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End of Summer Trip to Rancho la Puerta

Alexandra Williams, MA

A Spa Stay is the Perfect Way to Spend a Few Relaxing Days

We went to Rancho la Puerta spa in Tecate, Mexico last weekend, not to teach, but to hear author Dr. John Ratey speak about his book “Spark.” Have you heard of Rancho la Puerta? We’ve been going there as guest fitness instructors and presenters since the mid-80s, when Kymberly was first hired to teach fitness for them as part of the cruise ship staff.

The Ranch staff know how much Kymberly loves Dr. Ratey’s research and book about the link between exercise and the brain (more from Kymberly in an upcoming post about her dream-come-true experience of meeting Dr. Ratey, who is very droll and excellent company), so they invited us to come down while he was a presenting guest. Try to feel our pain, as we had to choose every hour between lectures, massages, pool classes, group fitness classes, hikes, meditation, and eating organic, vegetarian food. Yeah, exactly. Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful (trivia: did you know that Rancho la Puerta: Golden Door has a long history with Pantene?)

Actually, our pictures can show you some of the beauty that is the Ranch.

Breakfast is my favorite morning meal

The Ranch Kitties Participate in Meditation

These are just the "extra" Daily Activities

Look Ma, I'm Lounging

Forced to Relax in the Great Outdoors

In a Spurt of Energy, I Moved My Lounging over to the Pool

 Thank you LongSailSports, for the cool googles and GELIE bag! Perfect timing for this trip!

The Daily Quotes are Great, and I especially Love the Squirrel

I dedicate the picture above to John Poole, as he has a tremendous love for squirrels and their antics.

Dreams Do Come True: Eating with new Pals, including John Ratey

I'm Such a Plankster!

Did you know there are many activities you can do when you are (still) recovering from foot surgery? I even took a water class, then did laps, right after 3 miles on the bike and a mile on the treadmill. I was awesomely awesome somewhat nauseous afterward!

I Melted the Pool Water 'Cause I'm so Hot!

These Are Your Glutes on Ranch Fitness!

I was so gracious; I let them use my glutes as the model for these male torso sculptures.

The Butterfly Door at the Rec Center

My bedroom! Not really; it's the Library Lounge

My mind is a Labyrinth (so are the ground and the sculpture)

Every day at the Ranch, I was asked about my compression leggings and socks by Zensah. You don’t have to have foot surgery to be a fashionista, by the way!

Sunrise during the Breakfast Hike to the Organic Garden & Kitchen

Yes, I woke up at 5:45 to take the morning hike to the organic garden and kitchen for breakfast. But look at the picture below and you’ll see that it was totally worth it!

The Only Place at the Spa with a Secret Stash of Chocolate Chip Muffins

La Cocina que Canta: You Eat Where the Food is Grown

Before Kymberly left town to visit her daughter at college, she made this short video that has some gorgeous views of the Ranch. Take a look.

By the way, if you are considering a trip to the Ranch, don’t listen to the dire warnings about Mexico. Rancho la Puerta is only 43 miles east of San Diego, and about 2 miles over the border at Tecate. You are escorted the entire way in the Ranch shuttle and you never have to leave the spa (although we lots of people like to go into town for pinatas, chocolate, wine, lard-based donuts)!

Have you ever gone to a spa? What did you like best about it?

We want to give a shout-out here to our friends at Mr. Steam. They had nothing to do with our trip to Rancho la Puerta, but they do offer us the same feeling of spa luxury with their products. We’re proud to be ambassadors for them! 

About Fun and Fit

Get practical exercise advice, your fitness questions answered, and cutting edge health edu-tainment that is accessible and doable from long time fitness experts, Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA. We have taught on land, sea, and airwaves for 3 decades on 4 continents. From writing to speaking, emceeing to hosting a radio show, reviewing products to teaching classes, we believe that little steps turn into big paths. Move a little more than the day before. FitFluential Ambassadors and award-winners both online and off.

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14 Responses to End of Summer Trip to Rancho la Puerta

  1. Tamara September 6, 2012 at 12:46 pm #

    Next time I sooo want to come! Now that the kids are back in school, my schedule can be cleared for trips with friends…

    Thanks for sharing, girls!
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  2. AlexandraFunFit September 6, 2012 at 12:49 pm #

    Now THAT would be so fun. And….you can apply all on your own to be a guest instructor. We’ll put in a good word for you. You’d even be able to bring your hubby (or a friend). We’ll have to find a girls to RLP opportunity!
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  3. John Poole September 6, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    That looks like a pretty amazing and fun place….and thanks much for the squirrelly luv! :-)

    Say, if you had more dedicated planksters, maybe you could form a human bridge, parallel to the wooden one. It’s just a suggested. Only I want to be there when you do it!

    Thanks for sharing all the photos…glad you all had such a good time!


    • AlexandraFunFit September 6, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

      Say, John, great idea. Did you just volunteer to be the middle of the bridge plankster? You’d better hope there aren’t rocks in the creek below. Or water! And yes, we had a total blast.
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      • John Poole September 13, 2012 at 7:25 am #

        Actually, I’m volunteering to be one of the human bridge testers. See? I’m willing to take my life in my hands by walking over your backs…er, I mean the top surface of your bridge…to ensure its integrity! ;-)

  4. christieo September 6, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

    WOW! I love how you can plank anywhere!! You’re a very versatile planner indeed!

    That trip looks divine. I drooled the entire post.
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    • AlexandraFunFit September 8, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

      hahaha, yes, I do like to find odd places to plank. My best ever was on top of our backhoe. That was our post on planking, so I had to be innovative! Don’t drool until you actually go there!
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  5. Alison @ racingtales September 6, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

    I need to get me to a spa! Forget all these marathon and half Ironman weekends! I love that you used the word droll…one of my favorites and definitely not used enough. The food looks delish…now I’m hungry.
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    • AlexandraFunFit September 8, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

      Now we know that you’re a secret word lover too. Yes, I always like an excuse to use words such as “droll, frivolity” or “gallivanting.” Those are such happy words.
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  6. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta September 7, 2012 at 6:39 am #

    I am giggling at your last paragraph because I was remembering my only visit to Rancho la Puerta. It was a mom and daughter trip with my mother (I was about 12, so that makes it, well, that makes it a looonnnngggg time ago). Let’s just say I know that the Ranch has been around more than 40 years.

    Anyway, I don’t remember a whole lot about the trip, but I do remember that after a couple days eating only healthy food, my mom simply had to sneak into town. Her treat of choice was Tecate beer.
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    • AlexandraFunFit September 8, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

      Well, I learned that you can only get true Tecate beer in Tecate, because the water they use in the U.S. is different. And there’s something about the recipe. Maybe the soil too, that gives it that special flavor. Hmmm, now I’m thirsty.
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