(Re)treat Yourself: Five Michigan Spots to Recharge and Relax

Ever find yourself longing for an escape? A trip somewhere calm and quiet where you can focus on yourself? If so, what you’re craving is a wellness retreat. Unlike action-packed and indulgent trips, which leave you needing a “vacations from your vacation,” these are all about self-care. As a result, you return to your life feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the world. The best part? You don’t need to go far or shell out a ton of money. Here are five destinations right here in Michigan worth checking out:

  1. LaRose Wellness Retreat | Baraga
    This quaint location offers a peaceful environment including a sauna, hot tub, outdoor fireplace and scenic views of Keweenaw Bay and Huron Mountains. It’s all about relaxation, so visitors to LaRose can schedule massages, facials and Native American foot spa treatments while also fitting in hiking and visits to waterfalls. Without formal programming, this retreat allows you to spend your time as you please and enjoy at your own pace. At around $100/night, this is an accessible option for enjoying the little luxuries of life.
  2. Grass Lake Sanctuary | Manchester
    Grass Lake Sanctuary hosts a variety of programs that help you feel more peaceful and less stressed. At their three-day personal growth retreat, for instance, visitors are immersed in nature and taught tools to help cope with daily stressors. While there, you stay in their on-site bungalows and eat fresh food grown in their organic gardens. Email or call the center for more information on accommodations and pricing: info@grasslakesanctuary.org, 734-726-0290.
  3. Song of the Morning | Vanderbilt
    This yoga-specific retreat has one goal: to help visitors feel more balanced. Programs include daily yoga practices, guided meditation and healthy meals. There is also a variety of year-round one-off workshops to deepen your understanding of the yogi lifestyle. Depending on the type of room you choose, prices range from $40 to $175 per night.
  4. Expressions of Health | Oscoda
    If you’re looking for a quick jumpstart back into a fitness routine, this destination might be perfect. Visitors have access to a variety of classes including yoga, reflexology, Pilates, golf and strength training. Beyond fitness, the facility offers energy and relaxation retreats, spa treatments, cooking classes and more. Even better is that you’ll only pay for your wellness services—lodging is free.
  5. Castle in the Country | Allegan
    Castle in the Country is a cozy bed and breakfast on Michigan’s west side. With luxurious amenities, this spot is ideal for a relaxing weekend away. There are plenty of ways to stay active in the natural elements, including kayaking, paddle boarding, hiking and snowshoeing. On top of all that, you can continue to unwind in the Castle in the Country’s full-service spa. That said, this one is a bit of a splurge: Depending on the room size or suite packages, pricing can range from $250 – $400 per night.

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