As we bid adieu to 2010, this New Year holds the promise of prosperity, peace and health. Reflecting back on trips of 2010, I’d like to recommend my top five favorite travels from Boston, whether by car or plane. Here they are!
#1 – Canyon Ranch Miami. My dream come true for wholistic healing. Breathe, walk, sit still, best massage ever, learn with great classes, and a one-on-one nutrition evaluation that has changed my life. My goal for 2011 is to visit another Canyon Ranch location.
#2 – Northwest Beaches of Florida. Winning a travel writer’s trip was more than a proud accomplishment in regard to my writing; this trip came about at a time in my life that I needed a month-long break from Boston. Exploring the gulfcoast after the oil spill turned out to be a learning experience on its own, and I left knowing that the waters were crystal clear, the sand, pristine white, but not sure entirely about disbursements in the water… plenty of healthy wildlife and fishes, but talk about town is confusing.. My fun was spent in the sun, learning to surf, yolo board, ride in a helicopter for shark surfing, and enjoy several dolphin cruises, a day spent fishing for red snapper and grouper (yum!) and sharing the latter part of my trip with my husband… all good. And the Southern Resorts properties were the cherry on top in luxury beachfront properties. My favorite destination during this trip was, no doubt, Crystal Beach in East Destin, with 30-A a close second — and no suprise, not far from Crystal Beach.
#3 – Greenville, South Carolina. I long to settle down in North Carolina, so when this trip to attend Euphoria came along, I was stunned to submission in wanting to settle down in South Carolina. Of course, Greenville is quite close to its northern cousin, and I’ve not ruled it out because of Greenville, but it was tempting. Waterfalls galore, slow Southern pace of life and the best of the best in dining — and the BMW Performance Center. It’s all good y’all. My goal is to visit the Biltmore in North Carolina for 2011, a place not far from Greenville, S.C. Crossing fingers!
#4 – New Mexico. Having driven 1,000 miles in the course of 8 days, enjoying the spa circuit, this trip was a lifetime highlight for my Spavalous self. Meeting healer after healer, as well as staying in some amazing resorts (Bishop’s Lodge in Santa Fe is a must!) offered me a time away from Boston to learn more about the world, like it snows and hails in May in Santa Fe! but is warm and sunny in the Twilight Zone of Truth or Consequences. But most of all, I hope to go back to stay at Ojo Caliente, my favorite stop in Taos. Hot mineral springs abound, and mountainous beauty of quartz everywhere that will bring you to tears.
#5 – New Life Hiking Spa, Killington, Vermont. In early June, I took my Keen summer hiking boots and drove the 3 hours it took to get me started on the road to physical wellness. Five days were spent eating healthy, calorie-conscious meals and hiking every single day. Not having had much physical fitness in the year or two prior to this, I was smitten by what used to be my passion: working out and maintaining a routine to balance all else in life. Mission accomplished. I joined a local gym (Pumps Fit in Wakefield) following my JumpStart program at New Life, where inspiration abounds in the natural beauty and best Zumba class I’ve ever taken, by the way. I am definitely going back in 2011 to experience a notch beyond what I was able to do last year. Advancement never ends, and there’s a place for all levels here. I highly recommend this trip to wellness.
So, these were my five favorite trips of 2010, but there were plenty more that I enjoyed, including the pet-friendly Mountaintop Inn in Chittendon, Vermont; Ceiba del Mar in Puerto Morelos, Mexico; Almond Resort in St. Lucia; Rockland, Maine’s Luxury, Lighthouses and Lobster weekend; Martha’s Vineyard; Bass Rocks in Gloucester; Nassau, Bahamas; Camden, Maine, Rabbit Hill Inn in Lower Waterford, Vermont and the cookie tour and stay at Notchland Inn in Mt. Washington, New Hampshire.
I am so grateful to have experienced so many lovely properties and destinations in 2010 in which to share with readers, and hope to bring more trips to light for you in 2011, beginning with Moveable Feast in Yountville, California, where I’ll be headed in just a few days. I absolutely love wine country in California and hope to take a few trips there in 2011. Stay tuned for more tales of my Spavalous travels!