Zen to Medi Spas in Rockland, Maine
Rockland, Maine has long been known for lobsters, but not necessarily as a destination spa haven. But with the Historic Inns of Rockland, there are packages that provide an Estrogen Escape or just a spa getaway. The spas are Rheal Day Spa (Zen) and Skin Klinic & Day Spa (MediSpa). I tried them both and was delighted with their services.
October 22-24, 2010 or April 29-May 1, 2011 are the dates for the Estrogen Escape: The New Generation of Girlfriends Getaways. These weekends will be packed full of spa treatments, food, wine, and laughter.
The package includes an abundance of services: A two-night stay at one of four luxury inns; spa services—manicure, pedicure, facial, massage; technology session—Twitter, Facebook, and up-to-the-minute new aspects of social media; financial counseling session for women; bra-fitting session; spa lunch with lecture on fighting fat and disease in women; wine and cheese Friday reception; $50 voucher for Saturday dinner; Shazamie and Pajamie party at your inn.
Packages will range from $735 to $975 plus tax per person for a single-room and $665 to $720 plus tax per person for double occupancy. These packages include all meals, lodging gratuities, spa treatments and programs.
Rheal Day Spa
Description of the spas:
Rheal Day Spa—Services are designed for you and include therapeutic massages and body wraps, holistic and clinical facials, natural manicures and pedicures and mineral makeup, as well as hair styling, waxing, tinting, etc. Rhonda has her own brand of products as well as others she recommends.
Rhonda, the owner, says, “RHEAL is a state of mind. Our philosophy is to summon all of your senses in our beautiful eco-friendly location…All paths at RHEAL lead to wholeness—well-being and a state of peace.”
When Rhonda was researching and designing this location, she wanted her spa as “green” as possible. It’s amazing what has been accomplished. The fabric in the dressing rooms is anti-bacterial and made from recycled plastic bottles. You would never know it. This spa has a very Zen atmosphere, as well as licensed therapists and aestheticians.
The relaxation room is easily converted for classes. Located right on Main Street, Rheal is easy to find.
453 Main Street, Rockland, Maine 04841
Skin Klinic & Day Spa—This spa has two registered nurses on staff, as well as licensed therapists and licensed aestheticians. Susan, the owner, had been an emergency room and hospice nurse for 30 years when she decided she wanted to make a difference with skin care. She says, “We are here to pamper and provide our guests with a serene environment. I see the spa as an extension of my nursing career.”
Skin Klinic & Day Spa
Treatments offered cover a broad range, including, but not limited to: Facials including LED light therapy, ultrasonic-C infusion, microdermabrasion; Botox, Juvederm; body treatments, including polishes, scrubs, wraps, herbal cellulite, organic back, massage; Mommy pampering; lash and brow tints, Eminence lip and eye treatments; waxing; manicures and pedicures; and make up services. Eminence products made from fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs are used. In addition to the Eminence line, Susan also carries Jane Iredale products.
The Skin Klinic is on the second floor of a delightful renovated Victorian home, two blocks off Main Street on Summer Street. It started as a stage-coach stop, then became part of the Underground Railroad. President Taft stayed in the house, which was owned by Senator Falwell in 1910. Tiffany glass windows in the entrance and bathroom are original to the house. Skin Klinic built a lovely deck upstairs for sitting outside to enjoy some juice or wine.
Susan said she wanted visitors to be comfortable, adding, “It is the perfect place to step back to a quieter time and enjoy a day of relaxation.”
20 Summer Street, Rockland, Maine 04841
Even though I mentioned only two weekends, both spas and the inns would always be willing to customize a package to suit individual needs. Rockland is great, as all four inns are walking distance to the spas.
To choose between these two spas is such a personal choice. I’ve enjoyed treatments at both and walked away relaxed, refreshed, and satisfied. They have different atmospheres. I highly recommend you try both to see which fits your personality. The cost of services is reasonable and you can see the list on their websites.
The Historic Inns:
Berry Manor Inn—This 1898 Victorian style award-winning 12-room inn, is one of Maine’s premier B&Bs. It’s been decorated with attention to detail in every aspect. The beds were all custom made and are delightfully comfortable. It has the charm of the Victorian era with contemporary luxuries. All guest rooms have luxury baths, complimentary high-speed Internet access, air conditioning, phones, flat-screen television, and use of well-stocked guest pantries, complete with homemade pies. This four-diamond B&B has been recognized by Maine as an “Environmental Leader in Hospitality.” Owners Cheryl Michaelsen and Mike LaPosta say, “We are committed to pampering our guests, while proving that one doesn’t need to give up comfort, luxury, or service to stay in an environmentally friendly inn.”
Captain Lindsey House—Think of an old English Inn blended with a Maine sea captain’s home built in 1832. As soon as you step inside, the hospitality is evident. Antiques, down couches, and a well-stocked library draw you inside to relax. The library has a desk and computer port for guests. You can also use complimentary WiFi in other areas of the inn. Fresh flowers are in every room and down comforters are on each bed. Owned by Captains Ken and Ellen Barnes, the inn conveys their personalities as they owned, restored, and sailed the 1871 Stephen Taber for 25 years. Patricia Payeur, Innkeeper, is equally charming. All rooms and suites have a phone, computer modem port, television, air conditioning, and private bath. These modern conveniences do not detract from the antiques throughout. You can enjoy your breakfast in the oak-paneled replica of an English pub, in the garden in your room. Afternoon treasures include a cool drink, sherry or port with a delicious snack. Once the weather is cooler, guests prefer to gather by the fireplace for afternoon tea.
Granite Inn—This B&B was built in 1840 of gray granite quarried nearby. Federal colonial in style, it overlooks Rockland’s busy harbor with the fre
sh sea air and gulls flyi
ng. It is in the National Historic District of Rockland, State of Maine Environmental Leader-certified, and pet-friendly. Joan and Ed Hantz completely re-did the inside of the structure. Joan’s design background shows throughout with bright, clean cut, and comfortable furnishings intermingled with select antiques. You’ll enjoy a hearty gourmet breakfast, wireless Internet, and an inviting front porch that beckons you to sit and enjoy. The inn is handicap accessible.
Lime Rock Inn—A turreted Victorian mansion turned into a B&B, its Queen Anne architecture makes you imaine a bygone era. Your innkeeper owners Frank Isganitis and P.J. Walter, traded suits and ties and busy urban life for one of gracious service. Hearty breakfasts, private fireplaces, whirlpool or European soaking tubs and king beds welcome you. The Inn is WiFi enabled and has a guest computer, as well as complimentary refreshments in the guest pantry. Like the other Inns, the LimeRock Inn is high in ratings and is rated an Environmental Leader.
96 Limerock Street, Rockland, Maine 04841
Just as picking a favorite spa was difficult, so is picking my favorite inn. I’ve been fortunate to experience all of them, and each has its own charm. I’d suggest looking at their rooms online to determine which one meets your needs.
Historic Inns of Rockland, Maine