Sheila Gallant-Halloran

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A Girlfriends’ Getaway at Ste. Anne’s – Canada’s #1 Spa

Want to take a break from the hassles of work and family? Tired of doing for everyone else, and never taking time for yourself?  Then it’s time for you to getaway. Grab some girlfriends, and head to Ste. Anne’s Country Inn and Spa.

Ste. Anne’s is located in the picturesque setting of the rolling Northumberland Hills, and it’s been rated Canada’s #1 Spa four years in a row in the Readers Choice poll for SpaFinder. Located only 3 hours from Ottawa, or 1 hour from Toronto, it is the perfect meeting spot for busy girlfriends to get away from the stressors of their normal day.

And your care-free journey can begin the minute you leave home. Forget driving. Hop the train, and have a private transfer pick you up to continue to the spa.

That’s what I did this past July.

I hopped the early morning train in Ottawa with my colleague Janet, and we were in Coburg by 9 am. 

Of course, the friends joining us from Toronto got an earlier start. Jennifer, Joanne, Rebecca, and Lynda  were already in their robes, and well into relax mode by the time we arrived.

But it didn’t take us long to catch up. 

All cell phones and blackberries have to be turned off. This is your chance to recharge, and be away from responsibilities such as families, parenthood, and jobs.

A quick flitting through the medical questionnaire forms, and a speedy change out of street clothes, and we were in bathing suits and our robes in no time flat.  

It is definitely a sedate location – peaceful, and wonderful. 

There’s no wonder that Ste. Anne’s has been rated Canada’s #1 Spa for four years running.

We soon were touring the extensive facilities at Ste. Anne’s, which includes saunas, hot tubs, steam rooms, pools, fitness centre, hiking trails, tennis courts and more. What a terrific treat for five travel counsellors to be feted by their friend and GM, Lynda Sinclair.

And, of course, Ste. Anne’s is not just a day spa- it’s also a destination spa.   They have a wonderful assortment of accommodations to suit your needs: whether it’s a girlfriends’ getaway, a romantic weekend, or whatever you need.  There are villas to rent with large kitchens, or you can arrange for the chef to come cook for you.  (There’s even a small reception room for a small wedding group!)

.The grounds are just beautiful. You can spend many hours in their chaise lounges. Or find an empty hammock to rest with your book, or just stay around the pool. 

If you’re feeling energetic, you can go for a walk along one of its many nature trails! 

Did I mention there’s an award winning chef onsite? So, after a luxurious spa treatment of your choice, you can have a terrific meal. Go for another spa treatment, or relax in the hot tub, and then, presto – it’s time for high tea!

What a glorious day!

Let me know if you’d like me to create a custom getaway for you and your girlfriends.

(Thanks for the photos, Lynda!)

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September 16, 2010 - Posted by | Lush Life Food, WIne & Spas

2 Comments »

  1. Sheila, great article! Ste Anne’s has been a girl’s getaway for us for years. Discovered this gem while we still lived in Trenton.

    Comment by Heather Burke | September 17, 2010 | Reply

  2. Did you hike in your robes? Love the hats!

    It is a great place to unwind and get away from it all! My friend Penny and I went and it was wonderful!

    D

    Comment by Denise | September 17, 2010 | Reply


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