Before I continue with more branding tidbits, I have to tell you about today’s experience. Two of the four yearly meetings of the Spa Finder Board of Directors take place at spas. This time, we are at the brand-new Lodge at Woodloch. In fact, we are their “soft opening” group, here for three days to enjoy spa services, spa cuisine, and fitness activites in between meetings.
After a three-hour drive from Manhattan (the last half of it scenic), we drove just over the border from New York into Pennsylvania and soon found the sign that said, “The Lodge at Woodloch, a Destination Spa.” We walked into the enormous lobby with very high ceilings and windows everywhere. Although we were inside, it felt as though we were still outside – plants, trees, a view of the lake…Nature everywhere. I had been looking forward to seeing this spa because of who the owners are. Ginny and John Lopis are the proprietors and are well known in the spa industry. They have been in the industry in either operations or as spa consultants and designers for the past 25 years and have built some of the best spas in the world. They have their own spa at last, and I can’t wait to see how they have marshaled their expertise.
We check in, go to our rooms, and then meet once again in the lobby near the singing bowls for our tour. John gives us a gracious welcome and shows us around the entire property. I am so impressed. I change for my first spa service, the Lavender Garden Dream. After 75 minutes of exfoliation, massage, and a wrap (with some surprises incorporated) my therapist escorts me to the Whisper Lounge after my treatment just to relax in a chaise looking at beautiful scenery. That’s where I realize how brilliantly this place has been designed. It isn’t just the two-and-a-half years of construction; it is 50 years of Ginny and John’s expertise that has gone into making Woodloch a “must” for anyone who loves destination spas.
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