I am a stay at home mom and have been for a little more than 6 years now. Love my kids (boys aged 6, 4 and 2), really do, but I have to admit that I have been feeling the pull to get away for some quiet time for a while now. I follow a few spa resorts on Facebook because a girl can dream right? And then the best thing happened – Grail Springs Wellness Retreat popped up in my newsfeed with a “Bring A Friend For FREE” special. As luck would have it I convinced my mother that we needed a mother-daughter weekend away so she booked herself a room for 2 nights and I got to tag along completely FREE to renew my sense of sanity away from the little people.
I even booked a few spa treatments for the Saturday of our stay and told the hubby that was my “Christmas present” so he was off the hook. I’ll admit I was a little anxious about leaving my boys, having never been away for more than a night, but I also knew that my husband was more than capable of holding down the fort so I could take off. We left on Friday morning for the 3 hour drive to Bancroft in hopes of arriving in time for lunch and, although it was super snowy, the drive was beautiful!
When we walked into Grail Springs it was like walking into a little castle and I was struck by how quiet and serene it was. Although our room wasn’t ready yet, because we arrived before check in, the staff were so friendly and allowed us to keep our things behind the front desk until things were ready. After our tour we settled into the Great Room to relax until lunch was ready and it was so beautiful, so peaceful and comfy, that I fell asleep almost instantly snuggled up on the huge couch with a cozy blanket wrapped around me. We then had lunch in the intimate dining room – this is not a huge resort, I think I counted just 24 seats in the room. I’ll preface with this; I am not a healthy eater. I am a vegetarian and have been for many years now but I’ll admit I’m more of a “junk food vegetarian” than one that eats a lot of veggies and good stuff. I wasn’t sure how I would like the vegan meals – which are not selected by you, each meal is planned in advance and everyone gets the same thing (minus adjustments for allergies of course). I cannot even adequately describe how good that first lunch was. It was served with an herbal tea (again, not usually a fan) that was refreshing and delicious and I cleaned my plate of my salad and falafel wrap.
After lunch we had a “bonding ceremony for two” that, truthfully, was strange and awkward but oddly enough left me emotional and thanking my mom for the role that she plays in my kid’s lives and my own. Having not had at all a great relationship growing up, this was kinda huge for me and felt like a good “opening” for the weekend. Then we had free time to check out the hot tub which overlooks the lake and I had no idea how gorgeous Bancroft is in winter. Fluffy snow sitting on all the trees, the view was spectacular and again just peacefully quiet while soaking away our troubles in the tub!
The days at Grail Springs are somewhat scheduled but it’s up to the individual what you’d like to participate in and what’s not for you. In the evenings there was motivational speaking and meditation, the mornings had snowshoe hikes through the incredible acreage that’s all part of Grail Springs followed by yoga. And then throughout the day (depending on what you’ve booked) your spa treatments are scheduled in too. I decided to try something different for my treatments so I booked a Colour Therapy Bath with Reiki, a CranioSacral Therapy and also an RMT massage. There were honestly so many choices for different spa treatments that I wanted to choose one of everything just to experience them all BUT the time (and obviously budget) didn’t allow for that!
So clearly this was an incredibly relaxing weekend away and I highly HIGHLY recommend putting this one on your bucket list. From the moment we arrived until we sadly had to leave everything was taken care of. My body felt completely re-energized after a weekend of truly taking care of it with exercise, pampering and amazing food. My favourite part of the weekend was the food – I can’t say enough good things about each and every meal. I can still taste those incredible flavours and, although I generally crave nothing but sweets, I seriously CRAVE those healthy vegan meals still, several months later!
One day I plan on dragging my husband along for a weekend away because although yoga and meditation is not his thing – massages and out of this world food is definitely something he would enjoy too! Maybe I can convince him that this would be a great anniversary trip…