Herbal Spa: Grand View Lodge in Minnesota

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Garden walks, wooded paths, natural sandy beaches and glacial lake waters abundant in restorative and healing minerals provide an experience not to be missed at Minnesota's Grand View Lodge. Especially if you take time to indulge in the Lodge's Glacial Waters Spa.

The Caribbean Rain Body Treatment (90 minutes, $150) is a blissful blend of exfoliation, hydrotherapy and massage from head to toe. A sea salt exfoliation is customized with the relaxing aroma of vanilla, tangerine or ylang ylang—a fragrant feast of vanilla heightened by an earthy spice aroma.

Even more incredible is the relaxing full-body hydrotherapy massage delivered by way of a pressurized hose designed to relieve the deepest tensions. The warmth of the water and high pressure stream penetrate like a deep tissue massage but in a gentle, soothing way. Truly one of the most relaxing treatments I have experienced in quite awhile. 

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Photos by Kris Wetherbee

Beauty Recipe: Sea Salt Exfoliant

• 1 1/2 cups sea salt
• 1 cup oil, such as almond, apricot, grapeseed, or jojoba
• 1/2 cup brown sugar
• 3-5 drops vanilla or ylang ylang essential oil
• 1-2 drops ginger essential oil

1. Combine the sea salt, oil and brown sugar in a bowl. (You can add more sea salt if your skin is extremely dry and dull.) Add essential oils and stir until thoroughly blended. Transfer to an airtight jar until ready to use.

2. To apply, pour a little into your hand and rub on dampened skin, using gentle strokes. Or apply with a loofah or bath mitt if preferred. (Do not apply exfoliant on open sores or sensitive skin.) Rinse well with water until your skin is soft and smooth.

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Photos by Kris Wetherbee

For More Information

The Grand View Lodge's Glacial Waters Spa is located at 23521 Nokomis Avenue in Nisswa, Minnesota. Call 866-867-8939 or go online at www.grandviewlodge.com.