Minnesota Spas Offer Warmth & Relaxation
A relaxing sauna, a massage with hot stones and a plush robe can warm the soul on even the coldest winter day. In Minnesota, a spa retreat is never far away, whether it’s tucked into a lakeside resort or in a posh downtown hotel. Seek out these inviting escapes for your next girlfriends getaway, a romantic weekend for two or some much-needed “me” time.
After a long day on the slopes, skiers at Lutsen Mountains have a new place to relax: WatersMeet Spa and Wellness Center opened this fall at The Mountain Inn. The new spa offers the same treatments and Aveda products as its original location at Lutsen Resort on Lake Superior; heated stones can be added to most services.
Also on the North Shore, Waves of Superior Spa at Bluefin Bay features a paraffin hand and foot treatment and a Hungarian thermal mud wrap for winter. The spa’s signature body treatment uses local resources – wild rice and blueberries – for exfoliation and hydration.
Aromatherapy steam rooms and a whirlpool with a waterfall (pictured at right) are among the amenities at Grand Harmony Spa at the Grand Casino in Hinckley. Try the body butter drench, which features the spa’s signature lavender pine body butter and a heated wrap.
At Grand View Lodge in Nisswa, Glacial Waters Spa caters to the season with a “flavor of the month,” and will feature holiday spice in December and wine-related treatments starting in February. Ask about their newest service, the ashiatsu massage, a Japanese technique in which the therapist walks on your back.
Cragun’s Spa at Cragun’s Resort has a new double spa room to accommodate side-by-side treatments. Seasonal offerings include a cranberry buttercream massage and exfoliating treatment over the holidays and chocolate buttercream for Valentine’s Day.
Darling Reflections Spa at Arrowwood Resort in Alexandria focuses on exfoliation and moisturizing in winter, offering Minnesota-inspired treatments rather than tropical themes. The spa is a popular destination for bridal and bachelorette parties, and even kids birthday parties.
For a relaxing weekend getaway, Copper Door Spa at Chase on the Lake in Walker offers a couples retreat (two nights’ lodging, a couples massage and bottle of Champagne) and a girls weekend package (up to four people in a two-bedroom condo with a choice of 45-minute spa treatment for each guest). Ideal treatments for winter include the signature hydrating body wrap and the hot stone massage.
Enjoy a glass of wine before or after your treatment at The Spa Within, at The Lodge on Lake Detroit. The spa offers seasonally inspired manicures and pedicures; ask about free upgrades when booking your services.
Couples visiting Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen can stay in a king Jacuzzi suite and receive a couples massage at Sereniitee Spa. Complimentary wine and hot cocoa (with or without Bailey’s) are offered in the relaxation lounge.
Minneapolis-St. Paul Area
Located inside Hotel Ivy in downtown Minneapolis, the Ivy Spa Club (pictured at left) is one of the largest in the state. Popular treatments for winter include the Minnesota River Rock massage, which uses warmed stones sourced from a local quarry, and the Hanakasumi body ritual, featuring an exfoliating cherry blossom and rice powder cream followed by a full-body massage.
The Spa at Mystic Lake in Prior Lake invites guests to use the nine-jetted European showers, steam room, and robe and slippers with any spa service, including the Sabai stone massage with choice of aromatic essential oil.
The Stone Mill Hotel & Suites in Lanesboro and Cedar Valley Resort in Whalan offer on-site massages by appointment. For a homier retreat, Quill and Quilt Bed & Breakfast in Cannon Falls offers massages, facials and foot scrubs in its spa suite. Guests are asked to book their spa treatments when reserving a room.
See a full list of Minnesota destination spas on our Spas page.