El Encanto Giveaway

One of my favorite traditions I had with my mom growing up was a standing Wednesday tea date with her and a friend of hers—she was a very fancy friend. But I loved every minute of it, dressing up, choosing sweet and savory treats from a porcelain tower and running all over the resort where we’d have our high tea dates. I literally pretended to be Eloise. When I was pregnant with Elin I was 99% sure we were having a boy—remember this post? So when we were surprised with a girl the first few weeks my mind wandered to all the things I did with my mom, you know the girly things. I’d get the sweetest butterflies inside when I’d imagine doing some of those things with Elin, tea dates was one of them.

A few years later and here we are, having tea dates. Although I’ve picked a new location, El Encanto, which is just up the hill from us. It’s our go-to for special occasions, brunch, tea and where I cash in on birthday massages and facials. I have dreams about their spa and will find any excuse to swing by for some pampering. I love how intimate, cozy and quiet it usually is and love how the décor feels luxurious and inviting. When Todd asked me what I wanted for Mother’s Day my response was quick, a massage at El Encanto.

Giveaway Details

Today I’m giving away a $500 gift card to the Spa at El Encanto. To enter leave a comment below and follow both @belmondelencanto and @couldihavethat on Instagram. Giveaway ends on 5/20 at 9 am PST. Good Luck!

That’s A Wrap! 

Thank you for being a part of this giveaway series and Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing mamas, mamas-to-be and anyone who might be struggling to become one, dealing with a loss or a strained relationship. Motherhood is full of ups and downs, joy and sorrow so wherever you land on the spectrum today remember it’s never perfect and a massage is always a good idea.

Photography by Jacqueline Pilar.

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  1. How wonderful is this giveaway! It is so sweet you are keeping a tradition with your sweet daughter! Happy Mother’s Day!

  2. I love El Encanto. A go to for special occasions for us too! We got engaged there. I have never tried the spa. I followed you but now am following El Encanto on Instagram.

  3. What a perfect sugggestion! My mother’s birthday is coming up on Thursday – I will take her to tea at the El Encanto. Thank you for solving my dilemma!

  4. the traditions that you are sharing with your daughter are beautiful. I would love a dreamy spa day, especially after solo-parenting this week. Happy Mother’s Day to us!

  5. Love love ❤️ Happy Mother’s Day to you!! You are certainly one of the absolute best mamas I know!! El Encanto is my new fav place too!!

  6. Santa Barbara is one of the most gorgeous places I’ve visited! And the El Canto looks amazing! Need a trip asap! ❤️

  7. This is one of my favorite hotels! It’s so beautiful and set away from everything. I would love to go back!

  8. holy moly, i just returned from a trip to london and i miss their teas so much. el encanto sounds like a wonderful place to share my adventures with friends during afternoon tea. thanks for hosting the week of giveaways 🙂

  9. I grew up making summer trips to Sandra Barbara visiting my moms family. It is a favorite place in my heart. We come very year and sad to say I have not been to El Encanto – yet!

  10. What a beautiful post for Mother’s Day!
    I remember the first time that my husband
    gave me a spa gift certificate for a special occasion…I told him that the same gift would work every time 🙂

  11. Nothing is more touching – and moving – than your story of the El Encanto tea and the legacy you pass on to Elin. Instilling in her at this young age the mother-daughter magic with traditions of grace, manners, beauty, and elegance is a joy to read. What a great mom you are. She’ll never forget these moments and the culture you’re introducing to her.

  12. I have not been to El Encanto since before it was redone but it is one of the most magical spots in Santa Barbara! Swoon.

  13. The Belmond is truly my idea of heaven on earth! My fiancé and I try to sneak away there as often as possible as we’ve been taking trips to Santa Barbara to plan our wedding. (We’ll be getting married at the zoo in June!) A trip to the spa right after (or before!) our wedding sounds like a dream!

  14. My mom always said if you’re going to have just one you’d hope it’d be a girl, with a girl you get her running around in dungarees searching for polliwogs, and then the little girl in smocked dresses having tea.

  15. My mom was here in Santa Barbara today and we reminisced about what our favorite memories were of us together over the years. This post reminds me of how lucky i am to have her, and how excited i am to recreate these memories with my own daughter

  16. Really appreciate the last part of your post, I think many people forget that Mother’s Day is not happy for everyone & I so well know how easy it is to get wrapped up in the perfect picture of it, so reading your little note was a good reminder that it’s not always all perfect!
    Thanks for all your work and putting together all these wonderful giveaways. XX

  17. One of my absolute favorite spots in Santa Barbara!! Nothing beats that gorgeous patio view and California cottage style!

  18. Ooh you’re inspiring a new tradition for my mom and my daughter! Would love to gift my sweet mama a day at the spa

  19. I love these mother daughter traditions and the fact the you keep those going with your own daughter. These are precious moments we remember and cherish for life. Thank you for sharing and happy Mother’s day 🙂

  20. What a sweet tradition you’ve continued with Elin! I love the El Encanto and now I’m dying to visit their spa! Happ Mother’s Day love!

  21. I just discovered the Belmond properties and am in love! Would love a chance to visit the Belmond el Encanto!

  22. Weaving old traditions in with new traditions is the best kind of magic there is! What a lovely one to share with your daughter! I’ve always wanted to visit the El Encanto and your competition is a generous gift to be sure. It will be one very lucky soul who will be blessed to win it!

  23. Looks like a lovely resort and I can’t help but agree that a massage is always a good idea. Thank you for your note, this mother’s day was a particularly hard one.

  24. I’d love to share this with a good friend who lives in Santa Barbara – such a beautiful city!
    Follower @hofken

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