Posted on January 20, 2009 by Martha Williams
Yes, I’m still a little spa crazy, but this time it’s with a new twist. I went on an impromptu weekend getaway with another recently divorced girlfriend (though I guess for me it’s been over a year already – wow.) to the Ojo Caliente Mineral Hot Springs Resort & Spa in New Mexico. I really feel like my first massage was some sort of gateway drug. Now I just can’t get enough and I’m trying more expensive and more intense varieties. So now, not only do I love spas, but I love spas with hot springs on their premises or nearby. What better way to relax both before and after a spa treatment then by soaking in hot mineral waters, sweating out toxins, feeling the cool air whisk around you, and to just feel cuddled up in healthy warmth? Especially as it gets colder out, these hot springs make for fantastic warming up – though when it’s cold outside, it does make it nearly impossible to get out of the pools! So apparently this one in New Mexico is not so unique (though it was spectacular and I highly recommend it). There are hot springs spas all over the country. It is a genre of relaxation that you must try! Here are the ones I could find:
- The Chena Hot Springs Resort – Fairbanks, Alaska
- Calistoga Spa Hot Springs Resort – Calistoga, California
- Indian Springs Resort and Spa – Calistoga, California
- Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort & Spa – San Luis Obispo, California
- Two Bunch Palms Resort & Spa – Desert Hot Springs, California
- We Care Spa – Desert Hot Springs (Palm Springs), California
- Dr. Wilkinson’s Hot Springs Resort – Calistoga, California
- Indian Springs Resort & Healing Waters Spa – Idaho Springs, Colorado
- Hot Springs Lodge and Pool – Glenwood Springs, Colorado
- The Historic Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa – Ouray, Colorado
- Chico Hot Springs Resort and Day Spa – Pray, Montana
- Fairmont Hot Springs Resort and Spa – Anaconda, Montana
- Boulder Hot Springs Inn and Spa – Boulder, Montana
- Potosi Hot Springs Resort & Mountain Flower Spa – Pony, Montana
- David Walley’s Resort, Hot Springs & Spa – Genoa, Nevada
- Ojo Caliente Mineral Hot Springs Resort & Spa – New Mexico
- Breitenbush Hot Springs Retreat – Detroit, Oregon
- The Homestead Resort & Spa – Hot Springs, Virginia
- Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort – Olympic National Park, Washington
- Carson Mineral Hot Springs Resort – Carson, Washington
- Greenbrier Resort & Spa – White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
Filed under: Spa Business, Spending Time, Vacation Planner | Tagged: California Coast, California Dreamin, California Dreaming, Central California, Day Spas, Debbie Cook, Facial Treatment, Foot Spa, Full Body Massage, Olympic National Park, Pam Dreyer, San Francisco California, SF Bay Area, Spa & Travel, Spa & Wellness, Spa Mania, Spectacular Spas | 1 Comment »
Posted on December 26, 2008 by Olivia Donor
This is a follow-up to my last post (Yoga and Meditation Resorts in the US). I was reading the news and one link brought me to another link which brought me to another, and then I found myself looking at a slideshow of MSNBC’s top meditation retreats in the US, so now I’ve got a few more to add to my list.
- The Abbey of Gethsemani, Trappist, KY
- Kripalu Center, Stockbridge, MA
- Menla Mountain Retreat, Phoenicia, NY
- Breitenbush Hot Springs, Detroit, OR
- Shambhala Mountain Center, Red Feather Lakes, CO
- Mount Madonna, Santa Cruz, CA
- Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY
- Ala Kukui, Hana, Maui, Hawaii
- The Abode of the Message, New Lebanon, NY
- Esalen, Big Sur, Calif.
