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.
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
Heading into the spa, looking pretty mellow as is.
Sandra and I
This is just a small glimpse of the spa and what the Scandinavian waters look like.
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
This is a shot of what Blue Mountain ski resort looks like from a distance (about 8 kms away).
More from Blue Mountain Village – they have the cutest, most quaint stores ever.
Dinner was delish – we went to Oliver and Bonacini and Sonja graciously treated us!
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).
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!
Goodbye Blue Mountain, until next time….
And now it’s almost the weekend again! I hope you all are having a great week! 🙂