Get Swept Away at The Westin Riverfront
I’ll readily admit I am a ‘happy cryer’. You know the type—show them a pretty sunset or tell them a feel-good story and there they go, welling up to the brim with salty tears of overwhelming joy and emotion. However, getting worked up about how grateful and happy I was while facedown on a massage table wasn’t ever really one of the places I expected to be surprised by my quirky personality trait but there I was. The music was soothing, my mind was at peace, Bethany’s hands were gently working my muscles into pure unadulterated bliss…and I was crying (just a little!). That’s how good my body scrub at Spa Anjali and the rest of our stay was at The Westin Riverfront in Avon, Colorado.
At just under a two hour drive from Denver, The Westin Riverfront is in a great location for a family getaway, especially if you’re interested in mountain activities and are a bit of a resort person (Avon isn’t necessarily a walking-style town like Breckenridge). With their $3 million renovation completed in January, they’re now ready to entertain a world-class crowd and are a great choice for those interested in physical activities and health. The gym area boasts a host of amenities and activities catered to the active crowd such as a full gym, pilates/barre/yoga classes and even triathlete training programs with current XTERRA World Champion, Josiah Middaugh.
Feel like relaxing by the pool instead? It’s gorgeous, so go right ahead and don’t miss Sunday evenings when there’s a weekly party with a DJ and food/drink specials. When you’re tired of lounging and want to ‘go off the reservation’, The Westin also offers a wide range of summer activities like fly fishing, kayaking, jeep tours, golf and horse back riding and in the winter they are happy to help arrange ice skating, snowmobiling and even dog-sledding.
You know a resort is hot when it’s where the locals come to hang on Friday nights. The Westin Riverfront is the place to be to catch ‘Friday Afternoon Club’, from June—September, a large-scale patio party on the deck overlooking the river and complete with taco stands, live bands and drink specials. Our server, Lennis, excitedly told us that ‘we sometimes get upwards of 600 people and the bands are playing and everyone’s drinking and having a great time. It’s a ton of locals too.’ We unfortunately missed F.A.C. but if you want to rub elbows with the townies, it sounds like it’s a heck of a time and runs through Sept. 9th.
Accomodations are really comfortable, classy and homey. Any room that has a fireplace is gold in my book! I only wish it had been winter and we had just returned from the slopes to sip hot cocoa and snuggle nearby while giggling at how amazing life is but…I digress. Even in summer, the rooms are delightful and our studio suite even came with a small kitchenette including basic stovetop, toasters, silverware, bottle openers, salt and pepper and a host of other amenities to make the basics in-room incase you don’t feel like leaving (and that’s a real possibility). The Westin is also fido-friendly, which can be a blessing for those responsible dog-owners wanting to bring their fur baby but beware of the less-conscious guests. We had to call down about the multiple howling hounds left unattended in the room next door but our complaint was quickly tackled by staff.
Feeling hungry after all that hiking? Let the uber-friendly staff of Maya, the on-site modern Mexican restaurant by acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval, sweep you off your feet and plant a delicious prickly pear margarita in your hands. This kid-friendly restaurant serves up tasty takes on traditional guacamole like the Tuna Tartare Guac with won ton chips (yumm) or the Bacon Guac—and they’re all made fresh at the table. Can we talk about something REALLY important? Like…cocktails? Margaritas are a tough one for me because tequila makes me crazy so if I can taste too much in my marg, I get a little gun-shy but at the same time if I can’t taste any, I question the bartender’s pour. Maya makes fantastic margs and cocktails. We shared the Sandia Tajin, the prickly pear marg, a mango marg and the house Maya marg—all of which were incredible — but the prickly pear is definitely the sweetest, which I personally enjoy but some may not.
For mains, our friendly server, Becca, recommended the carne asada and the crab and shrimp enchiladas, both of which were heavenly. My true favorite came when it was dessert time and being the fickle woman I am, I couldn’t decide. Becca did us a solid and the kitchen was able to whip up a sinful sample platter with a taste of the chocolate flan, Mexican fried ice cream, and a s’mores crepe. They were all great but husband and I both agreed, the s’mores crepe takes the cake. It was AMAZING, do not miss it!!
Last but certainly not least, was our visit to Spa Anjali. I was a bit trepidatious before my appointment because I didn’t know what to expect. There aren’t many photos of the lounge area or locker room and I wasn’t even sure if they had a sauna or steam room so I was pleasantly surprised when I realized they had both and more! After entering the spa via the long hallway, you pass through a relaxation room with curtained lounge chairs and a rock sculpture where water slowly drips from the ceiling, creating a soothing and relaxing noise. The locker rooms are glamorous and well-kept with fresh cucumbers, towels, extremely soft terrycloth robes and toiletries. Take a sauna or a steam and then grab a handful of snacks and some tea while you wait for your appointment in a lounge chair.
I received the Mountain Nectar Body Scrub and as mentioned in my opening sentence….it was divine. I haven’t had a whole lot of body scrubs I like so I was beyond pleased to realize my provider, Bethany, knew exactly how to make the session both beneficial and enjoyable. It was more like a scrub/massage combo, with various scrubs and topicals being applied and gently massaged into your skin before being wiped away by a steaming towel (ohh….ohhhh when she applied the towels I thought I might sink right through the table). The music was perfection and her touch was caring and gentle, so much so that it reminded me of my mother and made me this strange sort of emotional where I got all teary eyed on the table. If you have a transcendental experience during a spa service, you know it was good!
Our stay at The Westin Riverfront was short but oh-so-sweet and we highly recommend it for a family vacation or for those looking to relax and unwind after a day in the outdoors. You can book direct at http://www.westinriverfrontbeavercreek.com/ or check TripAdvisor for the best rates.
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