From travel journalists Fletcher Newbern

Among the 76 countries we've visited so far, we've tried it all: Indian marma massage (the therapist uses the foot), Ayuvedic in Bangkok, even a parkling lot massage by baggage handlers in Myanmar (they were excellent). Follow along and plan your next relaxation getaway, whether just down the street or halfway around the world.

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August 21, 2010

Happily, we were present at the glamorous grand opening of the spa at Asheville, NC’s venerable Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa (GPI) in 2000, complete with outdoor laser-and-music show projected on the ancient rock walls followed by a ballroom extravaganza.

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Not that we really need much of a break from drinking wine, but one should rid the body of toxins now and then, don’t you think? (We still can’t imagine anything that tastes as wonderful as wine does being classified as a ‘toxin,’ but so say the dozens of spa managers...

There was only one problem with our one-night visit to Westglow Resort & Spa before last weekend's Blue Ridge Food and Wine Festival in Blowing Rock: It wasn't long enough; we want to go back. (Update 2018: The wine festival is now, "a celebration...


High Hampton Inn & Country Club, listed on National Register of Historic Places, is a venerable resort that has been drawing visitors to the North Carolina mountain town of Cashiers since 1922. At 3,200 feet, even during the summer months, the air is clean and cool; b...

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