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Best Spas for Foodies
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When the going gets tough, Joseph P. Kennedy famously said, the tough get going. Where to is anyone's guess. In times as tough as these, however, one can bet that at least a few of them are headed straight for the spa.

There, immersed in seaweed wraps, salt scrubs and hot stone massages, even recession-stressed executives can find relief from the dour headlines in The New York Times and the dispiriting stock quotes in The Wall Street Journal.

Spa-goers won't just find serenity, however. They'll also find sustenance, as the country's best spas also are home to some of the country's best cuisine. For a mind-erasing massage followed by a palate-pleasing meal, look to TravelsinTaste.com, which has chosen its three favorite culinary spa-resorts, where you can feed your soul and stomach with America's best spa cuisine.

3. Montage
Laguna Beach, Calif.
Because it's located beachside in Southern California, Spa Montage at Montage Laguna Beach is famous for its ocean-inspired spa treatments, including underwater massages, marine wraps and sea-salt scrubs. It therefore comes as no surprise that the resort also spotlights the sea at Studio, its fine-dining mainstay. Serving modern French cuisine with California influences, Studio offers spectacular ocean views from atop a 50-foot bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The restaurant specializes in seasonal dishes—like pan-seared John Dory served with semolina gnocchi, artichokes, English peas and mussel nage—using fresh ingredients from California's ranches, farms, orchards and ocean waters. Because good food demands good wine, Montage employs eight certified sommeliers who can help you choose the perfect pairing for your meal from Montage's international collection of more than 45,000 bottles and 2,100 labels.

2. Miraval
Tucson, Ariz.
From beside the Catalina Mountains, Miraval Arizona is a desert oasis promoting balance with chi-pleasing spa services like acupuncture, reflexology and shiatsu. Consistently named the world's best spa by Travel + Leisure, the award-winning resort also is home to award-winning cuisine at Cactus Flower Restaurant, which specializes in organic ingredients that match perfectly the natural components in its spa products. In fact, don't be surprised if your facial features the same ingredients—ginger, prickly pears and even caviar—as your dinner. Cactus Flower's food is antibiotic-, hormone- and pesticide-free. Meat, dairy and sweets are served in moderation and organically grown produce, legumes and grains in spades. Thanks to dishes like pan-seared venison, however—served medium rare with turnip and parsnip puree, braised Swiss chard, asparagus and chipotle corn sauce—nutritious here is always delicious.

1. Canyon Ranch
Lenox, Mass.; Tucson, Ariz.; Miami Beach; and Las Vegas
With retreats in Massachusetts, Arizona and Florida, Canyon Ranch is synonymous with health and wellness thanks to its holistic approach to weight loss, physical therapy and fitness. In that spirit, services include not only the usual massages, body scrubs and facials, but also intensive nutrition counseling and meal planning services. Canyon Ranch isn't all work, though. At the Canyon Ranch SpaClub in Las Vegas—a special Canyon Ranch outpost at The Venetian and The Palazzo, where luxury mingles with healthy living—there's plenty of play, too. And, of course, plenty of food, which is appropriate given Canyon Ranch's three healthy-eating cookbooks. The spa's on-site restaurant, Canyon Ranch Grill, serves healthy gourmet cuisine like the Bar 10 Ranch grass-fed roast beef sandwich and the Mongolian BBQ salmon, served with brown rice and stir-fry vegetables. Most notable, however, are the restaurant's healthy beverages, which include homemade soft drinks and juices, as well as organic wines, beers and spirits, all of which are as sustainable as they are indulgent.

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