Don’t worry about packing or planning. Just clear your calendar, hit the highway, dive in, and relax.
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Here’s the deal: After a summer spent boating, gardening, grilling, and gorging on sweet corn at the state fair, you need a rest. So here’s our advice: Try a weekend on Lake Pepin or in Grand Marais, a stay at a Wisconsin spa or an urban retreat. Don’t worry about packing or planning. Just clear your calendar, hit the highway, dive in, and relax.
Relaxation, solitude, and special sand treatments await spa goers at a Wisconsin Dells retreat
By Elizabeth Dehn
SPAS ARE MY THING. All that pampering and purification? Sign me up. Give me a massage and a shot of wheat grass, and I’ll show you a new woman.
The Wisconsin Dells, however, are not my thing. Large, loud family resorts and themed indoor water parks with names like Atlantis and Copa Cabana? Not for me. So it was with more than some skepticism that my husband and I set out for the Dells this past spring to check out Sundara Inn & Spa. I had a hard time believing that total relaxation and the Dells could be anything but mutually exclusive. My husband had a hard time believing any place without Wi-Fi was worth the drive.
From the Twin Cities, we followed a series of kitschy billboards along Interstate 94 to the Dells, where a quiet, winding road led us to Sundara. I expected it to be pretty (sundara means “beautiful” in Sanskrit), but as we approached and the scene unfolded before us, the full impact of the place became apparent. Soaring stone structures appeared to have risen up from the earth and nestled into the densely wooded grounds. At the main building, waterfalls made soothing sounds and an infinity-edge pool flowed like a natural river.