|exterior of the Spa|
Since we weren't staying on the Club level, we did not have access to the Spa, but by purchasing a day pass we were able to enjoy all the amenities it had to offer.
Originally, we planned on getting a couples massage and booked one. But once we got back to the room and realized all the other things we could do for $450 that didn't just last an hour, we canceled.
At the Spa, there are separate areas for males and females, but both can enjoy the two interior pools and two hot tubs with therapeutic water falls then one exterior hot pool. Josh and I ventured downstairs around 10 a.m and after our tour where we were equipped with robes and sandals, we met up in the common area to swim and enjoy the hot tubs. After we floated around for awhile we decided to go enjoy the gender-specific areas for an hour or so.
I LOVED the steam room. I sadly had a nasty sinus infection/bronchitis while I was there and the eucalyptus-enhanced steam did amazing things for my poor nose and face. I attempted to enjoy the dry sauna too but it was just too much for me. I think my favorite part of the steam room was that I was by myself and I used that time to just relax and pray and BREATHE.
|all the medicines on my side of the counter - I am sure that our housekeeper thought I was a drug addict.|
There were also peppermint oil wash cloths on ice for you to enjoy when you climb out of the saunas which were divine.
After enjoying the steam room I went to the contrast pool. In the contrast pool you stay in the super hot larger pool for 5 minutes then immediately plunge into the super cold area for 1 minute. It was exhilarating to say the least and my heart felt all kinds of weird when I got out.
Josh and I met back up and grabbed some lunch at the Spa Cafe (I highly recommend both the Turkey Wrap and the Baby Spinach Salad)
|the Spa Cafe|
The National Gingerbread House Competition winners were still on display throughout the hotel so Josh and I went around checking out our favorites and
|2011 Grand Prize winner|
|A gingerbread carousel horse!|
We also walked around to check out all the amazing themed Christmas trees. There were tons! But I really liked the Peacock one the best.
We went to dinner at the Blue Ridge Dining Room again and then went back to the room to change back into our bathing suits before hitting the Spa for one last time.
|outdoor pool at night. amazing.|
I went inside to shower and enjoy their complimentary shampoo, body wash, conditioner, and any other thing you could want to shower and get ready afterwards with. Then I went and sat in the "quiet lounge" to relax before heading back upstairs to our room.
*I wasn't compensated by Grove Park Inn for these posts, these are all my personal opinions