Sublime pampering in Giles County, Virginia.
By Hope S. Philbrick
Book some indulgent me-time at Allure Spa and Skin Health Boutique in Pearisburg, Virginia. You don’t need an excuse. In my case, though, it was a rewarding follow-up to a 30-mile three-day hike on the Appalachian Trail.
This spa is tucked into a little unassuming roadside building (in front of Gearhead Junction). It’s a non-fussy, basic space, but when you step through the front door you’re greeted by smiling faces and pleasant aromas. There’s no sauna or pool to hang-out and relax in before or after whatever treatments you’ve scheduled, but since Giles County is jam-packed with waterfalls and other naturally-relaxing landscape vistas, you don’t really need that. This spa has what you do need: well-equipped treatment rooms, a relaxed atmosphere and top-skilled therapists.
A hot stone massage, a personal favorite treatment, is just one of the massage options; you might favor deep tissue, shiatsu, sports, or another type. Giles County is no stranger to hikers—it’s home to more than 50 miles of the Appalachian Trail plus many other trails in its more than 100 square miles of National Forest. In fact, Pearisburg and the nearby town of Narrows are designated Appalachian Trail Communities where hikers can step off the trail for some R&R and restock supplies before continuing their long-distance trek.
“We see a lot of hikers,” said my massage therapist as she began kneading my muscles. And wow was I the beneficiary of her experience. By the end of the session, my whole body felt relaxed; most especially, my legs and feet felt transformed. I felt ready to hit the trails with renewed vigor.
But first, a facial. Owner Kim Mann treated me to a “Purify and Revive” facial. Without a doubt, this was the gentlest, most effective facial I’ve ever experienced. What’s more, it made me feel like me again after several days deep in the woods. Customized to my individual skin type (sensitive), this indulgent treatment is designed to remove impurities and balance the skin with a deep cleanse, exfoliation, steam, extractions (if needed), a mask and moisturizer.
While working on my face, Kim mentioned that she also offers a facial treatment that many hikers like called facial dermaplaning. The detail about the treatment that stood out for me is that it involves a scalpel. What?!? “It’s very gentle and doesn’t hurt,” she said. “It’s accelerated exfoliation. It removes the outer layer of skin and dead skin cells, evens out tone and best of all removes fine facial hair for better product penetration. You can combine it with another facial which makes it even more effective.” If there’s anyone I’d trust to take a straight razor to my face, it’s her. I may try it next time I conclude a long hike in the area…which I’m eager to do!
The natural beauty of Giles County is reason enough to visit, especially if you want to spend time hiking, kayaking or pursuing another outdoor adventure.
The chance to follow that up with time at Allure Spa and Skin Health Boutique sweetens the deal.
@21plusTravel Tip: Check the spa website for current deals. At press time, the Terrific Tuesday Deal offers a 50-minute massage for $55.
Odds of Encountering Children: Very low.
Allure Spa and Skin Health Boutique
602 Wenonah Ave.
Pearisburg, Virginia 24134
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