Posted on November 13, 2008 by Olivia Donor
I just spent the most wonderful, centering, relaxing, balancing week at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch in Woodburne, NY (yes I’m back on the east coast). I’ve decided that my next big journey will be to Thailand to study Thai yoga massage, but until then, I’ve decided to do some exploration here on the home front. There’s actually quite an industry (in a good way) of yoga retreats in the U.S. For the most part, they’re non-commercial institutions that take the art of yoga seriously. That has definitely been my experience so far and from speaking to other people, it seems to be the consensus. Here are a list of some of the yoga and meditation resorts in the U.S. If you know of any more, please please add them to my list…who knows…maybe one day I’ll reach them all!
- Omega Institute – Rhinebeck, New York
- New Age Health Spa – Neversink, New York
- Kalani Oceanside Retreat Center – Pahoa, Hawaii
- Yogaville – Satchidananda Ashram – Buckingham, Virginia
- Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm – Grass Valley, California
- Spirit Rock Meditation Center – Woodacre, California
- Tassajara Zen Mountain Center – Carmel Valley, California
- Post Ranch Inn & Spa – Big Sur, California
- Feathered Pipe Ranch – Helena, Montana
- The Standard Hotel & Spa – Miami Beach, Florida
Peace and Namaste, Olivia
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Posted on September 21, 2008 by Jen Barclay
Another (see my post on New York Fall Foliage) great way to appreciate the changing colors of New York City is by going as high up as possible in one of New York’s grand skyscrapers. From there you can see the parks, the rivers, and the vibrant colors of NYC’s people and changing landscape. Here are a few of the biggies:
A few more pretty places to go are Washington Square Park, walk up and down Fifth Avenue, or take the Circle Line Sightseeing Cruise – a great way to take in the whole city!
Enjoy Autumn in New York! Continue reading
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Posted on September 17, 2008 by Jen Barclay
Sure New York City is mostly cement and buildings, and sure in the winter whatever trees there are have shed their leaves and just look sad. And sure the summer is so hot and sticky (or rainy, like this summer) that whatever trees and flowers there are are overlooked on your run from the train to your air conditioned office. So, now that it’s fall, let’s make sure that we take advantage of the beauty in New York City’s fall colors that is so often overlooked during the rest of the year! There are so many scenic drives, beautiful hikes, botanical gardens, and other New York fall foliage options that can be explored before it gets cold and wet and the train to office dashes begin again!
There are more parks in New York City than people realize. Obviously there’s Central Park and Prospect Park, but there’re so many more, too! Check out Alley Pond Park, Forest Park, High Rock Park, Inwood Hill Park, the Staten Island Greenbelt, and Todt Hill. The best viewing time for these is the end of October through the first half of November. And the best way to appreciate them is with a bike, a picnic, and some good friends (in my opinion at least).
Going to botanical gardens is another way to appreciate the cool weather and changing colors of autumn:
You’ve only got a few months before it starts getting cold…so go have a picnic in the park and enjoy the beautiful weather!
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Posted on September 1, 2008 by Lacee Low
Today is Labor Day and its time to plan this falls activities. Fall Foliage Trips are perfect for this year’s economy. For most of us, there are great Fall Foliage destinations within a tank of gas. Here are some favorites:
New England Fall Foliage
And last but not least, for our fans in the South – Virginia Fall Foliage is at its best in the Western part of the state, in the Shenandoah, Blue Ridge and (further south) Smoky Mountains.
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Posted on August 19, 2008 by Lacee Low
When you’re on the road on a limited budget, the last thing you’re gonna do is drop $50-$70 for a few hours stop at an amusement park. And yet, stopping for the day (or for a few hours) at a theme park is sometimes exactly what you need to get that stiff sitting-in-the-car-for-too-long feeling out of you. A place where you can let loose and get all that pent up energy out.
Here are some reasonably priced theme parks in the country, $25 and less, where you and your kids, friends, parents, significant others, or whoever can go for a whirl without spending all your gas money. Prices are approximate for general admission and reflect the adult and children’s price, respectively. Some places charge more for special activities or rides.
