Leafy Retreats, Pt 3

by Becca Hensley

Autumn is a season to seek comfort, find balance, face the facts of impermanence and proudly move forward to flourish again—just like the leaves that will resprout on the trees. As an homage to what we’ve been through and an ode to the future, here are spas to support your personal harvest this fall.

Langdon Hall - Cambridge, Ontario, Canada

Amid manicured gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, this country house hotel embraces 75 leafy acres in rural Ontario, just an hour’s drive from Toronto. Constructed by Eugene Langdon Wilks, great-grandson of John Jacob Astor, the Gilded Age estate reflects the grandeur of its era with an impressive main house and inviting grounds. As a member of Relais & Chateaux, it has the requisite memorable restaurant and well-appointed rooms, but its spa stands out as a destination in itself. Stroll along the nearly 10 miles of hiking trails, then settle into the cosseting spa for an autumn-intoned chai, oatmeal and vanilla scrub treatment.

Four Seasons Resort and Residences - Vail, Colorado

Hike an undulating mountain trail in Colorado in the fall, and you’ll likely hear the golden-leafed Aspen trees whisper to you. Known for their mystical quaking sound when rustled by the wind, a group of Aspens is considered a single organism because it shares one root system. Be surrounded by these magnificent trees when you spend autumn days in Vail, a ski resort since 1962, set amongst the White River National Forest. Be pampered at the sought-after Four Seasons Vail, a haven of mountain chic that reflects Vail Village’s European flair. In the relaxing Spa, enjoy a hydrating, inflammation- reducing S’mores Indulgence Facial on the Spa Patio, adjacent to the beguiling pool.

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