Girls Weekend 8

Scandinave Spa

We planned our Girls Weekend back in August, just shortly after coming back from Barbados and it was something fun to look forward to months from then.  We usually book it out so far in advance for many reasons, one because some of the girls that join us have children and two, the spa that we go to in Collingwood (Ontario, Canada) is booked 3-6 months in advance.  That’s really the real reason we book so far out.  We try to get together for weekends away from home a few times a year but usually and always once a year. 

GIRLS WEEKEND HAS ARRIVED!!!

Collingwood is a quaint, little town located in Simcoe County in the Niagara Escarpment.  The town has a population less than 20,000 but I imagine it fluctuates quite a bit in the winter season as Blue Mountain is famous for it’s skiing.  We don’t go to ski, mind you, we’re too old and injury-prone for that none sense, but we do enjoy an afternoon at the spa and copious amounts of alcohol that usually don’t get consumed unless we’re each on holidays.

I’m not your average girly girl but I do enjoy me some time away from the norm and I also like spending time at a spa (who doesn’t?).  I think getting away for a day or two allows one to relax and refocus and thus when we all get home, we are better versions of ourselves and family and friends benefit alike.  At least that’s my take on it all.

Every time we plan to go away, Tara takes the lead and does all the booking.  We just settle up with her and well put deposits on massages at Scandinave Spa, this beautiful slice of heaven on earth.  I think it’s my third or fourth time going up to Collingwood and every single time, it’s worth the $145 price tag for a 60 minute massage of pure bliss.  Before we get our massages though, we’re able to use the The Scandinavian Baths, which includes a Finnish Sauna, Eucalyptus Steam Room, Thermal & Nordic Waterfalls, Hot Baths, Cold Plunges & tons of relaxation areas, including some hammocks and chairs to sit in front of various outdoor fires that are set up.

Blue Mountain

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Walking in Blue Mountain Village

Walking in the Blue Mountain Village, looking for something to eat and drink before we headed off to Scandinave Spa

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The ski slope you see in the second image, that’s the “mountain” Tara and I hiked last year and then about 10 minutes from the bottom, on our climb back down, she rolls and ankle and off to the Collingwood Hospital we went.  On this trip, I threatened Tara that under no circumstances was she climbing up that damn hill, not even with soccer cleats. LOL

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Heading into the spa, looking pretty mellow as is.

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Sandra and I

Scandinave Spa

This is just a small glimpse of the spa and what the Scandinavian waters look like. 

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At the spa.  On the left, after I’ve soaked in the hot tubs, sauna and did cold pool dips.  On the right is post-massage looking ready for a nap.  LOL

Post-spa

This is a shot of what Blue Mountain ski resort looks like from a distance (about 8 kms away).

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More from Blue Mountain Village – they have the cutest, most quaint stores ever.

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Sangria Food

Dinner was delish – we went to Oliver and Bonacini and Sonja graciously treated us!

Christmas TreeI just LOVED the Christmas tree inside our hotel.  I thought it was quite pretty and elegant.

Blue Mountain Village at night

Blue Mountain Village at night

Sunday – Back to reality (aka home)

Sunday was home day, with some of us heading home to our husbands and others heading home to their children.  We all had a great time with the exception of one person that always, always finds a way to turn the weekend into a negative experience.  She complains she wants to unwind and then comes up to Collingwood for less than 24 hours.  Yeah, not relaxing in the slightest.  That’s okay though, I wasn’t alone in my resentment towards her this weekend, she was literally pissing everyone off.  And it doesn’t help that I have zero respect for this woman who I know is cheating on her husband and she has two young children and a husband that adores her.  But whatever, that isn’t my story to tell or my life but I’ve always stated if you’re unhappy with your partner, TALK to them, figure your shit out.  Life is too short to be unhappy and miserable in a relationship that you don’t want to be in and if you think you’re doing any favors for your children by staying together, you’re not.  Anyways, that was the only negative to the weekend.  Sandra, Tara, Sonja and I each enjoyed ourselves very much and it was nice to unwind with some girls that I’m 100% comfortable with and have known for a long time (Tara and Sonja I’ve known since I was 16).

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Meanwhile, Jeff sent me these pictures of the boys and naturally, I swooned.

He then went on to tell me that he was meal prepping for the week, doing four loads of laundry and a few other things.  Basically what I was dreading having to do when I got home was already done for me and I came home and literally didn’t have to lift a finger.  It was fabulous!

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Goodbye Blue Mountain, until next time….

And now it’s almost the weekend again!  I hope you all are having a great week! 🙂

Cheers!

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  • A weekend away with the girls and spa days are always amazing…but coming home and not having to lift a finger is priceless!

  • OMG, your pictures, LINDS!!! What a beautiful, picturesque slice of heaven. And I’m so glad that this is a tradition for your friends and that you can leave all the men behind and find your happiness and zen in this kind of situations.

    Sigh at the one girl who came though. Isn’t there ALWAYS one who has to ruin the party?! Ugh. at least you found company in some of your better friends, the ones you really were heading up there with. Sounds like a fantastic weekend. Also this is maybe my favorite sentence in the history of ever. Seriously–everything here just sounds delicious!

    “Before we get our massages though, we’re able to use the The Scandinavian Baths, which includes a Finnish Sauna, Eucalyptus Steam Room, Thermal & Nordic Waterfalls, Hot Baths, Cold Plunges & tons of relaxation areas, including some hammocks and chairs to sit in front of various outdoor fires that are set up.” <Yes. Please. To it all 🙂 XOXO

  • Wow, this looks like sich a wonderful place! Love that it’s a tradition for your and you girlfriends to get away! And coming home to a man who took care of everything is the BEST!!

  • I know, right? I’m not sure what was better, the spa and weekend away or not having to lift a finger. 🙂

  • Collingwood is such a beautiful town no matter the time of year. The fall is particularly beautiful and off season it’s really nice because it’s not bustling with skiiers and snowboarders.

    It truly was such a nice getaway and so needed. I always feel so burnt out by year end.

    If you ever get an opportunity to do baths with cold water plunges, do it. It’s a shock to the system but you feel so damn good and zen afterwards. You literally leave feeling like you’re floating. 🙂

  • It’s such a beautiful and relaxing place and I’m glad we make a point to get away at least, if not, twice a year. I always come home feeling so relaxed. And not having to lift a finger makes me pretty darn happy. 🙂

  • That sounds amazing. The closest I’ve come to this is the Polar Bear Plunge, but I feel like there’s nothing relaxing about that experience–always a great cause but holy hell… THAT HURTS! 🙂 Floating, however, sounds magical 🙂

  • You’re brace girl, that doesn’t sound fun or enjoyable at all. I think my appendages would fall off! Hahah definitely not relaxing but a cool experience.