Here at the Ranch

So, I’m in Massachusetts… still…

and again.

This whole time I was thinking I’d be going to New York because one of the two possible places I could be picked up was New York. Since I was being picked up in Hartford, we were going to New York. <– see the illogical leap my brain made there?

I guess that’s what happens with all the traveling -and little sleep- I’ve done in the past 48 hours 😉 It’s funny because I know Lenox is indeed in Massachusetts… which is where I am.

Canyon Ranch Lenox.

Property 5

It’s breathtakingly gorgeous here.

Property 3

So I want to be totally transparent with you guys: I work at Canyon Ranch Tucson. I teach fitness there, but when Canyon Ranch contacted me to visit Lenox as a media guest, I was excited for the opportunity. Save for a spa day at Canyon Ranch Tucson a couple of years ago, I haven’t really had the guest experience, and it’s totally different than staying at the resort in Tucson with all of the friends I see and work with on a regular basis. For this reason, I’m not going to be writing about the fitness classes -even though I’ll definitely be taking a few while I’m here- or comparing the two resorts. If you have any questions about CR Tucson, please send me an email and if I’m unable to answer it, I’ll be happy to refer you to someone who can.

Instead, I’ll be focusing more on the outdoor excisions,

Property 2

spa treatments and glorious accommodations.

The food alone is reason to visit Canyon Ranch- all healthy, all delicious.


(Vegan prickly pear sorbet to finish out dinner)

When I first arrived, I met with reservations in the main lobby. The guest service attendant walked with me to my room, which is lush, clean and surrounded by greenery.


One of the things I really love about CR is that all of the water and ice is filtered- there’s even a filter in the room.

Room 3

(Does anyone else think of this while wearing a North Face jacket? Condescending Wonka.)

Powder room:

Room 4

Comfy robes:


and little touches that make the room unique


Room 2

including inspirational and meditation CDs,

and fun goodies upon arrival: a Canyon Ranch shirt (fitted or T), BPA-free water bottle, messenger bag. I also received some surprise gifts in my room:

a hat and both of Mel Zuckerman’s books.

Cr stuff

(Thank you!!)

If you aren’t familiar with his story, it’s truly incredible.  It’s proof of the dramatic impact that health can have on the quality of life. Instead of acquiescing to the health complications he was facing, he made a complete lifestyle transformation, and has since then created an inviting atmosphere for others to do the same. I see Mr. Z every day I go into work, and with all of the success that he and his wife Enid have created for themselves, they remain humble and kind. They’re pioneers of the health industry and I’m fortunate to know them.

I miss Oliv and the Pilot like crazy, but we’ve Skyped twice so far (Livi has been clapping like crazy lately, and it’s the best thing ever). As much as I miss them, I’m enjoying this chance to slow down and refresh.

Can’t wait to kiss these faces Monday night:

Tom and liv

(Blurry yet perfect pic)

I’m excited to take pictures to share with you all (food photos coming tomorrow) and explore. I’ll scope out a place to film a workout quickie while I’m here, too.

See you soon!



Good luck to those of you with races in the morning!! Thank you so much for the kind words on my 10k- I needed them <3

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  1. Rachel on September 22, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    I figured out Canyon Ranch was your employer a while back (I mean how many top flight spas are there in Tuscon?) and I’m pretty sure lots of others have as well. Doesn’t matter to me. 🙂 Have a great time!

    Also, what does the prickly pear taste like? I’ve never had it.

  2. Olivia on September 22, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    That is so awesome that you get to see the other side of the coin, as it were. And what a great opportunity to relax and get some you-time! I hope you have a fabulous time.

    Any chance there’s a Canyon Ranch give-away in the works? 😉

  3. Brittany on September 22, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    I’d love to stay at a Canyon Ranch resort. I visited the CR gym/cafe/spa at the Venetian and it was awesome so I can only imagine how nice the resorts are.

  4. @pluvk on September 23, 2012 at 12:02 am

    Prickly pear? Wow! What does that taste like? Have a wonderful time… The place looks like heaven!

  5. Abby on September 23, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Gorgeous! Sleep better tonight lady! Who knows when you’ll get another opportunity like this again!

