The Ultimate Royal Wedding Experience

We are just days away from announcing the final itinerary for our Royal Wedding Experience. All of the key pieces are falling into place and we are super excited with all of the planning! Our interest list is filling up fast so make sure you get yourself on the list ASAP! The tour will only accommodate 25 attendees in an attempt to keep it super unique and intimate.

A few of the highlights of the trip being finalized include:

  • A private tour of the Crown Jewels with The Yeoman Warder (Beefeater)
  • A vist to the Royal Warrant luxury boutiques & retailers with a fashion expert
  • A day trip to Windsor & Eton College (where Prince William attended school)
  • Demonstration on Royal Wedding flowers, bouquets and decorations at a Flower School
  • High Tea including a history & etiquette lesson
  • Meet & greet with members of the Royal staff
  • Public celebration of the Royal Wedding in Hyde Park
  • Champagne Toast at the top of the London Eye

We look forward to joining you in London!!

January Family Experience – RECESS by The Henley Company

We are pleased to announce our first Family Experience for 2011! Each month we will be producing an affordable family experience in San Diego and the surrounding areas, which will allow families to create memories, laugh together and to enjoy the many activities and wonderful places we have in our own backyard. Our focus is to help clients to enjoy a little more RECESS in their lives through unique events, travel and lifestyle experiences.

Spending time together as a family just got easier! We take care of all the details – you have all the fun!


Julian Train & Gold Mine Tour
“All aboard the Smith Ranch & Julian Railroad”

Saturday, January 29, 2011
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Experience the historic side of Julian you’ve never seen before as you ride on our 18″ gauge mining train. Beautiful scenery abounds on the 1-mile round trip as you cross over two trestle bridges and negotiate a 225 degree curve to disembark at the real Smith Ranch 1870 Julian gold rush mine. While exploring the mine, you’ll see pick marks made in the rock 140 years ago. Keep an eye out for the quartz veins that led to the gold. Those who wish may ride into the Smith Ranch mine in our 1898 mine car and later try their hand at panning gold nuggets. It’s all part of the tour.

Train departs at 2:30 p.m.

Train tour is 1.5 hours in length.

Photos courtesy of Pioneer Ways


Register Now!

$20 per adult (13+ years)

$15 per child (3-12 years)

Children under 2 are free with paid adult

Included in the price of admission is the train ride, gold mine tour & tasty dessert treats

JetBlue | Hot Fares Sale

For those looking to escape from the cold weather or for a weekend away, check out the great fares Jet Blue is offering this week.

Get out of town and go have a little RECESS somewhere else!

JetBlue | Hot Fares Sale.

RECESS By The Henley Company
Life is a Playground – Go Experience It!

Postcard by iPhone App: E-Mail Postcards from Your iPhone

Going to a gift shop on your next vacation, picking out a postcard and then hunting for a stamp is so last year! Our friends at have created an iPhone app so you can now email your postcards home!  Postcard by iPhone App: E-Mail Postcards from Your iPhone Check it out and let us know your thoughts!



Enjoying RECESS in Cabo!

The Henley Company offices have moved south this week to Cabo San Lucas! This blog is being typed pool side with the Sea of Cortez at my feet and the sound of the waves being the only noise that interrupts the pure solitude this longitude and latitude ever brings me. A pod of dolphins was spotted this morning. Funny enough I was so caught up in my email that the housekeeper who was inside cleaning had to come and point out what was happening right under my nose.  That’s a sign from the universe that I need to put away all things electronic and just enjoy the RECESS that Cabo can bring.

Our first night was spent enjoying dinner in San Jose and enjoying a wonderful weekly art walk. All of the various galleries and gift shops stay open late on Thursday and welcome visitors into their stores. The center of town is still decorated with it’s Christmas attire and the bells of the church ring proudly on the top of the hour. The culture in San Jose retains the colonial traditions of days past. Unlike it’s brother, Cabo San Lucas, which is known for it’s nightlife and high-end stores, San Jose is quiet, old Mexico. The restaurants are superb. We enjoyed lovely outdoor dining at Morgans Restaurant & Cellar.

