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Five Healthy Escapes

New England Places to Unwind, Relax, Rejuvenate

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Are you looking to get away from it all? Unwind? Relax? Rejuvenate? Well, New England has several spa resorts that can fill the bill. Here's a sampling of some of New England's healthy escapes.

1. Canyon Ranch
The "land of ahhhs" is closer than you think! This spa escape in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts offers you a chance to be as active or inactive as you wish. Among the many offerings, you'll find private health assessments and consultation, touch therapy, astrology, meditation, acupuncture, cooking classes, hair and skin treatments, movement therapy, yoga and so much more.

Location: Lenox, Massachusetts

Activities: Canyon Ranch offers a full array of spa services, fitness activities and opportunities for increased spiritual awareness, health and healing.

Dining: Healthy, gourmet selections are what you'll find at Canyon Ranch.

Accommodations: Your all-inclusive stay will feature meals, spa services, fitness activities and accommodations in the 126-room inn; choose from a deluxe room, executive room or a luxury suite. Guests must be at least 14 years old. Arrangements may be made to accommodate small dogs.

Rates: Rates start at $1,520 per person, double occupancy, for a two-night package. Package rates vary depending upon season, length of stay and services desired.

For more information: Call toll free: 800-742-9000.

2. The Spa at Norwich Inn
This country spa resort owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe is the perfect place for a healthy retreat. The setting? Forty-two acres of perennial gardens, woodlands and natural spring-fed ponds. Aren't you breathing easier already?

Location: Norwich, Connecticut

Activities: You'll discover a full selection of body treatments; body wraps; beauty treatments; fitness activities; programs for renewal of mind, body and spirit; Ayurvedic rituals and more.

Dining: Kensington's Restaurant serves traditional New England cuisine with a wide range of vegetarian and vegan options.

Accommodations: Stay in the Georgian-style inn, dating to 1929, or choose a private villa with a cozy fireplace and added privacy.

For rates and more information: Call 860-425-3500 or toll free, 800-ASK-4-SPA.

3. Topnotch Resort & Spa
Topnotch offers a 35,000-square-foot spa, complete with a skin care clinic, beauty salon, solarium, heated pool, weight training and fitness classes, all without sacrificing the pleasures of a Vermont mountain resort.

Location: Stowe, Vermont

Activities: You'll find more than 100 spa treatments and fitness programs and packages that allow you to plan a customized, healthy escape.

Dining: The menu at Flannel, the signature restaurant at Topnotch, features fresh, Vermont-harvested ingredients.

Accommodations: Choose a hotel room or suite or your own resort home. Online rate quoting and reservations are available.

For more information: Call 802-253-8585 or toll free, 800-451-8686.

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