Escape Plan: Five New England Spas and Resorts to Check Out This Spring
Still recovering from that epic (and everlasting) winter? Recuperate at one of these cushy New England retreats.
STOWEFLAKE MOUNTAIN RESORT & SPA
What it is: A woodsy escape with a 50,000-square-foot spa set in the Green Mountains.
Usual crowd: Spa junkies; flannel types; families.
Signature service: Try the “Organic Roses All Over,” an indulgent mask, wrap, and massage in one. For the guys? A gentleman’s herbal facial.
Wow factor: Relax under a waterfall massage in the mineral pool before or after spa time.
Dining: Snack on bar food—lamb skewers, crispy calamari—at Charlie B’s pub, or grab a bento box at the poolside café.
Know before you go: This is not an all-inclusive resort, but some spa packages are available.
Starts at $119.50 per night, Stowe, VT, 800-253-2232, stoweflake.com.
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THE SPA AT NORWICH INN
What it is: A 42-acre hideaway and spa with all the charm of an old country inn.
Usual crowd: City refugees; girlfriends on holiday; scratch golfers.
Signature service: The apricot body polish with Vichy shower, a seasonal treatment, will exfoliate and refresh your skin for beach weather.
Wow factor: The nearby 18-hole Rees Jones–designed golf course is open to guests.
Dining: Kensington’s restaurant, which overlooks the gardens, is part of the Connecticut Farm-to-Chef program.
Know before you go: This is not an all-inclusive resort, but special packages are available.
Starts at $150 per night, Norwich, CT, 860-425-3500, thespaatnorwichinn.com.
What it is: One of only three Forbes-rated five-star all-inclusive resorts in the U.S.
Usual crowd: Power couples; oenophiles; sybarites.
Signature service: The 104-degree Japanese furo (bath) is coed—and clothing optional; the cedar, spearmint, and rose pedicure is par for the season.
Wow factor: Wine snobs will appreciate the 25,000-bottle cellar and reserve list; there are also impressive art collections.
Dining: The locavore menu, which showcases ingredients grown on-site, changes daily. Cocktail and wine pairings are included.
Know before you go: No pets or kids under 18 (except on the annual family weekend).
Starts at $1,260 per night, Barnard, VT, 800-894-6327, twinfarms.com.
What it is: An all-inclusive yoga, health, and holistic nonprofit—just don’t call it a spa.
Usual crowd: Yogis; the spiritually and physically active; Zen seekers.
Signature service: Soothe post–downward dog muscles with a rubdown, or try an Ayurvedic treatment.
Wow factor: International experts teach and train here.
Dining: Buffet-style meals feature chickpeas and kale. Alcohol is, of course, prohibited on the path to enlightenment.
Know before you go: The Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living is creating yoga-based programs for schoolchildren and healthcare professionals; accommodations include dorm-style options.
Starts at $166 per person per night, Stockbridge, 866-200-5203, kripalu.org.
What it is: A renowned, all-inclusive wellness mecca.
Usual crowd: Affluent baby boomers; aging Gen X’ers; moms and daughters.
Signature service: The 80-minute restorative massage with organic oils is a must.
Wow factor: Daytime activities—zip lines, jumpboard Pilates—build stamina for evenings at Tanglewood, Jacob’s Pillow, and Shakespeare & Company.
Dining: A number of sit-down options are available, with healthy snacks also provided. No alcohol is served (though guests can bring their own to enjoy in their room).
Know before you go: Doctors here are developing treatments for sleep apnea and cognitive assessments to improve brain health.
Starts at $2,410 per person for three nights, Lenox, 800-742-9000, canyonranch.com.
Rates current as of May 2013.