As a Mother's Day gift for our mom, my sister and I took her to the spa at Riverwalk Place in Gladwin, Michigan. This is a unique building because condos are mixed in with hotel rooms. It is difficult to describe this set up, so you really must see it for yourself. For a set price per person, you get to stay in a lovely hotel room, a beauty treatment at the spa (facial, pedicure or massage), use of a sauna & hot tub, and $20 to spend in the Riverwalk grill. We went on a Saturday night ($169) but on weekdays the rate is reduced.
Gladwin is located somewhat in the center of the State of Michigan. There is very little to do in the area so it is very peaceful. Riverwalk Place is located on the Cedar River and there is a nice, paved walking path along the river that you can enter directly from the hotel property. If you want a little more action, you can go tubing on the river, which is a very calm float lasting about one hour. The tubing rental is near the Riverwalk property so it is very convienient. Although we did not go tubing on this trip, we hope to do so on our next visit.
If you want to do a little shopping, there are a few boutiques in the Riverwalk building. It was fun to be able to do a little shopping, but not spend all day doing it. For me, this added to the relaxing nature of this trip.
We enjoyed the food at the Riverwalk Grill especially because it was included with our room. For the $20 in certificates we each received, we were able to eat dinner and breakfast the next day!
The three of us had facials at the spa and enjoyed the experience although it was different from previous facials we had at other spas. We also received a free hair care product or lotion from the spa. Cocomango scent, love it!
I would recommend this trip to anyone wanting a very relaxing weekend. I suggest you prepare yourself for a different experience because it is unusual in that there was not a front desk to check in. On the night we were there, there were few people around which added to the relaxing nature of it, but if you want someone to be there to wait on you every minute you may not find that person.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 2015 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Winner Riverwalk Place features overnight accommodations in luxurious suites and hotel rooms; delicious dining at Riverwalk Grill and unique shopping at RW Threads & Chic Boutique along with relaxing salon and spa treatments at Oasis Salon & Spa. ... more less