It's Time to Take Our Own Advice

by DavalosMcCormack on December 4, 2008

The holiday season can be a crazy time even in a good year. But in a year when so many people are worried about their job, their home, their healthcare, it is particularly stressful. That’s why at Healthy & Simple our traditional approach to the holiday season is to head for the hills.

Well, head for the valley might be a more appropriate description. Every year around this time we go to Calistoga, a small spa town nestled in the Napa Valley about an hour and a half’s drive from San Francisco.

It’s a gorgeous little place. Not twee and over-pretty like so many spa towns where every second store is an art gallery, antique store or high end clothing boutique.

Calistoga is still very much a working town. Ordinary people live there. There is a hardware store on the main street, and a pharmacy that is not part of a chain. How rare is that!

There are some high end hotels and bed & breakfast inns, but most of the motels are moderately priced so they are within range of ordinary working people.

It’s a great place to get away for a few days, to unwind, sit in a hot tub, maybe get a massage, a facial or even a mud bath (if you have never immersed yourself in a tub of hot, steaming mud, washed off, soaked in a jacuzzi then had a blanket wrap you really need to – it’s like having someone take out your muscles and bones, polish them and put them back; the most incredibly relaxing feeling you’ll ever know).

But most of all it’s a great place to get in touch with what the holiday season is really all about. It’s about creating a magical atmosphere for kids and families to celebrate this time of year. It’s about reminding people that the essence of the season is sharing and giving, not receiving. It’s about reminding all of us to take some time for ourselves, to be with people with love, to spend time not shopping but just enjoying each other’s company.

And along the way if we happen to have a nice meal or two and drink some delicious beer and wine then so be it! These things happen.

It really is the best way to kick off whatever it is you want to celebrate, whether it is  Christmas, Hannukah or Kwanza.

So, if we’re not here tomorrow. You’ll know where to find us.


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