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Holiday Magic Rocks the Tetons


I don’t know of many people who go into the holiday season feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Do you? The craziness starts well before Thanksgiving and for the next five or six weeks we’re immersed in often frantic days of overeating, over shopping (inevitably followed by the dreaded over returning), just overdoing in general. Then we ring in the New Year exhausted and settle into winter. There’s all this talk out there now about “returning to the basics,” which hopefully means spending more time with friends and family. We should also enhance this commitment to create more hang time with our loved ones by heading outdoors with them, leaving the PC and the myriad of other electronic gadgets we covet on the shelf for a time.

It’s been an odd fall season here in Teton Valley. We enjoyed unusually warm weather in September and October which extended the golf season on the Teton Springs Resort Headwaters Golf Course. Granted, the links officially shut down in mid October, which may seem early to some diehards. However, you just never know when old man winter will strike in this part of the country and the staff needs time to put the grounds to bed for the winter. We also snuck in an extra month of terrific fishing on our local rivers. It was a memorable fall season for sure for all things outdoors.

Moose at Teton Springs Lodge

Closing the golf course didn’t stop us crazed duffers from playing a hole or two, with the management’s blessing of course. But now it’s mid November and the faucets have officially turned on. It’s been snowing for a few weeks. Looks like the La Nina prediction, calling for lots of snow in the Tetons, is spot on. Our weekends are now spent at ski swaps and conditioning classes and anxiously watching Grand Targhee’s Snow Report. Everyone’s hopes are up for a powder rich winter, and why not. We’re off to a very promising start.

As I watch the inches pile up on the deck outside Teton Springs Lodge & Spa, I can’t help but be excited about the holiday season this year in Victor’s Teton Springs Community. It’s almost guaranteed that you’ll kick off this year’s holiday season feeling relaxed and rejuvenated with a three night Thanksgiving weekend stay at the deluxe Teton Springs Lodge & Spa. Only thing that isn’t deluxe is the price. Now here’s the deal; stay three nights in a luxurious Lodge room, and one night is FREE. It’s crazy but true, and worth repeating. Spend three nights at the Lodge but only pay for two.

 

Stillwaters Spa at Teton Springs LodgeMy vote for best case scenario – arrive Thanksgiving day for Chef John’s scrumptious Thanksgiving spread at the Headwaters Grille; Follow up dinner with a relaxing soak in the hot tub and then off to bed. Grand Targhee lifts open at 9 and there’s nothing worse than being tardy on the season’s opening day. But if you’d rather sleep in and hang at the Lodge, that’s understandable too. Perhaps an afternoon leisurely cross-country ski at the resort is more in order. Or, completely escape the beaten path; strap on the snowshoes and head into the Caribou-Targhee National Forest adjacent to the resort. You may just find yourself eyeball to eyeball with our resident moose. Cap off this perfect holiday with a deep-tissue massage or hydraquench at the Stillwaters Spa & Salon. After all, the lifts will turn again tomorrow.

This Thanksgiving special also available in the one and two bedroom Lodge Suites and in the luxury log mountain cabins. Truly give thanks this holiday season with your friends at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa.

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Stillwaters Spa in Teton Valley Offers Unique Treatments

THAT’S A WRAP – IN SHEER ECSTASY THAT IS!

They need to call the “Hydraquench Body Wrap” something else. The name somehow just doesn’t do justice to atreatment I recently experienced for the first time at the Stillwaters Spa & Salon, located at Teton Springs Resort in Victor, Idaho. Maybe “Heaven on Earth Moisturizing Wrap,” or “I Can Now Die a Happy and Well Moisturized Woman Wrap,” or “I’ll take Hydraquench Over Botox Any Day Wrap!”

Stillwaters Spa & Salon in Victor Idaho

The moment of truth for me that I needed some serious skin help occurred a few weeks back while on a family vacation, when my sister gushed, “gosh, I love your new alligator sandals.” I was in fact barefoot. Hey, I’m not alone, right? Plenty of us have dry skin, especially those of us blessed with a high-altitude mailing address. The good news, we’re fortunate to live in, or vacation in, this incredibly beautiful mountain environment with its fabulous, humidity-free weather. The bad news, at least for some of us, this humidity-free weather.

If you’ve ever visited a Spa for any reason, chances are it was for a deep tissue or other therapeutic massage treatment. A massage isn’t even considered a luxury these days, but a necessity, like taking our vitamins or our daily walk. In truth, our massage therapist is as critical to our overall mental and physical well-being as the family doc; we just don’t always view it that way. Too bad.

The Stillwaters Spa & Salon at Teton Springs Lodge is truly an escape, even from a seemingly otherwise perfect day! Listen to this passage from their brochure: “Settled within glorious, alpine surroundings, the Spa at Teton Springs Lodge is created to provide you with infinity of sensory experiences within a tranquil retreat – a place you may never wish to leave.” Therein lies the problem, you don’t in fact want to leave – ever.  In my prior visits to the Stillwaters Spa (for that massage of course), I’ve always been intrigued by the sheer number of mysterious and intriguing treatments listed in their spa material. One in particular caught my eye, the Hydraquench Body Wrap. To simplify, this is a treatment that slathers you in 100% whipped Shea Butters and then wraps you in a warm herbal cocoon. It only took me seconds after hearing Spa Manager Jen Walton describe this treatment before I was hooked. Sign me up, uh, I mean, butter me up!

