Have you ever stayed in a hotel that you just don't want to leave? Well, this week I was in Central Oregon for a work event and had the chance to stay at a fairly new boutique hotel in downtown Bend, OR.
The Oxford is perfectly located in the heart of downtown in the midst of unique shops, restaurants, spas, you name it.
Proof that occasionally, I swap the Danskos for high heels
A few things really struck me about The Oxford:
1. They're all about being green whenever they can, from full sized eco bath products to organic/natural fiber bedding, low flow faucets, etc.
2. The interior design of the building from the hallways to the lobby to the bedroom, everything was chosen particularly for it's place. And the branch them was carried out through the decorations, lamps, couch pillows, etc.
3. While it was by far the nicest hotel I've stayed in, it felt like home - relaxing, comfortable and cozy.
4. After my event and dinner, I returned to my room with the tv set to a crackling fire (where I kept it for a few hrs) along with tomorrow's forecast and locally made peppermint dark chocolate on my pillow. The little things really do go a long way.
For these reasons alone, I declared that even I would be willing to spend my extra hard earned money on a room at The Oxford in the future as the amenities were totally worth it.
Because I was in Bend, OR for less than 24 hrs, I was sure to spend my time wisely. This place can be described as a laid back ski town with lots of well to do outdoorsy types and it's fun to pretend you live there - if not for just a matter of hours.
Despite my amazingly comfortable bed, I didn't sleep much and was up at the crack of dawn so I hit up a local yoga class at Namaspa for some warm (90 deg) power yoga. After an awesome class, I headed out for an easy 3.5 mile jaunt around town, appreciating all the craftsman style homes.
And finally, after showering I headed out for breakfast at the Alpenglow Cafe.
I never regret researching restaurants in other cities. This one was rated highly and my bacon egg sandwich, potatoes and fresh squeezed OJ were just what the doctor ordered.
And with that, I'm off to run a 5K! I'm heading back to the King Estate (hilly) 5K with Lindsey. The plan is to take it easy. After all, the marathon is just a week away...
I hope your weekend is treating you well. For me, fitting in two yoga classes (Fri & Sat) is what I'm most thankful for. It has helped me find a place of peace (and lengthening) in the midst of my ever crazy-busy schedule.
I really need to start booking blocks of time NOT to do anything.