Road Trip! Destination: Spas in the region
By JoAnne Klimovich Harrop
Published: Sunday, February 19, 2012
Enjoy the rest and relaxation at one of six spa destinations within driving distance of Pittsburgh.
The spas not only pamper, refresh and rejuvenate -- they are proven to be beneficial to your health.
"One of the spa's focuses is to educate people about the importance of wellness," says Rachel Dinbokowitz, public relations specialist at The Spa at Hotel Hershey, known as "The Chocolate Spa." "Your body needs to get away and relax. The treatments are so good for your skin and the other services help with meditation and relaxation."
The International Spa Association reports that the number of spa locations increased from 5,700 in 1999 to 19,900 in 2010. In 2010, there were 150 million spa visits in the United States, an increase of 4.7 percent compared with the previous year.
Springs Eternal Spa
Springs Eternal Spa, at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort, is a 30,000-square-foot destination spa using natural spring water from the resort's eight mineral springs. The historic "Bedford Baths" offers services from massage to couples' treatments to a guided stretch and hike. The Bedford Bath Ritual begins with an aromatic steam followed by a cooling rinse, then alternate hot and cool mineral pools with massaging jets and a hydrating-aroma mists. It concludes with quiet meditation in the Relaxation Lounge. Details: 814-623-8100 or www.omnihotels.com
Nemacolin Woodlands Spa
Through treatments that heal and programs that educate or sessions that build closer relationships, all paths at Nemacolin's Woodlands Spa in Farmington lead to one place: a state of peace, health and well-being.
It is an internationally acclaimed spa, rated 10th-best resort spa in North America and the fourth-best in terms of treatment (Reader's Choice Awards), Conde Nast Traveler in 2008. Treatments range from massage and hydrotherapy, to skincare treatments, fitness and health and nutrition classes.
The Ultimate Spa Package is available during Nemacolin's 25th Anniversary Celebration. Packages start at $584. For golfers, the Hackers Helper Package is $320 for a water-path ritual, sports massage, golf range of motion assessment and one-on-one personalized training session.
Details: 724-329-8555 or www.nemacolin.com
The Spa at the Hotel Hershey
Leave it to Hershey to make chocolate good for your skin. The Spa at the Hotel Hershey is affectionately known as "The Chocolate Spa," with chocolate inspired treatments like the whipped cocoa bath, chocolate-bean polish, chocolate-fondue wrap or the new cocoa facial experience with an edible mask.
The spa-only restaurant -- The Oasis -- allows you to dine in your robe while being treated to hot cocoa, chocolate muffins and Hershey kisses.
There are 53 service areas in the 40,000-square-foot spa with an elegant design inspired by High Point Mansion, home of chocolate magnate Milton S. Hershey and his wife, Catherine. The spa features stain-glass windows, marble landings and majestic gardens.
The chocolate spa sampler, a three-hour experience for $208, includes a whipped cocoa bath, choice of chocolate-bean polish or chocolate sugar scrub, cocoa massage and lunch in The Oasis. The chocolate-decadence day package is $548 for five hours of pampering.
Details: 717-520-5888 or 877-772-9988 or www.chocolatespa.com
The Lodge at Woodloch
The Lodge at Woodloch, a resort nestled on more than 150 pristine wooded acres with a private lake in the picturesque mountains of Northeast Pennsylvania's lake region, debuted as a $42 million luxury destination spa in 2006. The Lodge offers spa getaways with lavish accommodations and award-winning cuisine. There are 27 treatment rooms, including 14 massage rooms, six facial rooms, three wet rooms, two couples' suites and two treatment combination suites. Unwind with the signature Delaware River Stone Massage or Healing Waters Pedicure. The Lodge was named one of the Top 10 destination spas in the world by Travel + Leisure and one of the 10 most luxurious spas in the United State by Forbes.com. Details: 866-953-8500 or www.thelodgeatwoodloch.com
The Greenbrier Spa in West Virginia is the only Forbes five-star mineral spa in the world, among only 29 spas to achieve a five-star travel guide star rating.
The luxury spa will rejuvenate senses in a soothing tranquil atmosphere of more than 40,000 square feet. Luxuriate in a whirlpool bath or soak up the healing properties of the native sulphur waters.
For 230 years, people have traveled to The Greenbrier to "take the waters" and bathe in the white-sulphur spring water for soothing and curative treatments.
The Simply Spa 2-Night Package allows you to enjoy the spa with $250 in daily credits. Enjoy invigorating fitness classes and fresh air hikes.
Details: 855-453-4848 or www.greenbrier.com
Buhl Mansion Guesthouse & Day Spa
The Buhl Mansion Day Spa in Sharon offers more than 100 indulgent, tranquil services for couples or individuals. A Buhl Mansion Spa Exclusive is the ultimate stone facial for 50 minutes for $120. Receive the benefits of a traditional facial with the ancient healing art of stone therapy. The Stone Castle Package for two is $630 for four hours of side-by-side services, including hot-stone massages, stone facials, hand treatment with stone therapy, lunch, bottle of champagne and roses. Details: 724-346-3046 or www.buhlmansion.com
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