Travel: Nurture Your New-Age Self
The Lodge at Woodloch, The Poconos
Three crystal chakra bowls stand in the main hall of the elegantly rustic Lodge at Woodloch. When struck, they vibrate ethereally, harmonically. But keep your boyfriend/husband/partner away from the trio. Let him strum once, and every time the two
Three crystal chakra bowls stand in the main hall of the elegantly rustic Lodge at Woodloch (Route 590, Hawley, 570-685-8500; thelodgeatwoodloch.com). When struck, they vibrate ethereally, harmonically. But keep your boyfriend/husband/partner away from the trio. Let him strum once, and every time the two of you walk past — on your way to the spa for a multi-sensory facial, or for a dip in the hydrotherapy waterfalls, or to the gym for a private Pilates session, or out the door and across the street to play 18 tough holes — he’ll stop to thrum, and you’ll be stuck in the middle of the lodge for five embarrassing minutes while he explores his heretofore-untapped gift for music. The Lodge’s aim, say owners Ginny and John Lopis, is to awaken your inner self. But tell your man to try tai chi instead.
Digs: Rooms here are surprisingly un-spa-like, tricked out as they are with plasma-screen TVs, wireless Internet, cushy beds, private balconies, and dark chocolate truffles that appear every evening on the bedside table. Per-person packages include room, three meals a day, gym access, classes and a $115 daily spa allowance, for $575 to $1,085 a night.
Eat: Tree, your source of breakfast, lunch and dinner, feels oddly like the Fountain at Four Seasons, except the view is of a white oak forest, not the traffic around Logan Circle. Its petite gourmet meals, which change daily, break typical spa-cuisine rules: There are omelets and full-caf coffee for breakfast, burgers and smoothies at lunch, and beef carpaccio and molten chocolate soufflés at dinner.
Do: Wallow in the negative-edge outdoor whirlpool that overlooks the woods. Take classes in Hatha yoga and “healing sounds” meditation. Indulge in a major bevy of transcendent spa treatments.
And: Get in on a drum circle.
Travel time: A three-hour drive from Center City.