Thursday, 01 February 2018 11:30

The Great Indoors: Where to escape from the winds of winter

Written by  Elma Talundzic
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While it’s tempting to hide under the covers and marathon Netflix until spring arrives, we’ve wrangled up a list of places that’ll take your mind off the sub-zero temperatures. From hot tub escapes to sunless tanning, yoga, and arts and crafts, this list might just help you shake your mid-winter slump, all without having to be outside.


The Oasis Hot Tub Gardens

5041 Alpine Ave. NW, Comstock Park, (616) 784-2020

4600 W. KL Ave., Kalamazoo, (269) 372-2020  

Warm up your bones in some soothing 100-degree water at Oasis Hot Tub Gardens. The magical spa welcomes guests to relax in one of its many themed rooms. With more than 10 countries to “visit,” you’re sure to find your ideal escape. Try out the Aleutian room, an outdoor tub with an Alaskan log cabin aesthetic where you’ll watch the flickering fireplace while snowflakes fall around you. Or opt for a more tropical escape with the Borneo Rainforest room, which features a large waterfall. If you really want to escape the cold, grab an indoor room, complete with aquarium and garden.

Bring along a group of friends that need a good unwind or make it a date with your someone special. Each room is secluded with its own entry and dressing room. The only link to the outside world is an intercom to request changes in water temperature. Water purity is also important to Oasis, so you can rest easy — the water is constantly filtered and re-circulates every eight to 12 minutes. 


Grand City Tanning

3095 Broadmoor Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, (616) 288-4999

Get that flawless summer glow in the middle of winter with help from Grand City Tanning. It’s the first spray tanning salon in West Michigan whose goal is to “ditch the bed” and give guests that sun-kissed look without exposing their skin to potentially harsh and damaging rays. 

All appointments include a color consultation by certified tanning stylists who will custom design your spray tan. GCT’s solution doesn’t stain, and all tanning products are gluten- and paraben-free and 100-percent vegan.


Salon 297 Hair & Day Spa

4915 South Harvey St., Muskegon, (231) 799-8130

Aveda’s 297 is home to Oasis Signature Body Spa, Voila Nail Spa, Vivid Color Lounge, Glam Beauty Bar and Salon 297. These five personal care boutiques are dedicated to giving visitors a relaxing and memorable experience, all under one roof.

Start your relaxing getaway with a custom massage at the Oasis Signature Body Spa, where you’ll melt away stress and muscle pain with soothing aromas, massage and custom facials. Then grab a fresh cut and color at Salon 297 and Vivid Color Lounge, followed by a mani/pedi at Voila Nail Spa and a makeup application or skin treatment at Glam Beauty Bar. 

Paired with its expert technicians and high-quality products and equipment, 297 gives you countless opportunities to pamper and express yourself.


Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

1000 East Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, (616) 957-1580

The gardens at Frederik Meijer bring a little warmth in the dreary cold months. While the snow has settled outside, the greenery is always blooming inside. Wander through the arid and Victorian gardens or through the carnivorous plant house for some tranquility. Then step into the Tropical Conservatory, with more than 500 species of plants from five continents. For a moment, the ice and snow of winter will be but a distant nightmare.


The Mud Room

1971 East Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids

(616) 259-7269,

Sometimes the best way to lift your spirits is by getting creative and messy with an art project. The Mud Room has an array of artsy activities to choose from, including pottery painting, glass fusing, clay and pottery wheels, canvas and wood signs. The projects won’t just be pretty to look at — all Mud Room products are non-toxic and safe to use with food, so they have both form and function. You don’t have to be the next Picasso to join in on the fun. Stop by anytime during open studio hours or sign up for one of the events online. 

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