Harried city dwellers have long fled to the countryside to seek solace, fresh-killed meat, and homespun rust-proofing advice. Take a rural respite with today's Groupon: $199 for a 24-hour stress-buster retreat at Heartland Spa (a $399 value), a health-and-fitness sanctuary in Illinois farm country, 90 miles south of Chicago. This package is available on Wednesdays, Fridays, or Sundays only.
Leave the hectic city behind with this special Heartland escape package. The peaceful feelings will begin as you pull into the spa, located on a former dairy farm in Gilman, a town so small it can be kept dry during thunderstorms by a plastic grocery bag. Once at the spa, you'll be treated to a 40-minute massage and a healthy, home-cooked dinner, followed by a restful night in a rustic room where the lack of phones, TVs, Internet connections, and marching bands virtually guarantees a good night's slumber.
The next day starts with breakfast, followed by your choice of activities, from yoga and dance classes to tai chi and swimming. Or just take a quiet walk around the lake, taking care not to disrupt local truants fishing with cane poles baited with old iPods. Heartland's two-to-one staff-to-guest ratio assures adequate pampering and ample assistance in meeting your trip goals, freeing you to explore the afternoon. When lunch saunters toward your mouth, it will be dressed in low-calorie, heart-friendly cuisine that befits Heartland's commitment to sustainable, practical, and delicious dining.
Check-in starts at 2:30 p.m. the first day (no later than 4 p.m.), and guests must check out at 5 p.m. the second day. May not combine Groupons to add additional nights.
Heartland Spa has been featured by the Chicago Sun-Times and ranked by Gayot as one of the Top 10 Destination Spas in the U.S. TripAdvisors give it an average of four owl eyes, and four Yelpers give five stars:
- It's an ideal getaway for girlfriends wanting to get a jump start on plans to make healthy changes in their lives. – Terri Colby, Chicago Sun-Times
- Many types of exercise classes to choose from - or not if you just want to relax. The massages and salon treatments were wonderful and relaxing. Great place to challenge yourself, relax, or just pamper yourself - or all three. – Fotonut, TripAdvisor
- Another aspect that I really liked was the bonding and camaraderie I experienced with some of the other guests as well as the staff members. It was intimate and personal. – ChicagoGal65, TripAdvisor
A former dairy farm may seem like an unusual place to open a health-and-wellness retreat. Yet in 1983, Heartland Spa transformed one into a holistic spa resort and garnered national attention, due in part to one famous guest: Oprah Winfrey. Surrounded by 32 acres of woodland on a 3-acre lake, the spa has been praised for its "uniquely Midwestern, unpretentious environment" by the Chicago Sun-Times. Its five-bedroom, two-bathroom Carriage House offers a peaceful retreat each evening. And to promote healthy eating, the resident chef creates nutritious meals, such as breakfasts that may include egg-white frittatas, oatmeal, or peanut-butter-and-banana muffins.
Heartland Spa & Fitness Resort’s two-to-one staff-to-guest ratio ensures all guests are supported and pampered as they unwind during their stay. The red barn and surrounding grounds house workout facilities and a spa and salon, replete with an indoor pool. An underground tunnel even connects the manor to the spa barn. Yoga, Pilates, tai chi, cardio kickboxing, and other fitness classes take place throughout the day, and a locker room fully equipped with a sauna and hot tub makes for a relaxing reprieve. Spa services also await, including an aromatherapy manicure or a Swedish massage.
1237 E 1600 N Rd.
Gilman, Illinois 60938Get Directions