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A Girls' Escape to the Quiet Cape

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Dan'l Webster Inn Spa Products

The spa products used at The Dan'l Webster Inn on Cape Cod are made exclusively for the inn's spa by an aromatherapy apothecary in Vermont.

© 2005 Kim Knox Beckius
We returned to The Dan'l Webster Inn, eagerly anticipating our 6:15 p.m. spa appointments.

The Catania family has owned The Dan'l Webster Inn since 1980. In May of 2004, in order to fulfill the growing demand for spa services, they converted the property's sales office into a spa. The spa is small, and its layout is not ideal. For example, the only restroom is located near the spa entrance, which means if nature calls while you're in mid-treatment, it's not inconceivable that you could run into the UPS man in your robe.

There are, however, some advantages to intimacy when it comes to a spa. There are only three treatment rooms, so if you invite an additional girlfriend or two to join you on your getaway, you can easily book a block of appointments and take over the entire spa.

The spa has been so busy that the Catanias already have plans to expand (Update: The spa was doubled in size in 2008). It is open to the public, as well as to inn guests, so if you plan to indulge in spa treatments during your girlfriends' getaway (and of course, you do!), make spa reservations well in advance.

What the spa lacks in size, it makes up for in the uniqueness and quality of its treatments. The spa products utilized are all natural or 100 percent organic and are made exclusively for the inn by an aromatherapy apothecary in Vermont. Deb Catania, one of the inn's owners, takes a hands-on approach to designing the spa's custom treatments. "We spend hours on the phone creating things," she said of her collaboration with the spa product company.

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