Chef Stephen Guiseppe relishes a good countdown. In the kitchen of Cedar Hollow Inn, he often improvises his daily specials an hour before the menu goes live, crafting modern American meals to complement his pre-existing plates. These entrees add a gourmet twist to traditional comfort food and pub fare—the buttermilk fried chicken still boasts a topping of country gravy, but it also arrives with blue-cheese-braised kale, and the pan-roasted rainbow trout is dressed in the surprising tang of a vanilla-citrus glaze. Though Chef Stephen doesn't shy from robust helpings of meat—the menu offers lobster, filet mignon, duck, and pork belly—he also pioneers small plates. The bar features duck quesadillas and lamb sliders as alternatives to traditional countertop eats, such as chewable drink coasters.
Cedar Hollow Inn balances its contemporary menu with a historical locale. The building, which was constructed in the mid 1800s, resembles a rustic mansion, lined with wide, gridded windows that fill the archways of the sun porch. Guests can dine there, in the dining room, or at the bar, where trivia and Name That Tune competitions encourage competitive chatter on Tuesday and Sunday. Live music plays in the evenings on Thursday–Saturday, enticing guests to remain after their meals and sample one of many rotating craft beers.
Gateway Bodyworks owner Lisa Firey believes deeply in the power of holistic treatments, as she has seen remarkable results firsthand. When her beloved dog, Porter, came down with an immune disease, doctors attempted to treat the symptoms with Western medicine. She suspected the medicines were weakening Porter’s immune system, so she began to research alternative methods. Soon she was treating her dog with vitamin C, nasturtium, and dandelion root, as well as massage. This method reenergized Porter and prolonged his life. Impassioned by this discovery, Lisa went on to earn a degree in muscle therapy and is now pursuing a doctorate in natural health.
Today, Lisa employs a staff of 20 experts to practice holistic healing methods. Within her garage-turned-spa space, her team focuses on acupuncture, bodywork, and massage. During reflexology treatments, therapists push pressure points on the feet, relieving stress and removing stuck-on shoe inserts. Acupuncturists treat everything from fatigue to autoimmune disorders and suggest herbal remedies. Alternatively, massage therapists use the long, languid strokes of the Swedish modality, and can also alleviate pain related to sports injuries, pregnancy, and postpregnancy. To round out the center, Lisa also set up a yoga studio with classes such as Hatha, Mommy & Me, and Kundalini.
The Desmond Hotel and Conference Center is conveniently located in one of Pennsylvania s most scenic and historic settings Malvern. The Desmond Conference Center includes 11 dedicated conference rooms accommodating groups from 5 to 125. The Great Valley Conference Center offers onsite experienced professional conference coordinators and a complete conference service staff to assist the guests with every facet of their meeting. Additional hotel service in conjunction with the conference center includes a 24 hour business center complimentary high speed access in all guestrooms complimentary wireless Internet in all public areas dry cleaning and laundry service complimentary newspaper and complimentary onsite parking. Guests can enjoy the best in American Regional Cuisine at the Desmond s Hunt Room breakfast lunch dinner and sunday Brunch. Or try the Fox and Hounds Pub for casual lunch and dinner. Seasonally the best in outdoor dining is the Sunset Grille outdoor weekday lunch and dinner from June through August. The fitness center includes an Indoor swimming pool hot tub complete fitness center walking/jogging trail and putting green on property. There are 194 quiet and spacious guest rooms. There are deluxe four poster kingbeds in well appointed rooms with complimentary high speed Internet access. All double rooms have queen sized beds.
Health First Centers encompasses full-body well-being by combining a full-service chiropractic spa and wellnesscenter. Inside private treatment rooms, Doctor of Chiropractic Tom Miles and his staff tend to creaky spines with chiropractic adjustments designed to suit everyone from the consummate athlete to the habitually hunching magician's assistant; in addition, they better interiors through nutritional counseling. Spa services include Eastern and Western-inspired massage, salt rubs, and aromatherapy, which help promote all-over wellness and put guests in a better frame of mind. The facility's decor also aims to soothe with natural elements, such as a salt-water fish tank and an adjoining garden.
Clients can take their experience home with them by stocking up on the health products sold in the wellness center, including nutritional supplements, salt-crystal lamps, and mattresses from Tempur-Pedic and Vivetique Organic. A strong supporter of bettering its clients through education, the center offers a series of yoga, partner massage, and tai chi classes as well as lectures on current health topics to equip patients with knowledge that can help them live healthier lifestyles and pad their acting resumés.
Glow Skin Boutique Spa excels at traditional services, securing awards for "best facial" and "best wax" by CityVoter in Philly. But owner and head aesthetician Kristen Stone ensure that her clients won't endure the annoying trappings of a traditional salon or spa. Clients won’t find noisy hairdryers, boisterous chit-chat, or “snooty spa etiquette.” Rather, her tranquil treatment rooms are a place for total relaxation and unapologetic indulgence. Trained by the International Dermal Institute, Kristen specializes in corrective skincare services for men, women, and teens, from medicated blemish-clearing facials to Jessner peels and microdermabrasion. Though they excel at refining dull, aging, and uneven skin, Kristen and her staff of master aestheticians don’t stop at reparative treatments—they also ready bodies for the beach or birthday suit fashion shows with body waxing and airbrush tans, and savvy therapists loosen sore muscles with relaxing Swedish massages.
At Power Yoga Works, winner of the Suburban Yoga category in Philadelphia magazine's Best of Philly 2008, certified instructors guide aspiring yogis of all skill levels in muscle-toning and detoxifying classes. The studio's focus centers around the power Vinyasa style, a modality that combines deep-breathing exercises with sequenced sets of flowing poses to help to build strength, increase flexibility, release tension, and purge the mind of distracting heavy-metal guitar riffs. Fledgling flexers receive a proper introduction to the fundamentals during four-week beginners courses that teach body alignment and come with a complimentary yoga mat. The schedule boasts copious classes and meeting times, helping students to salute the egotistical sun seven days a week. A warm, spacious studio allows up to 65 students at a time to stretch and bend without disrupting their neighbors' wingspans.