Take An Insider Tour Of Georgetown

If you’ve visited Georgetown, you’ve seen the quaint cobblestone streets and know of the rich history this charming D.C. neighborhood holds.  I have always been a very big fan of the beautiful waterfront neighborhood that is unlike any other in the Washington, D.C. area.  Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown is fortunate enough to be located right in the heart, next to the historic C&O Canal and a short walk to the Georgetown Waterfront.  For those who have yet to visit D.C. and Georgetown, I wanted to share with you a tour of some of my favorite things to do in this beautiful neighborhood.

I invite you to take a tour of Georgetown with me as I visit my favorite 4 places on a Saturday!

Baked and Wired#1 – Visit Baked & Wired
If you’re like me and you need to start your morning off with an energizing cup of coffee, I have just the place for you!  Family owned artsy coffee shop and bakery located on Thomas Jefferson Street has the best espresso drinks and cupcakes to match.  Choose from over 20 options of creatively baked options while enjoying the local ambiance.

Georgetown Waterfront#2 – Stroll Down The Georgetown Waterfront
When you are all fueled up on coffee, make your way down one block to the Georgetown Waterfront to enjoy boat watching and family fun water sports.  Whether you get behind the wheel of a kayak and steer through the Potomac River or relax on the steps leading to the Waterfront, you’ll be sure to enjoy your time in the sun!

#3 – Visit Dumbarton Oaks
Treat your eyes to a beautiful renowned landscape gardens by visiting Dumbarton Oaks.  Enriched with history from the early 1800’s, the home offers rooms of original art from different eras.

fried duck egg burger#4 – Indulge in a burger at The Grill Room
After walking around town, feast on one of my favorite burgers in The Grill Room made by Executive Chef Frank Ruta, the Fried Duck Egg Burger!  It will satisfy your every craving.

I love sharing the gem of Georgetown with everyone that comes to visit.  There is so much to see and experience while you’re in Washington, D.C., being in the Nation’s Capital has all the advantages any traveler would look for.  I would love to see pictures of your D.C. travels and Georgetown finds.  Share your photos with me at @CapellaDC so I can share them with our community!

Capella Ixtapa’s Chocolaterapia

I love learning about the different spa treatments here at Capella Ixtapa.  Lately, everyone has been talking about the Chocolaterapia, which showcases both cocoa and coffee.  Intrigued, I sat down with Spa Manager Valentina Velazco to find out more:

 What does the Chocolaterapia treatment consist of?
Chocolaterapia is a very pampering treatment, created to relax, rejuvenate and nurture.  The treatment includes three steps: an exfoliation, a wrapped mask, and a massage. First, the exfoliation is done using a scrub made out of coffee grains that removes dead skin cells.  This readies the skin to receive nutrients.
Next a rich mask of cocoa and coffee are applied over the clean skin and the body is then wrapped.  The wrapping warms the body, allowing pores to open and the body to receive the treatment’s benefits.
Once the nutrients have been absorbed, its time for a shower followed by a nurturing massage.  A cream out of cocoa and coffee is used to seal the treatment in.

 What are the benefits of coffee and cocoa? 
At the Capella Ixtapa Spa our treatments are mostly derived from elements found in the region.  The coast of Guerrero state, where Ixtapa is located, is well known for its coffee.  Coffee regenerates and detoxifies skin, improving the health and giving it a fresh and firm glow.  Meanwhile the cocoa, which has a rich Mexican history, is a great moisturizer full of vitamins and minerals.  Both cocoa and coffee are also natural antioxidants.  Together they have fantastic rejuvenating properties.

What inspired you to create the treatment?
Cocoa is considered one of the country’s greatest historical treasures.  Dating back to the time of ancient Mexican civilizations, the seeds were so precious that the Aztecs used them as currency.  Even as a beverage, cocoa was known as “the drink of the gods!”
I wanted to pay homage to this history by combining it with another element, the coffee, which is one of today’s proudest crops.  The combination was ideal, because of the nurturing benefits of both elements.

It sounds delicious! I can’t wait to try it myself!
Indeed it is!  Our clients often say that Chocolaterapia is the most delicious 50-minute experience they have ever had at a spa.  By the end you leave feeling pampered like a true Mexican God or Goddess!

La Chocolaterapia de Capella Ixtapa

Me encanta aprender sobre los diferentes tratamientos en nuestro Spa de Capella Ixtapa. Últimamente, todos hablan de la Chocolaterapia, la que se realiza con cacao y café. Intrigada, me senté con nuestra gerente del Spa Valentina Velazco para aprender un poco de este tema:

¿En que consiste el tratamiento de la Chocolaterapia?
La Chocolaterapia es un tratamiento creado para relajar, rejuvenecer y nutrir al cuerpo. El tratamiento se divide en 3 pasos: una exfoliación, una mascarilla de envoltura y un masaje.
Primero, la exfoliación se realiza utilizando un exfoliante hecho con granos de café que limpian la piel de células muertas. Esto alista la piel para recibir nutrientes.
Después una mascarilla rica en cacao y café es aplicada sobre la piel limpia y se envuelve todo el cuerpo. La envoltura calienta el cuerpo, permitiendo que los poros se abran y el cuerpo reciba todos los beneficios del tratamiento.
Una vez que los nutrientes han sido absorbidos, se procede a una ducha seguido de un nutriente masaje. Una crema de cacao y café es utilizada durante el masaje para sellar el tratamiento.

¿Cuáles son los beneficios de el café y el cacao?
En El Capricho Spa de Capella Ixtapa nuestros tratamientos son en su mayoría derivados de elementos regionales. La costa del estado de Guerrero, donde se encuentra Ixtapa, es muy conocida por su café. El café regenera y desintoxica la piel, mejorando la salud y dándole un brillo fresco y firmeza a la piel. Mientras tanto el cacao, el cual tiene una rica historia en México, es un gran humectante lleno de vitaminas y minerales. Ambos, cacao y café son también antioxidantes naturales. Juntos tienen fantásticas propiedades rejuvenecedoras.

¿Qué te inspiró a crear este tratamiento?
El cacao esta considerado uno de los más grandes tesoros históricos del país. Desde los tiempos de las antiguas civilizaciones mexicanas, las semillas eran tan preciadas que los Aztecas las usaban como moneda de cambio. Incluso como bebida, el cacao era conocido como “¡la bebida de los Dioses!”
Quise hacer un homenaje a esta historia combinándolo con otro elemento, el café, el cual es uno de los cultivos que hoy día estamos más orgullosos. La combinación fue ideal por los beneficios nutrientes de ambos elementos.

¡Suena delicioso, No puedo esperara a probarlo yo misma!
¡Si que lo es! Nuestros clientes a menudo nos dicen que la Chocolaterapia es la experiencia de 50 minutos más deliciosa que han tenido en el spa. Al final te vas sintiéndote mimado como una verdadera deidad mexicana!