Photo: Hershey Entertainment & Resorts
Photo: Hershey Entertainment & Resorts

A great spa experience is perfect any time of the year, but there is something truly blissful about sinking away into tranquility in the middle of winter. Many spas try to make getting out of the cold even more enticing with winter packages.

Here are my top Midwest picks for making life away from the norm for a few hours or a few days just a little more cozy.

The Spa at The Hotel Hershey

You might guess from the name – everything here is chocolate indulgence. Located in Hershey, Pennsylvania, you will find decadence at every turn. From the Hershey candy bar they hand you at check-in and the chocolate bread at your spa lunch to the chocolate facial, The Spa at The Hotel Hershey believes in the healing powers of chocolate!



Package #1: New Year New You

  • Includes: a 90-minute Sweet Bliss Illuminating Facial and Skin-Firming Toning Wrap lasting 2 1/2 hours.
  • Price: $295 (Mondays -Thursdays) / $310 (Fridays – Sundays)
  • Available through April 30, 2014

Package #2: I Live for Mondays

  • Chocolate Spa Prescription Facial
  • 50-minute Traditional Massage
  • High Point Garden Hand Ritual
  • Lunch in The Oasis, the Spa’s guest-only dining room
  • Package lasts four hours
  • Price: $264
  • Available Mondays – Thursdays through April 30, 2014


Photo: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort
Photo: Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

The Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

Located in Southwestern Pennsylvania, The Nemacolin Woodlands Resort is truly an adult’s playground! In addition to many outdoor activities including skiing available on the expansive grounds, the state of the art spa is a great way to unwind.

Package #1: The Ultimate Spa Package

  • Luxurious Overnight Accommodations
  • Unlimited Spa Treatments from the Ultimate Spa Menu
  • Lunch at Elements Café (Drink & Entrée)
  • Complimentary use of Spa Wet Areas
  • 25% Discount at the Spa Boutique
  • 15% Off Dinner at any Nemacolin Restaurant (Excludes Alcoholic Beverages)
  • includes spa service charge & daily resort fee
  • Price: Must contact resort for specific rates
  • Available through March, 2014

Package #2: Woodlands Spa Package

  • Luxurious Overnight Accommodations
  • Breakfast in Autumn or Aqueous plus taxes & gratuity (Per Adult/Per Night)
  • Full use of the Woodlands Spa facilities, including: exercise room, pools, sauna and steam room
  • 300 Spa Points (Per Adult/Per Night)
  • $20 Spa Boutique Credit (Per Adult / Per Night)
  • includes daily resort fee
  • Price: Must contact resort for specific rates
  • Available through April 24, 2014
Photo: Grand Traverse Resort & Spa
Photo: Grand Traverse Resort & Spa


Grand Traverse Resort & Spa

This gem that sits along the shores of Lake Michigan features a 7,000 square-foot spa. The Spa Grand Traverse
features signature cherry-infused treatments using locally made products. They also have a wide offering of massages, facials, hydrotherapy and mani-pedis.

Right now there are a number of great winter packages for individuals and couples including a Carefree Getaway Package that can be customized by adding spa treatments a la carte.


Package #1 – Two Night Relax and Recharge Package

  • 2-nights accommodations
  • 2- breakfasts per person
  • Your choice of two spa treatments ($99 value), per person
  • Price: $350 per person  in hotel / $377 per person in the Tower
  • Available through April 10, 2014

Package #2 – Couples Winter Weekend Retreat

  • 2-nights accommodations (Friday & Saturday night)
  • 2- breakfast buffets per person
  • 2- glasses of wine per person
  • Three course dinner per person (Aerie or Sweetwater restaurants)
  • Choice of: “Just the two of us” couples massage OR 1 spa treatment ($99 value) per person
  • Price: starting at $354 per person in hotel / $410 per person in Tower
  • Available through March 29, 2014
Photo: The Greenbrier
Photo: The Greenbrier


The Greenbrier

This luxury resort located in the Allegheny Mountains in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia is a five-star mineral spa. This year there are lots of great packages as The Greenbrier launches the 2014 Discovery Series with themed weekends. Packages start at $199. Additional spa-only packages are available on the Greenbrier website.

Discovery Weekends:

  • February 7-9 – Culinary Weekend
  • February 14-17 – Romance Weekend
  • March 7-9 – Wellness Weekend
  • March 14-16 – Antique Treasures Weekend
  • March 21-23 – Art Enthusiasts Weekend
  • March 27-30 – Women’s Weekend
  • Price: starting at $199 for packages

See, winter doesn’t have to be so bad after all!