Vacations are often spent exploring a new destination with a packed schedule of activities, visiting with family or riding the thrill rides at an amusement park. Now and then, it’s a great idea to take a relaxing vacation instead, one where you can unplug from the regular noise in your life and do some serious self-recharging. Here are some relaxing places to go if you’re ready for a less hectic vacation.
Quiet beach destinations do exist, and with the internet, they aren’t too difficult to find anymore. Search for Oregon, New England or North Carolina coast rentals to find a beach house on a quiet stretch of sand near a small town. Spend your days reading a great book from the comfort of your sunny deck as you listen to the soothing sound of the waves.
Take the outdoor peace and quiet of tent camping and mix it with the conveniences of a nice hotel room or cabin and you have glamping, otherwise known as glamorous camping. The western states of Colorado, Montana and Utah are full of resorts that offer glamping tents that are stocked with comfortable bedroom furniture, attached full bathrooms with luxurious amenities, and front porches for stargazing or a morning cup of coffee. Most glamping resorts include farm-to-table meals as part of the package. These accommodations are located in areas full of outdoor recreation activities like hiking, biking, fishing, and kayaking should you decide to venture out of the resort.
If you love the outdoors but don’t want to stay in a tent, try a wilderness lodge. These are usually located in the larger national parks across the United States, like Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Great Smoky Mountain parks. Alaska and Montana have several remote lodges if you are looking for a vacation that takes you totally off-the-grid.
If cities are more your style, look for a spa resort tucked away in a quiet setting, yet close to a metropolitan area. Most have several acres of landscaped grounds for you to relax in. Enjoy a bit of pampering with massages, facials, and skin treatments. Outdoor yoga and tai-chi exercises are usually offered as well. Some resorts also give educational seminars on wellness practices so you can continue the positive vibes at home.
If you’re looking for a relaxing vacation option this year, try out a quiet beach, glamping spot, wilderness lodge, or a spa resort.