My QG Spa Day

This week I’ll be out exploring a new destination (getting to my 45th US state!)  but last week I was home in Baltimore relaxing. Part of my Baltimore relaxing fun took me to The QG in the Inner Harbor of Baltimore.


The QG stands for Quintessential Gentleman and originally was a male-centric grooming shop. It has evolved in the 10 years it has been open and now is a full-fledged day spa, barbershop, department store, on-site tailor, cigar lounge, with an almost complete women’s salon.

Tailor’s setup:

he QG Tailor

I’ve always had male friends go here but recently a lot of my female friends have been in for facials, massages, pedicures, and more. Recently I was contacted and asked to stop by and check out the new setup. It is so close to my house that I made some appointments last Monday for a Hydrafacial and a 65 minute massage. Spa day!!!

The soon-to-be women’s hair salon behind these gorgeous barn doors:

The QG Women's salon

My spa experience is varied- I’ve been all over the world and had many different types of massages- Swedish, Balinese, Thai, deep tissue, and more.  I love all massages (even those ouchy Thai ones!) But I haven’t found a great massage in Baltimore yet (yet, keep reading!)

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QG shopping

I’m not big on facials. Usually my face breaks out immediately afterward from the product and it looks like someone has been poking my face with a needle if extractions are done.  I was very nervous about the facial to say the least!

Ariel was my esthetician and she walked me through the process. Hydrafacial is a new machine and facial “utilizes hydradermabrasion, a chemical peel, automated painless extractions, and a special delivery of Antioxidants, Hyaluronic Acid and Peptides”. (per their website).

The QG Spa Hydrafacial

Ariel and I chatted about travel while we started the process.  After she cleansed my skin by hand we started with the Hydrafacial machine. At first it was a little strange with the wand scrubbing off all my dead skin, next was chemical peel that did not feel at all like I thought a chemical peel would.  It was pleasant and I figured it would hurt- nope! Next came extractions.  Now here is where the Hydrafacial could have lost me.  I hate extractions. I look terrible after them and they hurt.  With Hydrafacial it was not painful at all- I was so impressed.  If you hate extractions, this is the facial for you!!!! After all of that Ariel used the wand to give my face as much moisture as it would absorb.  After about 35 minutes I was all done!

My skin was really smooth and amazing looking. I’ve never been able to notice a good difference before with a facial right away- this was the first! And the extractions didn’t irritate my skin or make it look like I had been poked with a needle.  Seriously, my face has never looked this good.

The QG spa

Once my face was glowing and gorgeous I had an amazing massage. Mandy is a longtime favorite at the QG and I was lucky to get on her schedule.  She asked my preferences for my massage, which are medium strength and be nice to my Achilles. My shoulders are always a wreck after sitting hunched over a computer all day and the massage helped work out all the kinks. This was the best massage I have received in Baltimore by far. If you are looking for a great massage in Baltimore, find Mandy at The QG Spa.

The QG spa baltimore

Spa Day at The QG in Baltimore was a great way to spend a rainy day- both male and female readers should check it out in the Inner Harbor.

Reader questions: Are you big on facials? What is your favorite kind of massage?

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3 Responses

  1. Mom says:

    I wanted you to take a selfie after your facial!

  2. I’ve actually never been big on facials or massages… these seem perfect though! I have trouble ACTUALLY relaxing! haha

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