By: Randall Wellman, LMT, MS Spa Director
The other day, I was watching the Travel Channel or Food Network when I ran across a show about Denmark. The Danes are always ranked as one of the happiest countries in the world; yet, they live in a place that sees little sunlight during the long, cold winter months. They have a word for that “spirit”. That word is: “Hygge”. It is lost in translation (I love words like that), but here is the best description I found on the web:
Hygge [‘hoo-ga’] – a deep sense of place & well-being; a feeling of friendship, warmth, contentment and peace with your immediate surroundings.
Hygge is a Danish concept which roughly describes that warm and fuzzy feeling when you’re surrounded by good food and good company. Hygge is an important element of the Danish mentality. The term is difficult to translate, but it is often, inadequately, translated as coziness. Yet, it is much more than that because it encompasses many different words. Hygge can mean cozy, comfy, snug and having a good time according to the context the word is used in, but most of all hygge means all of that in one term which makes it such a unique Danish word.
The term hygge is widely used and connected with different situations. For instance you can have a hygge-evening and a hygge-weekend. You can have a hygge-chat and you can even sit in a hygge-corner.
Hyggelig is the adjective for hygge and is used about many things. A person can be described as hyggelig, a café and a town – especially if it is a small town – can be hyggelig. Furniture for instance a sofa can be hyggelig and candlelight are definitely hyggelige.
Needless to say everyone deserves a bit of Hygge in their life!
Here’s a cool link to how the word sounds: Hygge
This feeling of hygge is exactly what the Inn & Spa at Cedar Falls conveys, especially in the winter time. Many staff and local folks’ consider winter their favorite time of year. Guests who come to the Inn during the off season often find a truer sense of peace in the Hocking Hills that is not there during the crowded tourist season. The stillness and silence is calming and relaxing.
The Danes are big believers in the power of the spa vacation. For them it is a communal time to keep close w/ loved ones, do business, and gossip in a laid back, friendly way. This must be why our spa is so busy during the winter months.
I cannot fully describe to you the feeling of the Hocking Hills in the winter because it is indescribable. We invite you to experience it for yourself and then it is yours alone. We think it will be your favorite season too.