This year was an extra special Mother’s Day as I was able to visit my own Mother in San Francisco, well she lives in San Mateo, but San Francisco is where I tell people we’re going. Not only did my Mom get to see her kids she also got to see her grand kids for the first time in many months. Aka: I get to have some time to visit day spas!
Quick Note: I know my blog is normally about parenting tips and activities but I’m starting to realize just how important it is to make time to treat yourself as well, it’s all about finding balance.
You may have read my blog post on moving with kids, well, many of the same principles apply when you’re traveling with kids. Here are a few of the main points that are worth noting when traveling with kids.
First, always pack ahead of time. Doing stuff last minute never works because there is always something that comes up. In our case, it was the family car that decided to stop working the day before we had to leave. Good thing I was all packed and ready to go otherwise I leaving would have been a nightmare.
The second is all about making sure you have the right entertainment. Keeping the little ones preoccupied is the main goal when traveling. As soon as they’re bored that when the unpredictable things start happening. They decided to wonder off and go on their own adventure.
All in all the trip to San Francisco was smooth sailing. Luckily, I prepared ahead of time. Now it was time to hand off the kids with Grandma, meet up with some old friends and explore some of California best spas and wineries.
I love being able to completely relax after a couple of stressful months. A friend suggested that on my trip back home to California we should do a “Spa-Crawl”, derived from the classic Pub Crawl idea. The goal was to visit a different Local Spa each day I was staying in San Mateo. How could I pass up such a great opportunity to unwind. So, I started researching different the best spas in San Mateo. There were a lot to choose from I had to narrow down my options slightly.
Our criteria? As much as I would like to go crazy and visit some of california’s luxury spas, I just couldn’t afford to. However, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that mid-range day spas were exactly what we were looking for. All in all we tried five different day spa. From a wellness spa to a foot spa and even a hydro-therapy spa. However, at the end of the day, there can only be one winning in my make-believe contest. And the winner of my best spa in SM goes too…. This San Mateo spa
We had such an amazing time visiting this spa that I even had to blog about it. This was one of the best and most relaxing experiences I’ve had in a very long time. We started with a mud-mask facials and then had a peel and waxing done (I’m not afraid of getting into details!). The best part of the whole experience was just how knowledgeable the staff was, I really felt like I was being taken care of. If any one is interested in knowing more about the spa you can of course contact me by leaving a comment below. You can also visit La Estetica Wellness Spa San Mateo Facebook Page.
Below are a few honorable mentions:
We had a fantastic experience at Cathy’s Spa as well. She was so good and really made us feel like we had been their a hundred times before.
Stay tuned for my next blog on some of the wineries we visited in California.