In 1994, I met Rita Kurzinski at the Heartland Spa in Gilman, IL. We spoke to each other on the morning walks and at meals, but since she is from Stevens Point, WI and I am from Schaumburg, IL, I never thought I’d see her again. In 1995, we just happened to choose the same week for our visit to Heartland and got to know each other better. By this time, we were both big Heartland fans, so we decided that, in the future, we’d always choose the same week for our return visits. We did not communicate throughout the year… just a quick email when it was almost time to sign up for our next visit. We returned to the Heartland’s Gilman location for 5 nights every year until its last season, 2014.
We are so grateful that the Heartland has now re-opened in Lake Geneva WI. We just returned from enjoying delicious meals, fun exercise classes like Aquacize and African Dance, yoga classes on the hotel terrace and relaxing massages. We plan to continue our annual Heartland reunions at the new location. By the way, during our 2013 visit, we discovered that we both love to play Scrabble on our iPhones and iPads, so now, every Tuesday night year round, the Heartland Spa buddies are also Scrabble buddies and we will be friends forever.
By: Carolyn McClure