**Heads up, if you read Janetha’s blog, you’ve probably already seen this post.  And if you don’t read her blog, you SHOULD!  She’s my homie and was kind enough to write all this up and let Katie and I steal it from her.  That’s a good blend right there!!  I think she likes us.**

Today, we’re ready to share all the details about Blend 2013!!  Hopefully you’ve already heard about how amazing this Retreat is, and if you’re a longtime LL reader, you know that Blend is my third child.  You can read all about WHY I started Blend here, but suffice to say, it’s a dream come true for me.  The planning, logistics, getting sponsors, securing contracts, starting an LLC – all of it just amazes me.  I honestly never thought that this dream would come to fruition.  I really hope you’ll read below (all Janetha’s words, not mine, btw!) and decide to come spend a weekend away with us.

…And I’ll warn you in advance – I’m a hugger.  And a bit of a french kisser.

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Blend Retreat 2013 will be held in Park City, Utah, the weekend of May 17th!  We’ve booked an amazing venue – the Hyatt Escala Lodge!!  Janetha recently visited and came back with a boatload of pictures and information.  I’ll let her take over this post now – enjoy!

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the hyatt escala lodge in park city is the most immaculate place! it is located right on the mountainside village of the canyons ski & summer resort. this luxurious destination is a step above any hotel i have ever stayed at. everything from the lobby to the restaurants to the rooms are straight up IMMACULATE. (you can click here for a fact sheet about the resort.)

we have secured fully furnished suites for blend retreat. the suites range from deluxe studios all the way up to four bedrooms. because may is not a very busy season here in utah (it is after ski season but before summer is in full swing), we have been able to score fantastic rates for lodging in these top-of-the-line suites.

i had the chance to tour the location last month and was able to take some photos of the venue so you can all have a better idea of what the experience will be like. let me take you on a virtual tour! warning.. photo overload ahead!

(pssst.. if you see a pup or two in the pics, you aren’t seeing things! the hyatt escala DOES allow pets and penny and randy DID go with us for the tour. SO FUN! and.. yes.. if you come to blend retreat 2013 you WILL meet my pups, haha.)

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main entrance

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lobby area with fireplace

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fully stocked convenience store right in the lobby: snacks, drinks, even dog treats!

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full coffee & tea bar with breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. better than starbucks!

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restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows where saturday and sunday breakfasts will be served!

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breakfasts are sponsored by attune foods on saturday and chobani on sunday!

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the restaurant at night! this is where the cocktail party will take place. there is a full bar.

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plenty of room to mingle with your blends at the welcome cocktail party!

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dining area of the suites

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living area of the suites

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full kitchen in each suite

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view from the 3-bedroom suite loft into the living area

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deluxe studio with two queen beds

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king bed in 4-bedroom suite

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full bathrooms with jetted tubs and double sinks

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the escala ballroom, where a five-course dinner will be served on friday night.

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the rotunda room, which will be reserved for the whole weekend for you to hang out in with your blends! there will be a snack break hosted by muesli fusion and complimentary drinks from green mountain.

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there is a pool, hot tub, fitness room, steam room, and sauna!

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whew.. can you believe how amazing this place is?! i cannot wait to go back in may and hang out with all of you!

now, onto the details!

blend retreat tickets will go on sale on sunday, january 27th at 8 PM EST. there will only be 125 tickets for sale, so please be sure to be near your computer at that time!

ticket prices for early-bird registration will be $100. the price will go up on february 17.

our official sponsor is chobani, so you will be spoiled all weekend by those fabulous CHOlks! and here is a list everything else the registration ticket includes (it is a lot!!):

  • Admittance to the welcome Cocktail Party, complete with free drinks–both alcoholic and non alcoholic.
  • Three meals, including a breakfast by Attune Foods, a breakfast by Chobani, and a five-course gourmet dinner.
  • Coffee all weekend long provided by Green Mountain Coffee.
  • Snack Break sponsored by Muesli Fusion.
  • Two fitness classes, including boot camps by Onnit Labs and GPP, and fitmixer.
  • A Saturday hike with pre- and post-hike snacks provided by PROBAR.
  • BLEND Retreat t-shirt provided by Chobani.
  • A “Sore Today, Stronger Tomorrow” Living Proof Fit Gear burnout tank.
  • Amazing swag bag filled with goodies from more than 25 sponsors.
  • Entry into a closing ceremony raffle with big ticket items from our sponsors.

