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A Pampering Escape


If holiday shopping has left you exhausted already, a pampering escape to nearby Pennsylvania can get you back on track. (Of course, you won’t want to leave, but we’ll cross that bridge once we come to it!)

Where: The Lodge at Woodloch. 109 River Birch Ln., Hawley, PA. 866-953-8500; www.thelodgeatwoodloch.com

What’s special: Awaken your senses at the Lodge at Woodloch, a destination spa that matches the best and has a long list of awards. This respite for mind, body, and spirit is nestled in Pennsylvania’s lake region, and is an easy trip from New York. Inside and outside, the spa shows off nature’s beauty: stone, granite, and rich woods. Soaring walls of windows invite the outdoors in. Cozy fireplaces beckon you to read or take a leisurely afternoon nap. A refreshing outdoor “infinity” Jacuzzi/hot tub punctuated by huge rocks and outdoor sitting areas with roaring fires make for a beautiful spot day or night. Indoors, swim in the large pool or soak in the soothing aqua garden, featuring heated hydrotherapy waterfalls. For sporty types, workout classes include aqua toning, hydro challenge, kickboxing, and stretch. Need to recharge? Meditation, Hatha yoga, Pilates, and t’ai chi classes are for you! The cuisine here is perfect for healthy living. In the evenings, enjoy music with your dinner.

lodge at woodloch

The deal: “Complete Spa Package” includes lavish accommodations, three delicious gourmet meals daily, a $120 spa credit, a lineup of stimulating speakers, workshops, gourmet cooking demonstrations, health/fitness amenities (like steam rooms, saunas, and the 3,000-square-foot cardio weight studio). Readers of Hudson Valley Magazine receive an additional $75 credit. The spa recommends the Delaware River Stone Massage or Healing Waters Pedicure. This package begins at $319 per person, per night mid-week, and $399 per person, per night weekend. A two-night stay is required. Use code: WestMag75.

When: Nov.-Dec. 15, 2010

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