Unwinding on the stormy Oregon coastal town of Astoria means diving into a good read, watching the ships pass along the Columbia River, heading into a local coffee house or brewpub, or a soothing massage.
And that’s just what I did on a blustery Sunday afternoon last weekend. The Cannery Pier Spa offers everything from facials to complete massage packages.
A whirlpool spa and Finnish sauna are also located here to complete the “ahhh” experience.
I chose the Walk on the Beach package ($190), in honour of the previous morning’s rain-soaked walk out to Cannon Beach’s famed Haystack Rock.
After a brief sauna session, I entered a cozy candlelit room for a Marine minerals foot therapy. The large foot-soaking tub contained Chinese jasmine bath salts with dark-coloured warm stones for a textural sensation on the bottom of my feet.
As I slid under the warm towel layers on the massage table, Massage Therapist Leigh Oviatt started with a dry brush massage followed by a full body Dead sea salt polish with citrus essential oils.
And following that, I was covered with shea butter coconut butter finishing cream, blended specially at the spa.
Plastic and warm towels soon enveloped me, allowing all the soft goodness to work into my skin. After a quick shower ‘intermission’, it was back to the table for a one hour full body massage. By this time, I was nearly comatose and wondered how I’d ever get up from that table!
The two and half hour session left me in a state of deep bliss. About halfway through the massage, the rain started to gain force, making it seem as though the table was set in the middle of a rain forest. Very romantic.
I highly recommend an afternoon at Cannery Pier Spa. This treat restored my skin to baby smoothness, giving me a deep sleep that night.
Visit the Cannery Pier Spa website to learn about the other treatments offered, ranging from quick chair massages and reflexology to a full day escape. The spa is located on the first floor of the Cannery Pier Hotel in Astoria at 10 Basin Street.
My Walk on the Beach package was courtesy of the Cannery Pier Hotel and Spa. Many thanks to Leigh for an amazing afternoon in your good company!