We all have different ways of dealing with stress, some more healthy than others. Usually, we can lower our stress levels with a little pampering such as a nice massage, an evening yoga class, or let’s face it – a double chocolate brownie with extra fudge. If you’re like me though, the best way to de-stress includes getting out of the day-to-day routine. We would all probably love to hop on our private jets this weekend and go to Hawaii or some other tropical paradise. However; if you didn’t win the lottery this week, you’ll find many relaxing weekend getaways right here in the lovely state of Washington!
Suncadia – Cle Elum, WA Cle Elum may not have a lot of glam, but the Suncadia Resort has beautiful, relaxing accommodations. Actually, you’ll find plenty of activities to keep you busy. This time of year, Suncadia Resort has an ice-skating rink, skiing just a short drive away, and many snow-shoeing trails. If your only goal is rest and relaxation, enjoy a great book by the fire and delicious food options.
Lopez Island – San Juans Islands Set your sights on our beautiful Washington landscape with a quick trip up to the San Juan Islands. Stay at a rustic B&B like the Makaye Harbor Inn on Lopez Island. Weather permitting, kayaking around Fisherman’s Bay will surely allow you to leave the office behind. Other popular activities include whale watching, biking and fishing.
Wine Tasting – Walla Walla, Washington Eastern Washington has become one of the best places for red wine in the nation! Spend a day touring the local vineyards around the Walla Walla Valley. Afterwards, try a round of golf at one of the seven golf courses in the area. Walla Walla has a variety of accommodation options; the Cameo Heights Mansion has great reviews.
Mount St. Helens If you have a thirst for knowledge, consider spending a couple days appreciating the amazingly destructive and prosperous powers of Mother Nature. Since the volcanic eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980, people have come from all over to see the affects of this colossal event. Drive through the 52-mile Spirit Lake Memorial Highway and stop at the five information centers along the way.
The Inn at Langley – Whidbey Island, WA Rated one of the “Top 500 Hotels in the World” by Travel & Leisure, this place will give you the relaxation you undeniably need after a tough work week. Set on the cliffs of Whidbey Island, you can enjoy the beautiful beaches and Puget Sound view. The quaint town of Langley offers a variety of art galleries, antique shows and dining options.
And, of course, if you just can’t get away for the weekend, you can always take an hour or two for a relaxing massage therapy session.