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The New Gold Rush
On the Cutting Edge
America's Best Day Spas
Ummelina International Day Spa 1525 Fourth Ave., Seattle; 800/663-4772 or 206/624-1370. When a sereneguide
(they're not attendants here) led me to a cathedral-like
antechamber called the Sanctuary, it was hard not to feel
spiritual. Mandy, my guide, knelt to wash my feet while
someone fetched tea. They then whisked me off to a Balinese bed-yes, I was actually tucked in to keep warm-for
a manicure and pedicure ($95 for both services). Owner
Nina Ummel. granddaughter of a Mennonite herbalist, has
crisscrossed the globe in search of new remedies and new
approaches to wellness. Her spa menu is presented like a
passport, with treatments billed as "journeys." An absolute
must on such a trip is Ummelina's Tea Spa & Apothecary.
which has Seattle's largest selection of
organic herbs, custom-blended by an
herbalist for special health needs.