Best Spa Getaway: Brainerd Lakes Area
Sure, the Cities have lots of great spas, but if you’re looking for a change of scenery for a luxurious couple’s or girls’ weekend, try the often-underestimated Brainerd Lakes Area.
Madden’s was built on a peninsula jutting out into gorgeous Gull Lake and offers the usual services- massages, facials, wraps, pedicures, manicures, waxing- as well as seasonal spa specials. This Fall, you can get a detoxifying mud pedicure, spiced passion fruit massage, or chocolate tightening facial. If all that makes you hungry, the resort’s restaurant, The Classic Grill, serves up a locally inspired menu including the freshly-caught fish of the week.
Glacial Waters at Grand View Lodge is also a place for pampering. Surrounded by tall pines, the full-service spa offers nail and skin care, hydrotherapy, and body treatments. The most popular massage is the “Grand Relaxation,” with aromatherapy. Other treatments include a blueberry scrub and berry peel. If you’re looking to cap off your spa weekend with some fine dining, the lodge’s restaurant Cru features a cellar with more than 2,000 bottles of vino. Both Madden’s and Grand View Lodge are also great places to stay.
Distance: Two hours, 15 minutes