A January 2005 trip
to Port Gamble by lcampbell
Quote: Port Gamble is a small town on Hood Canel with BIG potential. I predict that with its peacefulness, charm, and location that it will be one of the next hot spots in Washington! The Spa at Port Gamble is a fantastic jump start and look into Port Gamble's future!
Then one spa caught my eye: the Spa at Port Gamble.
Port Gamble was only an hour from my town. I had driven through Port Gamble many times. Frankly, I didn’t see that there was much to it. Some old-style houses, nicely fixed up, and a picturesque white steeple church. There were massive expanses of green lawn, and the town was on the scenic waters of Puget Sound. And quiet, always so quiet. My husband and I had often joked that nobody actually lived in Port Gamble, as we never saw anyone out and about when we drove by.
Sounded like a perfect place for relaxation, the perfect place for a spa.
I called to make reservations for myself and a friend (spas are best with a friend to share the experience!). Normally there is only one staff member on duty on Mondays, but they were very accommodating and brought in their weekend massage therapist so that my friend and I could both have appointments without waiting for each other for hours.
We arrived to find Carol Etherington, the owner, and the massage therapist waiting for us. These ladies were very professional. What I especially enjoyed was the homey atmosphere of the refurbished old house, as opposed to other, fancier spas, which often make me feel uncomfortable.
First, I went with Carol for a facial. This European facial was my first facial of any kind. Carol talked me through the different steps: steaming, enzyme peel, masque. My favorite part was the milk and honey treatment, which smelled like a sweet dream. Carol also gives a great facial massage!
After my facial, I relaxed with some water and took a peek at the new Champagne Hydro Tub. It was big and deep and had maybe 100 jets. It looked divine... I’m not sure how I resisted. I think that those who spring for the $35 ($25 with another treatment) for a 30-minute soak would find it worth every penny.
Next, my absolute most favorite treat in the whole world – a massage! I haven’t had too many massages, but I haven’t had a single one that I didn’t enjoy, this one included. I’m sure the therapist’s hands and arms didn’t appreciate my request for more pressure, but they complied, and I was in heaven. The worst part is when it ends!
Here are the treatments offered at the Spa at Port Gamble:
Classic Swedish Massage: 90 minutes ($99), 60 minutes ($67), 30 minutes ($40)
Massage with Hot and Cold Stones: 90 minutes ($122), 60 minutes ($90)
Deep Tissue Massage: 90 minutes ($122), 60 minutes ($90)
PreNatal Massage: 50 minutes ($67), 30 minutes ($40)
Classic European Facial: 60 minutes ($67)
Deep Pore Cleansing Facial: 75 minutes ($79)
Signature European Facial: 90 minutes ($99)
Teen Facial: 45 minutes ($49)
Glycolic Exfoliation: 25 minutes ($37)
Waxing, Tinting, Champagne Hydro Tub, Body Wraps, Tanning. Haircare
There are also half-day packages, full-day packages, and wedding packages. Check them out at www.spaportgamble.com or email Carol at email@example.com (or give her a call at 360-297-8889).
When my friend and I left, we were given great little gift baskets. I’m not sure if all customers receive these or if they are given after a certain number of treatments or what, but they were very nice, with shampoo, lotion, and lip balm. Oh! And I almost forgot the chocolate truffles!! How could I?? They came from the chocolaterie next door, LaLa Land Chocolates, where the spa staff also recommended a great "high tea" lunch for ladies' day out.
I highly recommend the Spa at Port Gamble to anyone looking for some professional pampering.
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