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.

Aspira Spa, The Osthoff Resort, Lake Elkhart, Wisconsin

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.

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.

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. 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.

The Marsh, Minnetonka, Minnesota

The Marsh, Spas of America
Discover a 67,000 square foot wellness sanctuary located on scenic marshlands outside Minneapolis. The Marsh is a place, a business, a staff and a philosophy committed to providing an environment which inspires a healthy attitude toward life. The Marsh integrates architecture and aerobics, nutrition and nurturing to help you balance the mind and body. All facilities are accessible for people with limitations. The Marsh is open to the public, and for those who choose membership.

Spa Walden, Walden, OhioSpa Walden, Spas of America
Discover your own personal sanctuary and romantic Ohio country retreat at Spa Walden. Here, gracious service and thoughtful architecture coalesce in unrivalled hospitality. Spacious suites feature unique designs that redefine quintessential luxury – in human terms. All Spa Walden treatments take place in a private suite so you don’t have to leave your room between services.

Chuan Spa at The Langham, Chicago, Illinois
Chuan Spa, Spas of America
Discover an oasis of tranquility in the heart of The Windy City at Chuan Spa, Hotel Chicago Langham. The soothing setting inspires contemplation and introspection as you embark upon a journey designed to balance the mind, body and soul. In Chinese, Chuan means flowing water. As the source of life, water represents the re-birth and re-balancing of our whole being. Your Chuan Spa journey begins once you pass through our Moon Gate. Like entering a secret garden where one feels a spirit of rejuvenation, your wellness journey nurtures, heals and restores.

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