After imbibing in a little too much of, well, everything this holiday season, we're all in need of a little rest, renewal and a serious detox. Luckily, locals have several dedicated options just far enough away that they feel like true retreats from everyday life.
Prama Institute & Wellness Center
Marshall, North Carolina
Along with gentle yoga and organic juice each day, you'll be treated to two one-on-one consultations to help you set health and personal goals — and plans — to carry you beyond the immersive retreat. Meeting with certified yoga detox therapist Ramesh Bjonnes, you'll learn about your Ayurvedic body type, based on both mental and physical characteristics; and special foods, herbs and lifestyle practices to help you achieve the healthiest you. Dr. Chris Guthrey, a trained clinical psychologist, will help you conquer challenges that are holding you back from holistic health.
The cost is $996 for shared accommodations or $1,195 for a private room, each with an en suite.
Blowing Rock, North Carolina
Westglow offers inspiration to all who visit — it was once the summer home of artist and author Elliott Daingerfield. But the restored Greek Revival mansion and grounds also house a tailored restorative and rejuvenating experience: Life Glow, a three-day enlightenment program.
Become your best self through six hours of individualized life coaching, in which you'll learn essential skills such as setting and prioritizing goals, clarifying your values and purpose, and developing a plan of action to achieve an optimum level of wellness and balance.
The cost — $2,445 to $2,745, depending on your dates, plus $720 — covers three nights in a private room, three spa treatments of your choice and three gourmet meals a day, plus access to the resort's grounds, lounges, tennis court, fitness classes and spa, including its relaxing steam room, sauna and whirlpools.
Blackberry's philosophy is that true wellness involves a balance of rest and activity, meditation and exhilaration, and nourishment and indulgence — so don't be worried that your meditation and mindfulness workshops will prevent you from devouring the famous foodie-resort's gourmet meals. And with lavish accommodation options ranging from suites with sweeping or secluded views, soaking tubs and cozy fireplaces; to private cottages and full-size homes, you can treat yourself in many ways beyond your Immersion package experiences.
Prices vary based on the custom package and accommodations you choose.