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Reverie Spa

By Rick A. Richards

LAPORTE, Ind. – The dunes area of Northwest Indiana has long been a restful, getaway place for people looking to leave the stress of their daily life behind.   And right in the middle of the dunes is Reverie Spa Retreat, which sits on 56 wooded acres just north of LaPorte.

Owner Beth Warren, 40, says she’s visited a lot of spas over the years in her travels and she’s combined the best of what she has found to create a truly unique experience.

“There is nothing like this in the Midwest,” says Warren. “I’ve been to a lot of hotels and spas, and any more they seem to be more commercialized. We’ve created a place to rest, renew and rejuvenate.”

For instance, the fruits and vegetables at Reverie Spa are pesticide free. “We’ve patterned this after places I’ve visited in Europe and other places. It’s kind of the result of what I feel is important in my life,” says Warren. “This is very personal to me.”

Breakfast includes juices, fruit and yogurt, while meals include fresh salmon, shrimp and whitefish, along with chicken, lamb and pork loin.

Rooms at the spa range from $150 to $225. Reservations are required. Check-in is at 3 p.m. and checkout the next day is 11 a.m. This is Warren’s fourth year operating Reverie Spa, and she says she and her staff of nine will do their best to “de-stress you.” To relax, guests can get a full spa treatment, special menus or simply walk in the woods.

“This is a place where you can be nurtured and get away from it all,” says Warren. “That’s why there’s no TV and no phones.” Guests are asked to not use their cell phones while they’re at the spa.

The spa sits in a rehabilitated farmhouse, says Warren. “It was designed to provide a place of calm. At the end of two or three days here, people leave feeling wonderful.”

Warren says she and her staff want to be able to contribute to reducing the stress of guests. “I have always been an observer and I see everyone being overwhelmed with stress. It’s just the world we live in.

“I’ve tried to provide a great spa experience and at the same time celebrate the Midwest. I think we’ve created a unique lifestyle,” says Warren. ?

Reverie Spa is at 3634 N. County Road 700 North, LaPorte.

For more information, call (219) 861-0814 or visit the website at www.spareverie.com.