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It is almost time for the weekend! If you are just completely over the cold and snow in Massachusetts, I highly recommend a trip to Finland Steam Baths in Quincy.

Finland Steam Baths

A couple of weekends ago (and several weeks into bad colds) we kicked off a glorious Sunday with an hour long steam at this lovely little hidden gem.

Finland Steam Baths

The spa as an unassuming exterior with a bright, friendly entry area. Health is a main focus here, and steaming is great addition, as long as you are healthy and check with a doctor first. Upon arrival, we were welcomed warmly and showed to our little steam cabin. Each cabin features a private dressing room, shower, and steam room. Buckets and towels are included in the $30/person/hour fee. Credit cards are not accepted, and payment is made up front to make for a relaxing experience through to departure.

Finland Steam Baths

Going back and forth between the steam room and a cool shower is a invigorating experience and feels amazing after being cold and feeling blue for so long. The steam was great for our breathing and for our skin; the owner recommended I not wear any lotions or makeup that day, and my skin appreciated being rejuvenated and open to the air.

Finland Steam Baths

We spent the rest of the day feeling energetic and upbeat, something we definitely needed after the stress of the holidays and the endless cold dark days of a New England winter.

Boating season is less than four months away; in the meantime you will be able to find us steaming in Quincy to deal with the tundra we live in!

Are you a steam room/sauna/spa fan?

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With the arrival of August comes travel planning for Thanksgiving for us. Since there are typically 2-3 vacation days off from the grind, we try to build a longer trip around the holiday. Like we did last year, right now we are planning on spending Thanksgiving in Ireland, hopefully with a trip to Italy to visit family. Now we just need some decent airfares.

My favorite way to spend a day in Galway City starts with a visit to the Spirit One Spa at the Radisson in Galway. With a whole complex of relaxation rooms like a sauna, a Turkish bath, a heated beach, and an aromatherapy steam room, you literally can spend a whole day there.  A half day pass also gets you access to the outdoor hot tub, which overlooks the salt lake and bay.

Just imagine a steamy soak with chilly air and this view.

Galway Radisson

The massage therapy and soaking tub treatments are heaven, and many of the packages follow it up with tea or lunch.

Galway Radisson

My second stop o the afternoon is always Sheridan’s Wine Bar, across the street from my old Galway apartment.

Galway wine bar

Sheridan’s Wine Bar is right above the Sheridan’s Cheesemonger; as a result they always have some delicious cheeses, olives, and other delights on hand. Sheridan’s is always cozy and bright, a warm retreat from the often-rainy Galway weather.

Sheridan's wine bar

wine bar

Light lunches like soup and sandwiches make for the perfect post-spa fare.

wine bar lunch

Wine and food magazines make for the perfect accompaniment to lunch and a hand-selected glass of wine.


Sheridans Wine Bar

Window seats make perfect perches to watch the world go by and to see family walking by as in the below photo, where you can see my brother-in-law, sister-in-law, and nephew. Smile

Galway Ireland

I have enjoyed many luxurious and relaxing afternoons at the Spirit One Spa and Sheridan’s Wine Bar. In fact, it’s these afternoons where I can say I am truly relaxed which is a rare occasion.

People often ask me for things to do in Ireland, and although this afternoon is not one that is touristy or traditional, I highly recommend it on a trip to Galway!

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Happy Friday, everyone! Before I head off for a weekend of relaxation, I wanted to share some offers that Gilt City Boston has running. 10% of the below go to           Lovin’ Spoonfuls Food Rescue, an organization doing some incredible work saving food that would otherwise go to waste and using it to feed hungry people in Boston.

You can’t go wrong with The Hawthorne or a luxurious hair treatment at Grettacole, with some of the proceeds going to such a good cause! Gilt has more exciting offers to come next week, so stay tuned.

Have a great weekend!



The Hawthorne – Dinner for 2, $90 includes the following:

  • One cocktail trio per guest paired with a trio of small bites per guest, all selected by the chef and mixologist
  • One hearty dish paired with one beer, glass of wine or cocktail per person
  • Dessert to share, paired with an after-dinner drink to share


About The Hawthorne

Recognized as one of Boston’s top destinations for craft cocktails, The Hawthorne is the newest home of master mixologist Jackson Cannon, whose work at Eastern Standard received praise from Esquire, GQ, USA Today and more. The Hawthorne offers aficionados elegant concoctions, served in a warm, cozy space that feels more like a friend’s living room than a bar.

Grettacole $55 , includes the following:

  • One-hour deep conditioning caviar treatment
  • Blow-out

About Grettacole

Each of Grettacole’s locations—Atrium Mall, Wellesley Center and the Westin Copley Place—provides the perfect setting for glamorizing haircuts and highlights, purifying facials and tension-busting massages. Featured in The Knot and named to’s A-List for “Best Highlights” and “Best Massage,” this oasis of pampering has become a Boston mainstay for beauty.
Owner and renowned style expert Gretta Monahan is a regular on the “Rachael Ray Show,” and her beauty and fashion advice has been featured in W, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle and many other glossies. The stylists and aestheticians on her team customize the treatments for every client using only the best products, from brands like Kérastase, Bumble and bumble, Trish McEvoy and more.

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