One day I’ll visit them all
Other Spas and Retreats in the US:
- Spas and Retreats in Hawaii
- Spas and Retreats in Mid Atlantic (DC, DE, MD, NJ, NY, OH, ON, PA, VA, WV)
- Spas and Retreats in the Midwest (IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, SD, WI)
- Spas and Retreats in New England (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT)
- Spas and Retreats in the Mountain States (CO, ID, MT, UT, WY)
- Spas and Retreats in the South (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN)
- Spas and Retreats in the Southwest (AZ, NM, OK, TX)
- Spas and Retreats on the West Coast (CA, NV, OR, WA)
Filed under: Spa Business, Spending Time | Tagged: About Yoga, Beyond Ego, Debbie Cook, Facial Treatment, Kriya Yoga, Meditation Lessons, Meditation Retreat, Pam Dreyer, Peace and Quiet, Peace Lily, Peacefulness, Spa & Travel, Spa & Wellness, Spa Mania, Take It Easy, Yoga & Meditation, Yoga Poses Or Asana, Yoga Studio | Leave a comment »
Posted on December 4, 2008 by Olivia Donor
If I could hop in my car and drive to Hawaii right now, I would. I just saw a slideshow of pictures from this stunning island and I want to be there! It looks like such a peaceful, mystical place, filled with a rich tribal history that is still so very much alive. Even the picture at the spa makes me want to go, and I’m not really such a spa person. So there are 11 slides and I just wanted to look up a bit about each of the places that are highlighted. You need to go to this slideshow and check out these pictures! I’ve cut and pasted the tag lines—the slideshow goes pretty fast and you may not get a chance to read them.
- Far-flung Maui has long been revered as a pure and pristine getaway.
- The pool at the Hotel Hana
- Pineapple growing on the side of the scenic Hana Highway
- Wind chimes at a fruit stand along the road to Hana
- A view of the Pacific Ocean from Kihei
- Local leis and headdresses in Lahaina
- The Misty ‘Iao Valley
- Carving a totem at the Old Lahaina Luau
- Snorkeling in La Perouse Bay in South Maui
- The Spa at the Grand Wailea
- An Old Lahaina Luau member sounding the conch
I think what appeals to me most about Hawaii (and I haven’t given this much thought before coming across these pictures, so just hear me out) is the combo of the old and the new, of tradition and modernity. Obviously there’s a lot of cheesiness going on in Hawaii with the tourist industry and all, but at the same time, native life has been brewing in Hawaii untouched by corporate America and such for longer than in most other places in the country. There’s still so much in Hawaii that is wild and rustic—the volcanoes, for example. I mean there’s only so much taming and commercializing you can do to a still active volcano, right? Anyways, my point is that I want to go. I want to walk around in a bikini and sip milk from a coconut on the beach. Is that too much to ask?
Filed under: Beach Vacations, Outdoors Travel, Spa Business, Vacation Planner | Tagged: Beyond Ego, Blog Pictures, Colorfull Photos, Debbie Cook, Digital Pictures, Hawaiian Culture, Island Escapes, Lahaina, Maui Vacation, Paedagogy, Peace Lily, Peacefulness, Photo Nature, Pleasure Island, Sweet Photos, Travel Stock Photos | 1 Comment »
Posted on November 13, 2008 by Olivia Donor
I just spent the most wonderful, centering, relaxing, balancing week at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch in Woodburne, NY (yes I’m back on the east coast). I’ve decided that my next big journey will be to Thailand to study Thai yoga massage, but until then, I’ve decided to do some exploration here on the home front. There’s actually quite an industry (in a good way) of yoga retreats in the U.S. For the most part, they’re non-commercial institutions that take the art of yoga seriously. That has definitely been my experience so far and from speaking to other people, it seems to be the consensus. Here are a list of some of the yoga and meditation resorts in the U.S. If you know of any more, please please add them to my list…who knows…maybe one day I’ll reach them all!
