We went on the hunt for a November Northern Michigan spa getaway and bring you these 5 agendas for perfect pampering this month. From Bellaire to Traverse City, let's get you rested and renewed for the holiday season. Take advantage of November’s sleepy between-season vibe and score deals at these Northern Michigan’s luxury spas (time to round up the gal-pal posse).
Shop and Spa in Bellaire
Plan your gathering around Bellaire’s “Run Bambi Run” event—cheeky deer-season attitude noted. The November 16–17 fest serves up deals and fun like free in-store facials and makeovers and gift wrapping at downtown shops like Sassy Sunflower, Uniquely North and Le French Bulldog Boutique. Enjoy sisterhood chats during dinner and then drinks at Bellaire favorites Lulu’s Bistro and Short’s Brewery. Make your home base Shanty Creek, where the November spa menu features a seasonal chocolate peppermint brown sugar scrub, best paired with a body wrap or massage. Split the room four ways, and rates start at $57 a person and include breakfast (spa treatments separate). Best of all is the quietude. Nabbing a choice spot in front of a fireplace is easy this bridge month between golf and ski seasons. 231.533.8621; shantycreek.com.
Traverse City Spa-cation
Round up three of your besties and qualify for VIP treatment at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa. The group spa coordinator will time your treatments so you can enjoy solitary relaxation in treatment rooms, hang out by the Zen-like fireplace corner and then socialize in areas set aside for fun. For eats, order a Caprese salad or sandwich from the spa lunch menu, and enjoy it in the private spa dining room. Take your pick from the craft brew or spa-tini menus, and then lounge by the hot tub and pool. Book the Women’s Spa Weekend, Nov. 22–24, when, for $255/person (in the hotel, double occupancy), you get a $99 spa treatment, two night’s lodging, two glasses of wine in Aerie Lounge, a buffet breakfast, a spa gift surprise, a fitness class and shuttle to and from the nearby Turtle Creek Casino. 800.236.1577; grandtraverseresort.com.
Two-for-one spa treatments every November on pedicures ($30/person with the deal) and hot stone massages (regularly $140, but this month $70 each), then use your savings to cover your room. 888.976.0903; treetops.com.
Crystal Mountain Resort
The gal pals love a two-fer, so they’ll like this. A “book one, stay one night free” deal that’ll give you and friends plenty of time to sample such tasty seasonal spa treatments as the apple immersion body scrub or fall infusion massage featuring scents of pumpkin and cinnamon. 800.968.4676; crystalmountain.com.
Inn at Bay Harbor
While this one’s a little spendier than most deals, the $460 you’ll lay out for a full feng shui makeover (applying feng shui principles of balance to personal style) with Billy Yamaguchi, celebrity stylist to stars like Jennifer Aniston, Charlize Theron and Julia Roberts is a lot cheaper than a trip to Hollywood. Book the full consultation or a feng shui consultation and cut ($125) at the Spa at the Inn at Bay Harbor. 231.439.4046; innatbayharbor.com.