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 November 24, 2008 by Lacee Low
For the first time EVER, I won’t be spending Thanksgiving with my parents. Instead of going home, I’ll be driving all across down to South Carolina to spend the weekend with one of my best friends who invited me and a few other of our besties. I don’t believe my parents said yes!
While I love turkey and remembering the pilgrims, what I really love about Thanksgiving is the shopping. Things go super on sale and I know some people hate the crowds, but I think its fun to walk through a jam packed mall.
I’ve compiled a list of some of the best of the best shopping malls in North Carolina and South Carolina. Some I’ve been to and the rest come recommended by friends who live throughout these two states.
North Carolina malls:
South Carolina malls:
Obviously there are many many more, but these should keep you busy enough this Thanksgiving season.
Happy Thanksgiving Day Sale Shopping!
Filed under: Car Travel, Shopping Adventures, Spending Time | Tagged: Comparison Shopping, Debbie Cook, Deliciously Yours Food, Food Vs. Fuel, Fun Shopping, Long Drives, Outlet Mall, Paedagogy, Road Travel, Road Trip Girl, Shopping Days, Shopping For Fashion, Shopping Notes, Shopping USA, Travel Shopping, Where To Shop | Leave a comment »
Posted on July 24, 2008 by Jen Barclay
I have been too busy to breathe—I feel like I spend every second working that I’m barely getting a chance to hang out with Matthew these days and I’m barely getting to spend time with my new roommates, which isn’t good. So this past weekend, to try and rectify this time crunch, my roommate (Jeanie) and I planned a mini vacation getaway with Matthew and Bram (her bf) to Jeanie’s parent’s beach house in Southampton. We had so much fun—I think it was what we all needed: to spend some quality relaxation time away from the hot (and a bit rainy lately) city and to lounge around in a gorgeous house by a gorgeous beach and get to know each other a little better.
But we weren’t TOTALLY lazy. On the way out to the beach we stopped at Boomers where we made a bit of a scene on the go-kart tracks (we were asked to remember how old some of the children were around us…) and we played some mini golf. Friday night and Saturday we drank a lot of wine and grilled some burgers and really were totally lazy. and Sunday on the way home we stopped at another cheesy family park, Splish Splash, where we caused another raucous, which was worth every second of the lifeguard yelling at us. I know I sound like I’m 15 again… I’ll act more like a lady next time, mom, I promise….
Now I’m back in New York City and got back just in time to run to Central Park where my amazing friend Amy had secured us both tickets to see the last show of Hamlet in Shakespeare in the Park and it was with Lauren Ambrose (Clare of 6 Feet Under fame) so if you know me….you know I was happy. -)
And now…back to work. blah.
Filed under: Beach Vacations, New York City Notes, Some Beach, Spending Time | Tagged: Back To Work Blues, Driving Trip, Fun In New York City, Living In New York, My Flat, Road Warriors, Scenic Drives, Scientific Journals, Space Explorer, Splish Splash, Summer Getaways, WaterWorld, Weekend Travel, Weekend Trip, White Sand, Work & Travel | 1 Comment »
Posted on July 10, 2008 by Lacee Low
I’m taking a break from my “Literary Travels” to say this: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! So going to Philadelphia for the summer didn’t end up working out b/c my grandparents decided to move out of their house and into an apartment so everything is in boxes and my grandfather had hip surgery and my parents thought it would be too much if I were there—even though I think I could’ve been a big help. So instead I’m HOME, in Richmond, which is NOT where I want to be. AND I’m a stupid counselor at that stupid camp that I SWORE I wouldn’t work at again. AND my parents are driving me crazy. Maybe most teenagers are used to that, but since I go to boarding school and generally see my parents for AT MOST two weeks at a time, but usually a lot less, spending THE SUMMER home is extremely daunting. And it’s only been a month so far…
The only silver lining of this dark, dark cloud is that my parents are letting me take one of the cars up to Philly to visit my grandparents after their big move, which is in a few weeks, after the first session of camp is over. And I’ll be stopping in Baltimore on the way to visit a friend from school. I’ll probably be gone for 10-12 days total…more if I can convince the authorities…
The only solace I have while I’m still here is Short Pump Town Center Mall, the Library of Virginia, and Kings Dominion. And I guess I have a few friends stuck here too. We all bitch and whine together. What else are friends for?
Filed under: Car Travel, Spending Time | Tagged: Crazy Women, Game Crazy, Gramma, I Am Slowly Going Crazy, Just Like, Literary Thoughts, Long Story, MUST DO'S, Philadelphia PA, Scientific Journals, Short Pump, Space Explorer, Summer Getaways, Summer Travel, Teen Life Fun Stuff, Teenage Girl, Travel Transportation, What's Your Trip | Leave a comment »
Posted on July 4, 2008 by Olivia Donor
I don’t believe that I’ve been traveling for as long as I have and had not heard of couchsurfing until last week. So first of all, Ryan finally came back from Boston and flew into Kansas City, Missouri where I was dutifully waiting to pick him up, it was late and I had made my first couchsurfing arrangements and we went and stayed at the Leehy’s—an elderly couple who keep a guest room available for travelers passing through town. I love this concept and I can’t wait to get home (wherever that may end up being) and opening up my couch for crashing. The next day we woke up really early and drove straight to Omaha where we stopped back at Tiff’s (twice in one month, Tiff—and you say I never visit…!). I told her about couchsurfing and she’s now signed up to have random travelers crash at her place.
Tomorrow we leave from here and head straight home to Pinedale, Wyoming for the Rainbow Gathering. Came across Karin Zirk’s blog which gives over important info on the hows and wheres of the Gathering this year. Apparently it’s cold at night and the cops are already on our case—but that’s not something Rainbow warriors can’t handle, right? And about the cold, before we left Kansas City, we stopped at Metro North Shopping Center and bought some extra hats, scarves, and blankets. We spend a crapload of money—but it is for family after all!
Looks as though the Gathering is just near Bridger-Teton National Forest.
I can’t wait to be home! See you there!
Filed under: National & State Parks, Outdoors Travel, Shopping Adventures, Spending Time | Tagged: Beyond Ego, Bridger Teton National Forest, Changing Rooms, Creative Shopping, Cultural Mall, Fun Shopping, Omaha NE, Pinedale, Rainbow Family, Rainbow Gathering, Rainbow Warriors, Scientific Journals, Shanti, Shopping Site, Space Explorer, Teton | 1 Comment »