APRÈS SNOW HOW-TO. LESSON 3: SPA PAMPERING

Get some serious TLC at Canada’s top destination spa.

Ste. Anne’s Spa in Grafton (just over an hour east of Toronto) is dedicated to the art of pampering. With more accolades, awards and honours than you can shake a terrycloth robe at, you’d think visiting this property might feel a bit like walking into a shrine. Quite the contrary, Ste. Anne’s is a casual, unfussy, country spa.

Bring your bae, your BFF or just your book because this is the perfect place to catch up on ‘us time’ or ‘me time’.

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TREAT YOUR MIND

A relaxed body is only as good as a relaxed mind, and Ste. Anne’s prides itself on providing a complete wellness experience. Enjoy the sounds of nature on a guided snowshoe outing. Practice meaningful breathing and stretching with yoga and meditation classes. You can even join the stable caretaker for the meditative practice of horse grooming at Ste. Anne’s Farms.

TREAT YOUR BODY

Warm up in the eucalyptus steam room or sauna, and splash between the plunge pool and the heated outdoor Fieldstone Grotto. Seasonal treatments include: the Warm Chocolate Swedish Massage with customized aromatherapy blend of dark chocolate, coconut and peppermint or clementine oil and the Hydrating Hot Chocolate Wrap, a foot to scalp soak and exfoliation.

And yes, both involve consuming chocolate.

TREAT YOUR TASTEBUDS

Rejuvenating really builds up an appetite. Besides the three standard meals, chefs at Ste. Anne’s offer an exceptional afternoon tea menu with a selection of tarts, local cheeses, sweets, scones, tapenades and sandwiches.

Hint: check out their on-site bakery for butter tarts that have recently been added to the Kawarthas Northumberland Butter Tart Tour.

Picture yourself here: getting a massage by the glow of a wood-burning fireplace, snow gently falling outside, hot-chocolate, and fresh, oven-warm blueberry scones delivered to you …

MORE APRÈS SNOW HOW-TOs:

Lesson 1: Dine Well
Lesson 2: Red or White?
Lesson 4: Get Fireside
Lesson 5: The Nightlife

Photo Credit
Featured Photo (Top): Ste. Anne’s Spa
Second Photo: Ste. Anne’s Spa