When it comes to winter, do you embrace the cold weather, or just want to spend the whole season hibernating in your room? Whether you want to meditate, lose weight, or simply strengthen your faith, this list provides a helpful list of winter getaways.
Kripalu Center for Yoga and HealthNestled in the charming and spiritual Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts, Kripalu is a renowned yoga and holistic health retreat with enough diverse and exciting course offerings to intrigue people on a wide variety of spiritual paths. Kripalu gives you a chance to literally retreat into their private, simple rooms—and offers programs led by spiritual teachers from Deepak Chopra to Joan Borysenko and Sharon Salzberg.
New Age Health SpaThis upstate New York getaway combines classic spa treatments like facials, body polishes, and massages with unique spiritually-themed health and wellness programs. Yoga, tai chi, and meditation are among the classes guests can take while enjoying the bucolic lodge-like accommodations and nourishing spa cuisine (supervised juice fasts are also available). The spa offers a full "spiritual program" that begins with an early morning meditation and continues through a fulfilling and holistic day.
RATES: $204-$299/night per person
The Cozy Moose Lakeside Family CabinsThese sweet, owner-maintained cabins in central northern Maine are a lakeside paradise in the summer, but in wintertime, they offer a fun getaway for anyone who enjoys winter sports from snowmobile rentals to dogsled tours to Nordic skiing, ice skating, ice fishing, and snowshoeing. If all that activity isn't your cup of tea, though, The Cozy Moose offers the serene and expansive winter landscapes that are the perfect inspirations for a Christian spiritual retreat (each cabin contains a Bible) or a holistic winter escape.
RATES: $140-$330/night for 2-4 person occupancy cabins
Sedona Soul AdventuresExplore your deepest spiritual side this winter with a personalized holistic retreat in the renowned Sedona area. Call Sedona Soul Adventures, and your "angel guide" will design a customized itinerary of one-on-one sessions for you and your party with practitioners in sound healing, bodywork and massage, Native American ritual, yoga, shamanic astrology, and more healing techniques to help nurture your spiritual journey. Enjoy Sedona's famed mystical vortex and other attractions. Sedona Soul Adventures provides your choice of lodging, from the simplest private cottages to bed and breakfasts to the most luxurious hotels.
TELEPHONE: 877-204-3664 or 928-204-5988
Mountain Trek Weight Loss SpaMountain Trek, located in British Columbia, Canada, pairs a gorgeous landscape with a smart and motivational weight loss plan. The resort accommodates a maximum of 14 people for weeklong sessions. The staff provides you with regular delicious, healthy meals. Take advantage of a variety of exercise options: yoga, snowshoeing, hiking, spinning, and cross-country skiing. End the day with a massage or trip to the sauna.
RATES: $3595 Canadian (approx. $3050 American) per week
Elim LodgeElim, a nondenominational Christian retreat, welcomes families to their spacious location in Peterborough, Ontario. Depending on your family's taste, you can stay in tents, lodges, or regular hotel rooms. Emphasizing community spirituality, guests can swim in the pool or go snowshoeing during the day and take in an inspirational speaker or rent Christian DVDs by night. Check their calendar for special All-Women's retreats during the year, plus a Children and Teen retreat during the summer. A chapel is open every day so that you can pray whenever the mood strikes.
RATES: Between $47-$117/night for rooms, $286-$905 per week, depending on the number of guests
TELEPHONE: (705) 657-8306 (phone); (705) 657-3472 (fax)