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Recap: Haven on the Lake Wellness Retreat

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It’s rare that I leave the District. As our Bitchin’ and brunchin’ readers live all over Washington, Maryland, and Virginia, we do our best to brunch in different neighborhoods—with varying degrees of success.

I far less inclined to exit the Washington city lines by car for an activity other than brunch, but a recent invitation caught my attention. The request was to attend an afternoon of spa services, water treatments, and exercise classes at Haven on the Lake, a new wellness center in Maryland.

Barre and beauty? I’m in. I asked my friend Emily to join me, and off we went.

Haven on the Lake is in Columbia, Maryland. I’ve been to Columbia once before: to attend Sweetlife, which was a far different experience. On that occasion, I was bopping with the tweens of Maryland. On this one, I was yoga-ing with their mothers.

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The Still Point Spa  is a multi-purpose spa, wellness, and fitness experience that I’d venture is a welcome addition to the area. There is a spa, which offers skincare, massage, waxing and tinting, and all natural nail services—with Deborah Lippmann polishes.

The use of high-quality, customizable and wild-crafted skincare products are just a few of the details that sets the Still Point Spa apart. The spa’s own TOMA Skin Therapies is an all-natural, organic skincare line  with cleansers, moisturizers, anti-aging products and customizable solutions. The holistic collection enlists essential oil tonics to sooth a variety of ailments and cater to every-day skin needs.

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While at the spa, I enjoyed an eyebrow wax while Emily had a massage. Then, we took in a barre class, which was taught by the most enthusiatic woman, Evan. Evan taught a great barre class—and the technique must be working for her: she’d had a baby 9 months prior but was in phenomenal shape.

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The Haven offer barre, pilates, yoga, yoga wall, and hot yoga classes in its studios, which are equipped with full Pilates equipment and heaters that can be adjusted based on the type of exercise. The classes are also offered in the pool.

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Let’s talk about the pool, which is part of the healing environment. This sounds cheesy, but the wet zone was really pretty nifty. There’s a pool, a hot tub, a sauna, a steam room. There’s also a cold plunge, which I would have been grateful for the week prior after y marathon. There’s a tropical rain shower.

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Last but not least, the Haven on the Lake offers the a Himalayan Salt Room, the first in the area. The room is a dark sauna with walls built of bricks of pink seasalt and the treatment is intended to heal respiratory ailments.

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The Haven also offers acupuncture, nutrition consultation, and a host of wellness services. Last but not least, KidsSpace lets mothers leave the little ones in safe hands. And, there are lunch and snack options provided by the Whole Foods upstairs.

It’s an amazing place to spend half a day—get away from the city with your girlfriends to relax, refresh, and renew. It’s also a great option for a health- and budget-conscious bachelorette party, or for an all-girls company work retreat. Emily plans to meet her Baltimore friends there and I think I’ll just go sit in the hot tub with a bottle of champagne after brunch. Sounds holistic to me.

Haven on the Lake
10275 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD

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