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.

Spa Walden, Aurora, Ohio

Spa Walden, Spas of America

At Spa Walden, one finds relaxation and tranquility combined in the heart of Ohio’s Western Reserve. From your beginning stages of planning to your arrival at the spa, every element of the Spa Walden experience has been chosen with your comfort and inspiration in mind. Enjoy a full-service facility with Vichy showers, personal steam rooms, private wet rooms, and a beauty salon. The resort includes yoga and meditation classes, a fitness center, golf, tennis, horseback riding, and a seasonal outdoor swimming pool. Spa Walden, Walden Resort & Spa, 1119 Aurora Hudson Road, Aurora, Ohio 44202, USA 330.995.9772

Spa Shiki at The Lodge of Four Seasons, Lake of the Ozarks, MissouriSpa Shiki, Spas of America
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. Spa Shiki, Lodge of Four Seasons, 315 Four Seasons Drive, Lake Ozark, Missouri 65049, USA 573.365.8108

Crystal Spa, Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa, Thompsonville, MichiganCrystal Spa, Spas of America
Perfect for family vacations, Crystal Mountain Resort in northern Michigan is a year-round mountain playground. The 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. Crystal Spa at Crystal Mountain, 12500 Crystal Mountain Drive, Thompsonville, Michigan 49683, USA 231.378.2000