This is not a traditional spa. It is a "health" retreat. Laurie Hostetler, the owner, tells guests that they really can "improve with age and enjoy life to the fullest" and after I left the Kerr House I felt like she was right.
This is not a posh spa. The house accomodates eight guests and those guests must share bathrooms. The antiques which furnish the beautiful Queen Anne Victorian are quaint but certainly not Park Avenue. The body treatments are good but you can find body treatments at many places. I have to say it's the interaction with Laurie, the owner, that makes this spa a stand-out. Laurie leads all of the yoga sessions, she eats meals with her guests and she takes a marked interest in their wellness. Most of my past spa experiences have been solitary but at the Kerr House I felt like Laurie not only cared about our spiritual development, she spent a good portion of her time gently instructing us on stress-reduction, handling difficult moments in our lives, improving our attitudes and visualizing what we want out of life.
I have been to many top spas including the Greenbrier, the Homestead, Amelia Island Plantation and the new one (forgot the name!) on Kiawah Island. They are fancier but I left feeling like I had just been run through the assembly line. I didn't feel that way on Friday night when I arrived at the Kerr House and Laurie took us on a tour of the house or when she advised us on the benefits of yoga or brought in her friend the graphologist to analyze our handwriting (which was so fun!). Laurie asked us to tell her our goal for the weekend when we arrived on Friday night and by Sunday I was able to tell her that not only had I achieved my goal of relaxation, I also felt like I had learned things that--unlike mere spa treatments--actually last: healthy eating habits, yoga, creative visualization and probably the most important thing: maintaining a good attitude despite life's hurdles.
- Also Known As:
- The Kerr House Hotel Grand Rapids
- The Kerr Hotel
- Kerr Hotel Grand Rapids
- The Kerr House Ohio/Grand Rapids