Travel 2 minutes 17 August 2018

End-of-Summer Wellness Getaways Outside of NYC

These destinations bring out the best of summer, all within a three-hour driving radius of the Big Apple.

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When it comes to wellness getaways, it’s easy for New Yorkers to assume they need a week off from work, a flight to Mexico, coordination with gurus (which first means getting one) and a good chunk of money.

The following destinations are relatively painless to coordinate and range in price, meaning there’s something for everyone. Bonus: they’re all within three hours driving distance.

These selected retreats focus on reviving aching bodies and tired minds with modalities like yoga, meditation, massage, aromatherapy and horseback riding.

Escape the city, slow down, turn off your phone and re-calibrate before fall.

Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health

Stockbridge, Massachusetts

What is it? One of the most renowned wellness centers in the country, offering 700 wellness programs each year with topics like past-life regression, life design and the pursuit of happiness. The playful five-night “Yoga Summer Camp” includes hikes and walks along forest and mountain trails, guided kayak and paddleboard sessions on Lake Mahkeenac, arts and creative expression workshops, nature observation, dance classes and unstructured play time.
Dates: August 19-24, or browse the website for other programs or daily guided R&R programs.
Price: $399 for tuition, with rooms starting at $92 per night.
Distance from NYC: 3 hours by car

Spread of ingredients in preparation for making Cataplana at Soul Wellness Travels's Retreat in Olhão, Portugal this April. (Photo by Penelope Freitas.)
Spread of ingredients in preparation for making Cataplana at Soul Wellness Travels's Retreat in Olhão, Portugal this April. (Photo by Penelope Freitas.)

Soul Wellness Travels

Tannersville, New York

What is it? An all-inclusive two-day, two-night wellness escape that takes you from Manhattan in a private chartered bus. Shauna Faulisi, the holistic nutritionist and founder of Los Angeles-based Soul Wellness Method, leads you in daily workouts and hikes while chef Ryan Tate (former owner and chef at Le Restaurant in New York, which received a Michelin star in 2013 before closing in 2014) serves up summer farm-to-table meals and snacks.
Dates: August 22-24
Price: $499
Distance from NYC: 2 hours 30 minutes by car

Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa

Milton, New York

What is it? A charming bed and breakfast nestled into 75-acres in prime orchard country in the Hudson Valley. The serene, 18-room property features a solar and geothermal spa, while food comes from the property’s organic garden and bee hives. Book a full day of spa treatments, then walk around the bucolic estate in your slippers, stopping by the aviary and livestock barns.
Dates: Any
Price: Treatments start at $90. Rooms start at $300 during peak season (until November 30).
Distance from NYC: 2 hours by car

The Copperhood Inn & Spa

Shandaken, New York

What is it? An over 30-year-old establishment in the Catskills known for its customized weight loss, detox and raw foods programs, which range from three days to a month. The 15-room premises are modest but targeted, featuring all the recovery requisites: a sauna, hot tub, seven treatment rooms (including a Vichy shower), Scotch hose and hydrotherapy tub and a 60-foot indoor pool. A nearby creek, plentiful outdoor space for hikes and farm-to-table food promise to rejuvenate even the stiffest of city-dwellers.
Dates: Any
Price: 2-nights all-inclusive for $1,502; 5-nights for $2,503
Distance from NYC: 2 hours by car

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Canyon Ranch Lenox

Lenox, Massachusetts

What is it? Explore the Appalachian Trail with daily guided six- to 10-mile hikes at this famed Tucson-offshoot featuring a luxurious 100,000-square-foot spa complex attached to an historic mansion and integrative health center. The Berkshire wellness mecca invites lucky visitors to enjoy exercise classes, listen to expert lectures and consult with some of the best preventative medicine practitioners in the country.
Dates: Any; The “Hike the Appalachian Trail” program runs August 23-26
Price: Rooms start at $1,199 per night and include a $160 per-day credit to use on spa services of your choice.
Distance from NYC: 3 hours by car

Photo courtesy of Winvian Farm.
Photo courtesy of Winvian Farm.

Winvian Farm

Litchfield Hills, Connecticut

What is it? Imagine the English countryside and you’re well on your way to envisioning Winvian farm, a luxurious property teeming with gardens, flower-topped farm food, stables, treehouses and history. The spa offers private yoga and fitness lessons, aromatherapy, hydrotherapy, a reflecting pool and a full range of spa treatments (like the optional add-on $65 collagen caviar face mask.) Time your stay with the 67th annual Bridgewater Country Fair and introduce yourself to the joyful revery of tractor pulls, farm contests and bandstand entertainment.
Dates: Any; The Bridgewater Country Fair runs August 17-19
Price: Rooms start at $499 per night; country fair is $8 admission or a 3-day pass for $16.

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