When most people think of a wellness getaway they think of a warm destination at the beach or even the desert, like my favorite place Sedona. Usually the east coast doesn’t top the list but there are some awesome getaways for those of us who want to relax and rejuvenate but not travel very far.
Here are my top three east coast wellness getaways:
This destination spa and resort offers a stress-relieving retreat in the Poconos region of Pennsylvania. Situated on 150 acres, guests have the opportunity to disconnect from the world and relax in their own way. The lodge offers everything from art classes to hiking to cooking demonstrations to wellness classes. If you just want to relax you can also just enjoy the beauty of the resort which has a lake, golf and tennis, and beautiful spa facilities. The resort also offers adults only accommodations for those who want to stay overnight and great packages for couples, mancations, girlfriend getaways, and foodie experiences.
For those who want less luxury and more quiet and reflectiveness, Yogaville is the place to go. This ashram located in Virginia offers is located in the mountains in a beautiful area. The intent of visiting Yogaville is to practice yoga, meditate, and slow down from your every day environment. The ashram offers a variety of programs including silent retreats, mindfulness & stress reduction and peaceful weigh loss. There is no cell phone reception in the area so this is a great place to do a digital detox, and accommodations are more dorm style than resort. The ashram also provides vegetarian meals to all guests. It is an interfaith community so all religions/backgrounds are welcome but they do share the teachings of Swami Satchidananda, so if you don’t know who he is you will have an idea by the end of your visit.
I’ve always loved Akwaaba from the first time I stayed in their bed and breakfast in Brooklyn and now their location in Pennsylvania offers a perfect getaway to relax and retreat. This outpost of the black owned B&B group is housed in a gorgeous 25,000 square foot mansion. The resort has a spa, a great lawn for games, heated pool, tea room and studio space where yoga, pilates and dance classes are held. The food at Akwaaba is also a highlight, there are great breakfasts served here along with treats throughout the day. This is the perfect place to come and relax, enjoy nature, be pampered and have respite from the busy world.