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Welcome to our Spring e-Newsletter, in which our talented and knowledgeable spa experts will focus on the apricot – that luscious fruit that is our signature fragrance and focus of our special Spring Treatment Menu. We will also give you some tips on how to care for yourself and your home during the spring and leading up to summer.


Spa Operations Manager Tricia DuBois describes the luxurious and relaxing Apricot Harvest Spring Spa Treatments featuring our own Private-Label Apricot Harvest Lotion and Apricot Harvest Body Scrub...

Apricot is our spa theme for this season, and what better way to rejuvenate, re-hydrate and refresh?

Apricots are rich in Vitamins A and C –- antioxidants that are good for your skin. The beautiful aroma of the fruit, as well as its color, can conjure up a vision of the warmth and brightness of a summer day.

The Apricot Facial detoxifies and oxygenates the skin. It begins with a gentle Apricot Scrub to soften and renew your skin, followed by a masque for hydration. You’ll love the new radiance this relaxing and restorative treatment gives to your face!

The Apricot Body Polish is designed to revive the body’s dull winter skin. It begins under a Vichy shower, where your body is exfoliated using our Apricot Scrub. We then apply generous amounts of our Apricot Lotion, leaving your skin silky-soft.

The Apricot Body Wrap is a luxurious and ultra-relaxing treatment, starting with an exfoliation using our Apricot Scrub, followed by a hot shower to cleanse the skin. Your therapist will then apply our Apricot Lotion to your body and wrap you in a warming blanket. As the heat helps melt away your tensions, your therapist performs a super-relaxing head and scalp massage.

The Apricot Manicure or Apricot Pedicure treatments include a soak that will soothe, soften, and moisturize, followed by an exfoliation using our Apricot Scrub. After a moisturizing masque is applied, you’ll enjoy a hand or foot massage using our Apricot Lotion, followed by the application of the polish of your choice.

We’re offering these very special treatments through May 31st. Call us soon to make your reservations!


Retail expert Amy Edgar tells the story of how Apricot Harvest came to be the signature fragrance of The Spa at Norwich Inn, and how you can’t have too much of a good thing…

In the late 1990s, The Norwich Inn & Spa was preparing for a renovation, transitioning to a new name – The Spa at Norwich Inn – and thinking about developing a signature fragrance to be associated with that name. After a great deal of research and consultation, the Spa partnered with a private laboratory to create the Apricot Harvest line, with a body lotion as its first product.

The lotion was a hit, and over the years, the product line has grown to include Apricot Harvest Volumizing Shampoo, Hydrating Conditioner, Body Scrub, and Shower Gel and a four-piece Travel Set.

Apricot Harvest has remained popular over the years – so popular that the body lotion, shower gel, shampoo and conditioner can be ordered online in one-gallon size and shipped to your home! Happy guests who see the value of buying in bulk then decant their favorite beauty and body products into smaller containers for home use. Do contact us if you’re interested in doing the same.

  From Our Kitchen to Yours

Grilled Apricots with Balsamic Syrup

Grilling caramelizes the natural sugar found in fruit, which turns the fruit brown, makes it sticky and intensifying its flavor and sweetness.


  • 6 fresh apricots, cored and cut in half
  • 1-tablespoon brown sugar
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • Fresh mint leaves, for garnish

Place the apricot halves in a large bowl. Spray generously with cooking spray. Sprinkle with brown sugar and toss to coat evenly. Set aside.

In a small saucepan, warm the balsamic vinegar over low heat, then simmer until the liquid is reduced in half. Remove from heat.

Lightly coat the grill rack with cooking spray and position the rack four to six inches from the heat source.

Place the apricots on the grill rack, cut side down. Grill until the sugar caramelizes and the cut side has turned brown, about three to five minutes.

Remove from grill and arrange on plates. Drizzle with the balsamic syrup and garnish with the fresh mint. Serve immediately.

Serves six.


Executive Housekeeper Mary Ann Rodino has some tips on preparing your grill and patio furniture for outdoor entertaining...

If you’re getting your gas grill out for the season, I hope you had time to put it away properly last fall. But with all the stormy weather we had, that may not have been possible. So here’s how to catch up.

Clean the outside of your grill much as you would your car, with hot and soapy water, and then hose it down. Take the internal components apart and clean the burners with hot soapy water and perhaps some degreaser. Use a grill brush for cleaning the grates, along with steel wool and a sponge. Be careful not to scrub too forcefully on the coating as it can cause damage. For the little nooks and crannies use a pipe cleaner to get any build-up. With the grill apart, you can determine if any parts are wearing out and need replacement.

After every use, clean your grill by brushing down the grates, paying attention to the drip pan and the outside of the grill. A grill cover is an inexpensive purchase and cuts down on exterior maintenance.

As for outdoor furniture, clean cloth cushions with soap and water, and let them dry out thoroughly; for stubborn stains use a spot remover. Cushions that are not waterproof should be brought in daily because night dew can dampen them and the filling and possibly cause mildew stains. For waterproof cushions simply brush lightly and wipe down with mild soap and water set them on their ends and let dry. Do not store them in plastic bags.

Yearly maintenance is very important to keep wicker furniture, which is traditionally made of reeds or the roots of aquatic plants, supple and hydrated. With a soft brush clean the wicker, then hose it down let it dry in the sun. Do not sit on the furniture until it is thoroughly dry or the seat will buckle and sag.

Resin and plastic furniture is easier to keep up. The pressure of the outside hose is all you will need if furniture is not too dirty. Otherwise, use hot, soapy water but do not use steel wool or abrasive cleaners, which will scratch the surfaces. Treat your wooden outdoor furniture the same way you would maintain a wooden deck in terms of cleaning and weatherproofing. Consult your manufacturer’s instructions.

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