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May 9, 2010 | By Anne Colby, Los Angeles Times
"Are you and your friends celebrating a special occasion?" asked the young attendant as she dipped a paintbrush into a bowl of thick green goop and covered my skin with the aloe vera, shea butter and coconut oil concoction. My friends Donna and Julie and I were in the underground Grotto at Glen Ivy Hot Springs. We were visiting the Corona spa on a recent spring day just to relax and soak, but many people meet there to celebrate showers, birthdays and anniversaries. About a third go to the Grotto, billed as Glen Ivy's "social spa treatment."
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April 14, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Relax, breathe deep and head to Carlsbad, Calif., for pampering time devoted to women. The California coastal town launches its second Women's Wellness Weekends at six hotels this May. Check out the hotels and extras they're offering for a wind-down weekend. Note that rooms are subject to availability (some blackout dates apply, some offers are good beyond May), and prices exclude tax. -- Beach Terrace Inn , 2775 Ocean St.; (760) 729-5951; starts at $299 a night and includes an ocean-view room, breakfast, welcome food basket, yoga on the beach on Sunday morning and late 1 p.m. checkout.
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May 9, 2010 | By Whitney Friedlander, Los Angeles Times
If nothing else, Le Petite Retreat lives up to its name. A hideaway flanked by a tall office building and a piano store just north of the shops, restaurants and foot traffic in Larchmont Village, the bungalow is easy for passersby to miss — making it all the more secluded. And it is most certainly small, from the tiny changing areas (the men's room is big enough for only one person at a time) — with their individually wrapped mini toothbrushes and makeup remover cloths — and the claustrophobic showers to an easily cramped check-in area and parking lot. Lack of size means elimination of some perks for those used to major spa chains.
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March 21, 2014 | By David Kelly
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo.  - Since moving to Colorado from Southern California three years ago, I've come to hate winter. Scalding baths, wool blankets, the dog snoozing on my feet - nothing takes the edge off the bitter cold. It lingers in the air, in the bones and, most of all, in the soul. Then a friend told me about a place three hours from Denver guaranteed to rocket my moribund core temperature through the roof. I set off on a dark January morning in a raging blizzard.
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December 27, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Walt Disney World recently revamped the spa at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa at Lake Buena Vista , Fla., and plans to do the same at a second Florida property next year. It's all part of a "reimagined" spa concept, in Disney speak, called Senses . Starting Jan. 16, Walt Disney World will take over operation of all spas, salons and fitness centers at its properties, a company statement says. The pampering at Senses is aimed at parents, not children, though guests will hear what's called "Disney orchestral music" playing while having a treatment.
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May 21, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
If you look - and feel - like you need a massage and a day at the spa, Rancho La Puerta has a deal for you. The Baja resort, an hour's drive south of San Diego, is offering Saturdays at the Ranch, a one-day visit that includes fitness and spa activities, meals and a hands-on afternoon in a class at the culinary center.     The ranch and spa, tagged World's Best Destination Spa by Travel & Leisure readers in 2010 and 2011, is a 3,000-acre property that specializes in health and wellness activities.
HOME & GARDEN
September 19, 2009 | SAM WATTERS, Watters is author of "Houses of Los Angeles" and co-author of the new "Dream House: The White House as an American Home."
In 1886, early developers hired boomtown architects Samuel and Joseph C. Newsom to build the Glendale Hotel along what is now Broadway. It was in a field acquired after the California courts settled ownership of the vast San Rafael and La Cañada ranchos in favor of land-maneuvering gringos. As it turned out, the hotel never opened, a casualty of another recession. First it was a school and then an investment for Glendale city father Leslie Brand, who had bought the building by late 1904.
TRAVEL
April 9, 2006
I enjoyed Kathleen Doheny's "Leave the Bad Habits Behind" [Healthy Traveler, March 26]. I have also been to several destination spas for vacations, and I agree that these visits can jump-start a change in lifestyle, plus rejuvenate one's soul. But my experience is that it is unrealistic to expect any sort of long-term miracle to occur at the end of a one- or two-week stay. Once a person returns to the real world, the "destination spa effect" tends to be short-lived and usually doesn't return until the next spa vacation.
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October 21, 2012 | By Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times
The signs of trouble around Radcliffe Haughton had been mounting. On Oct. 4, police investigated the 45-year-old from Brown Deer, Wis., on suspicion of slashing his wife's tires in the parking lot where she worked at the Azana Salon and Spa in the Milwaukee suburb of Brookfield. Police arrested Haughton, and his wife secured a temporary restraining order against him a few days later. Then, last Thursday, a court slapped Haughton with a four-year restraining order. Brookfield Police Chief Dan Tushaus said Haughton returned to his wife's workplace Sunday morning with a gun and opened fire.
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January 10, 2010 | By Judith Fein
Try: Western Ireland for a spa escape. Check out: Voya Seaweed Baths for a relaxing and rejuvenating break from touring Connacht and Ireland's western coast. Don't forget: To bring your camera for photos of both the breathtaking sea and historic landmarks throughout the area. Stop by: Carrowmore and Knocknarea megalithic cemeteries to see Listoghil and Queen Maeve's tomb, some of the largest and most impressive neolithic tombs in Ireland.
