Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Osthoff Resort Spa Time and Downtime in Elkhart Lake

It was the final day in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, for my friend Lisa and I. The trip had been quite relaxing and it was going to be even more so on day three.

We slept late in our suite at The Osthoff Resort . Their apartment-like setups had all the conveniences of home, even a kitchen to store and reheat the leftovers from all the great food we had been eating.

For the final day, we went out for breakfast. Downtown Elkhart Lake is very walkable so we left the car.

Off the Rail is a very popular local spot that’s only open for breakfast and lunch. 

They serve specialty coffees, as well as beer and wine, and make all sorts of bakery goods and sandwich concoctions.

Lisa chose a meat-filled breakfast casserole and a banana nut muffin, while I had the vegetable quiche and a chocolate chip muffin. It was all quite good.

If we had more time to go back there, I definitely would try the Freight Train Sandwich: turkey, Havarti cheese, bacon, sprouts, onion, tomato, and a creamy horseradish sauce.

We walked back to The Osthoff Resort and got our things together in the room before heading to their Aspira Spa.

The spa at Osthoff is definitely one of the best spas I have been to. The facilities are fantastic, with plenty of relaxing areas, including a room overlooking the lake which has a fireplace and a Jacuzzi.

I am not alone in loving this spa, which has been ranked No. 3 in a Condé Nast Traveler poll and named among the Top 100 Spas in the U.S. by Spas of America.

The only thing I didn’t like about it was that the relaxation area was open and noisy from those coming from the gym, but it was a minor issue for a major spa.

Lisa was doing a Swedish Massage and relaxing in the whirlpool.  I was getting the full head to toe treatment!

I was scheduled to start with the Elderberry Facial. Christine, my aesthetician, was very careful to check my allergies and substituted a few of the items to still give me glowing, tightened, and refreshed skin with Eminence products, except where noted:

Coconut Milk Cleanser
Steamed Towel soaked in Elderberry Tea
Hawthorne Tonique
Crushed Elderberry in a cream base
Gentle Lymphatic stimulation and stimulation of pressure points (reflexology)
Coconut Cream Masque
Hawthorne Tonique
Firm Skin acai booster serum
Bear berry eye cream
Bamboo firming fluid
Coconut age corrective moisturizer

I continued to feel relaxed and rejuvenated into my Sacred Waters Massage, a signature treatment at Aspira Spa.

The body treatment comes from using the waters of Elkhart Lake, considered to be sacred by the Native Americans who once lived here.

The massage with the warm water was soothing and my muscles were ready to melt by the time I left there.

Although we had a late checkout, it was already into the afternoon when we finished at the spa.

We ordered some lunch to go from Otto’s Restaurant, got our things from our suite, and checked out of The Osthoff Resort.

It had been a perfect girls getaway. 

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