Relaxing getaways to add to your next itineraryBY DANIELLE RACITI
Relishing a relaxing spa treatment is one of those gifts you give to yourself, or are lucky enough to receive, that provides the perfect respite from a long day on the links or the bustle of a hectic week. New England has some of the finest spas in which to primp and pamper with a host of things to do and see. Here are two to consider.
Located on 42 acres of woodland in eastern Connecticut, The Spa at Norwich Inn is an elegant, full-service facility that begs for ample R&R. Situated near the 17th tee of the Norwich Public Golf Course, the grounds are teeming with lush perennials, ponds and expansive walkways.
With 37 treatment areas and a wide range of services, The Spa is a soothing and restorative getaway, whether for an hour or long weekend splurge. Services include everything from traditional massages and facials, to aromatherapy treatments and body wraps. Day packages and a visit to the on-site salon are great for those little extras, including hair styling, coloring and conditioning before a night out.
If a pre-or post workout is on your must-do list, the fitness center is full of daily group classes and personal training opportunities. On Saturdays from May to November the resort coordinates a four-mile group hike within Devil’s Hopyard State Park. The resort also offers guest activity schedules, including guided morning meditation, tennis matches and assorted games.
If you need a little more than a spa, steam room, sauna, pool and piled-high recreation schedule to fill your day, the area is known for its casinos and lively nightlife. Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun are nearby, as are beaches, shopping, vineyards, museums and a slew of golf courses and driving ranges. It’s the perfect combination.
607 West Thames Street, Norwich, Connecticut; 800-ASK-4-SPA
Settled in the peaceful Green Mountains of Vermont, The Spa at Stoweflake reflects the beauty of its surroundings with waterfalls, soaking pools and tranquility in a clean, natural landscape. Celebrating the “essence of life and longevity,” the Spa offers wellness programs, non-invasive treatments, anti-aging remedies and luxurious packages and spa parties.
Facilities include an aqua solarium, sanctuary lounges, meditative garden, 30 treatment rooms, private women’s sunning deck, spa cafe and 14 salon stations for head-to-toe service.
Stoweflake’s nine-hole, par-three on-site course has pristine fairways with the occasional sand trap and water hazards. Adjacent to Stoweflake is Stowe Country Club with 360-degree mountain views.
Other Stowe attractions worth checking are the 1.7-mile walk to the historic village, a visit to the Cold Hollow Cider Mill or a facility tour to Ben & Jerry’s factory.
In Stowe, there’s something for the whole family to see and do.
1746 Mountain Road, Stowe, Vermont; 800-253-2232