Rancho La Puerta (Tecate, Mexico) is, quite possibly, my favorite place on earth. Whenever I visit, I come home feeling healthy, happy, and rejuvenated. So I was thrilled to be able to spend some time there over the summer during a trip out west to visit spas. I was even more excited to have my mom and dad join me. During our visit, my mom and I tested out the new exercise activities pool, a facility especially designed for low-impact water workouts, partaking in such sessions as the Aqua Plus deep water workout and the Wave Run, a deep-water crosstraining class. My dad and I hiked each morning, particularly enjoying the Garden Breakfast Hike, a four-mile trek to Tres Estrellas, the organic vegetable farm, and La Concina Que Canta, the new culinary center. My dad loves to garden, so he had lots of questions for head gardener Salvador Tinajero. We also took part in classes from the week’s guest lecturers, learning about heart health and self-hypnosis, as well as enjoying wonderful evening musical performances. I also discovered an interest in bird watching after a Bird Walk with resident avian expert Joe Sweeney. And, of course, we took advantage of the amazing fitness classes, the delicious healthy food, the soothing spa treatments, and the elegant accommodations. Once again, I was captivated by The Ranch, which will be celebrating its 70th anniversary in June 2010. To celebrate this historic occasion, we’ll be featuring a Rancho La Puerta retrospective, in which we honor the efforts of Edmond and Deborah Szekely in one of our 2010 issues. Stay tuned!