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these five american cities are at their absolute best this time of year, thanks to balmy temps, blooming flora and great deals designed to entice winter-weary visitors. here are our picks for a getaway that’s equal parts wellness and indulgence.

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Whether you want the serenity of Miami’s beaches or the effervescence of South Beach, there’s always a place to escape.

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What’s NeW exhale Mind body spa, Loews atlanta hotel Opened in September 2010, the new branch of this popular spa is up on the latest revitalizing trends. Guests can work up a sweat in intensive core-based yoga, cycling or Core Fusion classes; ease pains with acupuncture, vibration therapy or cupping; or opt for a session in Atlanta’s first Turkish hammam, which detoxifies the entire body using controlled heat. exhalespa.com City CLassiC the spa at Four seasons hotel atlanta Located on one of the busiest streets in Midtown, the Four Seasons Spa is an oasis famous for its soothing decor, serene ambience and top-of-the-line products like Bulgari and Sodashi. From facial treatments like a Fruity Organic Enzyme Peel (50 minutes, $135) to the private sun terrace for post-treatment

lounging, this spa is all about escaping — and indulging. fourseasons.com top desigN 29 spa at the Mansion on peachtree With exclusive grape seed-based products developed by Lydia Mondavi of the West Coast-based winemaking family, this elegantly appointed spa focuses on skin replenishing and rejuvenation. Opt for such treatments as Right Off the Vine (50 minutes, $125), a relaxing antioxidant massage, or a Knowledge Is Beautiful Class (50 minutes, $125) that gives an intensive look at all-occasion makeup application, accompanied by a wine tasting. rwmansionpeachtree.com hot day spa spa on paces Discreetly tucked away from the city’s hustle and bustle in a private courtyard, this charming, Tus-

can-inspired getaway is known for superb treatments, private relaxation areas and extras like complimentary concierge service. The Rosehip C Soothing Treatment (60 minutes, $99) focuses on reenergizing skin with abundant applications of vitamin C-infused rosehips — perfect for travelers on the go. spaonpaces.com WeekeNd retreat Château Élan, braselton, georgia A mere 40 minutes outside the city, serene Château Élan resort and winery transports guests to Provence, France. Visitors can indulge in cooking parties, classes, wine tours and tastings featuring selections from the 200-acre winery. Other options include relaxing poolside or relishing in a spa day package like the Mums Make My Day (6 hours, $450) — a Champagne, chocolate and caviar manicure, an

antioxidant winery facial and a gourmet spa lunch. chateauelan.com diNiNg parish Food & goods With an eye on sustainability, resident chef Joe Schafer smokes, cures and serves his own bacon, just one of the highlights of the Inman Park eatery’s acclaimed Southern-inspired menu. Pick up to-go items at the in-house market, where highlights include cheeses, po-boys and housemade salami and breads. parishatl.com souper Jenny Locals flock here year round for fresh and surprisingly fun comfort food: The fresh is courtesy of freshly made daily selections ranging from turkey chili to incredible gluten-free, vegan tomato and roasted red pepper delight soups. The fun comes with the compliments of the servers, all members of local theater groups. souperjennyatl.com

shoppiNg estella Celebrity stylist Tameka Raymond brings together both style and comfort in her new boutiques. Estella, set in an original 19th-century home, mixes high fashion picks from top names like Chanel and Gucci with casually chic styles that easily transition from the yoga studio to a night on the town — a nod to the laid-back sensibilities of its Roswell neighborhood. 770-594-3333 estella home Located just across the street, Estella Home feels like the wellappointed and comfortably eccentric home of a friend — albeit one where everything is for sale — thanks to truly lounge-worthy furnishings, gorgeously textured pillows, exquisitely scented Nest and Voluspa candles, and prettily packaged lines of body oils and lotions. 770-594-3333

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gettiNg aCtiVe bicycle tours of atlanta From daytime team-building to evening romance-themed tours, this company based in the Old Fourth Ward truly has something for everyone. Experienced guides lead the rides and provide entertaining insight into city highlights and history. For something different, try the Progressive Dinner Tour, where participants cycle between courses to a variety of top-rated restaurants — a tasty way for exercise devotees and devout foodies to find common ground. biketoursatl.com – Kym Allison Backer
Clockwise from left: Parish food & Goods; château Élan; taking in the area with a 10-mile bike ride; the mansion on Peachtree impresses outside and in; Parish food & Goods' take on wild Georgia shrimp, an atlanta staple.