I have always found the entire staff at the Stillwaters Spa & Salon to be delightful, competent and professional. One in particular, Jennifer Milloway, is the classic spa practitioner. With ten years spa experience under her belt, three of those years at the resort’s Stillwaters Spa, Jen enjoys a far-reaching reputation as a true craftsman in all things spa. She would be the one to introduce me to my first non-massage spa experience, encourage me to indulge in the senses with this particularly skin nourishing spa treatment, and the one to magically transform me from alligator girl. Sounds like exactly what the doctor would order!

I always believe in the element of surprise so I won’t give away all of the intricate details on what will happen during your Hydraquench Body Wrap but a few details are in order, and plus, I can’t help myself. You’re now in your fluffy, thick white robe and meet your therapist in the Zen Room (the name says it all!), the beautifully decorated and relaxing pre and post treatment room (remind me again why I ever have to leave here?!). In her Zen-like fashion, Jen describes the entire treatment to me, right down to the last morsel of the glorious details. Not that you’ll remember what she said. Once the treatment starts your entire life’s focus is on how terrific and relaxed you feel and neither one of you has to exchange another word (Jen doesn’t necessarily respond to your Oohs and Aahs).

In a nutshell……

  • Your treatment table is heated
  • Your arms, legs, fingers & toes are gently exfoliated with a soft, dry brush; this includes front & back (which was terrific, only an octopus can exfoliate their back!) * 100% natural whipped Shea Butter scented with lemon & almond is generously applied to arms, legs, hands & feet.
  • Your hands are comfortably folded on your chest. You’re wrapped completely in an extremely warm cotton/linen mix sheath which has been brewing, literally, in a roaster of lavender, chamomile and rosehips tea bags. A second layer of plastic is applied, to retain the heat, and a third layer, a space blanket of sorts, is snuggly tucked around your entire body.
  • You are now officially cocooned but it’s only the beginning! For the next 20-25 minutes, while your skin is absorbing this entire mix of glorious herb infused butter…..
  • A lighter oil is applied to your face and then massaged into your skin with small, ice-cold stones (remember the flat, super-smooth stones perfect for skipping….) and topped off with a soothing massage to the neck.
  • Now the attention is directed to your feet but this time the stones are larger (even better skipping stones) and warm to the touch.
  • Ah, last but not least, is a cool refreshing spritz to the face of cool lavender and bergamot, an extremely enticing smell not normally found in nature.

The Hydraquench Body Wrap was sheer heaven; it was beyond relaxing, but also very therapeutic. My skin still feels nourished days later. Which reminds me, whatever you do, resist the urge to shower immediately after your Hydraquench treatment. It defeats the purpose of allowing the lingering benefits of all these goodies from reaching deep into your skin.

Also worth mentioning – in the Stillwaters Spa your personal degree of modesty is always respected and accommodated. For my money however, less always seems better in any spa when it comes to covering up (drapes are used on those most private of our body parts).

There’s no doubt that one of Teton Springs Resort’s premier offerings is the 5,000 square foot Stillwaters Spa & Salon, providing lodging guests, and day trippers, an incredible selection of services focusing on relaxation and rejuvenation. Stop by and check out the menu; this spa is so much more than just message therapy. More importantly, everyone deserves to feel this good! Call Stillwaters Spa & Salon @208.787.7250 or toll free 877.787.8757 or you can contact them here.

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Hair Matters – The Stillwaters Spa and Salon

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I’m afraid to watch the news; I’m afraid to not watch the news. I simply can’t get my head, or heart, around this Gulf oil spill. It is truly a gut wrenching feeling, emotional anguish at its core, with no end in sight.  It’s also intensified a thousand times over when you let yourself really, truly absorb the ramifications.  With over 210,000 gallons of oil per day spewing into the Gulf (by conservative estimates), this could easily prove to be one of the most catastrophic environment disasters in history. Then think about what an incredibly sensitive ecological area this is occurring in, now drowning in huge swaths of brown, thick,
How do you help in a situation like this? In other disasters we send money, clothes, or bottled water and what about the thousands who are or will be out of jobs because of this mess. Hopefully the oil company will be writing those big checks! Then the news stories started to surface talking about how human hair and animal fur are wonderful &effective absorbents for oil. It makes sense. So, what can we do as individuals sitting thousands of miles away feeling so helpless? Cut our hair!

TheStillwaters Spa and Salon at Teton Springs is encouraging people to come into the Salon now and during the next few weeks and get a trim.  The nice ladies at the Salon will sweep it up, bundle it up, box it up and ship it out to a company called Matter of Trust.  There, the hair is stuffed into nylon stockings and used as barriers to prevent oil from reaching the shoreline, or, the hair is made into “oil spill hair mats” and placed directly on the slicks. The Stillwaters Spa will also encourage other salons in the region to do the same.  Pretty cool stuff, especially when you consider that over 300,000 pounds of hair and fur are cut daily in the United States.  As a way of saying “thanks” to the folks coming in at this critical time to get a trim, they are offering a complimentary Day Spa pass (steam rooms, Relaxation Room, hot tubs & spa amenities). Call the Stillwaters Spa & Salon today for your appointment: 208-787 -7250 or fill out our contact form.

Hair – our new renewable resource and it’s almost summer so cut yours. They need it more than we do. Guess it’s time to call the kennels!

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