- Gatorland – Orlando, Florida – $23/$15
- Marineland – Dolphin Conservation Center – St. Augustine, Florida – $6/$3
- Weeki Wachee Springs Waterpark – Brooksville, Florida – $25/$17
- Dutch Wonderland Amusement Park – Lancaster, Pennsylvania – $30
- Adventure City – Anaheim, California – $14
- Pacific Park – Santa Monica, California – $17/$9
- Raging Waters – San Dimas, California – $25/$20
- Raging Waters – San Jose, California – $30/$22
- Raging Waters – Sacramento, California – $25/$20
- Boomers! – Medford, New York – $20 or $12 on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday through the summer.
- Rye Playland Amusement Park – Rye, New York – $30
- Martin’s Fantasy Island – Grand Island, New York – $24/$20
Here are a few I came across in my searches. If you know of more, help out us struggling roadtrippers and post more affordable options!
Filed under: Florida Recreation, New York City Notes, Vacation Planner | Tagged: Affordable Family Vacation, Amusement Park Rides, Central California, Dutch Wonderland, East Los Angeles, Family Fun Ideas, Florida Vacation, Natureplex, Playland, Raging Waters, San Dimas, Santa Monica California, Southern California Attractions, Space Explorer, St. Augustine FL, Vacation Journal, Weeki Wachee | 1 Comment »
Posted on August 10, 2008 by Olivia Donor
I just read an article in USA Today that will definitely appeal to everybody: about great car-free places to visit. CAN YOU BELIEVE GAS PRICES?! It’s to the point of unbearable where I don’t even know if I’ll ever make it back to Massachusetts with any money left in my bank account! So the clincher, of course, is that you have to GET to these places; but at least once you’re there you can park your car and make good use of your feet for a couple of days. Here’s where they recommend going:
- Mackinac Island, Michigan
- Fire Island, New York
- Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
- Avalon, California (Santa Catalina Island)
- Aspen, Colorado
- St. Augustine, Florida
- Monhegan Island, Maine
- Nags Head, North Carolina (Outer Banks)
- Nantucket, Massachusetts
- South Padre Island, Texas
Filed under: Beach Vacations, Florida Recreation, New York City Notes, Some Beach | Tagged: Aspen Colorado, Beach Life, Beach Park, Car Free Day, Carolina Beach, Fire Island, Island Escapes, Island Vacations, Mackinac, Nags Head, Natureplex, Space Explorer, St. Augustine FL, St. Simons Island, State Of Maine, Travel Place | Leave a comment »
Posted on July 24, 2008 by Jen Barclay
I have been too busy to breathe—I feel like I spend every second working that I’m barely getting a chance to hang out with Matthew these days and I’m barely getting to spend time with my new roommates, which isn’t good. So this past weekend, to try and rectify this time crunch, my roommate (Jeanie) and I planned a mini vacation getaway with Matthew and Bram (her bf) to Jeanie’s parent’s beach house in Southampton. We had so much fun—I think it was what we all needed: to spend some quality relaxation time away from the hot (and a bit rainy lately) city and to lounge around in a gorgeous house by a gorgeous beach and get to know each other a little better.
But we weren’t TOTALLY lazy. On the way out to the beach we stopped at Boomers where we made a bit of a scene on the go-kart tracks (we were asked to remember how old some of the children were around us…) and we played some mini golf. Friday night and Saturday we drank a lot of wine and grilled some burgers and really were totally lazy. and Sunday on the way home we stopped at another cheesy family park, Splish Splash, where we caused another raucous, which was worth every second of the lifeguard yelling at us. I know I sound like I’m 15 again… I’ll act more like a lady next time, mom, I promise….
Now I’m back in New York City and got back just in time to run to Central Park where my amazing friend Amy had secured us both tickets to see the last show of Hamlet in Shakespeare in the Park and it was with Lauren Ambrose (Clare of 6 Feet Under fame) so if you know me….you know I was happy. -)
And now…back to work. blah.
Filed under: Beach Vacations, New York City Notes, Some Beach, Spending Time | Tagged: Back To Work Blues, Driving Trip, Fun In New York City, Living In New York, My Flat, Road Warriors, Scenic Drives, Scientific Journals, Space Explorer, Splish Splash, Summer Getaways, WaterWorld, Weekend Travel, Weekend Trip, White Sand, Work & Travel | 1 Comment »