Each footfall on the gravel path leading up to the entrance of Reverie Spa Retreat in LaPorte, Indiana, is auditory therapy, symbolizing the journey from the real world to a peaceful escape where nature and health are of primary importance and cell phones and laptops don't exist. Situated on 54 acres of land, Reverie enjoys the best of both worlds, only a 90-minute drive from Chicago, yet in the heartland of Indiana.
Spa owner and manager Beth Warren embodies this combination of city and country. Raised on a farm in Indiana, Warren lived in downtown Chicago for nearly a decade, and taught school. She and her husband eventually started a violin refurbishing company that became extraordinarily successful and demanded a significant chunk of her time, and Warren also became a mother. When asked how she went from a decidedly urban, business-focused lifestyle to the owner of a spa retreat reminiscent of those found in the Italian and French countrysides, she throws up her hands and says, “I blame it all on turning 40.”
Devoting six years to finding, refurbishing and adding on to an old farmhouse was a labor of love for Warren, who embraces her modest farm upbringing, saying it taught her about the importance of nature and peace. The cuisine offered at Reverie reflects that as well, due mainly to the all-organic menu, the garden and the greenhouse all located on the property. “Pure, natural food is so important. What you put into your body is so crucial for your health, and it reflects on your skin,” Warren says. “This was one of the many things I learned while growing up on the farm.”