Spa Week, a night away, and a giveaway!

If you follow me on twitter or are a fan or friend on Facebook you may have noticed I had a little getaway last weekend. On Friday night Shannon, Sarah and I headed to Bear Creek Resort for an overnight stay and spa week preview.

It was much needed after weeks of juggling my husband’s volunteer work, my work, his real job, the kids’ school schedules, and oh yeah stitches. (I’m tired just writing that)

We arrived around 7pm on Friday night and we were wowed as soon as we drove up. The fact that Bear Creek is only a short drive from our area is a huge plus, and we really had no idea it was there!

After we checked out the lobby and checked in, we walked to our part of the hotel, and went up to our room. The hotel’s decor was gorgeous. Dark red paint, checkered carpet, stone walls-it was very rustic, mixed with traditional and modern.

Our room was a 3 bedroom loft with 2 beds in 2 upstairs bedrooms, and one king bed downstairs. It also had 3 bathrooms, a bar area, and 2 living rooms. The hotel staff told us it could sleep 12! It would be perfect for a getaway with my family since there is a whole separate floor for the kids.

The best part was sitting in the living space though. We sat down and chatted, uninterrupted by little people climbing into laps, breaking up arguments or mounds of laundry to fold. In a word it was fabulous.

We were treated to dinner at the Bear Creek Grille, and we peeked our heads into one of several weddings that were partying the night away that evening.

The next morning we got up, had a lovely buffet breakfast, and then headed to the Spa at Bear Creek. We were there to preview Spa Week services. We each had a 30 minute massage, a mini facial, and ended with a lovely glass of local wine and a healthy lunch.

The Spa was just as lovely as the rest of the hotel. Very polished, clean, and the setting was so relaxing

The massage was a Swedish massage, so not light but perfect to work out all the kinks in my back and neck from chasing around children, and being bent over my keyboard a good portion of each day. And definitely not as “ow this hurts” painful as the therapeutic massages I get for my neck. The facial was extremely relaxing, so much so I nearly fell asleep! The fragrance of the products was a combination of chamomile and lavender. It was divine.

Spa Week Skinny

While you may not be able to get to Bear Creek, you can experience Spa Week at spas all over the East Coast, in the Midwest, and in Toronto from October 11-17th. $50 spa treatments range from massage to facials and more.

I know all too well that moms don’t take time for themselves often enough, and most spa days run hundreds of dollars. Now you can have a budget friendly spa day without breaking your budget.

While I do think saving money and paying off debt is important, you have to make space in your budget for the occasional treat, and I can’t think of a way I’d rather spend my money than relaxing at a spa!

To find a participating spa near you head to

Win a $50 Spa gift card!

Now is your chance to win a gift card! This $50 Spa Week gift card is redeemable ALL year long (at 1000s of spas nationwide) and it never expires!

How to Enter:
Tell me what spa treatment you would splurge on if money wasn’t an object.

For an extra entry tweet:
“Win a $50 @SPAWEEK giftcard from @centsiblelife!”

UPDATE! For another extra entry follow @SPAWEEK on twitter and leave a comment here telling me you did!

Rules of Contest:
Must be 18 years of age. One winner will be chosen by on October 9th, 2011 at 1pm ET. Winner has 24 hours after receiving email to respond or another winner will be chosen.

Good luck!

Disclosure: I received complimentary spa treatments, 2 meals, and a complimentary stay at Bear Creek.

About Kelly

Kelly Whalen is the founder and editor of the Centsible Life blog. She started the blog 6 years ago as her family faced a mountain of debt. The blog became a resource to readers and a hub for everything you need in life for less. Kelly lives in the Philadelphia area with her superhero husband, 4 awesome kids, and one adorable dog. She still believes you can have it all....just not all at once.


  1. Michelle says

    After a very long and complicated pregnancy I’d treat myself to a Slimming and Toning Mineral Body Wrap :) oriboris at gmail dot com

  2. says

    Dude this would make an awesome birthday present for me! My birthday is Oct 8th. I’d love the works, full body massage and some sort of mud treatment

  3. says

    Dude this would make an awesome birthday present for me! My birthday is Oct 8th. I’d love the works, full body massage and some sort of mud treatment

  4. says

    Dude this would make an awesome birthday present for me! My birthday is Oct 8th. I’d love the works, full body massage and some sort of mud treatment


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