I think trips with your mom or your girlfriends are good for the soul. We all lead such busy lives, and slipping away to spend time with those you love grants you a fresh perspective when you return. And, while it is not easy to find the time or even the resources to do it (whether it’s the financial commitment or finding good child care while you’re away), I think it is a must every so often. When my mom and I want to stop and recharge, we head to our favorite place, Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona.
Canyon Ranch has two destination locations (Tucson and Lenox, Massachusetts), as well as a couple of spa and hotel locations. One of my favorite things about visiting the Tucson property is the chance to step out of my normal scenery. I think seeing the different forms of cacti and the mountains surrounding the Ranch forces your brain to forget your daily routines and the worries of home and lets you focus on you and your traveling companions.
The rooms are quite comfortable with plenty of space to share (although you really don’t spend much time in your room). And, the fluffy beds feel oh so nice after a long day of activity!
You can fill your days with as many activities as you want, or you can relax and spend your time leisurely. There are no rules. Some days, I go from class to class; other days, I just take a walk around the property and then a go to a stretch class.
Canyon Ranch has every class and activity that you could dream of: yoga, strength and dance classes, spinning, hiking and biking, meditation and t’ai chi. Throughout the day, there are lectures on health, fitness and beauty. And, the spa–oh, the spa! They provide every service, like massages and facials, and great body treatments like scrubs and moisturizing wraps. There are plenty of things to do around the property, as well. There is a high ropes course, a 2-mile walking path and multiple pools.
Now, onto two of the most frequently asked questions, “how is the food?” and “do they restrict or count your calories?”
I think the food is pretty good. There are some nights I wish I had a few more entree options to choose from (there are usually 3-4), but the pasta and salad bar is always open. You can count on everything being fresh and portioned in proper sizes.
And, no. They do not restrict your calories. Listed beside every food item are the calories, fat grams, protein, sodium, and fiber so that you can make an educated choice. But, no one tells you what to eat at every meal! In fact, I think it is easy to gain weight eating their fresh and healthy food if you aren’t careful!
If you are hungry between meals and need a pick me up, it is easy to grab a snack. Fresh fruit is all around and you can also pick up snacks like a string cheese or a fruit smoothie.
Well, it is definitely easier said then done, but stepping away from your daily routine and spending time with girlfriends or your mom really does recharge your soul!
Where is your favorite place to take a trip with your girlfriends?