Farm-to-table is today's hippest craze. Insert "spa" into the equation and experience a trio of good things simultaneously. I found this to be true when visiting The Inn at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club. he setting is rustic chic. You may browse through a quaint marketplace where you can gram a made-from-scratch breakfast or lunch before making your way to the spa that uses natural ingredients for treatments such as a Wild Lime Scalp Massage or Tuscan Garden treatment using the likes of Atlas cedar, Italian bergamot and Valencia orange clementines.
When my friend Susan and I arrived, there were no airs of pretentiousness that can sometimes make you nervous and uncomfortable. Denise Haddaway, the spa manager, greeted us. Chesapeake Bay Beach Club sole her from a high-end spa in St. Michaels and she is a gem. The changing rooms are finished again in the rustic chic with concrete floors and warm bronze tones.
The relaxation room though, is the spa's crown jewel. Whenever I schedule a spa day with girlfriends, I always ask about i. This is the room where you gather in between your appointments and have the girlfriend time that makes a spa day fun. It is a space to reflect on your treatment and get the true relaxation that comes afterwards. At the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club Spa we found beautifully appointed seating areas. If you come with a large group this is the perfect space to sit together and order a bottle of wine, champagne or lunch. The relaxation rooms also has a patio with French doors that open out to tables and umbrellas. During the warmer months you can lounge outside and relax until you are called for your treatment. There is fruit infused water to keep you hydrated.
For my treatment, I chose the Hot Stone Massage, which costs approximate $180. It lasts 80 minutes and is worth every penny. The hot soothing rocks were expertly massaged by Anna to take away every muscle ached and pain imaginable. Because I am a runner, she massaged the bottom of my feet for an unbelievable Zen-like experience. Susan opted for the Wrinkle Repair Facial, which costs approximately $130. She used the word "serenity" to describe her experience and was thrilled with the spa's line of natural products. Susan has had many facials but remarked that her technician, Jan, added touches such as a scalp, neck, shoulder and back massage, that made this facial especially relaxing. We both opted for a pedicure and I can honestly say three weeks later it still looks like the first day.
If you don't have much time and need a quick spa fix or are in search of a place to hide away for the night or weekend, cross the bridge and take a short scenic drive to The Inn. I have lived in Annapolis and on the Shore for most of my life. The Inn does something much needed in our area by artfully combining old Eastern Shore hospitality and a new modern Eastern Shore luxury.