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The lush and picturesque landscapes of the Southeast, from the mountains and across the farmlands to the coast, have provided inspiration for artists, storytellers, travelers and many others. Drawing from the region's bountiful and diverse natural resources, many of the spas in the Southeast have been inspired, as well, to create luscious signature treatments and nature-based therapies.
Several award-winning spas offer pampering face and body treatments, inspired by the fragrant gardens, fresh mountains, verdant farmlands or balmy coastal regions of the Southeast.Continue to 2 of 5 below.
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Mountain Inspired Pampering
The Spa at the Grove Park Inn Resort is surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains in Asheville, North Carolina. Among the many luxurious treatments offered, the Mountain Honey Wrap includes an exfoliation, wrap, half-hour massage and a take-home gift. Blending mountain honey, warm goatbutter cream and a mild exfoliant with lavender essential oil and herbal extracts, this 80-minute treatment is designed for the ultimate in relaxation.
The Spa at Old Edwards Inn, also located in the mountains of North Carolina, uses native herbs and botanicals from their spa garden for their signature Carolina Cocoons. The Sweet Mountain Meadow Cocoon, for example, begins with an exfoliating body scrub blended with crushed lavender, chamomile, rosemary, and peppermint. The treatment continues with a Metamorphosis Massage and an application of hydrating body cream, followed by the final cocooning and transformation, likened to that of a beautiful emerging butterfly.
For more than 225 years, visitors to The Greenbrier Spa, located in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, have enjoyed the natural mineral based benefits of the famous sulphur springs. Kate's Mountain Kur, one of the Greenbrier signature services, begins with a native mineral bath. The relaxing bath is followed by a Black Walnut Scrub and a petite massage, using The Greenbrier's signature finishing lotion.
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Spas of the Vineyards, Orchards and Farmlands
Vineyard, Orchard and Farmland Inspired Pampering
Château Élan Winery and Resort, surrounded by vineyards about 45 minutes from Atlanta, is Georgia's largest producer of premium wines. The resort also features a spa mansion with private guest suites. Several spa treatments draw inspiration from the vineyards, including De-Vine Mud Body Masque, designed to regenerate and revitalize the skin. A combination of crushed grape seeds and French clay work together to pull toxins while moisturizing naturally with the oil from the seeds.
Among the many treatments offered at the award-winning Spa at Pinehurst in North Carolina, the Carolina Peach Nourrisher provides a full body exfoliation using a customized peach and pecan scrub. The treatment concludes with an application of soothing and hydrating peach-scented shea and mango butter.
In Virginia, the Spa at Kingsmill Resort, an Anheuser-Busch Company, offers a Kingsmill Signature Hops Massage with a special massage oil of extracts of hops and chamomile for a calming and relaxing effect. Another Kingsmill Spa treatment offers a nourishing body wrap using a warm and fragrant blend of natural oatmeal and Virginia honey.
At Blackberry Farm, nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, the Farmhouse Spa uses the properties of nature for healing and relaxation in their signature body treatment, Blackberry Mist. After a gentle exfoliation, the skin is purified and soothed with an herbal masque. A blend of blackberry, vanilla and cinnamon steam relieves tension and releases toxins, followed by an application of hydrating moisturizer.
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Spas Inspired by Southern Gardens
Garden Inspired Pampering
In the rolling Georgia foothills, the cottages at Barnsley Resort feature unique English-style gardens and the spa offers a signature garden inspired treatment using organically grown old-fashioned roses. After a gentle exfoliating dry brush, organic rose body oil is applied followed by a steam treatment of essential oils of chamomile and rose. A rose and lavender hydrating mask and facial massage of rose oil are followed by an application of rose body lotion.
Also in Georgia, Spa Prunifolia at Callaway Gardens, named for the beauty and uniqueness of the vibrant Prunifolia Azalea, features several garden inspired treatments including one named Garden of Earthly Delights. This luxurious experience begins with a hydrating body polish using extracts of Aloe Vera, which can be found on site in Mr. Cason’s Vegetable Garden, and shea butter combined with lemon verbena, known for its lovely scent and relaxing properties. The body polish is followed by an herbal soak, a full body massage and a scalp treatment with an herbal infusion of lavender to relax your body and calm your mind. A revitalizing peppermint foot treatment adds the finishing touch.
The Spa at Charleston Place, a full service European spa located at Charleston Place Hotel in Charleston, South Carolina, offers a signature treatment inspired by the beautiful and fragrant magnolia blossom. Magnolia Moments features a body buff followed by a wrap in their signature magnolia and moor mud formula. This body nourishing and balancing treatment is designed to soothe stress and tension.
To find out more about all of the treatments and therapies available at each of these spas, visit their websites:
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- The Spa at Barnsley Resort
- The Spa at Charleston Place
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Spas of the Southeastern Coastal Regions
Seashore Inspired Pampering
The Spa at the Inn at Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina features private outdoor bathing verandas that overlook maritime forests and waterways, offering a chance to relax to the music of the surrounding nature. Baths on the Bluff include an array of soothing options such as the Sea Foam Escape which combines oceanic essences with fragrant essential oils. Another bath option offers an invigorating experience that is designed to uplift the spirits with citrus and, according to local Gullah lore, beat the heat of summer with the natural elements of Spanish moss.
Farther north, the Sanctuary at Kiawah Island's Lowcountry Verbena Body Polish is a gentle exfoliating and cleansing scrub followed by a hydrating massage that combines fresh lemon verbena and gentle buffing grains with extracts of sea algae and vitamins, blended to stimulate and soften the skin.
Continuing north to the pristine North Carolina Outer Banks, the Sanderling Spa's treatments are inspired by the region's plentiful natural resources. The signature Sea of Life Facial is a facial massage with finely ground seashells, accompanied by therapeutic ocean sounds. Another treatment is inspired by the Russian Olive, native to the Outer Banks and sometimes called the Tree of Paradise.
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