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The hot spot in Augusta, the capital of Maine, is the 124-room Best Western Senator Inn and Spa, the perfect resort for a weekend away. From the very start of my stay there, every detail was geared to my comfort and enjoyment and not a thing was overlooked.

The Senator Inn in Augusta,
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The hotel is lovely, decorated with crystal and gold chandeliers and mahogany furniture. The entire complex is spotless, despite a large expansion to the spa which is currently in progress. I was immediately impressed by the friendliness and professionalism of the front-desk staff, who cheerfully complied with my requests for information and extra coffee.

My room, a "spa suite," boasted every possible amenity. As I entered, the first thing I noticed was the large gas fireplace built into the far wall of the room. Next to it, a king-sized bed offered ample room for sleeping and lounging. The room boasted a separate alcove for dressing, which included a sink, hairdryer and large closet, as well as a wet bar complete with a coffee maker and refrigerator. The bathroom gleamed with fresh blue-gray ceramic tile and pale blue walls, and was something to see with its telephone, television and bathtub complete with jets. Two more telephones were in the room, as well as a desk and a sitting area with a very comfortable couch. At the end of the bed, carefully folded, were two terry robes and two pairs of sandals from the spa.

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The spa at the Senator Inn is absolutely first-class (reservations: 207-622-8800, ext. 300.). I booked three services, and each one was fabulously relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable.

I sat by the pool as I waited for my spa technician, Kathy. She came to meet me and led me to a comfortable room lined with Aveda lotions and creams. She left the room and instructed me to change from the luxurious spa robe and sandals into a terry cloth wrap. As I waited for her to return, I listened to the softly-playing New Age music that was piped in through a speaker system.

From the moment the facial began, I was blissfully relaxed, and the hour-long service was over far too soon for me. Kathy has been a spa technician for eight years, and her experience in the field is obvious in her work. She cleansed my face and applied steam to open my pores, then wrapped my face in a hot towel, which relaxed my facial muscles. Kathy determined which type of clay mask would best benefit my skin, and she applied it. While the mask worked itself into my skin, Kathy massaged my hands, feet and shoulders.

From the facial, I went directly into the next room and met Katie, the nail technician who prettied my toes with a pedicure. Katie, a nail technician for eight months, clearly loves her work. She was very professional as well as friendly. I was offered tea to sip while she worked, and given the remote control to the massage chair I was sitting in. Katie exfoliated my feet, clipped my cuticles and massaged a moisturizer into my peds before applying the polish I had chosen—a color called Brownstone, which is somewhere between brown and gold.

Spa Offerings Include:

The Cardio Gym
At The Senator Inn.

  • Indoor Salt Water Lap Pool
  • Outdoor Heated Pool
  • Indoor & Outdoor (in season) Hot Tubs
  • Saunas
  • Strength Training Gym
  • Wooded Nature Trails for walking, jogging or x-country skiing
  • Water Aerobics
  • Massage Therapy
  • Facials & Body Treatments
  • Pedicures & Manicures
  • Co-ed Steam Room

After the pedicure, I went back to my suite to change my clothes and meet my husband. By then, both of us were feeling hungry, so we decided to check out the well-known brunch that the Senator offers every weekend.

The dining room was comfortable and decorated in a formal style. The brunch buffet, which costs approximately $15, was well worth the price. Both my husband and I were overwhelmed by the choices offered to us, each presented in a lovely way. There were made-to-order omelets and waffles as well as lunch foods such as haddock, roast beef and rice pilaf. A full array of breads, including scones, was available, as well as a delightful minestrone soup. Elspeth was our waitress, and she tended to our every need with a smile. We were enticed back to the buffet to partake of some of the amazing desserts offered. Lining an entire table, guests are offered Indian pudding, tiramisu and mousse, among several other delectables. I couldn't help but take more than one to sample, and I am glad that I did. Each one was fabulous!

Your body is treated
royally at the Senator
Inn & Spa.

Later in the afternoon I again donned my robe and sandals and headed for the spa, this time for a massage. Ray, my massage therapist, was fabulous. He used a special insert on the massage table to accommodate my large, seven-month-pregnant belly, and it did the trick splendidly, allowing space for my belly while enabling me to lie on my stomach. I don't think I have felt that comfortable since my fifth month, and I certainly have not been able to lie on my stomach, so that was a treat in itself. The massage lasted for nearly an hour and a half, and when it was over I felt as though I had melted into the chair. I don't know how I made it back to my room without collapsing into a heap of mush, but there was a 6 p.m. dinner reservation at the restaurant to get to, and I did not want to be late for what I knew would surely be a treat.

