Staycation (n): a luxurious vacation in your own city!
With school back in session, mommy-duties are in fulllll swing. From after school activities and running errands, to helping with homework just in time to get dinner on the table – it is downright exhausting. Fellow mamas, I know you feel me. Some days I just want to either hide under the covers or escape for a quick vacay. But of course with my little ones’ busy schedule, traveling anywhere seems out of the question. Until I realized – you don’t have to travel far to enjoy a weekend getaway!
Upon this realization, I quickly rallied the #squad and planned a weekend rendezvous out of the city! We planned our stay at Hotel Arista, a Forbes Four-Star rated in the heart of the CityGate Centre in downtown Naperville.
For those of you who are skeptical about a suburban getaway, you’re not alone. However, I was seriously blown away by how effortlessly luxurious this hotel is. Hotel Arista’s boutique charm makes it a rarity when it comes to suburban hotels. There’s no cold corporate-business-trip feel. In fact, it’s quite the opposite: warm, inviting, refreshed, modern, and glamorous.
And most importantly, it checked off my 3 Staycation non negotiables:
Read on for a recap of our Girlfriends’ Staycation at Hotel Arista! PS – we were having SO much fun, I forgot to take any cute pics!! So I apologize in advanced for my iPhone pics lol!
Once we got ourselves settled in to our King Size Suite (hell ya!), we went exploring and naturally found ourselves craving a little retail therapy. The extremely accommodating Concierge told us that we were located just a few miles away from…. wait for it… THE Chicago Premium Outlet Mall! If you don’t know what this is, then you are NOT a true professional shopper. The Outlet Mall is a destination for fashion lovers around the city. It has over 170 stores with ALL discounted prices. I’m talking Adidas, Saks Off Fifth, Kate Spade, Nike, etc. To say we made a dent in our wallets is an understatement.
Adjacent to the hotel you’ll find the Arista Spa & Salon. Using a combination of ancient Mediterranean healing with modern innovation, this sanctuary is 6,500 sq. feet of tranquility. The spa offers beauty and wellness services that soothe the body and enrich the soul. I feel calmer just thinking about it. I’ve been to a lot of spas in my day, and this one has to be a top 5. I opted for the 75 minute Detox & Purify Mud Treatment. And yes – it was as magical as it sounds. The only description that does this service any justice is 75 minutes of pure bliss. I left my service feeling cleansed, revived, and relaxed.
Throughout the course of the weekend, I think my girlfriends and I went to the spa at least 4 times. We scheduled mani/pedis, got blow outs, and even just went to sit in the spa. It’s safe to say we took pampering to a whole new level.
While downtown Naperville has an array of great restaurants, the hotel has 6 on-site that are to die for. Every morning we had breakfast at SugarToad located in the hotel lobby. The hotel’s Executive Chef has curated a damn good menu. Nothing too fancy, just to the point and amazing. It’s also great for people watching ;) lol! We also ate at (my favorite) the CityGate Grille! Now this was fine dining. USDA prime rib steaks, unique cocktails, and fresh small plates, CityGate Grille exceeded all of my expectations. I’m already begging my husband to take me on a date night to Naperville!
While I’m a city girl through and through, this Naperville Staycation brought me solace, relaxation, and some much needed girl time. Thanks for the amazing hospitality Hotel Arista! Don’t worry, I’ll be back ;)