Wow. Blend Retreat 2013 was the best time ever! Seriously. I’ll recap today (try not to be too jealous) and I have a few other more specific posts lined up for the later part of the week. Blend Retreat was held in Park City, Utah which is about 30 minutes outside of Salt Lake City. We stayed at the Hyatt Escala Lodge and it was gorgeous. The staff was so incredibly kind and helpful (and tolerable… I mean there were 100+ squealing women there all weekend!), and the rooms were comfortable – I could move in. Oh, and the views? Well, the suite I stayed in had not one, but two patios. The view:
I could wake up to the mountains everyday. (This picture is a bit misleading as it rained the majority of the trip, but you better believe I snapped this pic during the few moments of sunshine!) I arrived at the Escala Lodge around 5:30 Friday evening and had about an hour to kiss and hug my blends and get ready for the cocktail party sponsored by Silk. Following the cocktail party, we had a delicious dinner. A lot of goofiness ensued. Here’s a good summary of the evening:
We’re beauties, I know! Saturday morning we woke up bright and early to attend a GPP Fitness workout. We had a thirty minute break afterwards before eating a delicious breakfast sponsored by Muesli Fusion and The Laughing Cow. Shortly after breakfast we were supposed to hike, but due to the rain some people opted to stay in the hotel and do a zumba class instead. I would have loved to hike, but going out there in the cold rain and getting muddy didn’t really appeal to me. Next time, Utah.
Annette taught an awesome booty-shakin’ zumba class and when we were done, I learned the pretty girl next to me was Miss United States 2012! No joke! Annette was talking to her and asked what her Instagram name was (because that’s obviously very important during a blogger event!), and she replied ever so casually, “Miss United States 2012.” Uhhh really? YES! Whitney Miller – just as sweet as she is gorgeous!
When zumba finished, we showered (yes, be impressed) and headed out to do some shopping at the outlet malls! Everyone obviously knows my love of headbands, and I found another great one at the Old Navy outlet. I also turned Annette and Meg on to my little headband obsession:
Heh heh. We visited Lululemon afterward and helped Annette make her very first Lulu purchase! Glad we could be there for you, girl! What are blends for? The rest of the day and evening was pretty low key as we ate dinner and went out for ice cream. Oh, I guess I should mention we did ride a cow…
Riding cows in Utah… who knew?! We woke early on Sunday to do our second GPP Fitness bootcamp workout before breakfast sponsored by Chobani. Before we knew it, it was time to pack and get ready for the closing ceremony. Our sponsors were totally awesome and provided tons of product for giveaway. I won a $50 gift certificate to Bob’s Red Mill! All too soon I was at the airport on my way back to St. Louis. The weekend flew by and I was sad to leave. While Blend Retreat 2013 may be over, I know there are many friendships just beginning…
photo credit Christine at Love Life Surf
What’s the most fun blogger event YOU have attended? Ever been to Utah?