Everyone deserves some rest and relaxation from time to time. In fact, in America our culture seems to put more of a value on working harder and longer over enjoying the simplest things in life. City life can be especially draining. Traffic jams, long lines, pollution, honking cars, and high rent can be enough to make anyone want to stick their head in the sand. If we as a culture work too hard, we can lose sight of all the wonderful things our everyday existence has to offer. There is a simple solution – a summer vacation! It is never too late to take some time to rest and relax and what better place to do it than in a great mountain town. Here are 5 reasons why it’s not too late to plan a summer mountain retreat.
1. Horseback riding
People have been using horseback riding as a way to unwind and connect with nature for centuries. Even though it was a necessity back in those days, many will agree it still is necessary and has not lost its soothing and fun appeal. Get on a horse and walk some trails that are encircled by mountains reaching for the sky, or go on a natural or historic tour via horseback perfect for the whole family or as a romantic date night as well. It is never too late to connect with nature.
Mountain destinations are perfect for connecting with nature on foot. When you are not riding a horse, get on your own two feet and hit the trails. Hiking is relaxing and great exercise at the same time. Bring your camera, bird watching book, and food for a picnic and get lost in a picture perfect escape from home. Many trails offer different and varying degrees of difficulty so you can make sure to invite your friends and family on a suitable hike. It is never too late to walk the stress off.
3. Fun Festivals and Events
No matter the destination, each town has their own personal touch regarding special events and festivals. Spend time participating in a local parade or daytime festival and continue the party at night with dancing and local music. Connect with the locals and make some new friends. It is never too late to dive into some fun.
4. Relaxation Spas
Not all enjoyment during your mountain escape has to include nature. After working up a sweat hiking or riding horses, get yourself to a spa and treat yourself to some down time. Stretch out and relax with a yoga class, professional massage, hand or foot treatments, mud wraps, or sauna. It is never too late to slow down and smell the roses.
5. Fine Dining
Start your day with an excellent cup of coffee at a local café and chat it up with the local baristas. Even if you have a bit of work to do during your vacation, spend it enjoying an amazingly delicious lunch or plan for a romantic evening with fine dining and wine in the evening. It is never too late to treat yourself to the finer things in life.
As you can see, it is never too late to plan the perfect vacation retreat.