The best birthday present ever…

My Mom called and asked if we could have lunch together, one day after my birthday, at the local Indian restaurant we like. I agreed and we all got together for a scrumptious lunch. Then my Mom handed me a fat envelope, which I looked at in surprise. It was too fat to be money and envelopes don’t tend to hold much else. It turned out to be a one night/two day stay at Ste. Anne’s Spa for myself, my Mom, and my two sisters. A girls’ getaway.

My anxiety immediately kicked in. I’d been assured there were vegan options. But what if my breakfast option was oatmeal and bananas, neither of which I liked. I stewed about that one night until I finally fell asleep then woke up and checked their menu online. They don’t even serve oatmeal. I don’t think bananas were on the list either.

I stood outside on the morning we left and stared at the torrential rain. This was so not what I’d hoped for (but was definitely what I worried about).

pouring rain on the way to the spa

Jen might as well have been driving through a waterfall

But luck was with us and the rain stopped shortly after we arrived at the spa. We got dressed in our white robes and bathing suits then puttered around the spa and outside.

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The back view of the spa

It was amazing! We sat in the eucalyptus steam room until we couldn’t stand it anymore then went outside to the hot tub. They actually had three tubs, a hot tub, an absolutely freezing plunge tub, and a bigger cooling tub. Everyone else cooled off in the plunge tub while I enjoyed the cooling tub. And I loved the massage chairs, especially the foot massage!

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My sisters are adjusting the massage settings, not playing on their phones

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Me in the massage chair

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The hot tub in a quiet moment

Soon it was 4pm and we could collect the keys for our cottage. We were staying in the Farmhouse cottage, just a short walk away from the spa. Like everything else, it was absolutely gorgeous.

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The Farmhouse. My room was directly above the front porch

My room had the cutest triangle door…

My room's triangle door

… and sloped ceilings. It had two steps down and I was a bit worried I’d forget about them in the middle of the night but I didn’t. It was so cozy!

my room

I think the hardest part of the meals was the food was all so good, we ended up stuffing ourselves until we were as round and plump as butterball turkeys.

my ratatouille dinner

My vegan ratatouille

I could go on for ages, it was just a wonderful trip, and we did so much in such a short amount of time. I haven’t mentioned our free facials or the spa treatments or the pool or the dalmation spotted great dane.

Great dane in the garden

Look at that wittle face. He’s a 9 year old puppy

We all kept saying, over and over, that there was way more to do than could be fit into two days and that we have to go back. It won’t be soon but maybe sometime in the next couple of years we’ll be walking through the gardens again.

Me, Jen, and Mom

Me, my sister Jen, and my Mom walking to the spa from our cottage

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