Relaxing Retreats

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I’ve been on a mission to find some of the most peaceful retreats and destinations spas around North America. I’ve also been fortunate to visit a good many of these places during the course of my travels over the past decade.  Here are few places that stand out for me.

El Monte Sagrado in Taos, New Mexico

I spent a few days in Taos, New Mexico at El Monte Sagrado during the opening of their renovated spa. Taos itself is an interesting destination, where the people who live there seem to have found their purpose in life and tap into the energy of the area. For me, the lodging was relaxing and luxurious, the balcony was peaceful, and the grounds provided a serene setting. At night I could sit on my balcony with a glass of wine, look towards Taos Mountain, and watch shooting stars streak across the sky. If that’s not a relaxing retreat, I don’t know what is.

Spa Eastman, Eastern Provinces, Quebec, Canada

Spa Eastman is a destination spa and wellness retreat that offers healthy choices for both mind and body. I was there during the coldest part of winter, with white powdering snow covering everything. My lodging was set away from the main part of the grounds, which required a morning walk through the woods. What was so peaceful was the silence as I trudged through the knee high snow. I’d love to go back here and spend at least a week.

The Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills, California

At The Beverly Hilton, I really felt like I had stepped into another time. Another world. This hotel holds so many memories that the essence of celebrities of another era ooze from the walls. It’s the perfect place for screenwriters to finish their latest project or for a writer to complete that best-selling novel. For me, this is what makes The Beverly Hilton a relaxing retreat.

Houmas House Plantation, Darrow, Louisiana

Being a Louisiana native, there’s something about these mansions along the Mississippi River that make me long for a revival of manners and etiquette. I think in a past life I must’ve been royalty because I sure do enjoy the finer things in life. I spent a night for a relaxing retreat in the caretaker’s cottage at Houmas House Plantation, located only 30 minutes from my home. At night when the plantation closed for the evening, the gates were locked and I had the entire grounds to explore on my own. It was raining, but I sat on the front porch, sipping some bubbly, and spent time writing.

I’ve been to many more places in the world, but these are just a few that come to mind this morning as I sit writing, sipping on a fresh cup of Community Coffee. Where are some amazing places you’ve been? Where would you go if given the opportunity?