What’s NeW elysian spa & health Club The 12-treatment-room spa in the year-old Elysian hotel evokes ancient Greece with spacious, bathhouse-style whirlpools and classical statues rendered in mosaics. The treatment menu is thoughtfully restrained, with four styles of massage, four body treatments designed to cleanse, relax, repair or polish, and four facials including a homeopathic variety. An expansive gym, lap pool and beauty salon round out the offerings. elysian hotels.com City CLassiC the peninsula spa by espa The Peninsula Chicago was the first hotel in town to house a luxury spa that would become a destination for travelers and locals alike. The top-floor aerie showcases the skyline setting with a wood-wrapped reception area, fire-lit lounge and a sunny 25-meter lap pool flanked by a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows. ESPA-trained therapists customize each holistic treatment using scented oils you select; the East-West treatment menu melds European beauty methods and Asian spiritual philosophies. peninsula.com top desigN spa @ theWit This 27-story downtown hotel knows how to strike a pose, greeting guests with a Japanese anime-inspired mural and bold geometric patterned carpeting in the two-story, highly social lobby. Loud spa to follow? Fear not. The designers merge their sense of style with respect for serenity. The result is a bespoke fuchsia-and-brown-schemed retreat with four treatment rooms, a reception-area sculpture that resembles a holographic flower and a candlelit

“Whisper Lounge” dispensing white chocolate-raspberry truffle tea pre- or post-service. thewithotel.com hot day spa kohler Waters spa Twenty miles from downtown Chicago in suburban Burr Ridge, Kohler embraces its plumbing cred with a lavish hydrotherapy ritual: The aptly named Circle of Tranquility includes a waterfall-fed whirlpool, steam room, sauna, cold plunge and three showers with pressures ranging from envelop to deluge. Kohler’s signature baths and shower-based body treatments highlight the spa menu, and a tasty lunch menu encourages you to make a full day of it. americanclubresort.com WeekeNd retreat trump international hotel & tower A resort in urban guise, this 339-room luxury high-rise boasts a super-sized spa on the 14th floor overlooking the Chicago River, complete with window-wrapped gym and 75-foot swimming pool. Pampering begins when your “spa attaché” offers a choice of woolly or weightless robes, then guides you through hydrotherapy and helps you choose essential oils before a massage or Kate Somerville facial (60 minutes, from $150). Then slip back to one of 53 designated spa guestrooms, stocked with amenities from yoga mats to soaking tubs and custom pillow menus. trumpchicagohotel.com diNiNg green Zebra Chef Shawn McClain’s extensive menu of vegetarian small plates — potato and spring garlic dumplings, slow-roasted shiitake mushrooms — are perfect for sharing. They're best

complemented with one of the delicious drinks made in-house, such as pink peppercorn thyme soda or iced hibiscus tea. greenzebrachicago.com North pond In a former ice skater’s warming hut in leafy Lincoln Park, chef Bruce Sherman focuses on fresh and sustainable food sources, as local as possible. On the board of directors of Green City Market (Chicago’s sustainable greenmarket) Sherman celebrates seasonal fare — spring is a great time for morels, ramps and halibut. north pondrestaurant.com shoppiNg renegade handmade The contemporary DIY craft movement is alive and well in this gift shop featuring unique handmade items like arty T-shirts, funky jewelry, journals and soaps made by over 400 crafters and artists. Its Renegade Craft Fairs tour the country, but this is Renegade’s only permanent address. renegadehandmade.com ruby room Conveniently located near Renegade Handmade, wellness meets style in this day spa/boutique in boho Wicker Park. Browse for aromatic candles, Arcona skincare products, Senna Cosmetics and chakra-balancing scents, or pick up a tea or tincture at the Chinese herb bar. rubyroom.com gettiNg aCtiVe bike and roll Chicago Rent wheels at either the Millennium Park or Navy Pier outpost and take advantage of 18 miles of path that edge Lake Michigan. The northbound trip can be busy; southbound is a smooth cruise with panoramic downtown views on your return. bike chicago.com — Elaine Glusac

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Clockwise from top left: the Peninsula chicago, a city landmark since 2001; a dedicated healing concierge assists with custom mixtures at Ruby Room’s chinese herb bar; the cozy relaxation room at the Peninsula spa by esPa; looking up in downtown chicago; the new elysian spa & health club is making ripples for its design and treatment menu.



