Using nourishing minerals and herbs, mud, seaweed, and dead sea salt, the beauty experts at Cooper Spa pamper clients with time-tested, natural ingredients; but they’ll also turn to advanced technology when they need to, gently sloughing off dead skin with microdermabrasion tools, swiping glycolic acid onto faces to fade blemishes, and directing microcurrents into skin to firm muscles. Many treatments already include add-ons: hot-stone massages are enhanced with hand exfoliations, eye treatments, and foot soaks complete with rubber duckies, and aromatherapy enhances Swedish kneads and body wraps.
Though it is not far from either Philadelphia nor Baltimore, Cornwall feels a world away from neighboring metropolises, smack-dab in the middle of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Just down the road from the inn, the Cornwall Iron Furnace conducts daily tours of its gothic revival buildings and original blast furnace. In the nearby city of Lancaster, Amish artisans showcase their homespun crafts at the Lancaster Quilt & Textile Museum, which boasts one of the largest collections of authentic Amish quilts anywhere. About a 25-minute drive from Cornwall, the Ephrata Cloister stands as one of America's oldest religious communities, whose original monastic structures are remarkably preserved and open to the public.
Only the trees remember a time when there wasn’t a theater at 200 Pennsylvania Avenue, and, except for that creepy one, they aren’t talking. Built in 1892 as part of the American Chautauqua movement, the playhouse became a local theater company in 1927 and has been staging summer productions ever since—with the exception of one year. In 1994, a brutal winter buried the theater beneath roughly 150 tons of snow, causing the roof to collapse on February 12. Within two days, though, the company had plans to host their shows under a massive tent until a new stage opened in the summer of 1995, proving that Gretna knows the show must always go on.