By Kim Ostellino The world can be a hectic place, so it’s good to take time some to rejuvenate and focus on your health and well-being. Through diet and lifestyle, you can be a healthier you, and the Berkshires are blessed with many ways to help you to live a healthier life. You will find resorts, shops, restaurants, and even inns that cater to individuals trying to pursue a holistic lifestyle. If you are looking for a complete getaway, a stay at one of the Berkshires’ wellness resorts may be just the thing. Canyon Ranch, in Lenox, offers all-inclusive packages that can include spa treatments, delicious healthy cuisine, and programs with a ‘comprehensive professional approach.’ With their posh interiors and serene grounds, you will find yourself feeling tranquil and refreshed after your stay. If you are seeking a place where you can find solitude and quiet, Eastover Estate and Retreat is a holistic healing sanctuary where you can take time for renewal, learn about Eastern-based medicine, participate in workshops, and explore the amazing grounds of the estate. There are hiking trails throughout the property with Berkshires exquisite scenery. Don’t forget that the Berkshires is home to Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, so if you are looking for a way to truly get away and rejuvenate you will want to be sure to check out their full-service programming. If you are here just to explore the Berkshires but want to add a little wellness to your vacation, be sure to book yourself an appointment at Body & Soul Day Spa (insider tip: always check the specials on their website. I just got a free half hour massage there. It was amazing); Boundless: Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, Wellness; InTouch Massage & Day Spa; Lotus Salon & Spa; or SEVEN salon.spa. You will not be disappointed and will leave feeling refreshed and ready to enjoy your getaway. Another way to rejuvenate in the Berkshires is to stay at one of the region’s many B&Bs or inns that devote themselves to making your visit both peaceful and indulgent. Topia Inn in Adams is a boutique inn that specializes in pampering you in organic, environmental luxury. This inn has uniquely decorated rooms to relax in, and with environmentally friendly bedding, you can go to sleep knowing that you will sleep soundly, free of environmental toxins. They also serve specially prepared, organic gourmet meals. If you want to add healthy eating to part of your stay you should stop at Guido’s Fresh Marketplace or Berkshire Organics and stock up on some wholesome treats to snack on during the day. Also, take some time to enjoy the variety of amazing restaurants in the area that works directly with our farmers to bring you a truly delightful taste experience. Real food is an essential element in taking care of your body, mind, and soul. The Berkshires are the perfect place to escape, unwind, and to truly pamper yourself. The mountain air, gorgeous views, abundant greenery, and a slowed down approach to life are part of what people love about the Berkshires. A visit here to reawaken and get back in touch with yourself may be just the thing to energize your spirit!
Kim is a freelance writer, devoted to bringing the best of the Berkshires to locals and visitors alike through her website, Berkshire Girl Online. She is an avid hiker and kayaker, who also loves to explore the cultural and historical sites of the Berkshires.