Monday, July 15, 2013

Rancho Loma


 
We had a great weekend, y'all.  On Friday Luke played a gig in Austin and returned home around 4:30 am... right in time for me to get up at 5 to get ready for my Team in Training practice at 5:45am.  We ran 6 miles - I am fairly certain that I've never run more than 5 - 5.5 before, so that was a personal milestone and a great way to start the day.  I drove home and picked up Clementine so Luke could sleep, and we went to Central Market for a breakfast taco, to the Botanical Garden for a little snooze in the shade, Nativa for $10 blouses, and HEB/Twin Liquors for road trip supplies.  [Aside: the new sandwich station at HEB has become such a favorite of mine - even requested during early labor .  I love the goat cheese/pesto/arugula and serrano ham/manchego.]
 
 
We left for Rancho Loma around 1 pm; this was a little trip I planned weeks before as an anniversary/birthday getaway.  I had heard of it through Brady, who got married there, and then it was featured here in Southern Living.  I really enjoy places off the beaten path... especially when luxury accommodations await!
 
Rancho Loma is in the middle of NOWHERE.  It's a destination restaurant on a ranch with five rooms, open Friday and Saturday.  The room was just beautiful, cool and bright and spare and welcoming, with wonderful linens.  No phone. No tv.  No chintzy alarm clock.  It was fabulous.  Dinner was served at 7 (bay scallops, sundried tomatoes with mozzarella, housemade pasta with pepper, steak, and salted caramel pot de crème/milk chocolate semifreddo - all exquisite.)  Afterward we put C in the pack and play, where the little champ fell right sleep, and we drank moscato on the deck and enjoyed the stillness, the silence, and the starry sky.
 
(The proprietor, Robert, designed this building and built it himself - and all of the wall art is his photography. His wife Laurie is the chef.  We were so awed by their craftsmanship and vision).
 
In the morning we enjoyed a slice of zucchini bread and honey-drizzled yogurt with kiwi and blueberries... something about the yogurt was extra-special scrumptious.
 
Reading over this it sounds like terrible hyperbole - with overused tired phrases like 'uh-mazing' and 'blown away' coming to mind, but we were so impressed by every detail.  This was the most luxurious and relaxing lodging experience I've ever had.
 
And now, the photos!

 
 
 
 
 















 























 
My favorite photo of the trip, titled Sleeping In


 


 
On the return trip we had lunch in Fredericksburg and stopped in Boerne to visit a children's clothing consignment shop - there was a tiny learn-by-color piano in the window, which naturally came home with us.


2 comments:

  1. LOVED this. Seems like the perfect weekend. Great work on your long run!! Those pictures of Luke and C are too much. She is getting so big! And that piano is so cute - looking forward to seeing evidence of the dueling piano business that will crop up. Who doesn't like a daddy/daughter show? As always, I love hearing what's going on with you guys. Love, Susie.

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  2. I live about 4 miles from Rancho Loma. About the only disagreement you and I would have about this place and about the great couple that runs it... Would be the comment about it being in the middle of NOWHERE. We like to think it's right in the middle of God's Country. Exactly where you would want to be if you could just figure out how to earn a big city income without actually having to live "in the big city".

    I'm kidding, but only slightly. Rancho Loma is awesome! Next time you come, drive into Coleman for a few hours and look around. There's not much here, but that's kinda the point, right?

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