Soothing. Purifying. Relaxing. The fountain of youth has been found. If you’re in need of some pampering for a special occasion or just because you deserve it, your search ends at La Fontaine Aesthetics where you journey of solace and relaxation begins in their Zen-inspired spa. An entire day is easily spent in the downy folds of the bathrobe awaiting you in your locker upon check-in. However, to round out your experience, indulge your palate with a wine tasting and sumptuous dinner.
When the elevator opens into the penthouse suite of La Fontaine every sense will tingle as you begin your perfect day of pampering in Denver. Decorated and furnished in the reds and golds reminiscent of long-ago Asian dynasties, the lobby is warm and welcoming. In the corner, a water feature bubbles and gurgles peacefully. A friendly smile and handshake from the receptionist greet you, as will a glass of cool cucumber water while you being check in.
Once wrapped in your robe, you’ll be shown to the Zen lounge to relax in blissful anticipation of your treatments. Decorated with the same hues of red and gold found in the lobby- luscious bolts of fabric billow across the ceiling and bamboo mats cover the floor- the Zen lounge is a calming place to begin your spa experience.
La Fontaine offers an impressive number of services, and at this time of year there is no better way help reverse the effects of Colorado’s dry climate than the Moisture Drench facial that gently steams and peels away winter while renewing and rejuvenating your complexion. Or indulge with their signature White Orchid facial that has received several “Best Of” awards. Combined with a Bamboo Lemongrass Scrub and a Zen Garden Hot Stone Massage, you’ll be left feeling rejuvenated, invigorated, and ready to continue your perfect day with a nearby wine tasting.
The Vineyard Wine Shop is a full service shop boasting a cellar that holds thousands of bottles of wine from a variety of regions, varietals, vintages, and price points. Products such as wine goblets, openers, carafes, and other accessories; books; and gift baskets, as well as a wine of the month club are also available. They host wine tastings every Friday and Saturday afternoon between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Stop in to sample up to four different wines and hear about their origins, cultivation, and fermentation from experts at the store.
After your wine tasting, explore Fillmore Plaza; a 16 block, pedestrian-friendly plaza lined with a wonderfully diverse array of boutique shops, art galleries, and restaurants. Depending on the season, you might encounter an ice skating rink in the winter, a portion of the Film on Fillmore series during the summer, or the Cherry Creek Art Festival usually held in early July.
End your perfect day with dinner at North. This restaurant features an Italian menu including delicious antipasti choices; pizzas; pastas; several different selections of meat, fish, and poultry; as well as desserts. And of course, what would an Italian restaurant be without a full-sized wine menu. Prolong your day of pampering and relaxation with a fruit-infused bellini or glass of deep, smoky port after you meal. And for maximum pampering results, repeat this perfect day periodically.
What and Where:
La Fontaine Aesthetics (2774 E. 2nd Ave, Penthouse Suite; 303-355-4772)
The Vineyard Wine Shop (261 Fillmore St.; 303-355-8324)
North (190 Clayton Lane; 720-941-7700)
Maura O’Neal has lived in Denver for three years and is still finding new things to do in and around the Mile High City. When she is not out exploring her own neighborhood, she works as a flight attendant to support her international travel habit. Visit her blog at http://travelsabound.blogspot.com.