Merridale Spa Last week, I wanted to surprise my wife with a spa day, so I started looking up some of the local day spas in the area. One of my friends told me that he had just been to the bistro at Merridale Ciderworks for lunch a few days previous and that he had seen brochures for their Orchard Spa, so I looked it up on their website and scanned through their list of services. I picked up the phone and arranged for an hour-long couples massage, followed by a platter of breads and dips, meats, candied salmon, etc.  This whole experience took place in what Merridale calls their “Antioxidant Hut” at the front of the orchard. They also do spa treatments for groups down in their yurt that overlooks the pond and that they’re currently working on packages to accommodate up to 12 guests (and no, that’s not a typo!). The Orchard Spa at Merridale is a hidden gem, so check it out if you like getting off the beaten track!