The Art of Escape in Your Own Home- Recipes & Tips…


The holiday season is full of parties and gatherings, of good food (and bad) and holiday spirit. In order to provide a little relaxation before the season of festivities, The Lodge at Woodloch partnered with Samsung Signature House to provide a little relaxation, solitude and holiday tips to kick off the season of sparkle in New York City. The goal was to show guests the Art of Escape within your own home. How to create farm-fresh appetizers (it helped to have amazingly intuitive Samsung appliances of course), do-it yourself spa treatments and mediation tips to calm the mind during this fun (but sometimes hectic) season.

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The Lodge at Woodloch’s team of experts made the trek in late November and welcomed guests and media to share the magic of The Lodge at Woodloch in a way that can be created within your own home. In order to spread the feeling of relaxation, we thought that we would share the highlights of the event including the tips and recipes.

Laura performing a Tension Tamer Massage

Executive Chef Josh Tomson offered a few recipes that are perfect for holiday entertaining. The easy recipes combine a little pizzaz while paying homage to his locavore tendencies. Chef Josh and team picked the items from the Lodge’s on property Farm- to-Table garden before leaving for the Big Apple. The menu (and shared recipes) included Heirloom White Japanese Sweet Potato Bisque and Homemade Ricotta Cheese drizzled with Kale Pesto on Toast, as well as Beets, Garden Herbs and Fresh Goat Cheese on Whole Grain Toast. A great recommendation from Chef Josh and his team was to keep it simple! Find a unique and healthy ingredient to focus on and use a recipe that is simple, quick and can be done in advance when entertaining. It helps relieve unneeded stress and allows you to enjoy the festivities!

Homemade Ricotta with Kale Pesto

Therapist Alex Griffis performed mini hand-treatments showcasing our DIY Spa Treatment- The Rosemary Citrus Body Polish which is perfect this time of year when hands often become chapped and flaky. The refreshing scent of citrus and rosemary and the oil (of choice) create an energizing experience for tired hands (and bodies).

Alex sampling the DIY Recipe

Meditation and fitness expert Alicia Shook also spent time meditating with guests at the event and sharing tips for finding the perfect meditation practice for oneself. One of her best tips is to find a practice that resonates with YOU and make it your own (breath techniques, guided meditations, transcendental and many more).  But with tips as good as hers, they deserve a Blog Post of their own!

Alicia preparing for her meditation practice

Until next time, we hope that you can find an escape during this hectic time for some serenity and relaxation.