Farm-To-Treatment-Table Trend Continues to Grow in Popularity

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Although we've reported on the farm-to-treatment-table trend several times over the past year, it certainly seems destined to grow. Recently, I was asked to comment on the trend in a piece for Fodor's. Check it out here to discover how some spas have jumped on the bandwagon. I must say, it's one of my favorite trends this year and one whose time has certainly come. For years, destination spas have been offering guests healthy and organic cuisine straight from the garden. Bringing ingredients to the treatment table is just an extension of that. In addition, it offers spas another opportunity to involve guests in the customization of their treatments. Many destination spas now offer garden tours and treatments in which guests are encouraged to pick their own herbs to be blended into customized body scrubs and more. The farm-to-table trend has become so popular that at some resorts with organic gardens, the restaurant and spa are actually in competition for the ingredients grown. What is your favorite spa trend this year?  

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We did something like this when we partnered with Chaddsford Winery in Pennsylvania. We took their pressed grapes during their fall pressing and dehydrating them in an oven. Then we ground them into granules. We mixed the granules with grape seed oil, essential oils and honey to make a "Crushed Chianti Scrub." We are located in a city so we had to travel to the wine community outside the city to pick up the tubs of pressed grapes. This enables us to have a signature treatment unlike any spa in this area.