By Katie Brown
Today, as we continue to move toward a technology-focused society, we often find ourselves feeling less connected with those closest to us and in need of way to repair a crumbling bond. Whether you are seeking a scenic escape, want to become one with nature, love all things music or need to rekindle romance, Today’s Chiropractic LifeStyle reveals some must-visit locations perfect for those looking to reconnect with an ultimate dream vacation.
For the Scenery
The scenic Sedona area, known for its vibrant red sandstone formations, is the perfect backdrop for those looking for a calming, spiritual retreat. This picturesque city has everything from first-class accommodations and dining, to various spa and mediation centers, to an enticing arts and entertainment scene.
Where to Stay: If you’re looking for a nature-focused trip with plenty of hiking and outdoor exploration, a cabin set in scenic Sedona is the perfect option. Or for an all-inclusive vacation that includes spa services, meals, fitness classes and much more, the Mii amo Destination Spa at Enchantment offers three-, four- and seven-night programs.
What to Do: Enjoy the beautiful outdoors with hiking or horseback riding through the desert and red rocks. For those looking for some pampering and self-renewal, Sedona is known for its rejuvenating and relaxing spas and spiritual centers. But don’t forget about the shopping scene, as the area has many galleries and stores dedicated to everything from high-end art and jewelry to one-of-a-kind Native American crafts.
Crystal Coast, N.c.
Enjoy seafood and sunshine at Crystal Coast, the 85-mile stretch of pristinely clear beach along North Carolina’s coastline. Whether you stay in one town or travel among them, this area boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the country and has various activities available—from fishing and horseback riding to shopping and bicycling.
Where to Stay: With everything from luxurious hotels to waterfront cottages to quaint bed and breakfasts, visitors can choose from a variety of accommodations based on their ideal vacations. Also, when choosing your accommodations, make sure to keep in mind the location along the coast, as Crystal Coast is comprised of a variety of communities, islands and towns, each with its own unique charm.
What to Do: Go on a walk or bicycle ride through one of the beach towns, and then take a boat tour to see hot spots like Beaufort’s historic waterfront, the Cape Lookout Lighthouse or the wild horses at Shackleford Banks. The more adventurous can take a dive into the abandoned shipwreck areas known as “The Graveyard of the Atlantic.”
For the Music
Known as “The Live Music Capital of the World,” Austin is an energetic city filled with a multitude of activities ranging from outdoor adventures to exciting nightlife. Whether you want to listen to some great music or stay active in a scenic environment, Austin’s mild winter weather and warm summers make it an ideal year-round destination for any type of visitor.
Where to Stay: Be in the middle of it all at the historic Driskill Hotel in downtown Austin, or for a more tranquil, relaxing experience, Travaasa Austin is a resort and spa located in the scenic rolling hills.
What to Do: Austin’s residents, or Austinites as they are often called, would suggest paddle boarding on Lady Bird Lake and then heading to South Congress to enjoy Austin’s unique flair at its one-of-a-kind local stores and renowned restaurants. Catch a show at Antone’s, which has housed such performers as Muddy Waters and B.B. King, and then check out some of the energetic nightlife on the famous 6th Street.
Also known as “Music City,” this entertainment epicenter is sure to please all. With music and entertainment venues and events, a prominent historical heritage, fine dining and luxury accommodations, Nashville, and its well-known country music influence, make the city an ideal getaway.
Where to Stay: Located in downtown Nashville, the historical Hermitage Hotel, which has hosted famous guests such as Steven Spielberg, Reba McIntyre and Oprah Winfrey, combines sophistication, convenience and luxury for the perfect accommodations for any weekend getaway.
What to Do: Since music is undoubtedly Nashville’s main attraction, see a show at the famous Grand Ole Opry, spend an afternoon perusing the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum or tackle your stage fright at one of the many local karaoke bars. For those interested in the city’s Civil War history, the area has various historical sites and well-preserved plantation homes. But make sure not to miss some of Nashville’s signature Southern cuisine, like barbeque and hot chicken, which entails adding various spices and sauces to give fried chicken a special kick.
