Your cells start whirring. Your heart clenches. Your synapses firework. Together they demand bocce, and a poolside hot tub.
So know this: the classic getaway spot Bernardus Lodge & Spa is reopen for all your necessary weekend getaways and it’s... sort of unrecognizable. In a good way.
It’s where you’ll cruise down an olive-tree-lined driveway, prepared for whatever wine-centric activities may come your way. Drop your bags, receive your check-in glass of wine and wander away to survey all the newness that surrounds you. (A slideshow, for your viewing pleasure.)
Head past the bocce lawn and over to the cabana near the pool. Not too far away: a fire pit. You’ll get back to that later. Also not far: the 24-hour hot tub. Think you’re going to like it here.
When you’re ready, stroll past the 800-bottle glass wine closet and into Lucia, the bright, swanky new dinner spot. If you’re not dining alfresco, request the private table in the kitchen. It’s where Julia Child would sit, back in the day.
The menu changes often, though the chef’s foie gras pizza has been known to make appearances here and there.
It’s got to maintain some mystique.