Become One with Nature: Choose an Eco-Trip for Your Next Vacation
There are so many places to visit in this world. Whether you love the ocean and want to swim with the whales, you want to challenge yourself by transcending mountains, or you are aiming for the icy tundras, there is likely the perfect get-away awaiting you. However, it seems today that so many of these places that one goes to get away from everyday life incorporate so much of the everyday that they aren’t an escape at all. Vacations are meant to rejuvenate, re-energize, and re-motivate a person. Yet, these are difficult things to accomplish when one travels with technology. Computers, cell phones, and wi-fi hot spots provide a never-ending stream of stress to our lives no matter where we go. That is why this article aims to point out the best “out of the way,” “one with nature,” “back to basics” resorts for the person that truly does want to “Get away.”
Agritourism It has always been the case that people flock to busy, touristy areas for vacations because they offer the warmest temperatures, the best ocean views, or the best forms of entertainment, but as people begin to find value in the slower pace and quieter ways of yesteryear, the idea of vacation is taking on a new meaning. Suddenly, there is an interest in an occupation that was long considered to be lowly. The farming culture of America – especially small farms — is beginning to receive some of the credit and attention they deserve. Furthermore, it is becoming more common for couples and families to find peace and tranquility in the ways of their ancestors as they use their vacation time to visit a working farm. There are several locations around the country that offer this sort of opportunity to those looking for an escape from the fast paced business world or the hectic ways of city life, but the most popular happen to be those in Pennsylvania. Known for its Amish and Mennonite populations, there are several areas of this large state that have been long recognized as sleepy towns well worth a visit. Now, however, those people visiting each year are taking a closer look at the dots on the horizon. There are many small working farms that have been in existence for decades or even centuries that sit in the rural areas of Pennsylvania. Some of these are now opening their doors to people looking for a chance to experience that way of life. Visitors can try their hand at milking cows, picking fresh eggs for their breakfast, riding horses, and even petting a baby pig or two. There are many activities done on a farm that are simply not seen anywhere else and this is the perfect way for a person to open his or her eyes to a completely different way of life.
There is another major difference between a farm vacation and one on a touristy beach that you may have overlooked, however. These vacations typically require staying in a real farmhouse along with the people operating the farm. While this adds to the true adventure, it does mean that you might have to work a bit harder to find available accommodations. If you are interested in this truly “green” vacation, then your first stop will likely be the PA Farm Stay Organizations’ website.
Hot Springs and Spa Ok, so maybe you just aren’t the farming type and the thought of donning denim and carrying a shovel are the furthest things from your mind. Nevertheless, you can certainly find a relaxing vacation that will take you away from all things work related without making the trip to Pennsylvania.
How does a spa sound? Hot tubs and saunas, facials and waxing, massages and manicures; spas are the epitome of self-renewal. In fact, there are very few things that could make a spa vacation any better. However, a spa trip to Colorado Springs could very well be one of those things. There are a few different spa resorts located there, but among the “greenest” is BroadMoor. Along with a state-of-the-art golf course, this resort has award-winning spa experiences and better yet, it is only a short drive from the natural hot water springs that have people travelling from all over the world. Where else can one literally become one with nature by walking into ultra soothing, all natural, hot water in the wide open, cool, crisp air. Here you can spend the day receiving hour long massages, stretching and strengthening with invigorating yoga workouts, or receiving the ultimate in skin makeovers. Then, in the evening, as the temperatures begin to drop slightly, you can head outdoors and into nature like never before. This is what vacationing is supposed to be all about – true relaxation.