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Walking Over Haddon in The Peak District

I confess I'm a fair weather walker, which means I often want to walk on our holidays, but whether we go is always dependent on the weather. I have a Goretex jacket but it's like a talisman. I own it, but I don't want to wear it and I hope vainly that just by having spent so much on it an schlepping it with me that it's going to ward off the rain! As you can see my travel planning involves a good deal of "magical thinking!" In California our cultural exuberance (paired with low standards) means we shamelessly call anything a "hike"  - as if we've scaled Everest in an afternoon. Here in England I'm not sure I even qualify as a "walker" because that denotes a level of seriousness I've failed at previously. Minimally it means you're wearing boots  and have an Ordnance Survey map (and possibly a compass) in your back pocket. I guess I'm more of stroller to be honest and I've blogged about my strolls all over the world; m…

Spa at Solage Resort, Napa Valley

The Spa is the reason to visit Solage, it's a wonderful facility with pools heated by the natural mineral water that Calistoga is famous for.

In addition to the main mineral pool at the spa (pictured above) there are two separate, gender segregated, clothing optional areas.  As you can see below, the women's section has an enormous jacuzzi. It's wonderful and is warmer than the main mineral pool. I spent a lot of time in here! We visited in the middle of the week in January and the place was empty, fabulous!

There is a eucalyptus steam room and cold plunge in both the men's and women's sections. 

The entire place is very tastefully designed with comfortable seating and waiting areas with magazines, tea and iced water.

In addition to the spa, guests have access to the rota of fitness classes including pilates reformer classes. . This was the first time I had ever seem machine pilates classes offered free to hotel guests. I had to sign up the day before but I went to two 8am reformer classes much to my own astonishment! It was so much fun to ry something new.

Summary: When I think about our winter stay the spa was the main attraction. I soaked in the hot mineral pools for hours, relaxing, drinking tea and then steaming, highly recommended. While I may not rush back to stay here, I could certainly see booking a massage in order to enjoy the spa facilities.

Tip: Our package which was booked through Luxury Link included  access to the spa, this isn't always included in the room rate so check what is included in your booking. At a hotel like this I think it's a little money grubbing to charge guests extra to use the spa though lots of places do it these days.


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