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For the lovers of leisure…

I had a fabulous day yesterday. I cashed in my mother’s day gift, a gift certificate for an entire spa day at my favorite salon in the East Valley, Dolce Salon and Spa. It was an amazing experience. I started with a Swedish hot rock massage, and then a reflexology massage (that’s just for your feet, I think Jason tacked that one on just because he’s tired of my begging for foot rubs), a European facial, then a lovely lunch from PF Chang’s, and finished up with a manicure and pedicure. I felt utterly spoiled.

If you’re a fan of being pampered, like I am, Arizona is definitely the place to be. The desert is a hidden wonderland of beauty treatments. My kids’ Grandma Linda considers The Arizona Biltmore her second home, and she’s not the only one. Crowds flock to stay in their gorgeous rooms, play over-sized chess on manicured lawns where Presidents have played before them, swim in amazing pools with swim-up bars and have treatments done in The Biltmore’s award winning salons. I personally can attest to the fact that their pedicures are far superior to the average salon. My favorite part is when they rub an exfoliant over my calves. It literally gives me the chills. I don’t know why I love it so much, but I really haven’t had that experience duplicated at any other salon. Mmmm….

Ahem, anyway, beyond The Biltmore, Arizona is virtually littered with beautiful and amazing day spas. To name just a few:

Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
The Spa at Camelback Inn

I can personally highly recommend them all. (Yes, yes, I’m a day spa junkie. It’s sad, and I admit it.) So if you’re thinking about coming out here to check Arizona out, make one of them a stop. You’ll be hooked too.

(A boy in my college poli-sci class once told me I have cute feet… what kind of weird pick-up line is that?)

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