Midwesterners are characteristically modest when it comes to boasting, but greatness is literally written all over the region. From Great Plains to Great Lakes and traversed by the Mississippi River, the American heartland has rich traditions of exploration and creation. Native Americans, explorers, pioneers and immigrants have all been drawn to its fertile lands and fabled forests. Today, people visit its thousands of lakeside vacation spots—great escapes from the pulse of city life. Discover the spas of the Midwest to experience a famously friendly welcome, the healing properties of fresh water and fresh air, and uniquely wholesome wellness.
On spring-fed Elkhart Lake, Aspira Spa at the Osthoff Resort is a world away from Milwaukee and Chicago, yet within easy reach. Amidst serene surroundings, the spa’s holistic treatments restore balance and harmony, drawing upon sacred local Native American traditions in signature experiences such as Sacred Waters and Ancient Cedar. Many ingredients for treatments and refreshments are local too, provided by Aspira’s organic garden.
A sanctuary of health and wellness awaits at Spa Shiki at The Lodge of Four Seasons, a luxury resort on Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks. The array of facilities to enjoy along with your spa treatment or fitness class includes a mineral whirlpool, indoor/outdoor swimming pool, steam room, Himalayan salt infrared sauna and meditation lounges. Spa Shiki offers a complete escape.
The WELL Spa and Salon at the Grand Geneva Resort and Spa in Wisconsin – originally a Playboy Club Hotel – is designed to fully engage the senses. Spa treatments combine luscious ingredients with targeted techniques to detoxify and renew. And for total immersion, the Wellness Retreat offers an inspiring multi-day experience of learning to move, eat and be well.
Perfect for family vacations, Crystal Mountain Resort in northern Michigan is a year-round mountain playground. Its Crystal Spa is an elegant oasis inspired by the surrounding natural beauty and the changing seasons. The 18,500-square-foot spa offers massage, skincare and body treatments in a LEED-certified “green building.” Be sure to visit the Mosaic Garden and relax in the outdoor hot tub.
On the shore of Green Lake, Wisconsin’s deepest inland lake, Evensong Spa at Heidel House Resort draws upon ancient spa traditions in a modern setting. Find tranquility under the whirlpool waterfalls, walking the labyrinth or in the relaxation lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows with a woodland view, before or after treatments such as Balinese Massage or as part of a blissful Pure Balance Circuit Spa Package.
Historic Grand View Lodge has been welcoming visitors to pine-forested northern Minnesota for nearly 100 years. Its Glacial Waters Spa enhances your vacation with spa treatments that embrace the healing nature of water. Hydrotherapy treatments include the Serenity Soak and Massage, which lets you relax completely in the hands of spa therapists who’ll guide your journey to renewal.
On East Grand Traverse Bay, Michigan, the Spa at Grand Traverse offers a soothing escape, whether you’re seeking me-time or a group retreat. The spa’s signature is cherry-infused treatments such as the Cherry Honey Glow body treatment that begins with a body polish with cherry concentrate and finishes with cherry hydrating lotion. These unique products add a delightful aroma and contain natural antioxidants to make your skin soft and glowing.