The Umstead Spa | Cary
‘The experience here is an escape from the world, and you will leave with your soul restored.’ Ok, ladies, so we’re going to start this off with a bang! Ryan and I spent a luxurious afternoon at The Umstead Spa last fall and let me tell you, it is divine. If you’re seeking the ultimate day of pampering, this is it. They offer replenishing and soothing face and body treatments, relaxing massage therapies and mani/pedis. My absolute favorite part (aside from the quiet time) was the outdoor heated pool that sits perfectly in a private spot in the afternoon sun.
Appointments generally book a few weeks in advance, but they do open up spots each Friday at 11 AM that were not taken by hotel guests for the weekend.
bR3 studio | Durham
Before kids, I would daydream about vacations in thrilling, yet exotic destinations. Now, I fantasize about eating a snack alone or a few moments without anyone asking me questions. Don’t get me wrong, I love my kids dearly, but even 5-minutes of silence a day really helps me reset and recharge. So the idea of being 100% relaxed, floating effortlessly in a lightless, sound-proof tub of salt water, heated to body temperature…for 60-minutes, it’s sounds like heaven on earth.
Sensory deprivation or floating helps release and boost endorphins, reduce stress, alleviate anxiety, and improve sleep quality. (And for bonus points, research has shown it to be effective in enhancing creativity, too!) I’ve been dreaming of floating for months now and later this week Ryan and I will finally have the opportunity to enjoy our first float! I’ll definitely keep you posted on our experience, but I have a feeling I’m going to love it!
60-minute $65 | 90-minutes $85 (Mother’s Day special $10 off gift cards)