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Marion Salon Spa, Salt Point
We based this pick on not only the breadth of services provided, but on the service itself. Marion Morris has been a salon owner for 30 years, creating not only a loyal client base, but a stand-up staff, whom she credits to her success. Her 25+ member team stays on-point with regular Aveda classes, learned knowledges that they bring back to the new 2,600 sq ft salon, which has 12 styling chairs, six color stations, two manicure/pedicure stations, and a spa.
Casa Urbana Salon & Apothecary, Hudson
Take a break from antiquing and visit this charming Warren Street oasis with a commitment to green standards and the environment, both in their products and the services they provide. The apothecary upfront carries premium bath, body, hair, shaving, and home products with an emphasis on hypoallergenic, and sulfate-, phosphate-, and paraben-free alternatives. Expect an inviting array of skin and hair care offerings, fragrances, and candles, from luxury labels. The full-service salon (for women and men) is in the back and is staffed with three master colorists (who also cut and style), an esthetician, and a junior cosmetologist using products from the apothecary.
Barre Fitness Class
Kelly Kendall, Troy
Let’s sum it up: Whole-body invigoration, guaranteed to increase your fitness — and happiness — level. Now located in the rear of a historic 1800s brownstone that houses her hair salon and gallery, Kendall’s intimate, boutique barre classes incorporate Pilates, yoga, and functional training movements for low-impact, full-body workouts with tons of personal attention offered on both drop-in and reservation basis.
Buttermilk Falls inn & spa, Milton
Experience complete relaxation and rejuvenation at this world-class, eco-friendly day spa, located on a stunning estate. You can indulge in luxurious skin, body, and nail care therapies employing plant-based organic products — some grown right on the property; unwind in the solar-heated sauna and aromatic steam room; drink in the majestic view of the Hudson from the glass-enclosed pool; or tour the beautifully manicured grounds. What more could you ask for?
Shapers, New Paltz
Banish bad hair days forever at this super-cute salon that makes everyone feel — and look — like a selfie-ready celeb. With their promise that “your image is our passion,” the talented hair pros here talk first and then snip and color or highlight later, to ensure that your new look really works for you and your lifestyle, image, work and family life, and daily routine. Keratin, extensions, nails, and waxing also offered.
Kaatsbaan international dance center, Tivoli
Valley dancers can hone their steps and stretches with those who are like-minded in lots of places around our parts, but Kaatsbaan is the only center dedicated to education, growth, and the preservation of performing. Set on 153 acres, Kaatsbaan offers weekend to multiweek-length residencies to dance-artists of all sorts, in which they can create, develop, and rehearse. It’s also a dance academy in its own right, offering diverse classes (even Extreme Ballet) and putting on upwards of 24 stage performances a year.
Holistic Healing Therapy
The Salt Den, Latham
Studies suggest that halotherapy (salt therapy) can provide health benefits to those with certain respiratory, skin and muscle ailments — indeed, Eastern Europeans have used it for more than a century. Others say it’s just very relaxing. Experience it yourself — in private or group sessions, with clinical massage therapy available — here in a special “cave” where you’ll inhale mist from walls made of Himalayan salt.
518.785.SALT (7258); www.nysaltden.com
River Rock Health Spa, Woodstock
Massage enthusiasts swear by the Deep Tissue Aromatic Hot Towel Massage provided by the skilled licensed massage therapists at River Rock. Experience up to 90 minutes of body work that will relieve tension and unlock any discomfort by riffing on an intensive, vigorous deep tissue massage and incorporating aromatic, steaming hot towels steeped in soothing herbs and essences. Also available with a less intensive Swedish massage modality.
Local Beauty Products
Fox Farm Apiary, Hannacroix
From hives to hands (and body, and lips); Fox Farm Apiary’s Honeybee products (lip balm, lotion, body scrub, and more) are made from natural substances like honey and beeswax collected from the company’s Valley-based apiaries that work to moisturize, protect, and maintain healthy skin. Testimonials buzz with confidence in these products, but because the ingredient list is so simple, we love how they feel light and continuously nourishing, with a nice, only slightly sweet scent.