  6. Krystina on September 23, 2012 at 12:17 am

    Sigh, you’re in my hometown. Beautiful, right?

  7. Averie @ Averie Cooks on September 23, 2012 at 1:13 am

    Pretty nice digs, there! Wow! Looks gorgeous and glad you’re able to enjoy it. Thanks for the glimpse into things on that side of the country.

  8. Alicia on September 23, 2012 at 2:06 am

    Have to say that room really makes me want to have a vacation! But what really drew me in was those pictures on the outside! So lovely! Hope you have a really relaxing trip!!

  9. Sara on September 23, 2012 at 2:45 am

    Oh WOW, that resort is gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous and you are a lucky girl! I’d probably just be wandering from zumba class to massage studio .. all day.

  10. Kate on September 23, 2012 at 3:22 am

    Wow..Love it!! I`ve never been there before but it looks just amazing. I have to put it on my destination list :P! Thanks for sharing all those great pictures with us! Hope you will have a great time there 🙂

  11. Jess on September 23, 2012 at 4:48 am

    Wow it all sounds so amazing!!! Enjoy yourself and unwind! Livi looks very happy cuddled with her Daddy!

  12. Krista on September 23, 2012 at 6:11 am

    I’m confused. So you did know you were going to CR Lenox after the race? But you thought (and said) you were going to NY?

    It looks incredible there. Have a wonderful stay!

  13. Lindsey on September 23, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Looks like a great trip! I live in western MA, though not quite as far west as you are at the moment, and love everything about this area during this part of the year. You probably won’t quite get to see any leaves changing this weekend, but the crisp mornings are one of the best things ever! Enjoy your weekend at Canyon Ranch–I’m off to their website to pretend I’m there, too!

  14. Melissa on September 23, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Yay! Enjoy, CR. much deserved – as a new mom, this is exactly what you need. Enjoy . Can’t wait to see the pics. -m

  15. Irene on September 23, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Have fun! I live in CT only 45 min from lil old’ Hartford. Funny to hear you running around the north east!

  16. Brittany on September 23, 2012 at 8:38 am

    You know as much as you miss Tom and Liv, it is so nice for them to spend some daddy daughter time while you have some mama time alone. I am 17 and I still love all the daddy daughter time I get. As Liv gets older it would be nice for Tom to take her out to dinner one night just the two of them. I love daddy dates!

  17. Lindsey on September 23, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Gorgeous!! I LOVE the canyon ranch cookbooks!! 🙂

  18. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles on September 23, 2012 at 10:02 am

    Your room looks gorgeous! It’s definitely nice that you get to see a resort from a guest perspective.

  19. Meredyth on September 23, 2012 at 10:45 am

    You’re in Lenox! That’s my hometown. =) I live in Austin now, but my parents live about a mile up the road from Canyon Ranch in the center of town. It’s a BEAUTIFUL time of year to be in the Berkshires. It’s so fun to see what the inside of Canyon Ranch looks like! Enjoy your stay, Gina!

  20. Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction on September 23, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    You are in my neck of the woods!!!

  21. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on September 23, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    What a beautiful resort! Enjoy your rest girly, you’ve earned it!

  22. Angie on September 23, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    That looks nice! I love the northeast

  23. Amy Brich on September 23, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    My boss and her daughter are at Canyon Ranch this week. I’ll have to have her take one of your classes.

    • Fitnessista on September 23, 2012 at 10:02 pm

      no way! zumba on wed and sat 🙂

  24. kirsten on September 23, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    I saw your husband and daughter at Target tonight! I was too much of a fraidy cat to go up to him and tell him that I love his wife’s blog but your daughter is super adorable. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on September 23, 2012 at 10:54 pm

      oh my goodness! you should have said hi! that’s so cute 🙂 i just got off the phone with them- he did the sunday target, trader joe’s run and now they’re at dinner at the madre’s 🙂

  25. Amanda Perry @ Sistas of Strength on September 24, 2012 at 8:10 am

    How fun! I live in MA and haven’t been to Canyon Ranch, but I have friends who have gone and absolutely loved it. Maybe I should put it on my bucket list! 🙂 Either that or come out to Tucson and check that one out and meet you. haha

    • Fitnessista on September 24, 2012 at 10:59 am

      both sound good 🙂

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