What’s NeW the spa & salon at aria This new darling on the Strip is making a splash with its intimate facilities, reasonable day-pass prices ($30) and unique amenities like the Shio Salt Room and Ganbanyoku Beds (heated Japanese stone beds); coupled with the Eucalyptus steam room, these three details are the holy trinity of detox. The co-ed outdoor pool has amazing views of the Strip. arialasvegas.com City CLassiC the spa at encore A perennial award winner, this spa is grandiose with soaring ceilings and ornate Moroccan detailing. Even the walls of the fitness center boast stunning design. Reverse the effect of drying desert air with a Signature Ling Triple Peel Facial (50 minutes, $200), a cleansing/exfoliating treatment that

performs without the invasive effects of a traditional peel. encorelasvegas.com top desigN drift spa at palms place The uberhip retreat draws design minded spa-goers with its elegant Turkish-style Hammam, set in a large, darkened steam room with light filtering in through holes in the ceiling, like stars in the sky. Couples’ treatment rooms are modern mood makers, with oversized tub, couch and private garden. palms.com hot day spa Jamie Lee Metz advanced aesthetics Victorian decor and stunning chandeliers set a graceful tone, while an unpretentious staff makes guests feel at ease. With more than 25 years of experience, Jamie melds Old

World homeopathy with modern skin techniques for her renowned facial treatments (from $75). She takes a results-oriented approach with her laser facials and nonsurgical facelifts, while also offering a complete program of preventive treatments. jamieleemetz.com WeekeNd retreat red rock Casino resort & spa Just 15 miles from McCarran International Airport, guestrooms here are more spacious than those in town, and the vibe more subdued and friendly. The immaculate spa sports dry and moist saunas, an oversized indoor Jacuzzi and great menu of facials to counteract dry air. Afternoon adventures include exploring the high desert canyon via horseback, biking or kayaking. redrock lasvegas.com

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diNiNg rm seafood at Mandalay palace Fish Without a Doubt author and chef Rick Moonen is a champion for environmentally friendly fishing practices. The Downstairs menu is tasty and casual (try the shrimp corn dogs that got him acclaim when he competed on Top Chef Masters) while the Upstairs five-course prix fix menu is well worth the gourmet splurge. rmseafood.com sage at aria Former Esquire “Chef of the Year” Shawn McClain uses seasonal ingredients in his signature dishes, such as Vancouver Island kusshi oysters with piquillo pepper and tabasco sorbet. Sustainability continues behind the bar; mixologists use fresh fruit purees and homemade bitters, while the wine list shines with organic, biodynamic wines. arialasvegas.com

shoppiNg acca kappa at the Venetian grand Canal shoppes Established in 1869, these luxe botanical-based products from Italy have a strong European following. Now the news is out in the U.S., where Acca Kappa’s subtle scents — white moss, calycanthus, cedar, hibiscus — have attracted a faithful following who subscribe to a “less is more” philosophy. shopaccakappa.com oya eco-Couture at the district at green Valley ranch Owner Cheryl Samlaska stocks long maxi dresses, flirty summer dresses and sexy bikinis by lines such as Loomstate, Stacia Eco Knits, Stewart+Brown, She-Bible and Walleska. Accessories include Smart Glass, a jewelry line that produces pieces from reclaimed glass and old soda bottles, and Maya Moon, which

repurposes leather into handbags. oyaecocouture.com gettiNg aCtiVe Valley of Fire state park Nevada’s oldest and largest state park is located just 55 miles northeast of the Strip. Soak up the stark beauty and panoramic views of the Mojave Desert, including red sandstone formations, areas of petrified wood and 3,000-year-old Indian petroglyphs. At the Springs Preserve, closer to town, meander through 110 acres of native habitats, bird-watch or enjoy colorful botanical gardens. — Charyn Pfeuffer
Clockwise from left: Wading pools at Red Rock casino Resort & spa; sustainable scallops entice at sage; the iconic strip; Valley of fire state Park; aRia’s shio salt Room; Wynn’s ooh-la-la spa at encore.



