Birthday Paradise

Some people go to church to feel the spirit. I go to a 5 star hotel. I immediately fall to my knees, praise God and sing hallelujah for the grace that is bestowed upon me to end up in these places that I love so much. My appreciation for a “5 star experience” is often matched by the universe allowing me to frequent them time and again. This cosmic exchange is never taken for granted.

Most recently, my guardian angel of 5 star hotels somehow guided me to the Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes. I’ve lived in LA for the past 28 years and never knew to go to Palos Verdes. I have been up and down the southern and northern coasts countless times but never found the gem of a coastline in front of the Terranea Resort until now.  It is paradise.

The minute I stepped onto the property I felt the glory. The grounds are eye candy. The resort itself is practically perfect in every way.

My two-day stay turned into a week. I went for two days again last week and left nine days later.

I was just there again this weekend for my birthday. Got there Saturday afternoon, went on a three mile walk along the coast, and planted myself in the most sacred place on the hotel grounds (that will remain my little secret).  I emptied my mind and stared at the majesty around me. It is so easy to get tapped in, tuned in and turned on at the Terranea. Had an exceptional dinner at mar’sel with my Kate.  It’s a 5 star restaurant right on the property overlooking the ocean.  Actually, everything you do there is overlooking the ocean. Slept like a baby.

Woke up on my birthday to a beautiful sunrise, meditated, visualized many things — including seeing a whale, and stayed in that happy trance for the rest of the day. Around 2:00 pm, per my request, three giant gray whales swam right up close to the shoreline. It literally took my breath away, after which I screamed “Whales!!!” startling everyone in the spa area who were basking in quiet after their spa treatments. After apologizing for scaring them to death, I took full credit for the whales’ grand appearance. The day ended as great as it started with my friends coming up for dinner at Nelson’s, while we watched the sun set. Then home. Leaving the Terranea is always difficult, so I plan my next trip up before I’m off the property.

I am so grateful to have found this sanctuary. It’s a treat for the soul.

p.s. The Terranea has been voted “best place to work” under the leadership of Terri A. Haak. Employees seem genuinely happy to be there and they actually like their boss. Terri is clearly doing things right.

I first heard about the Terranea from Terry Niemann, Real Estate Sales Executive and Director of Marketing. I love her. We have easily become fast friends. She even donated a weekend at the Terranea for my daughter’s school financial aid program. The folks at this resort are good people. I also want to acknowledge Brian Bennish for always being so kind and accommodating.

p.p.s. Don’t tell anyone else about this place. It’s our little secret.


FCW Event Tickets

Nancy invites you to start your GH Fan Club 2013 weekend with her once again! As always, the event promises to be a great time with a Q&A session, special guests, plenty of personal time to talk with Nancy, get autographs and pictures, and raffles, silent auctions, and more. The event will be held at The Federal Bar.

Thursday, July 25, 2013
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
The Federal Bar
5303 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601

For further details and to purchase tickets, please visit the event page. We hope to see you there!

Realized Dreams

I dreamed up my job on General Hospital in order to support my best dream … becoming Kate’s mom. As a single woman, GH provided me with the means to be a very available mom, bring home an ample supply of bacon, and love my job at the same time. As if that weren’t enough, General Hospital has now made Kate’s dream come true, which is to be a singer-songwriter. On April 9th, General Hospital will debut a song written by Kate called Private School Girls. Kate and her real life band “Traction” will be backing up Haley Pullos (Molly) who will sing the lead vocal during the Nurses Ball. Continue reading

Kate Grahn on GH

In case you missed it, TV|Line shared some big news today:

Kate Grahn, the 14-year-old daughter of General Hospital vet Nancy Lee Grahn, is set to take part in GH‘s 50th anniversary celebration. Grahn will perform her original song “Private School Girls” in the April 9 installment of the ABC soap, taking the Nurses’ Ball stage alongside her real-life band Traction and the elder Grahn’s on-screen kid Hayley Pullos. The tune will hit iTunes the same day, with all proceeds going to VH1′s Save The Music Foundation.