I spent 2 weeks at Deerfield this summer and loved every minute of it. It has a relaxed, "bed and breakfast" atmosphere where the guests get to know Joan and her "spa" family, as well as each other. It is in a old farmhouse where the rooms are quaintly furnished and you can get the size that is right for you (single, double). I had a room with a single bed and en-suite bathroom. It was just right for me. If you want a more modern room, you can book into the "annex", a separate building.
I chose to have a spa vacation because I needed a catalyst to get me exercising again and off the sugar and processed foods. I found this one on the internet and it was close enough to the Canadian border (I am from Toronto) that I could drive to it in one day. It was also less expensive than any Canadian equivalent I found, even with the going exchange rate for the loonie.
I was petrified that I would not be able to do without my nightly intake of ice cream and chocolate. I was surprised to find that with the balanced meals and snacks, including a delicious dessert every night, I was not hungry or feeling deprived (though it helped to save my healthy breakfast muffin for my bedtime snack). The food was fantastic and I have managed to continue to make healthy choices now that I am home.
The days were filled with many different types of exercise classes from sunrise hikes to aqua fitness. Personally, being in my sixties and having been away from formal exercise for a year, I chose aqua fitness every day (2 classes per day to chose from) and was introduced to Pilates, which I discovered I loved. The classes could be as easy or difficult as you wanted and the instructors were lovely.
And of course, while there, I enjoyed several massages and a reflexology session. The spa staff were also lovely and friendly.
I would not hesitate to recommend this spa to all my Canadian friends and I am certainly going to make my Deerfield "kick start" program an annual event!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcoming guests since 1979. Deerfield Health Retreat and Spa established itself as a forerunner in the full-service Destination Spa industry. Founded by her mother, Frieda, Joan Wolff now presides over the 12-acre facility. Deerfield Health Retreat and Spa is a friendly, down-to-earth Poconos getaway that wants you to feel good, both inside and out. Deerfield has won numerous awards for its affordability, fitness, hiking and weight loss programs. Deerfield is known for health over hype and laughs over luxe. Leave the grind behind and get back to what really makes you happy! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Deerfield Hotel East Stroudsburg
- Deerfield Spa East Stroudsburg