Olema Cottages, a great place for business planning

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I just returned from my annual business and life review and planning retreat. I'm most productive and efficient when I head out of town for 2 or 3 days on a solo trip. I settle in, get my computer and papers set up, and get to work. I break an hour or two before darkness sets in to take a hike and think, then heat up dinner and get back to work. Next day, the pattern repeats, adding in some yoga mid-morning.

Perhaps because I live in an urban area, perhaps because I love to hike, nearby West Marin County usually beckons me. After all, it's not much more than an hour's drive away from home.

My surroundings matter. I don't want glitz or distractions. I'm looking for natural beauty, calmness, solitude, with space to breathe and re-set. I found that and more at Olema Cottages where I went for the first time this week.

I chose to stay in The Nest, where I had a small efficiency kitchen, a bedroom with adjacent sitting room, a perfectly planned bathroom with shower over tub, and a private deck ideal for reading in the gentle winter sunshine and for practicing yoga. (For pictures, click the link for The Nest and for Olema Cottages)

Olema Cottages is located a 2-minute drive from the Bolinas Ridge trailhead, and 3-4 minutes from Point Reyes visitor center at Bear Valley, starting point for many hikes. The proximity meant each day I could break for 90 minutes, and spend virtually all that time on the trails. 

Kudos to Olema Cottages for creating just the right ambience conducive to thinking, reviewing, planning - while surrounded by beauty, both inside and out. I can't wait for my June 2-day retreat--I'll definitely be back.

Olema Cottages sculpture outside The Nest

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Lottie. This sounds like a lovely place and a productive solution to organizing as well.

Jan 07, 2019 07:57 AM #7
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Lottie Kendall Great way to get away and replenish yourself with nature and beauty. Olema Cottages sounds like the perfect retreat for you. Thanks for the entering this month's challenge.

Jan 07, 2019 08:18 AM #8
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Lottie Kendall - When it comes to solitude for the benefit of resetting, I am an advocate for going on a retreat. I support this idea 110%. Something that you wrote that resonates completely with me, because I have a kinship with nature is the following:

My surroundings matter. I don't want glitz or distractions. I'm looking for natural beauty, calmness, solitude, with space to breathe and re-set. 

I also feel like I connect with you on many different levels. May you always be nurtured in the most humble places surrounded by nature whenever you need it. 

Jan 07, 2019 08:19 AM #9
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Lottie Kendall
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Good morning, Dörte Engel - it's amazing how a change of scenery can help one focus

Jan 07, 2019 08:44 AM #10
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Lottie Kendall
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Endre Barath, Jr. - it's good to hear that you know the magic of Pt. Reyes. Olema Cottages would make a fine place for you to stay next time you explore the area.

Jan 07, 2019 08:46 AM #11
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Lottie Kendall
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Hi Nina Hollander - my planning days always work their magic, especially the end-of-year 3-day one.

 

Jan 07, 2019 08:47 AM #12
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Lottie Kendall
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Barbara Todaro - our business has us in constant contact with others (as it should) so my solo retreat days are especially important to me.

Jan 07, 2019 08:49 AM #13
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Lottie Kendall
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Sheila Anderson - I get an amazing amount of planning done in a seemingly effortless manner. These retreats are essential to me.

Jan 07, 2019 08:52 AM #14
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Lottie Kendall
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Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland  - thanks for hosting your challenge. I probably would have written about Olema Cottages anyway because I like sharing tips about places and services I especially enjoy, but you gave me the added impetus to do so.

Jan 07, 2019 08:54 AM #15
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Lottie Kendall
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Hi Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - I have a feeling you'd love exploring Pt. Reyes National Seashore, and would like Olema Cottages as well. (And I expect you're not a fan of Las Vegas any more than I am.)

Jan 07, 2019 08:57 AM #16
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Lottie Kendall I'm sure you would have written about your 'get away' without this challenge. Glad this gave you the impetus to do it sooner.

Jan 07, 2019 09:35 AM #17
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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Those are wonderful photos, Lottie.  I'm like you when I travel.  I like natural beauty and peaceful surroundings. . .I like authenticity.

Jan 07, 2019 04:23 PM #18
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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CONGRATULATIONS Lottie, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Jan 07, 2019 04:23 PM #19
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Lottie Kendall
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Hi Myrl Jeffcoat - keep Olema Cottages in mind if you feel in the need of a get away - perhaps in the summer when Sacramento is baking? Thanks for the Feature in your group.

Jan 07, 2019 06:13 PM #20
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Lottie, your retreat sounded amazing and productive.   

I need to start building some workout time and/or hiking time into my weekly routine.   

I love the photograph of the fish rocks at the bottom.   How creative.   Olema Cottages sound delightful.  

Jan 09, 2019 06:53 AM #21
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Lottie Kendall
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Good morning, Sondra Meyer: - I always get a ton of work done on my out-of-town retreat planning sessions. It's a challenge finding time to fit everything into a day, right? Our fitness/wellness plans belong in our schedule, but too often are the first things to drop off. 

I enjoyed seeing the fish rocks at Olema Cottages, too, as well as other outdoor sculptures created by local sculptors.

Jan 09, 2019 07:28 AM #22
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Lottie I like your retreat idea.  It is an excellent way to turnoff distractions, and be focused.

Jan 10, 2019 05:20 PM #23
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Lottie Kendall
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Like many good ideas, this one has morphed over the years, George Souto . I used to take one day away each quarter, but then realized that at least twice a year, I really needed an overnight to accomplish all I wanted to do. Now the yearly planning has increased to 2 or 3 nights away 

Jan 10, 2019 07:13 PM #24
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Lottie, we stayed at the Highlands Inn in Carmel and loved it... I wonder if that is still there? Also the Restaurant was the Pacific Edge Michelin rated wonder if that is there as well? Endre

Jan 11, 2019 11:01 PM #25
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Lottie Kendall
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Highlands Inn, just south of Carmel, is still there, Endre Barath, Jr. I don't know about the restaurant; restaurants seem to change hands (and names) with some degree of frequency. 

Jan 12, 2019 11:33 AM #26
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