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What’s NeW rockresorts spa at tempo Miami Opened in January 2010, this 56-room resort in the heart of downtown has amazing views; the suites, spa whirlpool and treatment rooms all overlook Biscayne Bay. Music is the theme here, with some treatments designed around musical theory. Our pick: Harmony, which blends Asain and Middle Eastern techniques via a Thai massage and a Morccan Rose body polish (3 hours, 15 minutes, $300). tempomiami.rock resorts.com City CLassiC Willow stream spa at Fairmont turnberry isle This posh 300-acre resort in Aventura has lots of ways to play, from golf to tennis to jogging paths through the palm-filled grounds. The state-of-theart fitness area offers everything from

private Pilates sessions to group classes. The Willow Stream Spa, hidden away amongst Mediterranean-style columns, enclaves and archways, has an equally comprehensive list of treatments. Our pick: the Revitalizer (90 minutes, $219), which combines the spa’s Energy product line in a wrap, exfoliation and invigorating massage. fairmont.com top desigN spa at Viceroy Miami You can tell you’re entering a world of the unexpected just by driving up the entryway, lined with giant replicas of Easter Island’s iconic moai statues. The whimsy of the Kelly Wearstlerdesigned hotel continues at the Spa at Viceroy Miami, the vision of design icon Philippe Starck. The centerpiece, the Water Lounge, is an uberchic oasis,

where Ghost Chairs and a white sofa sit in a room-length pool with a wall of windows overlooking Biscayne Bay — all topped off with a huge citrus-yellow chandelier. The age-defying Iconic Facial (90 minutes, $275) is a fave of Jennifer Lopez. Extras include a juice bar, redwood sauna and eucalyptus steam room, even a private screening room for parties. viceroymiami.com hot day spa Me day spa This intimate hideaway has just two treatment rooms, but an extensive menu offering everything from facials and massages to beautyminded microdermabrasion and laser treatments. Bonus: It’s tucked behind Lime, a fun outdoor Mexican spot perfect for post-pampering margaritas after a girls' day out. medayspa.com

WeekeNd retreat Canyon ranch hotel & spa Miami beach This 150-room South Beach outpost does customized programs, but for something more structured, try a Weekend Warrior package. Exercise physiologists and fitness instructors take groups through activities like beach runs, strength training and rockwall climbing. Post-workout perks include a crystal steam room, tropical rain showers and a cooling igloo to soothe tired muscles. Menus post nutrition breakdown of every dish, but the resort touches — wine line, plush rooms — remind you that you’re on vacation. canyonranchmiamibeach.com diNiNg Joe’s stone Crab This temple to Florida’s native crustacean opened in 1913. The steamed claws are available in mul-

tiple sizes, and are served chilled with a side of mustard sauce. Complement them with a fresh fish entree, followed by homemade key lime pie. joes stonecrab.com Morgans This Design District locale is a hot spot for brunch. Take a seat on the veranda and enjoy dishes like pillow-light brioche french toast or organic eggwhite omelets with chevre and arugula, while you people-watch. themorgans restaurant.com shoppiNg habit Owner Kristi Gomez stocks topname apparel and accessories at this well-curated Coral Gables boutique. Pick up some Miami-worthy pieces (for a wide range of age groups) from designers like Rubber Ducky, Bianca Coletti, Ark and Co., and Everly. 786-294-0825 Morgan Miller Located on Lincoln

Road, this boutique custom-makes shoes while you wait. Choose your base (kitten heel, wedges or heels) and top it off with a strap in a variety of options from vibrant prints to classic leather; finishing touches include buckles, crystals and beads. morganmillershoes.com gettiNg aCtiVe surfrider Foundation Help to restore South Florida’s native dune ecosystem. After a 15-minute training session, volunteers participate in removing invasive plants and replacing them with indigenous ones. surfridermiami.org — Tara Bradley
Clockwise from left: cruising in style on ocean drive; florida's longest infinity pool at the Viceroy miami; two miami musts — frozen mojitos and hammocks; hotel Victor’s prime spot on busy south Beach; stone crabs, a seasonal favorite.



