Contrary to what children might think, teachers do indeed exist outside of the classroom. They’re real human beings, complete with eyes that get tired and backs that get sore. It’s February school vacation this week, teachers, and it’s not just for kids.
Here are a few day trip or overnight relaxation destinations offering educator discounts. So bring your school ID or other form of proof, but leave that stack of quizzes at home — you can grade them when you get back.
You don’t have to go far to feel like you’re in a European spa: The turreted Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills in Plymouth is a 50-room manor designed to feel like a private estate in the French countryside, taking inspiration from — art teachers will appreciate this — Claude Monet’s paintings, right down to the landscaped gardens with an arched bridge over a lily pond with a weeping willow nearby.
From Feb. 15-19, the 14,000-square-foot Mirbeau Spa offers an educators’ discount of 25 percent off a massage, body treatment, or facial. Relax in a private treatment room, each boasting fireplace and private sound system, for a deep-tissue massage or European stone massage, using heated river stones.
Afterward, it’s free to take a steam in the eucalyptus-infused steam room, relax by the stone fireplace and heated foot massage pool, or head outside to the terrace, with its whirlpool hot tub, waterfall, fireplace, and bar. Sip a glass of wine and enjoy a cheese plate, lobster BLT, or wild mushroom flatbread.
The discount applies to spa treatments only, but you might want to treat yourself to a manicure and pedicure at the salon or a yoga class in the fitness center. Should you decide to stay the night, dine at the Bistro and Wine Bar, where grilled Plymouth oysters, fresh swordfish, and lobster mac & cheese are par for the course. Each guest room has a fireplace, oversize soaking tub, plush bathrobes, and walk-in shower. In the morning, linger over coffee and quiche, French toast with fruit, or crepes with duck confit and sweet potato hash. Room rates vary. 35 Landmark Drive, Plymouth. 877-647-2328 or 508-209-2626. www.mirbeau.com.
The Colonnade Hotel in Boston’s Back Bay may make for a neat little getaway, especially if it’s freezing out. That’s because families checking in for a two-night stay on Feb. 12 or 13, 19 or 20 pay what the outdoor temperature is at 5 p.m. the night they arrive. So if it’s 4 degrees out, you pay $4, and a special $299 rate for the second night. The package also includes ice skate rentals for four at Boston Common Frog Pond or tickets for the Old Town Trolley Tour, the make-your-own hot chocolate bar, and garage parking. They’re also giving teachers an apple martini. 120 Huntington Ave., Boston. 617-424-7000. www.colonnadehotel .com
New England K-8 teachers always get in free at the Boston Children’s Museum (308 Congress St. 617-426-6500. www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org), and New England K-12 teachers always get in free at the New England Aquarium with the Teacher Pass Program. Sign up online. It takes three weeks to get in the system, so make plans now for April vacation. 1 Central Wharf, Boston. For teacher pass information, call 617-973-6590. www.neaq.org.
Lauren Daley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.