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Creekside Resort & Spa in Greenville, West Virginia
Julie Register experienced this country spa in September 2011

Creekside Resort & Spa

Creekside Resort & Spa*

We used Creekside Resort & Spa as our home base while we visited many destinations on our tour of the historic springs of the Virginias - Sweet Chalybeate Springs, Sweet Springs, Salt Sulphur Springs, Red Sulphur Springs and Pence Springs. We also took a side trip to Hanging Rock Raptor Observatory on nearby Peters Mountain. Kelley, one of the owners, was a great help with local information and provided us "The Springs Trail" map.

While we enjoyed our day trips, it was very nice to come back to Creekside late in the afternoon.

The Resort

This rustic, yet sophisticated, resort was originally purchased by Kelley's parents in 1972. They moved their family from New Jersey to this 215-acre farm in order to live a simpler, more self-sufficient life. Over the years, they lived off the self-sustaining, chemical-free farm and Kelley's father, Dr. Robert Sandell, grew his chiropractic practice. In 1990, Creekside Resort was established to allow guests to receive chiropractic care while staying in the relaxing countryside. Dr. Sandell died in 1996, and some of his six children now take care of day-to-day operation of the resort. I met Kelley and her sister, Kerri, there. While the resort no longer offers chiropractic services, it does have a spa.


The building on the top of the hill is where you'll find the office, spa, rooms for large gatherings such as wedding receptions and meetings and an expansive deck offering lovely views of the countryside.

The bridge crosses Indian Creek to Wedding Island, the site of many beautiful weddings. While we were there, they were preparing a wedding for a chef from Washington D.C. They host only one wedding per weekend. Creekside can accommodate up to 45 guests with additional lodging available nearby. They can accommodate weddings with a seated reception for up to 100 guests.

In the spirit of the farm, there are no TVs or VCRs in the cottages. There are board games, bicycle riding, hiking trails and other simple activities aimed at allowing families to spend quality time together. Unfortunately, we didn't leave time in our schedule to spend much time at the resort during the day. I would have liked to have used the hiking trails. Unable to kick our electronic dependencies, we spent an hour or so each evening using the WIFI in the farmhouse's cozy living area that is available for all resort guests.

Our Cottage

Creekside Resort offers a number of cottages as well as some guest rooms in the farmhouse. We stayed in the Lower Suite of Spruce Knoll Cottage, which was located about 1/4 mile from the farmhouse.

Spruce Knoll Cottage Approach Spruce Knoll Cottage Deck and Hot Tub

Spruce Knoll Cottage Approach, Deck and Hot Tub

The Lower Suite offered basic but comfortable furnishings in two bedrooms - one with a queen bed and one with two single beds - a sitting room with day bed, kitchen, private bathroom with tub and shower and a wood-burning fire stove. A wall of windows in the dining area allowed us to feel the outdoors indoors. The large deck was furnished with table and chairs as well as lounge chairs. Best of all, the deck offered a private outdoor whirlpool hot tub tucked between the side of the cottage and the stairs to the Upper Suite. We spent every evening relaxing here under the stars with a bottle of the resort's featured wine, Coastal Vines Chardonnay. What a great way to end the day!

Spruce Knoll Cottage Lower Suite* Spruce Knoll Cottage Lower Suite*
Spruce Knoll Cottage Lower Suite* Spruce Knoll Cottage Lower Suite*
Spruce Knoll Cottage Lower Suite*

The cottage had books and board games. I particularly enjoyed reading about the history of the farm and the resort in The History of Creekside Resort established in 1990 written Natalie Sandell Heritage (Kelley's mother) and Merilyn “Nicky” Fleshman published on March 11, 2001.

The Upper Suite of Spruce Knoll Cottage has a separate entrance, a king bed, a bathroom with shower, a sitting area and a kitchenette. No one was in this suite during our stay, so we had complete privacy.

The Food

The meals at Creekside were a delight. I don't know if it was the fresh air and beautiful countryside, but the food tasted wonderful. Liberty apples from the farm's orchard were left in a basket on the dining table. They are now my favorite apple variety. Breakfast is included for all guests lodging at the nightly rate. Our first morning was a Sunday, and on Saturday and Sunday mornings, a hot cooked breakfast is served at the Farmhouse. We joined other guests for a selection of fresh pancakes, waffles, frittata omelets, or French toast along with blackberry jam and apple butter from Creekside's own organic orchard. On the other mornings of our visit, Gail delivered a continental breakfast basket to our cottage that included homemade breads and baked goods, seasonal fresh fruit, homemade granola, yogurt, juice, tea and coffee, fresh farm eggs and Amish butter.


