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Quick Trips: The Spa at Woodstock Inn

By R. Peltier

Earlier this fall, the Woodstock Inn & Resort ~ a 142-room, AAA Four Diamond Resort and member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts ~ debuted the first dedicated spa in its 218-year history.  In the quaint, idyllic country village of Woodstock, VT, where the steeple bells were cast by Paul Revere and general stores still reign supreme as a one-stop-shopping source, the introduction of any new building into the town landscape requires a respectful appreciation of history.  The Spa at Woodstock Inn & Resort is a reflection of just such an historical perspective, thoughtfully delivering today’s most coveted modern spa experiences in an atmosphere reminiscent of a gentler, simpler time.  This harmonious contrast was orchestrated to inspire a pure sense of retreat among spa guests, in keeping with the quietly luxurious standards of the Woodstock Inn & Resort.  From the physical design to the treatment offerings, The Spa is a celebration of light, nature and harmony, and offer spa-goers a haven within the quaint town of Woodstock. travel-woodstock-in-jacuzz-copy

Housed in a 10,000 square-foot LEED-certified structure, The Spa, a $10 million new build, provides a nature-inspired ambiance and is a celebration of the seasons, which carries through to the full spa menu.  Each season, a different signature treatment will take center stage among the extensive selection of year-round spa offerings.  Mirroring the four seasons of Vermont, each 100-minute treatment draws upon natural outdoor elements; pumpkin spice, deep forest, vanilla maple and berry bliss.

The Spa’s a la carte selections include massages, facials, body treatments, waxing, and a selection of treatments specifically for men and teens.  The Spa uses organic skin care products from Eminence, Naturopathica and Spa Ritual.

The Spa is designed to maximize light and the surrounding views with indoor and outdoor relaxation and contemplation spaces, including the “Great Room” where guests can relax pre- and post- treatments surrounded by double-height, vaulted ceilings, custom furnishings and a wood-burning fireplace.  The outdoor meditation courtyard will have a sauna, fire pit, hot soaking pool and a flowering tulip tree that will mark the passing of seasons.

In the ten luxurious treatment rooms, guests can relax on treatment tables adorned with organic cotton linens and Vermont organic wool blankets.  Steam rooms will be infused with seasonal aromas.  The luxurious “Natural Gatherings Suite” will be an ideal space for small groups and special occasions and features a private bathroom with generously-sized shower facilities, a wood burning fireplace, deluxe treatment tables and an oversized traditional Japanese cedar soaking tub. Design aficionados will appreciate the tasteful contributions of Stephanie Odegard, Charles Shackleton and Miranda Thomas, Simon Pearce, Ann Sacks, Maharam, and other instantly-recognizable artisan craftmasters to the well-balanced design aesthetic of the interiors.  Thoughtful touches such as sound-suppressing BASWAphon acoustical systems, radiant floor heating, and zinc roofing crafted from recycled content unobtrusively insulate spa guests from distractions to their complete mind and body escape. travel-the-woodstock-inn-r-copy

Along with the new spa, Woodstock Inn & Resort provides guests with a number of recreational and dining options to enhance their stay. For lunch or dinner, guests can dine at The Red Rooster, the resort’s fine dining restaurant; the menu emphasizes fresh, local ingredients, including specialty cheeses, shellfish and heirloom fruits and vegetables, sourced from the best purveyors in New England.  Resort activities include a 18-hole Robert Trent Jones designed golf course, a 41,000 square foot Racquet & Fitness Club, which includes indoor and outdoor tennis courts, indoor racquetball courts, a 30-by-60 foot indoor lap pool, a whirlpool, workout equipment and a steam room and sauna.  Guests can also enjoy downtown Woodstock filled with antique shops, art galleries, boutiques, restaurants, specialty food markets and more.

Woodstock President and General Manager Werner Graef shared that, “The highly anticipated debut of The Spa at Woodstock Inn & Resort did not disappoint spa-goers on any level.  A great deal of precision planning and thoughtful care went into the creation of this beautiful facility, upholding the high service standards that reflect the hallmarks of Laurence and Mary Rockefeller and their legacy, The Woodstock Foundation.”

For more information on the resort, which is owned and operated by The Woodstock Foundation, with all proceeds from operations supporting the Foundation and the historic Billings Farm & Museum education and conservation programs, or The Spa, please  visit or call (888) 481-8802.

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