Spa Day!

Spa Day!  John was out of town this weekend, so it was girl time 😀  My sister had given both my mother and I gift certificates to the Crystal Spa for Christmas.  She does this with the ulterior motive that we will invite her along when we go.  Of course, since we decided this weekend and her birthday is this week – my mother and I gifted Colleen with spa services.  See what Colleen did there?


The spa is in Saratoga. Long-time readers may remember us going here before.  Saratoga has a long history of mineral baths and was the place to go for ‘health rejuvenation’ in the mid 1800s to early 1900s. 

This is the waiting area.


I am a sucker for stained glass, too.



My mother had a reflexology treatment and Colleen and I had a sauna and then a mineral bath.  The attendant first takes you to your private bath area before the sauna. 


I had to look up Orenda and thanks to Miriam-Webster, I found out it means: ” extraordinary invisible power believed by the Iroquois Indians to pervade in varying degrees all animate and inanimate natural objects as a transmissible spiritual energy capable of being exerted according to the will of its possessor.”  Fascinating!

Here is my room (no water in the tub yet). 



Our attendant was MaryAnn. It’s nice to be pampered!

Then to the dry sauna.  Boy was it hot in there!


My sister and I had this room all to ourselves with a pitcher of ice water.  I started sweating immediately.  I haven’t sweated so much without exercising in forever LOL!  Then it was off to soak in a hot mineral bath.


The water is this color because of the dissolved minerals in it. Like my unremoved polish?  I was experimenting with a holiday design before Christmas on my big toe and never took the polish off. 😳

It was so nice to lay there in the warmth and let a lot of tension and stress just float away.  Our attendant was very nice and she gave us extra time in the sauna and bath. Not sure why, but it was nice.

We were provided with cucumber slices for the face, which felt cool and refreshing.


I haven’t felt that warm and comfortable in months.  I think that spa visit erased at least a couple of months of bone chill.  I was totally relaxed after that.  And sleepy!

After the spa, we headed out for coffee and some chatting. 


Yay Spot Coffee!  Now if the one in Glens Falls would ever open up, we would be all set.

We need to do this more often 😀

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23 thoughts on “Spa Day!

  1. deb

    I’m sure the time you three spent together was priceless! I’m a sucker for stained glass too….I have never been to a spa…..I sure do like the idea of the private baths…… If i ever win the lottery (um yeah) I want to go to the Red Mountain Spa (i think its called) in Utah…..ah dreams…. Hugs! deb
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    1. Lori Post author

      It all depends on the service. The mineral bath and sauna together was $40, which is totally worth it. I would love to do some of the other services, but I have to save pennies to do that. Lots and lots of pennies.

  2. Cammy@TippyToeDiet

    That Colleen is crafty! 🙂

    The spa reminds me of those over in Hot Springs, AR. I only had one spa experience there, but it was wonderful. I’m glad you were able to melt away some stress and cold.
    Cammy@TippyToeDiet´s last blog post ..Clearing the Decks

  3. debby

    I did my self-spa day like I said I was going to, and it was quite lovely. I thought to myself, I should do this every Saturday. But then I thought, it probably wouldn’t be as special if I did it every week. Anyway, I need to do it more than once a year! And I need to go out for coffee afterwards 🙂
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    1. Lori Post author

      Definitely more than once a year. That seems about what we do for the real deal and I need to do home spa more often – or at all, actually. I am more determined than ever to get a clawfoot tub into our new house some day.

    1. Lori Post author

      I have never had a pedicure. I just forget about the polish on my toes and it either rubs off from wearing shoes or grows out 😀

  4. Helen

    Would you believe I have two years worth of spa certificates from my boss that I still haven’t used? The way I’ve been feeling lately I really should go but I keep wanting to wait until it’s a bit nicer outside because the spa here has the most beautiful courtyard to sit in on a nice sunny day.

    I’ve never done the bath or shower – I always go for a facial.
    Helen´s last blog post ..Restless

  5. Linda E.

    Nothing like a spa day to relax !
    I didn’t realize the prices can be so reasonable. maybe a spa day in the future for me.
    Good for you, and yes well deserved.

  6. Fran

    You definitely should do this more often. I have been to a sauna once because R. gave it for my birthday and it included all kinds of treatments. I’m not a fan of the sauna but the treatments were great. Now I go to the beauty salon every 8 weeks for a facial and love it.
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