Walla Walla, Wash.
For couples seeking a relaxing, rural escape, Walla Walla boasts scenic beauty, rolling hills, backcountry trails and vineyards galore. The city has 17 community parks and is known for its bounty of artistic outlets, like theater productions, music festivals and art galleries.
Where to Stay: A quiet, country getaway awaits at the Inn at Blackberry Creek, or for history and luxury all in one place, the Marcus Whitman Hotel in downtown Walla Walla is sure to impress.
What to Do: Couples can take a romantic carriage ride in downtown Walla Walla, followed by antique shopping and art viewing at one of the many local art galleries and studios. And since Walla Walla is also known for its renowned wine, touring the vineyards is a must. Make sure to research seasonal events and attractions, such as the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds, farmers markets, live music and winery events.
Located in the valley between the Green and Hogback Mountains lies Stowe, a small ski town known for its year-round cultural events, such as balloon festivals, arts and crafts shows, and theatrical productions. Visitors have even been known to experience the “Stowe Response,” or an overwhelming feeling of serenity and peace caused by the town’s friendly attitude and calming nature.
Where to Stay: For couples looking for luxury and convenient access to the slopes, the Stowe Mountain Lodge is a first-rate resort with accessibility to various spa services and golf courses, or stay closer to town at one of the charming inns or bed and breakfasts.
What to Do: Whether you and your loved one decide to visit Stowe in the summer or winter, a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride is a must to see the sights. Because of the abundance of mountains, peaks and rivers, Stowe has activities for everyone—from skiing and snowboarding in the winter to horseback riding and fishing in the summer. But while some of these activities may be limited to specific seasons, Stowe’s breathtaking views and scenery are always present.
For the Activities
For those looking to stay active in the great outdoors, Lake Tahoe has everything from skiing and watersports to hiking and fishing. With shores in both California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe has many year-round activities for the adventurous, as well as breathtaking views of the mountain and lake scenery. And for those looking to test their luck during their visit, areas in Nevada, like Lake Tahoe’s North Shore, have legalized casino gambling.
Where to Stay: Enjoy the abundance of outdoor activities, as well as some gambling and nightlife, at the Tahoe Biltmore Lodge and Casino. Or for those looking for a one-of-a-kind experience, the Rustic Cottage resort has 19 cottages and is nestled close to the water’s edge.
What to Do: The sunny Kings Beach area not only has a public beach, but its downtown area is filled with unique shops, restaurants and street vendors. With outdoor activities like hiking, watersports and concerts, Tahoe City’s historical district is a must-see for all visitors. But don’t forget to take part in one of Lake Tahoe’s most well-known attractions—skiing.
Amelia Island, Fla.
Located in northeast Florida, Amelia Island is a relaxed ocean community with an array of attractive incentives, like 13 miles of pristine beaches and multiple golf courses and tennis centers. While the area has become known for its first-rate golf courses and tennis facilities, visitors also enjoy Amelia Island’s abundance of history and culture, as well as water-related activities like boating and kayaking.
Where to Stay: With restaurants, shopping, hiking trails, golf courses and miles of beach access, the Amelia Island Plantation is ideal for those looking for multiple amenities and activities all in one place. Choose from accommodations ranging from oceanfront villas to homes overlooking the marsh. Or for a little history, choose to stay at one of the bed and breakfasts or rental homes in the nearby Fernandina area, such as the Victorian-inspired Fairbanks House.
What to Do: Charter a boat for some deep-sea fishing or take the ferry for an afternoon trip to nearby Cumberland Island, which has strong ties to the Carnegie family. For those interested in a golf outing, Amelia Island Plantation and various other resorts and communities have courses with ocean and marsh views. And at night, make sure to venture into the nearby town of Fernandina for excellent dining and nightlife.