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February 8, 2014 | By Melissa Magsaysay
Los Angeles' temperate climate means that it is manicure-pedicure season all year long. So it's no wonder that nail salons in Southern California are big business, peppering nearly every strip mall and street corner to rival the ubiquity of Starbucks. The nail industry in the U.S. reached $7.47 billion from 2012-13, according to Nails Magazine, and the California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative says there are around 1,900 nail salons in Los Angeles County. Most offer a quick mani/pedi for the palatable price of around $25; another $12 will often buy a 15-minute shoulder massage.
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January 24, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
At HammerSky Vineyards and Inn in Central California, you can come to taste the wine -- and linger longer, if you like. The Paso Robles vineyard is offering visitors a chance to bunk down in its restored farmhouse that's more than a century old. The price tag: $225 per person per night for a stay at the 50-acre site plus wine and a spa treatment. The deal: HammerSky was started in 2007, but the farmhouse dates back to pioneer times, the vineyard's website says. Owners Douglas and Kim Hauck have updated the house with Wi-Fi, an outdoor living space and renovated bedrooms that accommodate up to six guests.
HEALTH
December 13, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
Lush smells, comfy semi-dark rooms and a sense of self-indulgence make a spa treatment appealing. But here are three treatments that aim to do more than merely pamper. Hot oil and needles If acupuncture seems more doctor's office than salon, perhaps it might sound more appealing if combined with a hot oil treatment. That's what you get under the care of Elisa Angelone at the Exhale spa in Santa Monica's Fairmont Miramar Hotel. I have had acupuncture treatments for headaches and other issues in various settings, including sitting on a doctor's stool in a brightly lighted office.
TRAVEL
November 3, 2013 | By Amanda Jones
NARENDRA NAGAR, India - I am a dharma disaster, a chakra calamity. I cannot meditate. My inner hamster is a maniac, and my legs refuse to cross for that long. So when the saried woman with the serene kohled eyes tells me that I have a private meditation session scheduled, I inform her that I would prefer another herbal bundle massage - my third for the week. She laughs. "You are a vata dosha ," she says in her lilting Indian accent. "We know you do not like sitting still.
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October 15, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
It's a good time to go to the desert and relax -- without spending a fortune. The hotels participating in Spa Week in Palm Springs put massages, facials and wraps on sale for $50 each. You don't have to be a guest to take advantage of the low prices, and it's fine to indulge more than once. The deal: So what will $50 get you? At the Feel Good Spa at Ace Hotel & Swim Club (701 E. Palm Canyon Drive) you can choose a 50-minute tune-up massage or detoxifying earth clay wrap. Other options are available at the Saguaro Spa at Saguaro Hotel (1800 E. Palm Canyon Drive)
HEALTH
September 27, 2013 | By Jessica P. Ogilvie
Sheila Cluff, founder of the Oaks at Ojai, a spa and fitness retreat deep in the valleys of Ventura County, uses her background as a professional figure skater and health expert to help visitors achieve their wellness goals. In her book, "Living Your Dream: The Inspiring Story of Sheila Cluff," the 76-year-old mother of four tells how she came to open the spa. The Oaks was one of the first spas to blend exercise and spa treatments. Tell me what you do there now. The average stay is four nights and five days.
NATIONAL
October 21, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
A manhunt is underway for the shooter who opened fire Sunday morning inside a Wisconsin spa, killing three and injuring at least four others, police said. Authorities believe they have found an improvised explosive device inside the Azana Salon and Spa in Brookfield, a suburb of Milwaukee. Bomb units were on the scene. The area, including a nearby shopping mall and country club, were on lockdown. The identities of the dead and injured were not released. An official at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital in Milwaukee said four of the injured did not appear to have life-threatening injuries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1989
A Cypress woman was found drowned in her back-yard spa Saturday morning after a neighbor became concerned because the woman failed to answer her telephone or doorbell. Linda Flynn Green, 40, who lives in the 11000 block of Onyx Street, died about 10 p.m. Friday, according to a preliminary report by the Orange County coroner's office. Green, who lived alone, was on a long-term disability because of a back injury. She was last seen by a neighbor Friday afternoon, Cypress Police Sgt.
TRAVEL
August 25, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Electric street lights arrived in Genoa, Nev., the state's oldest permanent settlement, around 1920, thanks to local women who organized a fundraising "candy dance. " This summer the town's historic main drag is once again illuminated by replicas of the original lampposts, which guide visitors to the attractions in this surprisingly historic town. The tab: Excluding airfare to Reno, a one-hour drive, and a rental car, a two-night visit will cost about $300. That includes lodging at the upscale 1862 David Walley's Resort Hot Springs & Spa, a casual meal for two and drinks at Nevada's oldest watering hole.
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August 21, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- Even as mediation continued over a sexual-harassment lawsuit that could lead to Mayor Bob Filner's resignation, another woman alleged Wednesday that he made unwanted sexual advances. Dianne York, president and chief executive of the Spa of La Jolla, told CNN the incident occurred after a meeting three months ago in his office at City Hall. She had met with Filner about a foreclosure. While pictures were being taken, York said, Filner placed his hand on her buttocks.
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