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. 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.

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