The problem with dinner and a movie? It’s about as romantic as a day in traffic court. Why not mix things up with a spa date? “Couple’s massage gives you the opportunity to just be with each other,” says Toni Sullivan, spa director at the Spa at the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore. “It’s about rekindling your relationship and the reason you decided to get married or be together.” And it doesn’t just stop at massages. “I think with everyone increasingly spending more time at work, it’s nice to have that option to come in and make a day of it—start with a massage, then a facial, [eat] a catered lunch, and maybe finish with nail services,” says Courtney Davis, general manager at Cross Keys’ Red Door Spa & Salon. Debbie Nazelrod’s newest location, Spa on the Boulevard, located in Harford County, was partly designed to cater to couples and larger groups. The 10,000-square-foot French chateau-esque spa has soaking tubs, a bistro area, and a private pedicure station for a full day of relaxing one-on-one time. Nazelrod, like other spa owners and managers, is aware that guests visit to escape. “I believe that clients are now looking for other ways to get away for the weekend,” she says. “Traveling can be so expensive. This is a staycation.”
Many spas offer special packages for parties of two or more, like Locust Point’s Studio 921 Salon & Medi Day Spa’s “Night Out,” which includes manis and pedis, along with a massage in the spa’s couples’ room. On Talk Shop: more spa packages in the area.