When we got news of the first major snowstorm headed our way a few weeks back, I was upset. And not just because of my well-documented hatred of snow, but because the approaching storm threatened to co-opt a much anticipated girls’ weekend with my sister at The Osthoff Resort.
Thankfully, even though the snow arrived as predicted, it wasn’t able to scare us away from Elkhart Lake, Wis. (which barely had any snowfall), where we were able to escape the pre-holiday stress for about 24 hours.
The Osthoff is home to Aspira Spa, which we made our home base for the weekend. We immediately changed into our robes before enjoying lunch at the Spa Café, situated down the hall from the treatment rooms and serviced by spa staff. The healthy options like Waldorf Salad and Chicken Salad Sandwich were delicious and filling, without weighing us down for our spa treatments. (We did splurge and order a cheese plate. When in Wisconsin…)
Then it was on to our treatments: my sister went for classic with the Traditional Facial, while I decided to try one of Aspira’s signature services, the Sacred Waters Massage. The massage uses water from Elkhart Lake, which Native Americans believed had healing properties. While I can’t attest to the water’s powers, I can say I left the massage room extremely relaxed and with what I’ve come to call “massage brain.”
But massage brain is a welcome state when you don’t have to make any decisions or get the kids to their activities. Instead, we spent the rest of our day enjoying the spa’s facilities, including a sauna, hot tub and outdoor whirlpool, and catching up on the fashion magazines we never have time to read.
Once the sun began to set, we got dressed and headed upstairs to our impressive two-bedroom suite, which includes a kitchenette, king-sized beds, and all the HGTV we could watch. While we would have been happy enough camping there for the night, we did make our way to The Osthoff’s casual dining restaurant, Lola’s on the Lake. We loved that Lola’s proximity to our room meant that we never had to leave the building and deal with the winter chill outside. Once there, the Butternut Squash Bisque and Lobster Bisque were scrumptious starts to the meal, followed by equally delicious salmon and ribeye steak. (No, we didn’t have room for dessert.)
By the time we hit the road on Sunday, we had all but forgotten the snowy scene we had fled the day before. But you know what makes it much easier to face the reality of shoveling and salting and building a snowman?
That’s right: A girls’ weekend at The Osthoff Resort.