Our Villa is exquisite. Please read all about it here: It’s on a private beach half way between San Jose and Cabo. Our friends at Lifestyle Villas, the largest luxury lifestyle company in Cabo, have gone above and beyond to make sure we have had nothing but the best. From the flawless pick-up at the airport to the easy transition to the villa to the heaping and gorgeous plate of salsa, guacamole and chips, to the flowing margaritas that were in our hand within the first 2 minutes of being on the property, to the itinerary of wonderful treatments and experiences -the entire production has been FIRST CLASS! They truly are the leaders in service! Given The Henley Company’s fondness for “experiences” I am always intrigued to see how other’s can deliver on their promise. Hands down, Lifestyle Villas meets the mark and exceeds it. They totally get it – treat the client as a VIP, create the perfect experience for the client without the client even realizing and make sure that every detail is attended to. Each villa comes with it’s own personal concierge assigned to the property. Daniel, our concierge has been perfect! In fact he is now on his way with tacos and quesadillas! This is my dream delivery! This is exactly how a company should be run! Congrats to Ali & Shari and their team for a fabulous, well oiled machine!

Given it’s proximity to Southern California, Cabo provides the perfect escape for a few days of RECESS. Your itinerary can be as adventurous or as peaceful as you desire. With whale watching season now in full effect, it’s a wonderful time to be in Cabo. I’ve traveled a lot in Mexico in the last few years – never felt unsafe, never had any problems. It’s a wonderful country and one that all American’s should appreciate for more than just the negative headlines we are fed via the media.

It’s been a good day of doing nothing – and sometimes just quieting your mind can be the best RECESS of all!

Check out the view I am seeing as I work from under my palapa today!

What are you doing today to create more RECESS in your life!

A Year of Family Experiences

I grew up in a family where experiences are treasured. A few years ago we implemented a monthly family experience. Once a month, a member of the family (from my then 6 year old niece to my then 60 year old father) was responsible for creating a family experience that we would all enjoy. The rules were simple: 1) it had to be something we could all do regardless of age or physical ability, 2) it had to be affordable and 3) it had to be something that we had not yet experienced in San Diego. The third rule was always the hardest because we have all grown up in San Diego but we quickly learned that this is indeed a big town with lots of options to do and try! Our experiences have varied from a game of frisbee golf, hiking to a waterfall in the local mountains, a surrey ride along the harbor, trapeze lessons, fishing on Miramar Lake and a private tour of the Helen Woodward Animal Center. Although the intention was always to experience something new, the result was always the same – memory making and laughter! It’s become a wonderful tradition in our family!

These family experiences have really become the foundation for the creation of RECESS by The Henley Company, our newest division, which will focus solely on creating experiences and helping clients to find the joy in playing.

Given the response and interest we have had in the Matthews family experiences, we are inviting you to come along! Once a month, RECESS by The Henley Company will coordinate a family experience, which will be open to our clients and friends. We will post the details on our blog.We are currently putting the finishing touches on our January family experience so watch this space!

Want to join us?

RECESS: Life is a Playground – Go Experience it!

First Stamp in the Passport!

I love a year that starts with me getting stamps in my passport the first week! I’m off to Cabo San Lucas this week for a combination of work and play! Our friends at Lifestyle Villas in Cabo have invited us down for a site visit. That should satisfy the IRS and qualify the trip as a business deduction! The real intention is to go to one of my happiest places on earth and to just soak in the beauty, the culture and

the peace and quiet. Cabo is just a short jaunt from San Diego but yet it feels like a world away. I know most people think of Cabo for it’s nightlife and crazy whistle blowing bartenders that are pouring tequila down your throat. Yes that exists, but for me Cabo represents the complete opposite. I have found a peace in Cabo that I rarely have found in any other place on earth. It’s the perfect place to quiet my mind and to recharge for the upcoming year.

I was introduced to Alejandro Ordonez, Owner of Lifestyle Villas late last Summer when we were both attending a concierge conference in Florida. It wasn’t just his invitation to come visit him in Cabo that solidified the friendship but his drive, his integrity and his zest for bettering his business that made us fast friends. Together with his wife, they have created the largest villa management & lifestyle company in Cabo. With a staff of over 40 people, they are fanatical for attention to detail and to creating an experience for their guests. I can’t wait to experience it all first hand and to tell you all about it when I get home!

Where will your passport take you this year?

2011 is the year that The Henley Company will launch our new brand – RECESS: Life is a Playground – Go Experience it! Stop talking about your “one day…” Guess what – your “one day” is knocking on your door now – what are you going to do about it? Dust off that passport! There is a big world out there that wants to meet you!