Many travelers dream of relaxing on a white sandy beach, drinking coconut water and gazing at the ocean seashore. Interestingly enough, many people prefer the serene countryside environment to escape the city stress. So whether you want to hike the local trails or milk a cow at a dairy farm, experience much needed “R&R” at these rural retreats.
Vermont PerfectionLocated in Pittsfield, Vermont Perfection is nestled along side the Green Mountains. Escape to the fertile fields to hike, bike or train on the most popular endurance-training trails. For those who like to relax, take a yoga class while sipping tea in your modern designed room. This retreat is open year round and welcomes skiers and sledders of all ag es to explore and enjoy the bountiful snowfields.
Alderbrook Resort and SpaExperience the best of luxury and class set amidst the natural Pacific Northwest landscapes. Located in Union, Washington the retreat sits along the Hood Canal, which is a glacier-carve fjord home to eagles, osprey, salmon, seals and lots of clams. Luxuriously escape in your chic sheets or relax in a massage. Outdoor enthusiasts step foot into an aquatic and national park playground filled with hiking, kayaking, golfing or boating. Watch the sunset as you wine and dine at the gourmet Alderbrook restaurant.
Harmony FarmsLocated outside Dayton, Ohio, explore 120-acres of lush, fertile landscapes. Two facilities are available for healing arts, retreats and educational workshops. The retreat is an 11 circuit Labyrinth design made from pavers. Frolic amidst the gardens, relax in the hot tub or relieve stress with a spa treatment. Urban dwellers finally connect to their mind, body and spirit at Harmony Farms.
Located in Brattleboro, Vermont, Retreat Farm is a historical and recreational site. With 475 acres of land, guests experience the best hiking, biking, petting goats or kissing llamas. This escape-for-the-day retreat is located next to the Grafton Village Cheese Company. When your hunger pangs, walk next door for a delicious treat of cheese, wine and maple syrup products.
RockCliffe Farm Retreat & LodgeExplore the beautiful Virginian landscapes at RockCliffe. Sleep nicely in the exposed brick wall, hardwood floor cabin, which provides adequate space for families and groups. Rockcliffe features an abundance of activities beyond hiking, boating and fishing. Search for arrowheads; sit in “Jacuzzi Falls” or play ping-pong in the recreational room.
Croixwood Farm RetreatLocated 40 miles east of the Twin Cities, get acquainted with Wisconsin’s countryside at Croixwood. Let your spirit run wild at the 80-acre property to escape the city life. The two-story farm home is designed with the old-school comfort of small-town living. A craft room is available for those who want to get in touch with their knitting skills. This is a perfect retreat for families, groups or art-inspired folks.
Elizabeth is a fitness professional, workshop presenter and freelance writer. She is an active traveler who treks the globe looking for interesting stories to write and places to photograph. Her most significant travel achievements include living and volunteering in Australia twice and studied yoga in India.