Wellness & Spa Weekend
at Bedford Springs Resort
in Bedford, Pennsylvania
Julie Register attended this event in January 2008
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Taking the Waters Womens
Wellness Weekend Bedford Springs Resort, in partnership with Magee-Womens
Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, is offering a retreat
that will feature a line-up of experienced advisors and health professionals who
will offer practical tools for living a balanced life with integrity and purpose.
January 25, 2008
An hour into my drive to Bedford Springs Resort,
I realized that I forgot my bathing suit at home. In order to enjoy the Bedford
Bath Ritual during the upcoming Women's Wellness and Spa Weekend, a bathing
suit was required. I pulled into the first store I saw, grabbed a suit, paid for
it and was back on the road in ten minutes. Sadly, I never had a chance to wear
it. More on that later
hours later, I left the Pennsylvania Turnpike and followed the signs for about
4 miles to the Bedford Springs Resort. The 2,200-acre property, a National Historic
Landmark snuggled in a long valley, sprawled before me. The connected buildings
span a quarter mile from one end to the other. The first hotel was constructed
in 1806 for people to stay and enjoy the health benefits of the seven natural
mineral springs on the property. The hotel was expanded over the years, and its
guests included 10 US presidents. During World War II, it served as a detention
center for Japanese diplomats and was a training center for the Navy. It fell
into disrepair and was closed in 1986. It remained that way until reopening in
July 2006 after an impressive $120,000,000 renovation.
lobby is located in the central Evitt Building. A very large, unique and authentic
39-star US flag adorns the reception area. I was given the choice of staying in
the historic wing or new spa wing. I selected the spa wing. I later learned the
rooms have all been renovated similarly. I was instructed to check in across the
lobby for the Women's Wellness and Spa Weekend where I was welcomed with a glass
of water adorned with orange slices, cucumber and an orchid, a schedule of events,
and a gift.
for the Taking the Waters, A Women's Wellness and Spa Weekend in the Evitt
Building at Bedford Springs Resort at the original reception desk
Program for Taking the Waters, A Women's Wellness and Spa Weekend at Bedford
Springs Resort co-sponsored by Magee-Womens Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh
On the way to my
room, I passed through the Colonnade Building with original windows that had been
inscribed by brides with their new wedding rings in the 1800s and a library and
game room. I passed through the Pool House where historic photos line the hallway
and the beautiful spring-fed pool, originally built in 1905, is housed.
Colonnade Building at Bedford Springs Resort
Hallway Connecting the Retail Shops with the Colonnade Building at Bedford Springs
Springwater Pool at Bedford Springs
Resort was originally built in 1905
I passed the fitness center and retail shops...
finally arrived in the Springs Eternal House and my room which was very comfortable
- especially the bed.
Room in Springs Eternal House at Bedford Springs Resort
in Guest Room in Springs Eternal House at Bedford Springs Resort
The Women's Wellness and Spa Weekend began with spa treatments
in The First Ladies Lounge. Stations were set up for chair massage, paraffin hand
treatments and foot massage. The young esthetician that provided my paraffin treatment
told me that her family worked at the property for generations and that she was
thrilled to have the opportunity to work there as well. We were off to a great
start! At 6pm, we migrated to the adjoining room where hors d'oevres were served
and Veronique Paquet, Springs Eternal Spa Director, started the event with quotes
from Wayne Dyer's Everyday
Wisdom, "You are not a human body having a spiritual experience, you
are a spiritual being having a human experience." and "You create your
thoughts, your thoughts create your intentions, and your intentions create your
reality." She introduced the doctors that would be speaking throughout the
weekend, the chef and other staff members who we would come to know.
begins in The First Ladies Lounge at the Women's Wellness Weekend at Bedford Springs
Resort with Chair Massage, Paraffin Hand Treatments and Foot Reflexology
D'oeuvres were served in the Colonnade Pre-Function Area while Veronique Paquet,
Springs Eternal Spa Director, the event's guest speakers and other members of
the resort staff discussed what the Women's Wellness Weekend at Bedford Springs
Resort had in store.
we dined in The Crystal Dining Room from a special spa menu. I had sea bass which
was delicious. The other entrees looked equally appealing.
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