It might not feel like it just yet in Richmond, but fall is here! This magical season, when both we and nature begin to wind down from a busy year, is the perfect time to head out into the world on a yoga retreat. We love the raw beauty of the Mountain West and can’t wait for our Colorado retreat later this month, but this time around, we’re showing the East Coast some love!
If you’re anything like us, when you think of fall, you think of New England. The crisp days, colorful leaves, and gorgeous early sunsets say loud and clear that autumn has come to help us take things a little slower. Check out our picks for Maine and Vermont.
Kennebunk, ME: You might think of Kennebunkport as the quaint seaside town where the rich and famous come to put their shoulders down, but you don’t need a well-known last name to take advantage of all Kennebunk has to offer. Book a treatment at Cottage Breeze Day Spa to unwind in style.
Portland, ME: Just as cool as the other Portland and an awful lot closer! This New England gem is all about living mindfully. Get the best of both mountain and sea at Sebasco Harbor Resort, a certified green property.
Bar Harbor, ME: It’s hard not to be calmed by the beauty of water. Head to Bar Harbor Inn to recharge by the bay. The resort offers outdoor yoga classes as well as a spa featuring natural, sea-inspired ingredients.
Burlington, VT: Vermont is well known for its eco-friendly, mindful way of living, and Burlington is right at the heart of that. Experience all that Burlington’s health and wellness community has to offer at the Wellness Collective, a holistic health mecca conveniently located downtown. Take a yoga class from the city’s best instructors or treat yourself to Reiki. Make sure to stop in for the weekly sound bath meditation!
Stowe, VT: The rustic Green Mountains provide a gorgeous setting for the spa and wellness center at Spruce Peak. Both simple and luxurious, the spa’s Healing Lodges will melt your troubles away.
Heading down the coast, we hit Upstate New York. The Empire State is so much more than the city, with stunning mountains and rambling rivers as far as the eye can see.
Lake Placid, NY: Tucked away in the Adirondack Mountains, Lake Placid is at its very best during the colder months. It’s no surprise it was once home to the Winter Olympics! There’s no snow on the ground just yet, but the arresting fall colors are so worth it. Visit the spa at Whiteface Lodge for their famous apple cider masque and massage – it doesn’t get more autumn than that!
Hudson River Valley: This vast region runs from Westchester County, just outside of the Bronx, all the way up to Albany. You could spend days exploring the cute small towns dotted along the river, but if you’ve got to pick one, we love Woodstock. The artist’s colonies make Woodstock a hub for visual and performing arts, and its location in the Catskills make it a great place to get outdoors. Our favorite hike is up Overlook Mountain to Echo Lake.
Our home state of Virginia has an embarrassment of natural riches: beautiful beaches in the east, the mighty Blue Ridge Mountains to the west, and rolling foothills right in the middle. There’s a little corner of bliss wherever you choose to go in the Old Dominion, but for our money, the best place to relax and recharge this fall is the Shenandoah Valley. Our recent post on the Piedmont and Shenandoah regions is a great place to start!
North Carolina, our neighbor to the south, is a lot like Virginia in terms of landscape. While coastal North Carolina – which is stunning year-round! – recovers from Hurricane Florence, head inland to Asheville. This quirky town in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains is the soul of the creative South. Asheville has so much to offer that it’s hard to know where to begin, but our pick is the Asheville Wellness Tour. Explore what makes Asheville truly unique while focusing on meditation, essential oils, local produce, and mindfulness.
We end our tour of the East Coast in South Carolina and Georgia, crawling into the Deep South. Charleston and Savannah are only about 100 miles apart from one another and have quite a bit in common: romantic landscapes, Southern hospitality, and deep mysticism.
Charleston, SC: The Holy City’s mild weather is perfect for outdoor activities, and you wouldn’t want to miss the visual beauty of its colorful homes and swaying palmetto trees. We recommend lacing up your shoes for a self-guided walking tour of Charleston’s historic buildings. When you’re ready to head inside, treat yourself to an eco-friendly facial at Belmond Charleston Place.
Savannah, GA: While we’re sure you’ll want to take in the incredible architecture and food in downtown Savannah, Skidaway Island State Park is just thirty minutes outside of town and has some of the most amazing landscapes in the South. Full of grand oak trees and dripping with Spanish moss, this island forest will reconnect you with Dixie’s natural wonder.
What are some of your favorite East Coast destinations? Let us know in the comments!