Fine dining is inspired
at the Senator Inn & Spa.

The most difficult part about dinner was making a selection, as everything sounded wonderful. We decided to begin our meal with a sparkling natural juice raspberry spritzer for me and a virgin margarita for my husband, which we sipped over a giant plate overflowing with nachos that we had ordered as an appetizer. The nachos had a hearty taste, almost reminiscent of a good homemade chile, and with all of the side fixings that came with them could have been a meal on their own.

We were trying to save room for the main course, however, so we moved on to the salad bar and fresh bread that were offered. The bread was a delightful whole-wheat mini-loaf, still warm from the oven, and we happily ate the whole thing between the two of us. The salad bar was loaded with greens and fresh ingredients, and the garlic-herb vinaigrette dressing was the perfect selection to accompany the fresh ingredients.

When our meals came, the two of us were delighted by the presentation of the food, particularly my plate of baked-stuffed shrimp, which arrived artfully arranged with tails fanned. My husband's garlic chicken and pasta looked wonderful as well. My shrimp, which came with a baked potato, were too much for me, and I couldn't finish them. Our waitress, Kathleen, told us that the Senator's portions tend to be large, and that was plain for me to see. Still, we hated to pass on dessert altogether. When Kathleen brought the cart to our table and we peered into it at the wide array of desserts, it was hard to choose just one. My husband chose the chocolate mousse, which was wonderfully smooth, and I had the raspberry sorbet, a mountain of a dessert comprised of a scoop of sorbet surrounded by a meringue shell and topped with whipped cream and halved strawberries. It was amazing.

The Senator Inn
has it's own in-house
bakery for fresh breads!

The Senator Inn also features an Expresso Bar with Cappuccinos, Lattes, Teas & fresh Maine-roasted coffees blended expressly for the resort. The dining options at the Senator Inn are very popular with locals and hotel guests. The Senator serves from 6:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. daily, with the gourmet Sunday Brunch Buffet weekly from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A Cafe Menu with appetizers, items from the Raw Bar, sandwiches, soups & salads is also available in the Lobby Bar & Oyster Bar. And don't forget room service!

The Best Western Senator Inn
and Spa has been voted:

  • "Best Brunch in Maine" — Maine Times Readers' Poll
  • #1 in Dining Excellence — Greater Augusta area, Past 4 years (Market Surveys of America)
  • Top 150 in Dining Excellence in New England — (Best Businesses of America, year 2000)
  • Augusta's Best Banquet Facility — Past 7 years.

After dinner the two of us felt that we needed to relax for a few minutes, so we headed to our suite to enjoy the fireplace. We couldn't let the day end, however, without changing into workout gear and heading to the spa's gym. A large room filled with aerobic workout equipment greeted us, as well as free weights and Nautilus equipment. The large pool offers classes to members and guests of the hotel, and there is also a hot tub and sauna to enjoy. We headed for the aerobic equipment, however, and I enjoyed my daily three mile walk on a treadmill while watching the FOX News Channel and the Discovery Channel on the flat-screen TV affixed to the front of the machine.

Other services:

Gift Shop offerings, including swim suits, Aveda skincare & makeup & products by Peter Thomas Roth.
Golf Packages at nearby Golf Digest top ranked Belgrade Lakes Golf Course Complimentary hot breakfast and fresh baked goods from their own bakery. Both U.S. & Canadian currency accepted. Deluxe private conference room in the Presidential Suite Large 2-person sauna in room 171. Refrigerators in deluxe rooms. Rollaway mirrors & cribs available upon request. Coffee/tea makers, irons w/boards & hair dryers in all rooms. Cable television with HBO; VCR & movie rental. Easy access data ports in all rooms. Free local calls & 800-access Pets allowed in certain rooms only, with a pet fee & security deposit. Please call the hotel directly for more information. Fax, photocopy & Fed-Ex business services Same day laundry/dry cleaning services Monday-Friday Nature trails for walking, jogging or cross country skiing.

The Senator Inn and Spa is the perfect destination for a weekend getaway. The service is truly first-class, the staff are courteous and professional, and the atmosphere is energetic and exciting.

By Laura Romano, Maine Jetsetters Magazine Correspondent.