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playAround Town A Sweet Retreat Start the year right with a spa experience that makes winter feel oh so wonderfully far away Welcoming Winter If you're more in the mood for embracing the season, look to Lake Geneva's Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Green Lake's Heidel House Resort & Spa and Kohler's Kohler Waters Spa, where outdoor enthusiasts will fi nd activities aplenty—from skiing and snowboarding to snowshoeing and sledding—alongside deluxe spa of- ferings that promise to warm you from head to toe. When a quick shoulder rub has become a thrill and a long bubble bath feels like a vaca- tion, it's high time to escape somewhere you can unwind from the inside out. Imagine your feet in the sand, an ocean breeze in your hair and the sun warming your soul. Th en imagine having that experience just minutes from home with this sampling of beachy treats from area spas. If the Caribbean is calling, test out Re- juvenation Spa's "Caribbean Body Treat- ment," a full-body masque made from seaside ingredients coupled with a warm water message. Or head to Hawaii with one of the many tropical treatments at Leia's Renu, including the "Hawaiian Escape" body scrub and coconut butter massage and the "Tropical Treat Retreat," which promises nearly three hours of tropical sounds, smells and treatments for an ex- perience that whisks you far away from the wintery world outside. If you'd rather feel like you've arrived in an aromatic rain forest, head to Fitchburg's Kneaded Relief Day Spa and Wellness or New Glarus' Touch of Relief Massage & Spa where raindrop therapy—a sprinkle of essential oils—makes for a massage that unwinds deep down for days. When the destination doesn't matter but getting a seaside reminder does, sev- eral area spas, including Anaala Salon and Spa, Oasis Day Spa or Th e Ultimate Spa Salon offer sea salt body scrubs that leave you feeling like you've been lounging in the sand. Or if a full-body glow is what you're after, try Sundara Inn & Spa in Wisconsin Dells, for a thermal mud wrap using minerals and elements that make your skin smooth and radiant as if kissed by the sun. Whether you head out for an invigorat- ing massage or soothing facial, an hour- long treatment or full day of pampering, sometimes a little getaway is all you need to feel renewed. January 2012 63 Photo courtesy of Sundara Inn & Spa

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