Down time is a rare and elusive treat.
Whatever your average week entails, you’re probably not spilling over with free time. And even when a spare hour appears, we feel compelled to jam it full of chores and tasks and minor home repairs. (Right now, I really need to do my taxes and catch up on work and vacuum up all those almonds I dumped on the floor of my car three weeks ago. I suspect you have a similar and endless list of things you need to get done.)
And while it’s true those taxes need to get done and the car could use a vacuuming, it’s also true that we deserve a darn break now and then and some time to chill the heck out.
Meadowmere Resort in Ogunquit has a number of ways you can do just that.
The resort is open year-round and is decidedly quieter in the winter than it is in the summer, when out-of-towners fill the pools and patio chairs. But during the off season, it’s a fine place for locals to go to relax in the indoor Roman spa and outdoor hot tub, sweat in the heat of the steam room or sauna, or to float around the indoor pool.
There are overnight packages available (like the Girlfriend Spa Getaway, which includes a Swedish massage and reflexology, or the Craft Beer Hygge, which includes a four-course craft beer dinner at Cornerstone Restaurant).
But if you just want to pop in for a couple of hours, you can also get a day pass that includes access to the fitness center, steam room, sauna, Roman spa, and outdoor hot tub for $8. That’s right, $8. Amazing. For an extra $5, you can use the indoor pool, too. (The indoor pool wasn’t available to us day pass users this past weekend, on account of it being February vacation week and the pool was busy with overnight guests.)
The Roman spa is a modern-day riff off ancient Roman baths, which were places of relaxation back in the day, often including exercise rooms, open-air swimming pools, massage, and superheated dry and wet sweating-rooms. Meadowmere’s saltwater spa is cozy, with plenty of jets and space and big windows looking out into the snow. There were people lounging on the deck chairs and enjoying the warm air.
Outdoor hot tub
Take it outside to the outdoor hot tub and soak for a while surrounded by the most-recent snowfall and watch the steam rise up from the water. Note: the outdoor hot tub is only open on weekends in the winter.
Pay an extra $5 for day access to the indoor pool.
Steam room, sauna, fitness center
Both the men’s and women’s locker rooms have a small sauna and a steam room. There’s also a well-equipped fitness center with weight and machines.
Whether you have a couple of hours to spare or decide to make a weekend of it, there’s plenty of options to unwind here. And you deserve to enjoy them all.
Roman spa & outdoor hot tub at Meadowmere Resort
74 Main St, Ogunquit
$8 for day use of Roman spa and outdoor hot tub as well as fitness center, sauna, steam rooms.
$5 for day use of indoor pool
The outdoor hot tub is only open on weekends in the winter.
Check out their overnight packages, too: www.meadowmere.com/specials