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Five Outside: Wellness Spa Edition

In Do, June 2021 by Lauren KruchtenLeave a Comment

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“Loving yourself isn’t vanity. It’s sanity.” And after the insanely stressful and all-around rough year-plus we’ve all just had, a little #selfcare isn’t just a want, it’s a need. (Can we get an amen?) So treat yo’self to a day (or weekend!) of rest and relaxation at one of these luxurious wellness spas around North Carolina—all of which are within a four-hour drive of Raleigh.
  1. Westglow
    Blowing Rock
    Leave all your worries in the mountains at this breathtakingly beautiful 42-acre resort just outside of Blowing Rock. Westglow’s world-renowned spa and Life Enrichment Center offers self-care at its finest through revitalizing day spa packages that include access to facilities and amenities such as saunas, fitness classes, a fireside relaxation lounge and an indoor swimming pool; various wellness and salon services; and guided morning hikes of the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains trails. By night, unwind in one of the six luxury lodging properties—one of which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s utterly impossible to feel stressed after a stay here.
  2. Sanderling Resort
    It’s “shot girl (or boy!) summer” and what better way to reenter the post-pandemic world than a trip to Duck’s waterfront resort—well-deserved pampering included. The Spa at Sanderling promises both mental and physical rejuvenation through seasonally inspired massage, body and facial treatments influenced by natural resources from the Outer Banks (see: a custom-curated salt scrub made with Hatteras sea salt and a hydrating and detoxifying seaweed wrap). Oceanside yoga classes—complete with the gentle sounds of crashing waves in the background—are sure to calm you even further.
  3. The Ballantyne
    Experience pure bliss at The Spa at Ballantyne, which offers a variety of nature-inspired spa treatments, services and experiences—think massages, facials, a eucalyptus steam room and sauna, detoxifying body therapies, and more—in a relaxing Zen environment. Abandon all of your responsibilities (maybe even ditch your phone so you won’t be bothered with email notifications) and make a weekend out of it with the overnight spa package that includes a full breakfast for two; late checkout; and a $100 resort credit toward spa, retail, afternoon tea or dining. Better set your out-of-office auto-reply message now…
  4. The Umstead Hotel and Spa
    Pop on over to Cary’s sophisticated five-star lakefront hotel and spa for a “self-care and chill” kind of day that’s close to home. A serene haven for replenishing your body and mind, the opulent spa boasts calming treatment rooms that engage the senses with light, sound and smell; organic botanical treatments inspired by NC’s flora and fauna; and a personal spa concierge that guides guests throughout the whole experience. After hitting the spa, nourish yourself even further with an excellent dining experience at Umstead’s signature restaurant, Herons, from James Beard Award semifinalist chef Steven Greene.
  5. Pinehurst Resort 
    Experience the art of doing nothing at all… and getting full satisfaction from it at The Spa at Pinehurst. Tranquility is found through the indoor saline pool (sip on a complimentary smoothie in-between laps), body treatments, massage therapies, facials, cryotherapy and more. Whether you’re planning a girls’ trip or just teeing it up for the weekend with the guys (um, there’s absolutely no shame in a guys’ spa getaway), the Spa Escape Package makes for the perfect local vacay—two nights in a historic hotel, breakfast and dinner, and all-day access to the sauna, eucalyptus steam room, whirlpools and tranquility areas included. Do not disturb.

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