Day 195: Strawberry Park Hot Springs

Day 195 of the Nowhere To Be Project was spent at the lovely Strawberry Park Hot Springs in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. This wonderful year-round treat is nestled within the mountains and costs just $15 per person to enjoy for a full day’s access (cash or check only). The ornate property has a rustic spa feel with a natural stone tri-level spring fed pool. The pool is surrounded by ample lounging space and there are massages available on site as well. The Strawberry Park Hot Springs complex offers changing rooms, rest rooms and even tiny houses for rent!

It was breathtaking to feel the hot spring (very, very hot directly at the source) water on my skin as I gazed up at the ever-changing color of the rustling aspen leaves. This experience left me feeling refreshed and renewed and I can only imagine how that would be amplified after a long day of skiing. Be sure to treat yourself to a natural hot spring sometime if you haven’t already. You will not be sorry!

Day 86: I Wish You Ska:ná

Day 86 of the Nowhere To Be Project was lazily whiled away at the SKANA Spa at Turning Stone Resort and Casino in upstate New York. This was my first visit to a Native American spa and it was an absolute treat. Fittingly, Ska:ná is the Oneida word for peace. The entire property (resort, casino, lodging) is housed within the Oneida Indian Nation and every inch of it was so thoughtfully designed with full integration of the principles, practices and beliefs of the tribe.

The spa took the Native American inspiration to an even deeper level. Each and every corner of the facility was beautiful and utterly soothing to my soul. The materials used in its construction and design mimic the natural environment making it feel as if you are truly one with nature. It would be extremely difficult to find anything to be anxious about in this space. My husband and I both enjoyed a one hour “Arnica Muscle Repair” massage before meeting for a lovely spa lunch of herb salad, hummus and Native America tea. We then retreated to the co-ed mineral pool for a while before lavishing in the steam, sauna and whirlpool. The little touches throughout the spa such as the tribal textiles in the massage rooms, herb-infused cucumber water, fresh fruit, nuts and unique Native American tea blends really added to the pampering vibe. I highly recommend a visit if you are ever in the area.

We’ll finish the night with some relaxing saxophone music in the lounge before dinner, and perhaps a little gaming in the casino to cap off a near perfect day. I wish you ska:ná.