Best of the Hudson Valley 2008


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Health & Beauty

* denotes Readers' Picks


Hydrotherapy Treatments

Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa
Perched on 70 acres of lush lawns overlooking the majestic Hudson River, Buttermilk Falls Spa offers an incredibly peaceful atmosphere that’s guaranteed to relax even the most wearisome among us. Although they offer a full range of services (including massages that last 60 minutes, not the normal 50), it’s the sublime hydrotherapy treatments that we treasure the most. While each room has its own whirlpool tub, it’s the beautiful glass-enclosed mineral salt pool — the only one in the region — that washes away every last drop of tension.

cartoon illustration of woman doing pilates

*Day Spa

Haven Spa
A day at Haven is like a day in heaven for locals who treat themselves to a variety of facials (they offer skin specific treatments that start with a thorough skin analysis), massages, body wraps (we’re talking mud as well as more-delicious options like chocolate or lemon chiffon body polish), waxing, and more. There are even princess services for the little girls in your life.

*Beauty Salon

Marion SalonSpa
Pleasant Valley
From bridal party packages to Swedish massage; from hair styling, paraffin manicures, salt scrubs, and any other kind of primping imaginable: Marion SalonSpa continually gives our readers the best in beauty.

*Health Club

Mike Arteaga’s Health and Fitness Centers
Poughkeepsie, Highland
Perhaps it’s their two very convenient mid-Valley locations. Or innovative programs specially designed for those who suffer from back and neck pain, or who are recovering from cancer treatment. Maybe it’s their sparkling clean facilities, which include racquetball and basketball courts, pool and sauna, and more than 135 exercise machines. Whatever the reason, our readers once again give Arteaga and Company high marks for helping them stay healthy.
Poughkeepsie 845-452-5050, Highland 845-691-6161;

*Health Food Store

Mother Earth’s Storehouse
Poughkeepsie, Hyde Park, Kingston, Saugerties
This one-stop shop for the health-conscious consumer offers everything from organic produce and homeopathic treatments to all-natural chewing gum. The expanded Kingston store, which opened last February, now has even more products to choose from. Can’t get to the store? The company’s Web site has it all on-line — along with news, recipes, and other tips to help you stick with the plan.
Poughkeepsie 845-296-1069, Hyde Park 845-229-8593, Kingston 845-336-5541, Saugerties 845-246-9614;


Gallery Salon
The Gallery Salon’s fabulous nail services keep Valley residents in need of a good pamper session coming back time and again. So treat your tired tootsies with an invigorating aromatherapy pedicure, or freshen your fingernails with a relaxing spa manicure (which includes a renewal scrub, evanescence soak, and rejuvenating serum for diminishing age spots).

All-natural Spa Treatments

River Rock Health Spa
“Our spa is a place to relax, celebrate, and heal... naturally,” says Babs Moley, creator of River Rock Health Spa, a deluxe spa-treatment facility nestled away in scenic Woodstock. According to Moley, every aspect of the spa “rigorously adheres to natural treatments by skilled and licensed practitioners,” using natural products from skin care specialists Eminence Organic and Aveda. Fruits, vegetables, essential oils, and other natural botanicals heal and nourish through facials, body scrubs, and body wraps, using state-of-the-art equipment. And with River Rock’s extensive service menu, the tired and weary are sure to find comfort in one of the 100 treatments, which are geared toward restoring balance and enhancing rejuvenation.

Way To Spice Up Your Workout

African Dance

African Dance with Assane Badji
New Paltz
Proponents swear that taking classes with Badji, who was trained in traditional African dance and drumming in his native West Guinea, is so much fun they forget how much they’re sweating.

Zumba dance


Zumba with Eileen Bastien
Everybody is doing this fabulous fitness program based on Latin dance and music — and more classes are continually popping up around the Valley. Orange County mom Eileen Bastien, who teaches several classes a week near her home, wins kudos for making everyone feel comfortable as they move and groove.

Rhinebeck pilates

Rhinebeck Pilates
Certified Pilates Instructor Elaine Ewing, who took over this studio in 2007, offers mat and tower classes, private sessions and special packages. But more important than all that, her students rave that she’s patient, knowledgeable — and flexible, too!


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