Artist Retreat: San Ysidro Ranch

2:43 PM Posted by Mish Dish

The last few weeks I have been on an artists retreat. Seeking inspiration I traveled west and landed in Santa Barbara and took shelter at the San Ysidro Ranch, just 90 miles from LA.

Nestled into the lush Montecito foothills, the ranch provided a tranquil retreat for this artist.

Myth and history mingle in gardens where Vivien Leigh and Sir Laurence Olivier exchanged vows in the setting of John and Jackie Kennedy's honeymoon. You can feel the residue of the old school glamour everywhere you turn.

My private cottage offered intimate seclusion and a grand opportunity to go within, a place to indulge the senses and invigorate the soul. Sometimes it is just good to listen. Listen to your true voice, your true self. I find those are the times I create my best work as an artist.

The ranch provides exquisite culinary excellence. The Plow & Angel offers dishes created from herbs and vegetables grown in the organic gardens of the ranch.

I have to say my anniversary dinner (8 years) was one of the best I have ever enjoyed. Hands down I had the best cocktail of my life at the Plow & Angel. I sipped on an acai berry basil martini that was refreshing and spirited. Tasty, tasty, still dreaming of it.

Here, mind and body are emptied of care and transformed in the curative power of nature. The secret out. If you have the opportunity I highly recommend a stay at this heavenly ranch.
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Love too hard and be kind to yourself.
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  1. God's Favorite Shoes! said...

    I've been wondering where you have been! I guess I won't complain because fromthe looks of these were in HEAVEN!

  2. jemina said...

    Oh WOW!!! that place is PARADISE!!! and those pictures are awesome!!! and most of all, Welcome back to blogland sweetie pie, I've missed you sooooooooo

    Love, HUGS and Kisses :)

  3. Couture Carrie said...

    Looks and sounds like an amazing retreat, darling!
    Lucky you!


  4. Susu Paris Chic said...

    Happy anniversary dear!

    Retreating for inspiration... I would so love that right now!

  5. Grit and Glamour said... lucky are you to have had that experience! The place is amazing! Good for you. Hope your batteries are recharged. I know mine would be.

    Happy belated anniversary!

    ♥ V
    twitter: @gritandglamour

  6. Lady Lipstick said...

    Hi Doll!!! I am sooooo glad you found me too!! BC I am so glad I found you now too! I am so jealous of where you are now! It looks just fabulous!!! I love going out west but I have never been here! Do we get more updates!?


  7. Cafe Fashionista said...

    Oh, I would so love to visit here one day; I have heard wonderful things about the location - it is just breathtaking!! :)

  8. A BRIT GREEK said...

    Oh wow, i am loving these images of what appears to be the perfect retreat, i think i fancy escaping now and going there!

    I also LOVE that zara oversized knit cardi... it's just like the Stefanel one i'm dying to get my mitts on too!



    MISH!!! I love that you had such a fab time in SB. SO sad that we didn't get to see you. But looks like the SYR did you well sister. We need to have a catch up session...feel like it's been way too long!

    P.S. You have a party every night?! Holy hell.


  10. Diana Mieczan said...

    That place looks incredible:) I would love to be there right now:)

    Ps: I am hosting a stunning leather clutch GIVEAWAY today, just in time for Holiday Parties!

  11. Couture Carrie said...

    P.S. So exciting that you bought the magenta dress ~ I know you will wear it well!


  12. Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

    Ah, such loveliness - I would also enjoy an artists retreat, too. The picture invites one to dream....

  13. Connie @ SogniESorrisi said...

    Looks gorgeous. Happy Anniversary!

  14. E said...

    I can totally see why this is an artist's retreat - so visually-inspiring!

  15. Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

    How lovely! I love San Ysidro Ranch--I'm sure your time was amazing!

    xo Mary Jo

  16. Iben said...

    wow! That looks amazing and very relaxing! I envy you:) Thanks so much for appreciating my post. I wish you a merry christmas, and from what I see, I am a definite follower of yours.

    Love Iben

  17. Fashion Cappuccino said...

    What a beautiful place! I wish I could go there every year if I can! xoxoxoxo

  18. Susu Paris Chic said...

    Hello chic, dear Mish,

    I hope that your Christmas was sweet. Mine was full of fun and fresh Alpine air.



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