Sweet Relief

Luxe locales to soothe your pain

Nov 1, 2001
Outside Magazine

Stoned at Red Mountain

Bearskin Lodge
Winters mean cross-country skiing in the expansive Boundary Waters Wilderness, and summers mean hauling yourself across the same region by canoe. Sore legs or sore arms—either way, a professional massage awaits. Lowdown: rooms, $103 to $348; 800-338-4170, www.bearskin.com. Rubdown: $60 per hour.

The Spa at Chateau Whistler
At this full-service luxury spa in North America's hard-core skiing mecca, rub shoulders with cricket players and aristocrats who nip into the forest for a bracing round of falconry. Enjoy luxuries ranging from a Papaya Enzyme Bath to a deluxe massage. Lowdown: rooms, $180-$1,000; 800-401-4018, www.spaatchateauwhistler.com. Rubdown: $85 per hour.
Lodge at Moosehead Lake
Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are popular winter pastimes at this restored 84-year-old hunting lodge, but the true passion here is snowmobiling. Ach, another buttocks rub, please! In summer, after canoeing Moosehead Lake or rafting the Penobscot River, the massages are less cheeky, but still necessary. Lowdown: rooms, $145 to $425; 207-695-4400, www.lodgeat mooseheadlake.com. Rubdown: $75 per hour.

Red Mountain
Situated between the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and Bryce and Zion National Parks, Red Mountain bills itself as "the" adventure spa. But of course. Enjoy hundreds of miles of park trails by day; soak up seaweed wraps and hot-stone massages by night. Lowdown: rooms, $500 and up for four days; 800-407-3002, www.redmountainspa.com. Rubdown: $65 per hour.

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