845.663.3911; www.foxfarmapiary.com; find their products on Etsy
Hot Yoga Classes
The Hot Yoga Spot, Albany
With three yoga rooms, more than 70 sessions per week, and ample opportunities for discounted rates, this hotspot will ensure enrolling in a class will be no sweat; participating in one, however, is a different story. Classes will test and train flexibility for those at any skill level — each with the thermostat set anywhere from 90° to 105°F. It sounds intense, but what sets this place apart is its ever-supportive and accommodating instructors, who are there to guide you through what most students describe as “life-changing” toxin-flushing meditation.
30 Minutes of Everything, Accord
You can do anything for 30 minutes, right? Serious exercisers, athletes-in-training, and newbies alike swear by “30moe,” developed by Dr. Tanya Miszko Kefer, who has a doctorate in exercise science and gerontology. Disproving the assumption that an effective workout has to be long, boring, and repetitive, she mixes up each small group session with a different combination of strength and agility training, cardio, plyometrics or jumping, etc.
New Barber Shop
Barber and Brew, Cold Spring
This 1920’s-style shop combines two seemingly unrelated (but each finely executed) offerings under one hip, exposed-beam roof: classic barbershop services — like an old-school shave, fresh cut, or expert cleanup — and ice-cold craft brews (if that’s not your thing, there’s wine and upscale snacks, too). Hospitality is at an all-time high and the staff are experts at what they do. You’ll leave with a good buzz regardless of the service you choose.
CrossFit Spur, Glenmont
Beginners, experienced CrossFit-ers, and even kids will find a program at this facility committed to “improve the quality of your life through fitness, social interaction, and community.” A recent addition to Glenmont, this has quickly become the area’s premier fitness facility, featuring trainers who will work on proper movements and mechanics to reduce injury both inside the gym and in your everyday life. They may even challenge you to take up a competition, like the annual Round Lake Games — should you be up for it. Add in the super-clean facility and ample equipment — we’re sold.
Place to Splurge on Mom
Giannetta Salon & Spa, Beacon
You know Mom would love a visit to a salon and spa, but she may think a gift certificate is impersonal. Consider your problem solved at Giannetta Salon & Spa, which offers year-round themed packages that are the perfect way to show your appreciation. Sure, they’ve got a great Mother’s Day option (complete with cupcakes and mimosas), but there are seasonal ones, too, like the Grapefruit Summer Special, which included two package options featuring body exfoliation with pink grapefruit sugar scrub, a steam shower, clay masks, leg and foot massage, and scalp massage. All of this in addition to Giannetta’s full-service menu of facials, massages, body enhancements, hair design, color, waxing, and more.
Yoga with a View
Boscobel House and Gardens, Garrison
What else could win this category? Boscobel’s Yoga with a View is so beautiful, you will be breathless before you begin: Situated on a picturesque bend of the Hudson, the site commands a south and west view of the water — a peaceful backdrop for a workout with experienced teacher Ellen Forman, who’s now in her 10th year doing the program. The weekly sessions are appropriate for all skill levels, so you’ll leave with both your body and soul feeling rejuvenated, regardless of how familiar you are with the stretches.
Izlind Integrative Wellness Center & Institute of Rhinebeck, Rhinebeck
Founded by psychologist and meditation teacher, Dr. Beth Gershuny, Izlind incorporates an integrative approach to health and wellness by addressing matters of the body, mind, and spirit with a collaboration of traditional and holistic modalities. Highly skilled and exceptionally credentialed practitioners offer private treatment sessions — in addition to classes, workshops, and retreats — designed to address a uniquely large scope of issues and help individuals live their best lives.
Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, Rhinebeck
This all-encompassing estate goes above and beyond rejuvenation to help you awaken your senses, unleash your creativity, and commune with stunning natural surroundings of its serene 250-acre campus — including rustic lodging and communal dining. Partake in innovative workshops, conferences, and integrative professional training designed to encourage personal growth, leadership, community, and sustainability, or choose from their 45 massage and facial services.f all this seems like too much, too soon, start by browsing the bookstore or enjoying tea in the on-site cafe.
Hudson Valley Tattoo Company, Wappingers Falls
The experienced, detail-oriented artists at HVTC are not only highly skilled, they’re friendly and patient — two qualities that earn this shop marks that are neck and shoulders above the rest. You’ll feel comfortable immediately upon entering the shop (which, by the way, is clean as can be). And, they’re able to sketch everything from portraits to abstract designs, ensuring you’ll be left with an impression that exceeds expectations.
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