- Omega Institute – Rhinebeck, New York
- New Age Health Spa – Neversink, New York
- Kalani Oceanside Retreat Center – Pahoa, Hawaii
- Yogaville – Satchidananda Ashram – Buckingham, Virginia
- Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm – Grass Valley, California
- Spirit Rock Meditation Center – Woodacre, California
- Tassajara Zen Mountain Center – Carmel Valley, California
- Post Ranch Inn & Spa – Big Sur, California
- Feathered Pipe Ranch – Helena, Montana
- The Standard Hotel & Spa – Miami Beach, Florida
Peace and Namaste, Olivia
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Posted on September 24, 2008 by Lacee Low
Back to school this year is definitely at its most exciting. First of all, it’s my senior year, which is pretty cool in itself, but more importantly…I have a car! My mom got a company car, so my dad took her car and I got to take his! I drove back down to school with another friend from Richmond and now I’m parked outside my dorm, ready to make a list of all the things in North Carolina that I want to do in the next few months. I plan on driving all over the state and seeing and doing everything! Senior year is supposed to be fun, right? This area I’m starting with is kinda near Greensboro, Winston-Salem, and Asheville. Sort of near the North Carolina-Virginia Border in the Southern Appalachian Mountain region.
It’s gonna be a great year!
Filed under: Car Travel, Spa Business, Things To Do & Places To See, Vacation Planner | Tagged: Appalachian Mountains, Day Spas, Debbie Cook, Full Body Massage, High School Student, Itbt, Long Drives, NC Cities, NC Tourism, NC Travel, NC Vacations, Scenic Drives, Spa & Travel, Spa & Wellness, Taking Care Of Yourself, The Car | Leave a comment »
Posted on September 6, 2008 by Jen Barclay
So this definitely was NOT my first pick for a travel destination, but Matthew (yes, we’re still together, despite what you thought 🙂 –you know who you are!) is swapping cars with his brother for some reason that I don’t really understand but apparently it was something that they agreed on like 5 years ago. So…I figured I’d come along for the ride. We’ll be driving there, swapping cars, and driving back, staying in Indianapolis maybe but then driving back through Pennsylvania. We want to do some camping in the Poconos and go to Hershey Park. Then we’ll be having a very romantic night and day at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and Spa. We’ll also spend one night in the Laurel Highlands, see of the Frank Lloyd Wright stuff in the area, and then explore some back roads on the way back to New York City. Continue reading
Filed under: Car Travel, Outdoors Travel, Romantic Getaways, Spa Business | Tagged: 1996 Atlanta, Campout, Gentlemen Of The Road, Hershey Park, Natureplex, Outdoor News, Outdoor Travel, Philadelphia PA, Pocono Mountains, Romantic Crap, Romantic Destinations, Romantic Hotels, Romantic Husband, Romantic Princess, The Road Less Traveled, Tours And Trips | Leave a comment »
Posted on August 25, 2008 by Martha Williams
It is just so so hot in Phoenix that my time off from work is rarely spent outside beyond the short walk to my car. So I’ve compiled a list of great air conditioned spots to hang out in Phoenix. Drink lots of water and have fun!
- Metrocenter is a great mall in Phoenix. I usually head straight to Macy’s with my coupons or to Bath & Body Works where I always spend too much time and money. When I go with a girlfriend, Ruby Tuesdays and the movie theater are generally on the list.
- Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa – I’ve mentioned this one before and now I’ve finally gone and checked it out…WOW! I’ve become a spoiled spa goer!
- Phoenix Art Museum is another great indoor spot. This is a huge museum with a great collection, and a nice café.
- Arizone Science Center – I’m not such a science museum goer, but this does happen to be a very good one so I’m putting it on the list.
- Heard Museum – A unique collection of Native American art. This is a great place for visitors (but who would visit Phoenix in the summer??) because it truly epitomizes the southwester spirit. Definitely go to the café while you’re there.
- Paradise Valley Mall is another great mall (again with a Ruby T’s) and provides good solace from the heat. And I’ve been known to drop by their morning walking club…
- Cerreta Candy Company is a unique place to head when you need a change of scenery. A great place to bring kids, this candy factory offers free tours Sundays through Thursdays. Watching the chocolate flow is just mouth-watering.
Filed under: ArtWalk, Spa Business, Things To Do & Places To See | Tagged: Chocolate Factory Tours, Factory Tour, Globe AZ, Health Centers, Heard Museum, Natureplex, Other Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix Park, Sedona Travel, Shopping USA, Spa / Day Spa, Spa Weekend, Space Explorer, Summer Getaways, Travel Location, Travel Shopping | Leave a comment »