What’s NeW the spa at talking stick resort Don’t be put off by the casino that draws the crowds to this new resort, opened in September 2010. The spa, located on the 14th floor, draws on the heritage of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, where it’s based. The Desert Lavender massage (60 minutes, $130) incorporates desert lavender and wild chaparral, cultivated nearby by the spa’s “barefoot botanist,” Nick James, and concludes with a brushing of raw pima cotton over your body to soothe your central nervous system and leave skin silky-soft — a better bet than the odds at the blackjack table. talking stickresort.com City CLassiC golden door spa at the boulders The Arizona branch of this wellness classic taps into more than 50 years of spa techniques rich in Eastern and Ayurvedic traditions. The extensive menu offers classic body treatments, massages and facials, along with active experiences like mountain biking or rock climbing, and mind-body experiences from hypnotherapy to chakra balancing — there’s even a do-at-yourown-pace labyrinth. theboulders.com top desigN Joya spa at interContinental Montelucia resort & spa Done in rich jewel tones and intricately carved wood, this Moroccan-inspired spa is visually stunning. Low-lit walkways draw you into the heart of the spa, where you’re invited to pick a jewel representing love, work, wealth, health or family to set your intention for your treatment. Inviting social lounges, whisper rooms featuring memory-foam beds, and opulent balco-

nied treatment suites (one featuring a $22,000 bed) finish out the indulgence. joyaspa.com hot day spa dolce salon & spa At this feminine retreat, treatment rooms are lit by crystal chandeliers and each service over 60 minutes comes with complimentary shampoo, blow-out and makeup retouch with their own line of cosmetics. Try the Dolce Combination Massage (60 minutes, $105), which incorporates hot and cold stones, deeptissue and Swedish techniques, or the Customized Organic Facial (60 minutes, $95) tailored specifically to your skin’s needs. dolcesalonspa.com WeekeNd retreat sanctuary on Camelback Mountain resort & spa The custom Satori Wellness Retreat program lets you choose your three- to four-day itinerary from a host of activities including personal training, Pilates, private hiking and, of course, a plethora of spa treatments. Unwind in one of the specially designated spa suites, which boast extras like separate living rooms with a lava-rock fireplace, outdoor soaking tubs, bath amenities by Red Flower and room service from the resort’s award-winning elements restaurant. sanctuaryon camelback.com diNiNg st. Francis This family-owned neighborhood hangout defies categorization. Chef Aaron Chamberlin serves an eclectic menu using local and seasonal ingredients. The centerpiece of the kitchen is a wood-burning oven, employed to make everything from fresh breads to roasted

meats (the pork chop gets raves). Extra props to the rustic design in a renovated 1950s building on “Architectural Row.” St. Francis also draws locals with an allday happy hour. stfrancisaz.com true Food kitchen This collaboration between Valley of the Sun restaurant darling Sam Fox and health guru Dr. Andrew Weil has two locations in Scottsdale (and one in California) that use local ingredients to create healthy global cuisine. The menu offers vegetarian, vegan, glutenfree and dairy-free choices, focusing on quality ingredients, flavor and nutrition. truefoodkitchen.com shoppiNg amy, inc. Owner Amy Yount outfits locals and visitors alike with her well-curated collection of American designers like Chelsea Flower, Haute Hippie and Elizabeth and James. Travelers will love the cute travel bags from Halsea. amyinc.com Natural territory Modern style meets eco-friendly materials at the independently owned Natural Territory, a North Scottsdale store offering home furnishings and accessories in addition to organic linens, yoga accessories, skin-care products and baby items. naturalterritory.com gettiNg aCtiVe hiking the Valley Spring is prime time for hiking the high desert. Camelback Mountain, 20 minutes from downtown Phoenix, is the easiest option, offering a 2.3-mile trail that tops out at 1,550-foot elevation. Or head northeast to Pinnacle Peak, where a moderately challenging 3.5mile trek offers great views from 2,889 feet. — Dena Braun

Clockwise from top left: camelback mountain, the city’s recreational heart and a fave hiking spot for locals; health meets taste in delicate dumplings at true food Kitchen; serenity awaits behind the gates at the Boulders; the serene main pool at the sanctuary on camelback mountain Resort & spa.

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