Going to the spa is such a treat not only for your body but also your mind. I usually go to the spa for massages or body treatments, but wanted to start the new year with a rejuvenating facial. Since moving to Seattle, I have spent a lot of time researching and reading reviews on spas in the area, services provided and amenities offered. I was constantly coming across Penelope and the Beauty Bar, so I knew I had to plan a day.
I invited my friend Nadia along with me to experience the Penelope Signature Facial and Jade infrared pod session. As we arrived to the Fairmont Olympic hotel, the valet greeted us, and took my car. We entered the hotel, and took a left towards the spa.
A hidden gem tucked away off Icicle Road and from the busy traffic lies the cozy Sleeping Lady Resort. As we drove in through the fog, the resorts sign was revealed like a warm welcome as we approached. This is the resort we chose to stay at for our weekend getaway to Leavenworth, WA. The resort is conveniently located about 3.5 miles from the village.
Leavenworth is a quaint Bavarian town about 2.5 hours east of Seattle. An interesting historical tidbit, the town was originally settled by Germans, however during the 1950’s they decided branding the town German wasn’t ideal with the current climate, and decided to settle with Bavarian.
What the town is most famous for are the Christmas lights which they decorate on every building and tree in the town center. We went on a Saturday evening which was busy and wall to wall with people. A good idea would be to find a restaurant or bar with a view and get there early to snag a view of the lighting without having to fight through the crowds. Another tip is to go during the weekdays and it will be less crowded and the lights will still be on.