Weekend at Indian Wells - Travel

Weekend at Indian Wells

A couple of weekends ago, my husband had a conference at Indian Wells. Usually work conferences mean all day meetings, and just evenings and nightime are for yourself. His conference was going to be at Hyatt Resort at Indian Wells, and I decided to take a day off(Friday) and join him, even though I knew it meant that I'd be by myself during the day Friday and Saturday. I figured it would be a nice break for me, getting away from work and everything that keeps me busy throughout the day and just relax, if for no other reason than because there would be nothing else to do.

I took a couple of books, a swimsuit, magazines I hadn't read (I'm a big fan of UsWeekly, no judging wink) and I started to get a little excited at the thought of doing absolutely nothing. I don't know about you, but there is ALWAYS something that needs to be done at home, even if it's a day off. There is a load of laundry to be done, clothes to be folded, dishes to be washed, paperwork that needs to be organized, trash that needs to be thrown out... ladies, you know what I'm talking about, right?

Hyatt Resort ended up being the perfect place to achieve some relaxation and get some "my time". First of all, it's a sprawling resort, with a golf course, spa, and restaurant in the middle of the desert. No nearby sightseeing to be done, no stores or shops that require immediate shopping, literally nothing but lots of land.

 Click here to go to this hotel's Yelp page for more info.

I was pleasantly surprised by the rooms. Rooms were suite style with separate bed and living area. Bathroom was huge and although I wish toilet had its own partition, I couldn't wish for a bigger bathroom. (They also had a nice blowdryer, a huge plus!)

After we checked in, I found out that they offered a few fitness classes every morning at the spa/gym. I decided to check this out, since I rarely have time to go work out when I'm at home (I know, I know, it's all an excuse...).

Friday morning, hubby was off to his conference, and I had the whole day ahead of me to do whatever I wanted.  I decided to head over to a zumba class at the fitness room. I was a little apprehensive about the quality of the class, since even though I'm no workout fanatic, the times I do work out, I like to be challenged and feel like my time was worth it. I was even more apprehensive when it turned out to be just me and the instructor, but I was again pleasantly surprised. Patty, the instructor, gave me a full one hour workout, and it turned out to be a great stress reliever.

After the workout, I decided to walk around the hotel grounds and enjoy the scenery.

I found out that they have multiple pools, and I decided to spend some time at the adult pool. I changed, grabbed a few things, and got comfortable by the pool. It was sweltering heat, 105 degrees by the time it was 10 am, but when the bar opened at 11am, a cold pina colada and a plate of nachos helped to cool things down a bit.

After a while though, it was even too hot to be by the pool. I came back to the room, took a shower, and had a lovely nap. I was getting the hang of this relaxation thing!

Friday night, we had plans to meet up with my cousin at her restaurant, Okura Robata Bar and Grill in La Quinta. If you're in the area, check it out! It's a Japanese fusion restaurant, and she works really hard to keep the restaurant going. Although she didn't know much about the business at first, by working hard, taking some risks, she has made a name for herself here. She is someone I admire quite a bit.

 Click here to go to this restaurant's Yelp page for more info.

Saturday was pretty much the same. I went to another zumba class, and this time there were a few other people besides myself. I also read couple of books, If I Stay by Gayle Forman and Another Piece of my Heart by Jane Green. Both were quick reads, and it was perfect for poolside reading.

Saturday night, we checked out a local restaurant, Jackalope Ranch, because we heard they had live music. We sat in the bar area to hear the music better, and we enjoyed getting some drinks and food while listening to the band.

 Click here to go to this restaurant's Yelp page for more info.

When we came back to the hotel, there was quite a crowd at the bar, Agave Sunset. Live band was playing dance music, and the dance floor was packed! I'm sorry to say we didn't break out our dancing shoes, but it was still pretty entertaining. It was an older crowd, so if you're young and ready for a night out, this might not be the place for you, but if you're older and want a mellow but fun experience, this might be perfect for you.

The next morning we checked out of the hotel after working out at the gym one last time. I've worked out more on a vacation than I do at home! Then we went to a cute little cafe for breakfast before heading back home. Clementine Gourmet Marketplace & Cafe is a lovely cafe/deli for either sit down meal or take out food. I loved the decor, ambiance, and the food. Service was excellent as well.

 Click here to go to this restaurant's Yelp page for more info.

On the way back, we stopped by the Cabazon outlet. It's one of the biggest outlet shopping malls in Southern California, and we couldn't come home without checking it out, at least. There were some amazing deals, and I got quite a few gifts at Tory Burch, Banana Republic, and a store called Kiplinger, which I understand is really popular in Asia right now.

So that was my perfect relaxation weekend! Taking naps, working out, reading books, throw in some shopping, and I would call this the perfect getaway to re-energize. I'd think it would be a great idea for girls' weekend as well, if anyone is looking for a fun thing to do with girlfriends. Thanks for taking me, hubby!

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