Today's Groupon takes you to a nicely balconied land with freshly laundered sheets, immaculate bathrooms, well-vacuumed carpet, and tiny, tiny shampoos. Book a night at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort & Spa, and see Bedford Springs in all its colors (Bedford Springs has more than half of the colors on the ROYGBIV spectrum, as well as six undiscovered colors visible only to the pure of heart). Often seen lugging his typewriter through the lobby, Bringher is still writing at the breakneck pace of two novellas a week, although his subject matter has become distracted as the years have passed. Here are the last few additions to the MSB oeuvre:
Signature service: Garden Coaching
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Brands Used: Espoma Holly Tone as an organic soil amendment.
Pro Tip: Have a plan of what to cover. Do you want design ideas or to have your plants identified?
The only hotel on Lake Washington, the Woodmark sees plenty of water activity, including boating, kayaking, and hiking. First-time visitors to the lake can get a proper introduction with Argosy Cruises' 90-minute sightseeing cruise, which smoothly floats past houses of the rich and famous, as well as Husky Stadium. Nearby, Juanita Bay Park's wooded wetlands and shallow marshes feature 110 acres of trails and habitats, a place to spot hummingbirds, warblers, beavers, salamanders, and nearly 200 woodland creatures. A 15-minute narwhal-jaunt from the hotel, Seattle's signature coffee shops, imitable seafood, and eclectic museums (including the nerd-centric Science Fiction Museum and the Frank Gehry–designed Experimental Music Project building) represents a sometimes-needed respite from outdoor activities. Pike Place Market is a must for any foodie, as fresh fish and produce, signature chowders, and tasty free samples invade the senses.
It’s easier to connect The Spa Room’s seeming hodgepodge of treatments if you look at owner Mary Szegda. Her background and training includes a master of arts degree in applied psychology, a certification for infant massage instructorship, a massage-therapy license, and training in the Feldenkrais method—a therapy designed to pinpoint and correct habits that can cause shoulder pain and muscle tension.
Together, Mary and her skilled staff, administer Swedish and prenatal massage, aromatherapy treatments, craniosacral therapy, and spa services such as a hand treatment that combines pomegranate cream and paraffin. The staff holds four advanced degrees among themselves, and several of them have experience teaching at the university level. Most of them have served as lead or assistant teachers at local massage schools. In addition, The Spa Room offers a variety of classes and workshops including massage education, infant-massage instruction, and restorative yoga.
Short of creating physical clouds to hold people aloft, Mattress Warehouse stocks almost every imaginable furnishing to help customers catch a few Z’s. Rows of name-brand mattresses from Sealy, Simmons Beautyrest, Serta, and Tempur-Pedic entice customers to replace their worn pad for new bedding, such as a standard mattress, a fluffy pillowtop unit, or a memory foam piece that conforms to bodies. Beyond mattresses, the warehouse also carries an ample collection of box springs, full bed sets with rails and headboards, and even premium futon mattresses that revitalize foldable couches.
If you’re the sort who prefers to let a bouquet of flowers do the talking, this more than 70-year-old family business speaks your language. Filled with beautiful blooms, tropical plants and exotic flowers, York Flowers near Friendship Heights is a Washington standby. Colorful merchandise is displayed throughout the store, while floral arrangers are on hand to craft a custom-made bouquet. The store also sells gift baskets, celebratory mylar balloons and adorable stuffed animals for many different occasions, and the amiable staff really knows its flower ABCS, so they’re happy to suggest the right arrangement for the party. After-purchase care tips are available for most every plant, and York Flowers even does delivery.