Kids Away? Parents, Play!
While the young ones are at camp, why not enjoy a weekend getaway at one of five Northeast spa resorts?
Going away with kids is called a trip. An adults-only getaway while the children are at sleepaway camp? Now that’s a vacation. Each of the spa resorts listed here offers just what Mom and Dad (or Grandma and Grandpa) crave this summer—utter relaxation, top-notch accommodations and wellness-centric activities. And they’re just a short drive from Bergen County, so you can put that extra gas money toward relaxing spa services instead.
CRYSTAL SPRINGS RESORT, VERNON, N.J.
Odds are you’ve heard of this resort nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, which can facilitate all types of getaways—romantic rendezvous, girls’ weekends, even family-friendly trips (for next time, perhaps). With 10 restaurants, six golf courses and two hotels with one spa each, Crystal Springs has choices galore. The glamorous Reflections Spa uses innovative technologies and top-of-the-line products for facials, massages and body treatments (how glam does the Rose Quartz Luxe Signature Facial sound?), while Elements Spa sticks with more natural products and age-old techniques to improve the look and feel of your skin (CBD hemp-oil massage, anyone?).
Pro tip: Don’t leave Crystal Springs without booking a table at Restaurant Latour, which offers seasonal farm-to-table fare and is touted as one of the best restaurants in New Jersey. Bonus: You must be at least 21 to dine there, so even your meal can be kid-free.
For booking and pricing: crystalgolfresort.com
MOHONK MOUNTAIN HOUSE, NEW PALTZ, N.Y.
Perched on Shawangunk Ridge south of the Catskills is this iconic resort with an award-winning spa to match. Wellness is paramount at this upstate oasis featuring rustic, Victorianesque guest rooms, and plenty of activities are on tap; there are 85 miles of hiking trails, mindfulness classes, yoga sessions, yoga hikes and one-on-one meditation to help you unwind. Additionally, Mohonk has 80 specialty spa services that’ll also do the trick, such as the Recovery pedicure to help adventurous feet or the Arctic Berry Enyzme Exfoliating Facial Peel to ease just-as-tired skin.
Pro tip: Be one with nature and finish off your serene stay with an experience at the brand-new Lakeview Summerhouse, an open-air sanctuary where you can enjoy a spa treatment or yoga, fitness or meditation class while overlooking Lake Mohonk.
For booking and pricing: mohonk.com
THE SPA AT BEAR MOUNTAIN, BEAR MOUNTAIN, N.Y.
After your nature walk or visit to the four museums within the Trailside Museums & Zoo at Bear Mountain, give yourself a relaxing respite at The Spa at Bear Mountain. Even adventurous types will appreciate an hour or two at this luxurious spa located in the historic Bear Mountain Inn. Customized facials, massages and body treatments are on tap here—the full-body facial is glorious—and the place also offers manicures, pedicures and haircuts and styling.
Pro tip: Enjoy a delicious meal overlooking the Adirondacks and the lake at 1915 Bar & Restaurant, named for the year the inn was built.
For booking and pricing: visitbearmountain.com
THE SPA AT NORWICH INN, NORWICH, CONN.
You’ll have 100 luxurious guest rooms—including rooms, suites and villas—to choose from on your getaway to Norwich Inn, but the truth is that you won’t be spending too much time in there anyway. That’s because there are 27 treatment rooms within the spa that offer massages, body wraps and facials as well as waxing and nail care. Spa guests are also entitled to the use of a gym, a jacuzzi, an indoor pool, a relaxation room, a sauna and a steam room. Finish off your day of self-care with a trip to the salon for a blowout or a color pick-me-up.
Pro tip: Try one of the special summer ’22 spa treatments such as the Bahama Mama Massage, featuring pineapple oil to relieve stress and delight the senses (and make you feel like you’ve been transported to the Caribbean, no doubt).
For booking and pricing: thespaatnorwichinn.com
WOODLOCH RESORT, HAWLEY, PA.
Families have been creating summer memories at Woodloch since 1958, but you can do so even if you’re sans kids this time. Book a room with your spouse at the wellness-centric hotel, The Lodge at Woodloch, which offers group fitness classes, cooking demos, outdoor excursions and more good-for-you to-dos. Prefer relaxation to round-the-clock activities? Besides your standard massages, facials and body treatments, The Lodge at Woodloch also offers relaxation rooms, men’s and women’s fireplace lounges and co-ed soaking pools.
Pro tip: New for the season are three can’t-miss spa amenities: a Himalayan salt sauna, the Tyrolean Bucket Shower and the country’s first-ever Snow Room, which uses dry snow and cool air to calm and ease the mind and body.
For booking and pricing: thelodgeatwoodloch.com