most blogging conferences range from $200-$350 just for admission, but we wanted to keep the ticket price low, low, low. we are NOT in this for making money. (actually.. we lost money last year.. haha, oops!) we just want to have a weekend of fun with friends and a chance to do what we love together—eat, drink, exercise, and.. of course.. blog!

like i said, we have secured great rates for lodging at the escala lodge. you don’t HAVE to stay on-site, but we strongly urge you to. you will get the most out of your weekend if you stay on-site! here are the prices for lodging. keep in mind, blend retreat is kind of like summer camp–we will be pairing you up with roommates (and even bed mates!) you do not have to know anyone in advance or arrange for roommates. we will do that for you! of course, if you do have someone you would like to bunk with or be in the same suite as, we will accommodate those requests.

the prices below include the two-night stay, resort fee, & lodging tax:

Note: Prices below are for a suite. The suites range from 1 to 4 bedrooms. Each suite is fully furnished. There is a living room, a kitchen, and full bathrooms (one for each room in the suite.)

  • Shared bed in bedroom: $165
  • Your own bed in bedroom: $325
  • Shared pullout bed in living room: $145
  • Your own pullout bed in living room: $280

Note: Prices below are for a Deluxe Studio which has a kitchenette and a private bathroom. There are two options: 2 queen beds or one king bed.

  • Shared queen bed / 3-4 people total in studio:$125
  • Your own queen bed / 2-3 people total in studio: $245
  • Shared king bed / 2 people total in studio: $190
  • Your own king bed / you are by yourself in the studio: $380

pretty great, right? we wanted to keep costs low and i think we’ve done a great job of that. the admission ticket and lodging combined is less expensive than a typical blogging conference admission ticket! that was our goal and i am so glad we have been able to make it possible!

a few other details you will need to know…

  • you will want to fly in to SLC international airport
  • the venue is about 30 minutes from the airport—we can help arrange group cabs or shuttles from the airport to park city
  • the first event (cocktail party) starts at 6 PM on friday, the 17th
  • the last event (closing ceremony) ends at 12 noon on sunday, the 19th
  • the hyatt escala has extended the lower room rates for three days prior and three days after the event in case you want to make a longer trip out of it
  • you must be 18 to attend (or accompanied by a guardian)

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Are you excited yet????  I AM!  #blend2013 can’t get here soon enough!

QUESTION:  Ever been to a blogging conference/retreat??  Ever been to Utah?  <-No, but I get to go out early to do some Blend planning with J & K in April!!  WEEEEE!!!

splendid…lindsay

  1. Lindsay says:

    Aww looks like it will be amazing but alas I cannot go again this year :( I have a race that weekend that I’m already registered for but hoping 2014 will be my year!

  2. Sky says:

    Ahhh I have never been to a blogging retreat/conference and have never been to Utah either! However, my sister graduates from high school that weekend, so I won’t be able to make it to Blend 2013 :( Maybe next year or maybe I can go to a different blogging conference!

  3. Heather @ Better With Veggies says:

    I KNOW that place, our condo is right next door at the WestGate. It going to be so much fun!! I’m warning you ahead of time I may not be participating in as many activities this year, since this is actually my last BIG weekend of Ironman training. Still figuring out how I’m going to fit it in, but I WILL be there. :)

  4. MegG says:

    Can’t wait, going to be at my computer ready to sign up! I’ve never been to Park City (but have been to Zion National Park). I met you at my first blogging conference :-) @Sara fitcupcaker, I flew across the country to fitbloggin last year, knowing NO ONE roomed with strangers who are now friends (or blends ;-) ) and had a really great time. As long as you’re open to meeting new people you’ll have a good time.

    • janetha says:

      Prices will be extended three days before and after the event.. but since you wouldn’t have enough to fill a suite, you would have to go with a deluxe studio most likely. HOWEVER.. we will probably be staying Thursday night, too, so if you do decide to come early rest assured you will have a place with us–we can figure out the cost of that night as soon as we know how many early arrivers there will be:)

  5. Alicia at Poise in Parma says:

    ooooooh looks fab! I’m super jealous that I can’t attend this year. Strickly overbooked already that weekend here in the Cleve. Have my big work event that Wednesday & the Cleveland Marathon races to look forward to. Can’t wait to read more about your experience planning this again this year.

  6. Lee says:

    Looks amazing. I actually have been to Park City before which is strange because it’s the only place in that area of the country that I’ve been. It’s a cute little town.

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