By Elizabeth Thorp and Amy Moeller| July 9, 2015 |
Three retreats provide the perfect respite from the din of the district.
The slower-paced summer months are upon us, and there’s never been a better time to take a health and wellness break, whether you seek a weight-loss and fitness retreat, a day spa haven, or a pampering luxury escape....
Climb Every Mountain
Tucked in the woods of Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, Deerfield Health Retreat and Spa, the only health retreat within driving distance of the DC area, favors health over hype and laughs over luxe. The spa’s charming accommodations are appointed with cozy linens and sunny décor, and the daily schedule offers more than 15 classes, from Pilates to kickboxing. The simple, delicious meals keep your calorie intake around 1,600 a day. There are two state-of-the-art gyms, a heated outdoor pool, a gazebo-enclosed hot tub, and a full-service spa that does terrific facials. It’s the perfect place to get bikiniready or just escape the stress of life inside the Beltway. Three-night weekend rates start at $935 for single occupancy, and include accommodations, meals, fitness classes, Deerfield’s celebrated hiking program, lifestyle education lectures, and more. 650 Resica Falls Road, East Stroudsburg, PA, 800-852-4494
Just about 30 miles northeast of the city in Columbia, Still Point Spa’s mind-body-wellness retreat Haven on the Lake on Lake Kittamaqundi combines lakefront luxury with suburban convenience. Its central location allows visitors to enjoy a little shopping at the Columbia Mall or a meal at one of the many restaurants nearby before taking a break from the day’s errands for a custom massage and rejuvenating facial at Still Point Spa’s newest location. (Guests can even get their grocery shopping completed at the Whole Foods above the spa.) The retreat’s brand new facility also offers more than 16 yoga, Pilates, and barre classes featuring floor-to-ceiling views of the water, an expansive space for lounging by the pool, and on-site child care to ensure your little ones stay occupied just a few doors away. 10275 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia, 410-715-3020
Scheduled to open this summer, The Ivy is an 18-room luxury boutique hotel with on-site spa in the historic Mount Vernon neighborhood. The threeperson development team—including David Garrett, who is known for super-luxe retreats such as The Point Resort on Saranac Lake and Twin Farms in Vermont—has reimagined this Gilded Age beauty, which was built as a private home in 1889. With afternoon tea served by the fire and cocktails poured every evening at 6 pm, guests at The Ivy will feel like they’re staying at the home of a posh and generous friend. Room rates start at $475. 205 E. Biddle St., Baltimore, 443-503-4501