It's 6:40 p.m., and while most working drones head home to transfer their forward computer slouch to a backward sofa slouch, you head to Piedmont Springs for a glorious spa treatment. From the outside, it looks like a one-room shop with space for a massage table and an incense burner. When you enter and pass the reception area, however, you see that the spa, a little oasis of relaxation in the middle of the city for more than twenty years, opens up into a multilevel body temple with private outdoor hot tubs. In addition to massage and skin-care treatments, the spa offers a great package of hot-tub time (with or without sauna) followed by massage. You might think that a sunny afternoon or clear, romantic evening would be the most sought-after tub times; but cloudy, hot-cocoa days are the most popular with the regulars. If you have any meteorological forecasting abilities, plan ahead for such rainy days and call early. You are guaranteed to leave the spa feeling like melted butter.
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