5 Tranquil Retreats to Detox, Recharge and Soothe Your City-Weary Mind
You took an elbow to the ribs on the B train this morning, your deli was out of everything bagels and your boss just surprised you with a massive project…due tomorrow. Yup, sounds like you could use a break from the city. Whether you want to trek the Berkshires or just lie around in a terry-cloth robe for a few days, these oases will leave you feeling recharged and ready to face whatever the city throws at you.
If you want to disconnect: Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health (2 hours, 45 minutes from NYC)
Starting to worry that your phone may become permanently attached to your hand? Head to this Berkshires retreat, where guests are encouraged to put away their devices. (There are just a few designated areas they’re permitted.) The clean but bare-bones accommodations (think college dorms) won’t tempt you to document everything on Instagram, which is all the better to focus on Kripalu’s stellar programming—the lineup has included yogi Rajashree Choudhury and Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman—or just relax with an ayurvedic facial or massage. And though the dining hall offers plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, plan on chatting with your new friends at dinner: Each morning starts off with a silent breakfast.
57 Interlaken Rd., Stockbridge, MA; kripalu.org
If you want to detox: The Copperhood Retreat & Spa (2 hours from NYC)
You tried to do Whole30, but you could only walk by so many slice joints before you caved. Take temptation out of the equation at this spot, known for weight-loss plans specializing in nutrient-rich juices and bone broths. After you complete a personalized questionnaire, your progress is closely monitored throughout your stay. Activities like snowshoeing or bird-watching take full advantage of the Catskills, but if you prefer to stay indoors, there’s yoga, cardio and swimming. Soothe your tired muscles with a salt scrub—and if you’re not there for the raw-food dishes, don’t worry, there are plenty of classic meal choices (think fennel-apple salad or mahi mahi in ginger broth).
7039 State Route 28, Shandaken, NY; copperhood.com
If you want to ditch booze: Canyon Ranch (2 hours, 45 minutes from NYC)
The restored Bellefontaine Mansion in the Berkshires boasts 100,000 square feet of state-of-the-art wellness: a whirlpool, squash court, spa treatments for moms-to-be and the like. But the chock-full schedule—with workshops in cheesemaking, beauty tips and Japanese brushwork—and all-you-can-eat cuisine from award-winning chef Todd Owen will make you forget that alcohol isn’t served at all on the Canyon Ranch premises. (Good luck blaming the late-night fruit smoothies or virgin cocktails for missing that 8 a.m. hike.)
165 Kemble St., Lenox, MA; canyonranch.com/lenox
If you want to be pampered: The Spa at Mohonk Mountain House (2 hours from NYC)
With a name like Mohonk Mountain House, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the rustic 19th-century lodge is nestled in 40,000 acres of wilderness with plenty of hiking, kayaking and horseback riding. But the National Historic Landmark is equally renowned for its award-winning spa (try the signature “Mohonk Red” massage, which uses witch hazel). Mohonk also offers plenty of group-friendly packages, so lock down a weekend with your besties and hit that outdoor heated mineral pool faster than the G train from Queens to Brooklyn on a holiday.
1000 Mountain Rest Rd., New Paltz, NY; mohonk.com
If you want to reconnect with nature: Woodstock Inn (5 hours from NYC)
If the Winter Olympics have you itching to hit the slopes, head a bit farther north to the Woodstock Inn. Try your hand at snowboarding, cross-country skiing and fat-tire biking in the Green Mountains, or work up a sweat at its nationally recognized golf course and tennis facilities before tucking in at one of four restaurants that source seasonal ingredients from the on-site garden. Bring your family along—the spa has specialized treatments for men and teens—and even your favorite four-legged friend to its pet-friendly accommodations. You didn’t think you’d have to leave your beloved Mochi in a kennel while you inhaled all that fresh air, did you?
14 The Green, Woodstock, VT; woodstockinn.com