A Therapeutic Experience In The Catskills

By Patricia Canole

Relaxing and unwinding are essential to giving your body a break when you’re feeling more stressed than ever. Chronic stress is a health hazard. Since it can be hard to chill—especially when family emergencies, work, or other matters develop—why not take a moment to care and treat yourself to a little R&R at a spa in the mountains?

The Catskills have long been a relaxing and therapeutic site. A weekend is an ideal way for some to reconnect with themselves. A part of Emerson Resort, the Spa is fifteen minutes north of Woodstock—an area that is divine this time of year. Surrounded by nature, this 20-acre boutique property in the town of Mount Tremper offers everything from guided hikes to bike rides along its picturesque paths—and The Emerson Spa.

Get ready to recharge when you step through the spa door, which used to be part of a temple. Legend says that once you step over the threshold, all negativity leaves, and positive energy takes over. Spa services range from massages to body scrubs to their innovative skincare system, a series of anti-aging and energizing facials so you can keep the positive vibes going all day long. Other popular treatments include vegan nail care and hot and cold stone treatments. Remember to try a body scrub with their divine seasonal oils.  

The Earth inspires treatments and therapies offered at the Spa. For example, the Spa provides a sublime facial, anti-aging treatment that stimulates cellular regeneration. Visitors might also try unique masks that feature cleansing balms, such as Sacred Nature Mask Repair Solution, which cleanses and rejuvenates. For those seeking a complete energy cleanse and reset, try the Chakra Renewal, a 60-minute crystal reiki session, and a chakra realignment. After your treatments, why not grab a quick refresher at the Spa Bites room, which is open daily?  

The Emerson is near some historic towns. Phoenicia has charm and serves as more an appetizer to the entrée of Woodstock and Saugerties. Here, the bohemian spirit and “Summer of Love” aura is holding on with its galleries, specialty shops and forced nostalgia of tie-dye shirts and tourist souvenirs for those looking to get recapture that decade. The best of the area is the numerous nature trails and waterfalls, visual gifts that have always been there. One such site is Kaaterskill Falls, whose prize of a scenic overlook can be accessed through a pleasant stroll through the wooded pathways. 

The enchanting Emerson Resort mixes rustic chic with modern comforts, reflected in their public areas, and fifty-three spacious yet cozy rooms and suites. With friendly staff throughout the property, don’t be surprised if they know your name by the end of your stay. Named after the famed poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, whose love of nature is captured in his many poems, the resort pays tribute to Mr. Emerson with framed poems and classic books. These items can be found throughout the resort and in the rooms. After all, the Emerson Resort is where the poet himself would have felt inspired—and undoubtedly very relaxed! Dining at Woodnotes Grille, known for its locally sourced menu, is a relaxing way to end the day. There are dog-friendly amenities, and the World’s Largest Kaleidoscope awaits all guests. Like a small village, the resort stretches over a few acres and provides everything you’ll need for a few days of total relaxation.

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “The health of the eye seems to demand a horizon. We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough.” The Emerson Resort and Spa offers various landscapes: those created by nature, those we see with our eyes closed as we indulge in spa services, or even the transporting experience of reconnecting with nature. 


Emerson Spa advises its guests to continue their wellness plan daily for a more balanced life.

Meditate: Whether at the start or end of your day, take five minutes to reflect and breathe. Many great apps guide you through simple meditation practices, which can help you get into a daily routine.
Keep Moving: This is especially useful for office workers and those working from home; avoiding being sedentary all day is essential.
Mindful Eating: It’s easy to consume whatever snacks or leftovers are available at home or the office. Instead, be aware of what you’re putting into your body, incorporate healthy and wholesome ingredients, slow down while eating, and pay attention to when you are full. At Emerson Spa, the Spa Bites menu features Açaí bowls.

Brisk Walking: Find 30 minutes a day for a brisk walk. The recommended 30-minute daily exercise. During this 30-minute brisk daily walk, stimulate your mind by picking up a new audiobook or subscribing to a podcast.
Stretch & Strengthen: When you’re unwinding from the day, practice easy 5 to 10-minute stretch and strengthening exercises, whether via a foam roller or a grounding yoga stretch to heal your body.
Green Spaces:
Even those living in urban destinations can do so through local parks or communal green spaces. This season, take advantage of the daytime sunlight and get some vitamin D.