Treat yourself to a massage in Sylacauga, Alabama.
By Hope S. Philbrick
I thoroughly enjoyed my time spent shooting a shotgun and touring a golf course at Pursell Farms, a 3,200-acre destination resort in Sylacauga, Alabama, but the truth is: they had me at spa.
A destination spa that’s housed in a cottage surrounded by rolling hills and meadows, located just a 2.5-hour drive from Atlanta, Ga.? Yes, please!
Approach The Spring House for a charming, iconic Southern view: a wide front porch with a classic wood swing and rocking chairs. I could have sat there sipping something sweet and staring at the fountain in the pond just over yonder and felt sufficiently contented, relaxed. But open the doors to the quiet little relaxation parlor and things get even better.
“The Spring House complements our resort in its architecture and setting, as well as the thoughtful services we offer,” said Melanie Osbourn, director of spa services at the resort, in a press release. “We want our guests to fully experience the serenity and sense of well-being at Pursell Farms, and created our spa to exemplify hospitality and comfort.”
Inside The Spring House, the furnishings evoke a private home not a “typical spa.” Cushy chairs, dim lighting and soft music set just the right mood.
The spa has four treatment tables, two in a large room on the main floor and two in separate rooms upstairs. I was invited to lie face down on a table in the large room, after being assured that nobody else would use that other table during my treatment.
I’d opted for the Marblestone Massage ($135 for 50 minutes; $160 for 80 minutes) since it’s a locally-inspired treatment: Sylacauga, Ala., is home to some of the world’s whitest marble—from atop a mountain on Pursell Farms’ property it’s possible to see a quarry in the distance. For the massage, some black stones of varying size are heated and incorporated into the hands-on treatment that mixes long strokes, pushes on pressure points, and effective kneading. The hot stones help melt tension, relax muscles, and quite simply just feels really good.
I left feeling better than when I arrived, the true value of any massage.
The treatment menu at The Spring House offers a variety of massages: reflexology, scalp massage, couples massage, Swedish, deep tissue, and a sportsman’s massage designed for golfers and gun shooters. Aromatherapy can be added to any massage for $10 per oil; options include lemongrass, peppermint, lavender, and eucalyptus.
Whatever lures you to Pursell Farms, adding a massage to your itinerary will sweeten the experience.
The Spring House
Odds of Encountering Children: Very low. Pursell Farms is an adults-oriented destination.
Be SPA-N-TANEOUS Package
$429 per couple*
• Overnight accommodations in a cabin or cottage guestroom
• Two 50-minute Spring House signature massage treatments
• Champagne toast and strawberries in the spa
*Rates do not include taxes and gratuities. Package valid through October 31, 2017, subject to change, and may not be used in conjunction with other promotions, special offers, or discounts.
To book an overnight spa package, please call 256-208-7600.
Early spa reservations are encouraged for weekend stays.
2200 FarmLinks Blvd.
Sylacauga, AL 35151
386 Talladega Springs Rd.
Sylacauga, AL 35151
– Photo Credits: drive and interiors courtesy Pursell Farms; building exterior © HSP Media LLC
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