There are few things that I wake up bright and early for on a Sunday morning — but a facial at the Old Edwards Spa in Highlands, N.C., is one of them.
I was recently invited to head up to the mountains to visit Old Edwards Inn and Spa’s (OEI) latest property, 200 Main. The new hotel is meant to offer some of the luxury amenities that OEI is known for (think heated floors in the bathroom) at a more affordable price point. (And a huge "thank you" to OEI for hosting much of this visit!)
My mom and I arrived on Friday evening to our room with two queen beds, which was outfitted with hardwood floors, cozy OEI decor, Direct TV, and Archive toiletries that I loved the smell of. It was also nice that we could park right outside the door. And there’s also a heated mineral pool for a swim and a fire pit where you can sit and enjoy views of — wait for it — Main Street (hence, the name).
Over the next few days, we enjoyed breakfast at Madison’s at OEI (the garden omelet is delicious!), shopped a bit in downtown Highlands, enjoyed a beer at The Ugly Dog Pub, and saw the wintry wonderland that Dry Falls had become. I managed to squeeze in a hike to the top of Satulah Mountain. And we stopped into the Hummingbird Lounge at OEI to enjoy drinks and listen to the fabulous live music on Saturday night, courtesy of local entertainer, Cy Timmons. (Mom and I had a blast listening to him while we enjoyed the fireplace.) But one of the best parts (aside from getting to spend some quality time with my sweet mama) was my Sunday morning 80-minute Journey to Bliss facial treatment.
Now, I have adored the OEI Spa for years. As a matter of fact, my first FWAB blog post was about a massage at this amazing space. You have access to a steam room, sauna, 14 shower head Swiss showers, a whirlpool, and the most amazing relaxation rooms complete with the best snuggly blankets, chaise lounges, and fireplaces. I also love that they serve Tea Forte teas — my favorites! Easily one of the best spas I've been to in the world.
Jennifer, my esthetician, put a variety of moisturizers, exfoliants, and other potions on my face, pausing now and then to massage my shoulders, feet, and hands (loved that she integrated reflexology and massage into the treatment!). The only part of the facial that was tough was the extraction of the lovely blackheads that cover my nose. And if you’ve had a facial, you know what I’m talking about. I just try to look at it like flossing — I don’t enjoy doing it, but it’s a must.
But after the unpleasantness of the extractions, we went right back to my journey to bliss: an absolute “fit.” And the bonus was that I got to relax, post-treatment, in one of those fabulous relaxation rooms with my Sunday New York Times. The perfect end to a perfect weekend in the mountains.