3 Great Play Places

By Nicole Dorsey Straff / January 12, 2012

for winter sports fanatics
Park City, Utah
Sky Lodge’s “Train Like an Olympian” package offers a wide range of adventurous winter sports: cross-country skiing, luge, downhill skiing, bobsledding and more. The ultra-fit package includes carbo-rich breakfasts, a 60-minute sports massage and a soak in the Japanese baths. At Amatsu Spa, splurge on a purifying Oolong Tea Body Buffer and Wash, which replenishes skin with ylang ylang and lavender oils.


for golfers and tennis players
Palm Springs, California
Tucked against sunburned views of the Santa Rosa Mountains, this 85-year-old 900-room hotel offers access to five of Palm Springs’ best golf courses and a premier on-site tennis club. Greta Garbo and Kate Hepburn, regulars back in the day, would have approved of the updated 23,000-square-foot spa and new adobe casitas. The spa offers eucalyptus-infused pedicures, ginger masques to jumpstart circulation, massages for young athletes and even a dual rubdown alongside your dog.

for bikers
Knoxville, Tennessee
During a three-day bike trip in the Smoky Mountains, you’ll improve your climbing, sprinting, passing tactics and road etiquette while riding nearly 150 miles. A portable bike shop handles repairs, and energetic guides follow in support vehicles. Thirty-minute express massages and farm-to-table meals follow each intermediate-to-advanced ride. Afternoon activities include treatments in the newly renovated spa, shopping, wildflower hikes, and wine and cheese tastings.

Nicole Dorsey Straff

Nicole Dorsey Straff

Nicole Dorsey, M.S. is a travel and wellness expert who earned a Master’s Degree in the health sciences while writing and editing for industry giants, such as The New York Times, Fitness Magazine and Aol.com. Her true passion is adventure travel and her spa reporting has taken her all over the world.
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