EncinoMom the California Lifestyle New Media Magazine.: Lavender's Green

Monday, June 13, 2011

Lavender's Green

Longing for the Lavender fields of Provence with only an afternoon to fulfill your dream? Set the nav for Cherry Hill, California where the blooming lavender perfumes the air, the olive and pine trees shade the lane and an 1100 year old oak tree waits patiently to whisper its secrets into the curl of your ear.

This is the 7th Annual Lavender Festival taking place at Highland Springs Resort and 123Farm just above Beaumont. Some of the highlights include wandering among the blooming plants, dining on festival fare; I had the Lavender Brisket and Lavender Lemonade, listening to the live concerts of piano and cellos in the dappled light under towering pines, taking a horse-drawn hayride tour of the property and savoring the sights, sounds and scents of this extremely well-organized, family friendly and completely relaxed rustic celebration of organic lavender.

I don't know if it was just my imagination or if there is something in the water here in Cherry Hill, but this was one of the handsomest, most elegant, friendly and relaxed gatherings of people I have ever encountered in one place. Maybe it's aromatherapy in practical application or perhaps those who are drawn to celebrate this calming herb are naturally good-natured, but whatever the reason, don't you owe it to yourself to spend an afternoon that feeds your soul like a month in the country?

These 100 year old olive trees line what was once the entrance to the resort. Established in the 1800's, this was traffic control for moonless nights - one way in - one way out - kept coaches from colliding in the dark.

More info: Highland Springs Resort

video by: EncinoMom Productions 
photos by: Lisa Keating

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