistant, and planning my sister’s bachelorette party/bridal shower for the past 6 months has been exhausting. As a reward, I decided to treat myself to a little relaxation before gearing up for my sister’s event.


The Perfect Place to Honeymoon in Napa

The Perfect Place to Honeymoon in Napa posted by Meredith

There are so many options in the Napa and Sonoma Wine Country, both for wedding locations and for lovely places to stay. We decided, just this time, to forgo the spa/resort route (though, I love me some spa!) and instead chose the super-cozy and yet boutiquey Cottages of Napa Valley.


A Day At The Carneros Inn, Part Three

A Day At The Carneros Inn, Part Three posted by Jolene

Choosing from the delectable Carneros’ spa menu was a challenge: Do I want to sample the yummy-sounding Sweet Ripened Apricot and Chardonnay Body Scrub and Massage, one of the Signature Treatments inspired by the “secrets of the grape,” or channel an exotic Oriental geisha, with the Red Flower Japan Body Ritual Massage? In the end, the practical side of me won out, and I chose the Micro-Crystal Firming Facial Repair Treatment which promised to transform my skin.


Spa-Hopping

Spa-Hopping posted by Jolene

The arrival of Spring, the traditional time for renewal, prompted me to make some quality time for personal rejuvenation. I began at the Spa Village in Ojai Valley Inn. This supremely natural and uplifting oasis never fails to connect me to nature (as well as my inner flower girl!).


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