Chicago: The Spa by Asha at the James
This discreet, three-room Aveda spa makes up with its range of treatments for what it lacks in spectacle. The menu includes a sports massage ($115), a treatment using ingredients from the Caribbean ($120), and a strenuous full-body Himalayan detox ($195).
55 E. Ontario St.; jameshotels.com
Dallas: Spa at The Crescent
Pampering everyone from CEOs and their wives to brides and spoiled teenagers, this Texas-size space at the Rosewood Crescent Hotel is big enough to prevent them from having to mingle. Drop in for a 25-minute upper-body massage ($60) or an acne treatment ($155 for 50 minutes), or spend the day with a trainer, a masseur, and a facialist ($415).
400 Crescent Court; crescentcourt.com
THE FINEST SPAS FOR FOODIES
Farmhouse Inn, California
Seared Sonoma Foie Gras
Produce from the gardens of this Sonoma County inn could end up on your plate—or your face. In the Michelin-starred kitchen, chef Steve Litke dresses roasted guinea hen with sautéed endive and pairs seared local foie gras with house-made brioche; on the inn's private porches, therapists administer apple-and-honey facials and grape-seed-oil massages.
Doubles from $345; three-course dinner, $69; farmhouseinn.com
Stonington Scallop with Garden Tomato and Tomato Foam
At this whimsical retreat in the Litchfield Hills—where accommodations include a tree house, a greenhouse, and a cottage built around a helicopter—chef Chris Eddy whips up menus based on the garden. The dish of the day could be a lardon salad with beets, wax beans, and house-dried raisins, or a local lamb chop with minty raita and crispy samosas. The spa offers an array of massage styles that include Swedish, aromatherapy, Ashiatsu, and herbal poultice.
Cottages from $650, all-inclusive; three-course dinner, $90; winvian.com
Twin Farms, Vermont
Organic farm-raised turkey with local Fable Farm vegetables
on a freshly baked seeded baguette
Dinner choices at this central Vermont resort depend on local producers but will likely include vegetables from Fable Farm cooperative, herbs and mushrooms from expert foragers Les Hook and Nova Kim, cheese from the Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery, and handmade kimchi from a neighbor. (The 26,000-bottle wine list is the only constant.) An obsession with freshness extends to the spa, which uses preservative-free Arcania products.
Rooms from $1,300; twinfarms.com
Cavallo Point, California
Sweet pea ravioli
At this old army fort in Sausalito, the menu at the Michelin-starred Murray Circle restaurant includes buttermilk-poached halibut, rabbit with smoked dates, and braised baby artichokes. The medi-spa offers acupuncture, hypnotherapy, clinical massage, and Chinese Gua Shua.
Doubles from $285; tasting menu, $85; cavallopoint.com
Blackberry Farm, Tennessee
Wood roasted squab with butternut squash, farro, and cippolini onions
At this resort in the Smoky Mountains—with its own cheese-maker, forager, butcher, baker, and chocolatier—rabbit wrapped in country ham, house-ground burgers, and homemade pickles are a few of Joseph Lenn's specialties. And food wonks go nuts when chefs like David Chang come to cook. A spa highlight is the Mountain Spring Mint Mojito, an aqua massage combining mint from the farm with an Aveda rum-and-sugar scrub.
Rooms and cottages from $795, all-inclusive; blackberryfarm.com