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Healing Therapies

by Evelyn Theiss

Native Americans called Wisconsin’s Elkhart Lake “the chosen spot.”

Whether in crystalline winter, sultry summer or somewhere in-between, this village still qualifies, with a handful of resorts nestled around a lake, amid cedar-lined shores and glacial hills.

Over the decades, the town offered a gathering place for Chicago’s gangsters and gamblers, then to generations of families and road racers. And while Elkhart Lake is certainly in the heart of the Midwest, its restaurants offer a level of sophistication comparable to those in European cities–one that is appreciated by the European visitors connected to Peugeot and Ferrari, who visit for the internationally renowned sports car races and shows.

Just as high a level of quality infuses Aspira Spa at The Osthoff Resort. And so, too, does the spa’s nod to the spiritual traditions of the Native Americans who first populated these shores. The Native Healing Tradition selections–along with healing aromas in quiet, fire-lit treatment rooms–distinguish Aspira. The Wild Chamomile/Ancient Cedar Body Treatment, for example, relies on indigenous plants and herbs. The Cedars Massage also incorporates native cedar, traditionally used for purification and protection. osthoff.com/aspira-spa

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