As I landed in Austin, Texas, about nine hours ago, the thought crossed my mind that I had never actually spoken to anyone in person about the speaking gig that I was heading toward. We'd had lots of emails and confirmations, and I'd looked up their information online - impressed by the Conde' Nast ratings and their online presence. But I had never actually spoken to or even met anyone from this resort and I started to get a little nervous. My fears were calmed a little by the fact that the limo driver they had scheduled was there waiting for me, with my name in his hands, as I descended the stairs to baggage claim, and fell away even more as we entered the drive into the Resort.
|Nothing like a shaded hammock on a warm summer afternoon to call my name...|
|The pathway to the spa was what I would have envisioned being like Grecian bath house.|
|Shaded verdandas covered with vines|
|water features throughout the resort create a quiet ambience|
|The pathway to my room|
|Loved this funky flower - no idea what it is|
|There is a calming symmetry to the resort|
|with well tended trumpet vines to accent the trellised walkways.|
A few of my new friends along the way
|Reflections through the library window (you can see my arm taking the picture!)|
The place where I am giving the seminars - Lake Austin Spa Resort - is a total escape from reality. Right now I'm sitting on the charming porch of my accommodations after a delectable meal (with veggies grown from their garden) delivered t
o my room, listening to the sounds of late summer with the garden and river before me in the fading sunlight. Citronelle candles keep mosquitos somewhat at bay, a glass of wine and a riveting novel in hand after a day of travel and exploration - the only thing that awaits me is a deep bathtub with bathing salts, a lavender scented bedroom, and the gentle hum of cicadas to lull me to sleep. This is my kind of speaking gig.
Labels: Austin, Garden Places You Need to See, Lake Austin Spa Resort, Summer days in the garden, Texas Resorts