10 Getaway Spas to Recharge Your Creativity

10 Getaway Spas

to Recharge Your Creativity

Often times, focus isn’t something you can instantly summon – you find yourself staring idly at your computer screen, mind drifting to your weekend brunch plans, unable to produce anything worthwhile. You wrack your caffeine-addled mind, straining fruitlessly. In such unpromising moments, the solution is often counterintuitive: instead of pushing relentlessly for productivity, what you may need to do is indulge in relaxing and pampering activities. One of the most effective forms of self-care is visiting a spa; yet sometimes searching for these much-needed oases is a chore in itself. To save you the unnecessary hassle, we’ve assembled a list of affordable spas around the U.S. to give you the stress-relief you’ve long been yearning for.

1. The Spa at Old Edwards Inn, North Carolina
Old Edwards Inn and Spa Courtesy of Conde Nast Traveler

Resting 4,000 feet above ground in the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina, Old Edwards Inn and Spa offers a scenic retreat with luxury suites, cottages, farm-to-table restaurants, and a destination spa. The resort houses steam chambers that imitate the temperate rainforest that the getaway is enshrouded in. Cost: $375 per night.

2. Spring Creek Ranch, Wyoming
Spring Creek Ranch Courtesy of Spring Creek Ranch

The ultimate destination spa, Spring Creek Ranch Resort and Spa is the perfect spot for the restless activity-lover who also wants to unwind. In addition to the standard spa amenities, the lodge hosts a variety of recreational activities. In the summertime, enjoy horseback riding, hiking, balloon rides, chuckwagon dinners, fishing, and mountain bike tours.  During the colder seasons, partake in sleigh rides, skiing, ice skating, and snowshoe tours. After the exciting yet draining fun, treat your sore muscles to a rejuvenating spa treatment. Cost: $180 per night.

3. The Peaks Resort and Spa, Colorado
The Peaks Resort and Spa Courtesy of Booking

Nestled in the center of Mountain Village, The Peaks Resort and Spa offers spectacular views of the Rocky Mountain surroundings, so if you’re an avid lover of the great outdoors, this is the spa for you. The facilities itself are nature-inspired; eucalyptus-filled Jacuzzi pools, hot stone therapies, and lemongrass treatments all promise to loosen your knots and tension. Cost: $159 per night.

4. Mermaid Spa, New York

Home to the oldest and possibly best Russian baths in New York, Mermaid Spa features three authentic Russian steam rooms, a dry sauna, Turkish bath, two pools, a Jacuzzi, and a slew of treatments, including a traditional Russian massage and the Venik Massage. After being thoroughly caressed, nourish yourself with their spread of food, which includes lamb leg, beef stroganoff, and french fries plated on an iron skillet. Cost: treatments start from $50.

5. The Spa at Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley, Utah
Stein Eirkson Lodge Courtesy of Stein Eriksen Residencies

Utah’s only Forbes five-star rated spa, The Spa at Stein Erikson Lodge Deer Valley is the emblem of a luxury spa. It offers a hot and cold plunge pool, morning and night yoga classes, manicure stations, and a hair and makeup salon. Its renowned treatment is the Aspen oasis, which includes a lavender-tangerine scrub and honey-butter body wrap. Cost: starting from $190 for treatments.

6. New Life Hiking Spa, Vermont

The ultimate wellness spa, New Life Hiking Spa has been the recipient of the most awards in the U.S. for hiking and outdoor adventure. The spa encourages healthy living on multiple levels, offering hikes along the Appalachian trails, deep tissue massages post-hikes, and a nutrient-dense, low calorie gourmet dining menu. The center also provides cooking classes, nutrition and wellness workshops, and individual counseling, to help you achieve your healthiest state yet. This well-being oriented resort is open from May 11 to October 2. Cost: $249 per night, including lodging, dining and programs.

7.  Aire Ancient Baths, New York

More similar to a secret club than a spa, Aire Ancient Baths is one of the most exclusive spas in New York. Featuring thermal baths reminiscent of ancient Greece and Rome, this chic spa features Himalayan Pink salt and red wine massages – treatments that’ll rejuvenate both your body and soul. Cost: treatments start from $77.

8.  The Spa at the Hotel Hershey, Pennsylvania
Chocolate Spa Courtesy of Hotel Hershey

Chocolate and dessert fiends will fall head-over-heels for the treatments at The Spa at the Hotel Hershey. Treat your entire body to luscious cocoa in chocolate-inspired spa packages; their signature chocolate escape package includes a whipped cocoa bath, chocolate bean polish, a chocolate fondue wrap, a cocoa massage, and lunch in The Oasis. Cost: prices for each spa treatment starts at $40 (for a 15-minute Milk & Honey Soak), rooms at the Hotel Hershey start at $279 per night.

9. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, Arizona
Scottsdale Princess Courtesy of Scottsdale Resort

Spotlighted for their spacious guest rooms, wet bars, and patios overlooking the gorgeous desert landscape, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is the perfect spa to visit in the Sonoran Desert. The resort features four of Arizona’s top-ranked restaurants, six dazzling pools, and two 18-hole championship golf courses. It also offers state-of-the-art meeting facilities, making it the perfect place to mix work and play. Cost: $349 per night.

10. Spa Elia at Hotel Los Gatos, California

For the foodie who has a particularly discerning palate and also needs a relaxing massage, you’ll find both remedies at Spa Elia at Hotel Los Gatos.  The hotel’s Dio Deka is the only Greek restaurant in the U.S. to have a Michelin star, and has delectable-sounding dishes like ouzo-tomato sauce lamb meatballs and foie gras Sonoma duck breast. Their spa centers are open only to hotel guests, and includes a variety of stress-reducing massages. Cost: rooms start at $197 per night.

Kate Chia

Kate Chia is an NYU graduate with a degree in psychology and has a passion for all things writing-related. She has particular interest in writing about psychology, health, and creative nonfiction. Outside of work, she enjoys indie pop and folk music, scenic walks, and promoting gender equality.

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