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Blog :: 01-2013

Relaxing Spa Destinations in Southern Vermont

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It can be easy to get caught up in all the outdoor fun that Vermont has to offer. With skiing, snowboarding, hiking, climbing and tons of other activities, you're bound to find something great to do. But after a while you - and your sore muscles - may need a day to relax and recuperate. If that's the case, you should consider some of these great southern Vermont spas, guaranteed to help you restore your mind and body to peak condition.

MassageIf you're looking for something close by after a hard day's skiing at Mount Snow, you'd do well to take a break at the spa at The White House Inn. Featuring a wide range of spa packages for your body or face, this massage-focused spa will undoubtedly please. With everything from Swedish to deep tissue to hot stone massages, the White House Inn will definitely have something to help you center yourself and get back on the slopes - or just help you rejuvenate. You can even take a couple's massage class with that special someone and learn the techniques the pros use to give a relaxing, full-back massage.

Of course the White House Inn isn't the only southern Vermont spa near Wilmington. Just a short drive to Bennington will bring you to the Green Mountains Oasis, a full-service spa with enough options to keep you coming back for days in a row. Besides manicures, pedicures, facials and waxing, you'll also find a full range of massage treatments including hot oil massage, sports massage and even Thai yoga massages focused on flexibility and breathing. Or you can try their skin and body treatments, including the special Warm Cinnamon Bun Body Wrap, where you'll be "drenched in a warm cinnamon-infused body butter and wrapped in a toasty cocoon of blankets." Sounds delicious!

brattleboro-vt-spa-hot-tubAnother popular southern Vermont spa is the Colonial Motel's Brattleboro Spa, just west of Wilmington in the town of Brattleboro. The Brattleboro Spa offers a 75-foot saltwater pool, hot tub, and a rustic wooden sauna, giving you plenty of options for how to relax after a hard day. The spa also features a full fitness center for those in the mood to keep their muscles working, and a dedicated masseuse for those wanting to relax. You can even join in some water aerobics classes or swimming lessons to get a different sort of workout. If you're looking for a place to restore both your muscles and your mind, then the Colonial Motel's Brattleboro Spa is a choice you won't regret.

One thing to remember for all these locations is to call ahead to make an appointment, or to book online. Spas in southern Vermont can fill up fast with people looking to get pampered after a long day of having fun, so make sure you're not left out in the cold when you want to enjoy all that these southern Vermont spas have to offer.

If you're looking to take a great spa-centric vacation in Vermont, but don't know where to start, we're here to help. With easy access to all of southern Vermont and a location only minutes away from beautiful Mount Snow, our winter rental homes might be even more restful and relaxing than the spas.

Ideas for Valentine's Day in Vermont

Valentine's Day 2013 falls on Thursday, February 14. And if you're thinking about heading north to Vermont to spend a few days in a romantic, snowy atmosphere, you should start planning now, as spots tend to fill up quickly.

DINING Let's not kid ourselves. The "nice meal out" is probably the most important component of any successful Valentine's Day. Luckily, southern Vermont, and the Deerfield Valley/Mount Snow region in particular, is chock full of restaurants that would turn even the most jaded lover into a mushy romanticist.

The White House Inn is just a few miles from the intersection of Routes 9 and 100 in Wilmington, Vermont. Head chef Aaron Mitchell-Patrick is a stickler for local ingredients and his attention to detail is apparent in dishes that look just as good as they taste. The dining room is intimate (some might say "small"), which lends to the romantic atmosphere nicely and means you'll get personalized, attentive service from the staff. We recommend picking up your phone now, like right now, to make a reservation because this little gem will fill up quick.

TJ Buckley's is located in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont, about a half hour drive from Mount Snow. It's just a few minutes from Exit 1 off of I-91, but it's a world away from any of those chain restaurants you'd find near the mall (sorry, Olive Garden). Like The White House Inn, the dining room is cozy and intimate, with seating for about a dozen revelers. Chef Michael Fuller designed the kitchen to open directly into the dining room, so in between longing gazes into your lover's eyes you can watch your rabbit being sauteed to perfection. Again, you'll want to make reservations by calling (802) 257-4922.

DAYTIME ACTIVITIES Well, for starters, you could get married. Mount Snow will have a real live Justice of the Peace at the bottom of its Sunbrook lift on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2013, at 10am. Any and all who wish to be married can meet up, say some "I do's" and then take a romantic ski down. It's the ultimate way to say I love you. If you're already married, Mount Snow invites you to use the opportunity to renew your vows. Either way, you'll have a great story to tell at every wedding you attend in the future.

Snowshoeing southern Vermont.

Not ready for the commitment? Start things off slowly with a lovely snowshoe romp through the woods. You'll both get some fresh air and exercise and feel invigorated for whatever may come later (wink, wink). Check out the trails at Timber Creek, just across Route 100 from Mount Snow (photo at right. Photo by Timber Creek). They rent snow shoes and have an extensive trail system.

LODGING You could stay at a hotel or inn, but you'll most likely need some privacy after a full Valentine's Day schedule. We invite you to stay with us Chimney Hill. We're just 15 minutes from Mount Snow in Wilmington, Vermont, and we have a wide variety of rental homes to suit your needs. Please call our office at 802-464-2181 or e-mail info@chimneyhill.com if you'd like us to hold a space for you, and visit our rentals on our website to peruse our homes.

Happy Valentine's Day!



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