3 Wellness Getaways to Relax and Recharge this Summer
Now is the perfect time to talk about summer wellness getaways. During these beautiful months, crowds surge, temperatures rise, and so too, does our desire to get a break from it all.
Fortunately, the location of our fine city affords easy access to many other exciting, yet more relaxed destinations. These weekend wellness getaways from NYC offer fun, relaxation and a little something different not too far from home.
Amtrak is launching service from New York City to the Berkshires starting July 8, making the Massachusetts countryside easier to reach than ever.
A must see is the destination spa Miraval Berkshires, the famed brand’s first retreat in the Northeast. Sitting upon a 380-acre expanse in Lenox, Massachusetts, it’ll have a state-of-art-spa, but also a golf course and a ranch dotted with horses for equine therapy. Its minimalistic, clean-line architecture is an aesthete’s dream.
For a different trip, try Tourists in North Adams. Perched on the banks of the Hoosin River, this transformed motor lodge sits on over 80 sprawling acres. Hike part of the Appalachian trail, meditate by a waterfall, forest bathe, or forage for medicinal plants with a guide. Another notable hotel is Life House Berkshires. The mountain retreat is complete with a cocktail bar, restaurant, library, and a dusty-green interior color scheme which is a nod to the natural landscape that surrounds it.
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Cape Cod’s AutoCamp is the place to go for a camping experience without all the gear, perfect for wellness getaways. Its Airstream suites and luxury tents come with a mini fridge and cookware so you can prepare your own meals al fresco. After you make the drive from New York City, stock up on charcoal, BBQ kits, and breakfast burritos from the on-site general store. You’ll need fuel for the local activities, which include kayaking along the coast, hiking through the old-growth forest of Lowell Holly Reservation, and complimentary yoga.
Or, if you feel like laying low, take a long shower with the suite’s Ursa Major products, then cozy up by your private fire pit. For off-site dining, drive the ten minutes to The Buffalo Jump, a community cafe that serves an eclectic take-out menu at Coonamessett Farm. Be sure to stop and say hi to the alpacas along the way.
Amagansett or Montauk, New York
While each hamlet has its attractions, you can’t go wrong with the laidback charms of Amagansett. Stay at The Roundtree right off Main Street, an idyllic property that offers several shingled cottages as well as rooms in their renovated barn. It’s a mere one-mile bike ride away from the beach. Then there’s The Reform Club, located a quick walk from Amangansett Square. Set upon a rolling four acres, the getaway boats a 20th century tea house with an outdoor fireplace as well as impressive contemporary art collection. There’s nothing quite like sipping rosé in its apple orchard during golden hour.
For those who want something right on the ocean and don’t mind the drive to the end of Long Island, Marram Montauk is the perfect place. Marram describes its vibe as “barefoot luxury,” which is apt: the entire boutique hotel is nestled within the dunes, its courtyard dotted with beachgrass. At night, you can hear the waves crash. The vibe, according to owner Atit Jariwala, is essentially this: “great surfing, check; great food, check; focus on health and fitness, check; great beach, check.” Wellness getaways, check.
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