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(2017 - Fall/Winter Issue)


Life can be hectic. Runaway schedules, busy modern-day demands and the stresses of work and family life can all take a toll. Spa and wellness breaks may be just what the doctor ordered—a dose of beauty, calm and all-important self-care.

Spa and wellness stays are hot ticket travel wishes. Every major U.S. destination offers a selection of experiences, ranging from herbal to traditional, active to passive and urban to rural. Bring on the pampering!

Maine’s Sewall House Yoga Retreat in Island Falls offers personalized retreats where guests customize the length of stay to fit their schedule. The Sewall House is only an hour from pristine Baxter State Park, making its rural Maine location a true retreat. Various yoga styles—Kundalini, Restorative, Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga and Paddleboard—are offered and practised in a variety of settings. (sewallhouse.com)

Texas has a menu of world-class spas and resorts to help guests feel refreshed, less stressed and more balanced. In beautiful Texas Hill Country on the shores of Lake Austin, Lake Austin Spa Resort is an all-inclusive, 40-room luxury spa resort offering a personalized experience. The resort’s LakeHouse Spa is a spectacular 2,323-square-metre day facility where guests can choose from more than 100 unique spa treatments and services, featuring ancient and modern therapeutic techniques that include massages, holistic mind and body treatments, aquatic specialities and Eastern-influenced treatments. (lakeaustin.com)

In Phoenix, Arizona, the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa has added six covered, luxury cabanas to the resort’s poolside retreat. The goal is absolute relaxation and a chance to recharge with privacy. Each cabana features cushioned lounge chairs and sectional sofa seating, a cooling misting fan, refrigerator with complimentary bottled water, towel service, a digital safe for personal belongings, private television with DIRECTV, complimentary Wi-Fi and a dedicated attendant for ordering any food and beverage. marriott.com

 In Portland, Oregon, the Common Ground Wellness Co-operative has been practising alternative healing and care for more than three decades. The facilities and services include acupuncture, naturopathy, massage, counselling, a communal soaking pool and sauna. The intimate space is mostly clothing-optional and all-gender inclusive, although there are also gender-designated hours. Soak and sauna can be combined with massage for extra relaxation. (cgwc.org)

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