The Hotel Hershey: Immerse yourself in a world of chocolate - and golf

By Tim McDonald, Contributor

The Hotel Hershey has the Chocolate Spa and all its various chocolate skin treatments, as well as access to Hersheypark and - for golfers - Hershey Country Club, Spring Creek Golf Course and Hershey Links.

The Hotel Hershey
The Hotel Hershey is a Mobil Four-Star, AAA Four-Diamond hotel with 230 guest rooms and suites.
The Hotel HersheyThe Hotel Hershey - RoomHershey Links Golf Course
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HERSHEY, Pa. - Who among us, if we are to be honest, has not dreamed of immersing him or herself in a giant vat of chocolate?

If you go to the Hotel Hershey, in the Willie Wonka Pennsylvania city of Hershey, you can do so without embarrassment or persecution.

The sensuousness of chocolate has often been compared to sex and for good reason. British researchers in a recent study proved that hearts and brains were more stimulated among young people after eating chocolate than passionate kissing.

I guess it depends on who you're kissing.

In any case, the Hershey Hotel (www.thehotelhershey.com), and particularly its Chocolate Spa, is all about chocolate. The first question they ask you when you check in, after your name, is whether you prefer milk or dark chocolate.

If you're looking for a golf/chocolate road trip, this is where you want to be.

The spa has all sorts of chocolate treatments, which are gaining respectability after scientists found that chocolate has direct benefits to the skin, as well as the heart.

The key ingredient of chocolate, cocoa, can lower blood pressure, help muscles recover from exercise and provide antioxidants.

Then again, the average chocolate bar has about 400 calories.

Also: No definitive studies yet on bathing in chocolate as opposed to eating it.

The spa offers such treatments as chocolate hydrotherapy, a chocolate bean polish, a chocolate "super scrub," in which you get all scrubbed down with chocolate, and a chocolate fondue wrap, where you get your body brushed with essence of cocoa and "warmed moor mud," followed by the fondue application.

Don't forget the whipped cocoa bath.

The spa has non-chocolate treatments as well, with 15 massage rooms, six wet treatment rooms, nine facial rooms and the Garden Salon. It also has steam rooms and soaking tubs.

The Hotel Hershey is a beautiful facility, even if you're allergic to chocolate - a Mobil Four-Star, AAA Four-Diamond hotel with 230 guest rooms and suites.

Every one of the rooms has a view of the formal gardens, the front terrace or the town of Hershey and all the chocolate the law allows. All the rooms are equipped with free Wi-Fi access.

Added bonuses are the savings on Hersheypark tickets guests get, free admission to Hershey Gardens and Hershey Museum, and access to excellent golf.

For recreation, there are the four golf courses in the Hershey Collection, which includes the two courses at the Hershey Country Club, the nine-hole Spring Creek Golf Course and Hershey Links.

Hershey Links is a nice draw for golfers wanting a golf/chocolate road trip. It's a scenic layout a touch over 7,000 yards from the back tees on 175 rolling acres of natural bluffs and ravines. The elevation provides both strategy and good views over the Kingdom of Chocolate.

The Hershey Country Club has two courses, the East course designed by George Fazio in 1969 and the West, designed by Maurice McCarthy in 1930.

The hotel also has two swimming pools, a health and fitness center, basketball, tennis and bocce ball courts, bicycle rentals and nature trails for hiking.

You'll need all this exercise after you visit all the chocolate attractions in the city, like Hersheypark, and all the pit stops on Chocolate Avenue.

The hotel is well-equipped to handle meetings, with 23,500 square feet of meeting space, wireless high-speed Internet and wi-fi.

Also, the Hershey Lodge has 665 rooms and all the amenities of the hotel, as well as an 18-hole miniature golf course. It has 100,000 square feet of meeting space.

For more information about Hershey golf and travel, see www.hersheypa.com.

Tim McDonaldTim McDonald, Contributor

Veteran golf writer Tim McDonald keeps one eye on the PGA Tour and another watching golf vacation hotspots and letting travelers in on the best place to vacation.


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