Post-wedding bliss at the Lodge at Woodloch

It has certainly been a while since I last posted; planning and getting married takes a lot of your time away from other things you want to do. But, one of the nice things that happens is you get to experience true relaxation at a small mini-moon resort nearby your wedding site. My *wife* and I did just that – we went to the Lodge at Woodloch for a day and a half of jacuzzis, massages, good food, and relaxation.

We arrived on Monday at noon and were greeted by the gatekeeper to the entire complex. By the time we arrived at the main entrance there was a doorman there to take our luggage and store it for us while our room was prepared. We had a guaranteed check-in time of 4pm but it was likely we would get in sooner so we just went to the restaurant for lunch.

At lunch we were given a menu and told we could order any of the items on the list in multiple amounts and there would be no difference in price due to the all-inclusive nature of our stay. The one caveat was drinks: those had a cost, but were not too expensive, even by New York standards. The food was delicious and in reasonable portions so you did not feel gluttonous by the end of your meal.

By 2pm our room was ready and we were finished our meal so we went to relax a bit before our 3pm couple’s massage. We noticed that our bags had already been moved to the room and there was a bottle of champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries there waiting for us – a very nice touch.

We went to the spa for a tour of the facilities and waited in what was called the “whisper room” to await our massage therapists. When they arrived we walked to our suite and spent a wondrous 75 minutes getting our bodies’ tension reduced immensely. When we returned to our room we decided to nap and enjoy the feeling.

Later when we were about to leave for our dinner reservation, I realized that I had been so relaxed I had forgotten my glasses in the whisper room! One of the staff gladly brought it to our room.

The bed was amazingly comfortable and not too cushiony as some (including us) would not like. We slept very well but still woke up early in the day due to leftover energy from our wedding weekend. So we went to breakfast and returned to our room after for more slumber. The food at breakfast was similarly tasty with reasonable portions and there was a breakfast bar with some yogurt, granola, and other food you might desire.

For the last few hours of our stay we used the spa lockers to keep a few necessities around. My wife went for a facial and I read much of the NY Times while sitting by a fire place in their snack room. Then I went to the gym and enjoyed a small workout and the use of their shower facilities. All your needs are taken care of – private shower rooms with mirrors and chairs, towels, bath soap, shampoo, conditioner, shaving needs, etc. By the end of my time in the locker room (or “men’s retreat” as they called it) I was relaxed and ready to go home.

I highly recommend this location to anyone who wants to relax and enjoy themselves solo, in a group, or as a couple’s unit. Their prices are exorbitant, however, so make sure to find one of their deals either online or by calling and asking for one.

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