I'm a firm believer in getting away from it all and enjoying some luxuries in life when you have the opportunity - if you can do it with a great friend, even better. For a Christmas gift this year, my husband and that of a friend of mine arranged for us gals to go to the spa for an ultimate Girls' Night Out, complete with a sleepover. Hooray for awesome husbands (and corporate discounts!) - I am a truly lucky lady!
If you've never been to The Umstead Spa and Hotel in Cary, find an excuse and run - don't walk. The Buttermilk and Honey Wrap is amazing (even though it made me hungry - it smelled like the inside of a bakery), especially when paired with a follow-up massage. For dinner, we decided not to leave our robes, so we opted for room service (yes, I know Heron's is fabulous, but the thought of getting all dolled up after being so relaxed was too much for us to deal with). We curled up with a bottle of red (purchased at the grocery store on the way to the hotel, along with some chocolate and Pringles - we like to mix in a little low-brow, too!) and a movie (Austenland - diverting, but mostly blah). Thanks to the wonderful blackout curtains, I didn't wake until almost 9am - truly the biggest luxury of the whole experience!
This was truly my favorite Christmas present ever. For any of you husbands out there, try something like this for your wife - she'll thank you for it!