The Berkshires in Massachusetts have been called the Spa Capital of New England, and for good reason. If you want to hop in the car and get away to beautiful countryside, rolling hills, and fall foliage, you can also stop in one of the many spas for luxurious pampering. Many of the spas in the Berkshires are all about wellness. In addition to conventional spa services, some offer fitness activities, cooking classes, and group excursions.

Essencials Day Spa

If you’re only stopping in Lenox for the day or if you are staying in a local bed and breakfast, retreat to Essencials Day Spa to recuperate from your trip. Sip some tea in front of the cozy fireplace, or relax tired muscles in the expansive sauna. Enhance a Swedish massage with aromatherapy, or exfoliate and rehydrate dry skin with custom-scented lotion. Packages for men and women let you spend the entire day at the spa, with light snacks or lunch included.

Cranwell Resort
Cranwell Resort
This spa and golf club in Lenox gives everyone something to do. Visit with your sweetheart and enjoy romantic dinners of local fare in this 100-year-old hotel. During the day, send the hubby off to play 18 holes of golf on a championship course or enjoy a pedicure created especially for athletes and golfers. Everyone will enjoy the luxury spa and state-of-the-art fitness center. The spa’s Girlfriends Getaway package includes spa and dining credits in addition to coupons for nearby outlets.

InTouch Massage and Day Spa
InTouch Massage and Day Spa
Nestled in the bank of the Green River in Williamstown, this spa offers a natural retreat in a renovated gristmill. Unwind in the outdoor hot tub next to the rumbling river, or take a yoga or stretching class on the deck under the gentle swaying branches of the trees. Get a massage under a wall of flowers next to the babbling brook and gently ease away your troubles.

Canyon Ranch Health Resort
Canyon Ranch Health Resort

This 100,000-square-foot complex is the largest in Lenox, Massachusetts. A majestic mansion overlooking the Berkshire forests, Canyon Ranch is an all-inclusive place to rejuvenate your spirit. In addition to massages and facials, the resort offers all sorts of classes, from nutrition and cooking to water fitness and art. Outdoor group activities such as hiking, kayaking, a high ropes challenge course, and mountain biking are available at no extra charge. Don’t expect to whittle away your waistline while you’re there, though. The award-winning cuisine is healthy, yet delicious. If you always thought health food was boring and tasteless, you’ll be surprised.

Mepal Manor and Spa

This private English-style country manor house has been transformed into an intimate spa and hotel. The guesthouse is secluded and cozy, with 12 guest rooms and an impressive great hall with a large fireplace and outdoor terrace. The spa and salon offer spacious treatment rooms, a laid-back lounging room, steam rooms, and a hot tub. The Moroccan-influenced design of the salon gives guests the feeling of exotic luxury while they are being pampered. Yoga classes allow you to stretch your muscles and relax your mind on weekend mornings.

If you’re driving through the Berkshires, you can stay at one of these luxury spa resorts or in a lovely bed and breakfast. When you’re not getting pampered, take advantage of the rich cultural attractions offered in the area. See a play at the Barrington Stage Company or experience the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the Tanglewood Music Center.
Waconah Falls in the Berkshires
Photo credits: Waconah Falls in the Berkshires by Steve Heap; Cranwell Resort by V. Smoothe

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