Creekside's Breakfast Basket delivered to our cottage

Creekside's Picnic Backpack for Two

We ordered our dinners before arriving at the resort. Fortunately, we only ordered meals for two nights. We had plenty of leftovers for the other night. The meals were delivered piping hot to our cottage by Gail. They were absolutely delicious! The two menus follow:

  • Roasted Chicken with Rosemary & Garlic & Roasted Red Potatoes
  • Fresh Seasonal Salad with Tamari Vinaigrette
  • Jeff’s Whole Grain Artisan Bread
  • Cheesecake for dessert
  • Bottle of Coastal Vines Chardonnay
  • Simply Delicious Salad: A large salad of mixed organic greens & seasonal veggies
  • Topped with smoked trout, cheddar with tamari vinaigrette.
  • Jeff’s whole Grain Artisan Bread
  • Flourless Chocolate Cake for dessert
  • Bottle of Coastal Vines Chardonnay

On the day we went to Sweet Chalybeate Springs and Sweet Springs, we ordered a Picnic Backpack for Two to take for lunch. The picnic was packed in a comfortable backpack cooler with cotton picnic table cloth & napkins, plates, wine glasses, and small cutting board. Packed inside were Hummus Spread, Dill Havarti Cheese, a Multi-Grain Baguette, Fresh Fruit & Vegetables, Brownies, Sweet Summer Spring Water from Monroe County, a bottle of Coastal Vines Chardonnay and four pieces of Bayard’s chocolate. We were able to have our picnic on a picnic table on the grounds of Sweet Springs. It was a lovely meal.

The Spa

We both had a massage with Angie at Creekside Spa one morning. We both thought our massage was excellent! It far exceeded my expectations. I hope to come back some time and try some of the other services.


The entrance to Creekside Spa

The Waiting Area and a Treatment Room in Creekside Spa

Other services available at the time of my visit at Creekside Spa include:

Packages

  • Pamper Her
  • Head-to-Toe Delight
  • Rejuvenate Your Skin
  • Escape from Stress
  • Spoil Him
  • Chocolate Delight
  • Midweek Massage Special

Facials

  • Creekside Signature Facial Massage
  • Paraffin Facial Massage
  • Pumpkin Facial Massage
  • Rose Facial Massage

Massage

  • Creekside Signature Massage
  • Creekside Swedish Massage
  • Creekside Deep Tissue Massage
  • Creekside Hot Stone Massage
  • Prenatal Massage
  • Creekside Hand & Foot Massage
  • Couples Massage

Body Wraps

  • Amber Paraffin Body Treatment
  • Herbal Linen Body Wrap



More Information

Contact
Creekside Resort & Spa
Address: Route 122
P.O. Box 111
Greenville, West Virginia 24945
Toll Free: 800-691-6420
• Email: info@creeksideresort.net
• Spa Email: spa@creeksideresort.net
Web Site: http://www.creeksideresort.net/

Related Resources
DiscoverSpas.com Listing for Creekside Resort & Spa
Discover More Spas in West Virginia
A Driving Tour of Historic Springs in West Virginia and Virginia


FYI

Reservations
Appointments in advance are necessary to ensure that your preferred treatment or therapist is available, preferably 5-7 days. Bookings made closer to the desired treatment time are welcome but will be based on availability. All reservations must be secured with a major credit card and telephone number. To schedule your appointment, please call our guest service desk at 1-800-691-6420.

Service Charge
An 18% service charge will be added to all spa services.

Cancellation Policy
We value your business and appreciate your cooperation with our cancellation policy. Please respect our scheduling by keeping appointments and providing a minimum of 48 hours notice when canceling or rescheduling appointments. Because your services are guaranteed and reserved for you, there will be a charge for the entire cost of the service if there is a missed appointment or less than 24-hour notification to cancel.


Arrive Early
Please check in at the reception desk at least 15 minutes prior to your first scheduled service. This allows time for you to take care of financial arrangements, ask questions and then relax so that you will have the full time scheduled for your appointment. Keep in mind that arriving late for a service may require us to shorten the length of the treatment with full charges applied so as not to inconvenience other guests.

Etiquette
Please leave pagers, radios and cell phones off to preserve the tranquility of the spa experience. The spa is a non-smoking facility.

Age
Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by or have written permission from a legal guardian for spa services.

 

Photos copyright 2011, Julie Register
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