Worn Out? Plan a Mountain Wellness Getaway

Worn Out? Plan a Mountain Wellness Getaway
Outdoor activities, spas and healthy menus provide renewal


People have been flocking to the Blue Ridge Mountains seeking wellness and renewal for well over 100 years. Long before they built the Biltmore and the Omni Grove Park Inn, both George Vanderbilt and E.W. Grove were attracted to Asheville due to its healthful reputation.

Back then, doctors sent their patients to breathe in the crisp mountain air, and much of this legacy remains today. If you're looking for renewal following a hectic holiday season, a vacation may be just what the doctor ordered.

Drift Away
Seek the stillness and relaxation of Asheville's top spas. The Spa at the Omni Grove Park Inn has been named one of the best in the world and offers a variety of unique amenities in addition to its menu of treatments. Shoji Spa features private outdoor hot tubs overlooking the Blue Ridge wilderness and is currently offering an unbeatable Winter Slendor package. Or visit one of Asheville's 600+ licensed massage therapists for a healing and rejuvenating experience.

Yoga Three Ways
Where would you prefer to practice your downward-facing dog? On a river? In a cave? How about among the art deco architecture of downtown? Named among Yoga Journal magazine's "10 Yoga-Friendly Towns," Asheville is now bringing yogis outside the studio. Check out SUP Yoga at Asheville Adventure Rentals or take a class at the Salt Spa of Asheville, touted for its rejuvenating ions and minerals. Or join the new Travelling Yogini Yoga Tours to combine your asanas with a walking tour of town.

Get Moving
Asheville provides numerous ways to move your feet, from shopping in downtown to exploring the 2,000+ miles of surrounding hiking and biking trails. Feeling adventurous? Climb the 419 steps to the top of Chimney Rock via the park's Outcroppings trail. Or join an Asheville Running Tour--their Original Asheville Beer Run also stops at five local breweries.

Chew on This
Everyone knows the exercise isn't the only ingredient for good health. With menus full of fresh local foods, many of Asheville's 250+ independent restaurants offer options that make "guilt-free" feel like "indulgence." Check out Plant, named one of the best vegetarian restaurants in the U.S. by both Food & Wine and Travel + Leisure. Or go gluten-free at Posana Cafe--you'll never know what you're missing!

Discover new experiences in Asheville this year.

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