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City Escape: The Finger Lakes

July 23, 2016 by  
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Ok, so summer is in full swing and that means getting away from the steamy city any chance we can get. Since the Hamptons, Connecticut coastline, and Jersey Shore are already staples in any New Yorker’s vocabulary, we decided to explore escapes beyond our usual boundaries. This week we are proud to report back on a fabulous find— the Finger Lakes Region.

The Finger Lakes region is located upstate NY, about a 4 hour drive from the city. While it is a fairly expansive region that includes 11 lakes (stretching towards Itathca, Syracuse, and Rochester), the heart of the Finger Lakes includes two of the longest lakes — Lake Cayuga and Lake Seneca. This area is well known for stunning scenery, expansive lakes, gorges, waterfalls and scenic wine trails. Here is a brief recap of a quick escape worth making.

Where to Stay:  The Finger Lakes are surrounded by sweet inns and b&bs and we ended up laying our head in the beautiful Halsey House. This luxury Inn is run by a husband and wife team who do a fabulous job keeping their guests comfortable and happy. The rooms exude a romantic elegance, each with private baths and luxury linens. They also boast modern amenities like wifi and HD-TVs.  Special features of the Inn include beautiful decor and a side porch which is the perfect place to have a cool drink and take in the summer breeze. The gourmet breakfast (which is included in your stay) is also a great way to fuel up for a day of exploring.

What to do: Just down the road from Halsey House is Taughannock Falls State Park.  We started our first day with a hike through the park and took in some of the spectacular scenery that The Finger Lakes region is known for. Taughannock Falls State Park’s namesake waterfall is one of the outstanding natural attractions of the Northeast. The Falls plunges 215 feet past rocky cliffs that tower nearly 400 feet above the gorge. Gorge and rim trails offer wonderful views from above the falls and from below at the end of the gorge trail. Definitely worth checking out.

Where To Eat (and drink!) After a morning of exploring we were ready for some food, drink, and relaxation. Luckily, we were practically on the Cayuga Wine Trail, one of the areas best routes to experience award-winning wineries, local gourmet eateries, and an abundance of breathtaking views! A must stop (and taste) is The Thristy Owl Company. They have a great selection of wines (try the Reisling as it is the variation the area is known for) and a wonderful bistro with delicious food. We enjoyed a relaxing lunch on the outdoor patio overlooking Cayuga Lake and the vineyards. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon!

These are just a few highlights from a fabulous weekend in The Finger Lakes. For more information on the region and all that it has to offer head to

City Escapes: Get Me To The Pumpkins, Apples, Wine, & Foliage!

October 23, 2015 by  
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I love fall. Brightly colored leaves, crisp sunny days, comfy sweaters, pumpkins, cider and all the other fun stuff that goes along with it. The leaves are almost at their peak, so the next few weekends are perfect time to escape the city and enjoy.

If taking a Sunday drive is your style, jump in a zip car and head north to see the brightly colored leaves. Roads like the Saw Mill & Taconic State Parkway (especially further north) are popular routes. If you are looking for a destination, one of my favorites is Blue Hill At Stone Barns and Rockefeller Park. Make sure to take a walk through the lakeside trails (wave to the cows at pasture!), check out the organic cafe (line out the door is worth it), and enjoy the farmer’s market and other fall events that are happening. Trust me, it’s so worth the drive.

Another drive option is the North Fork of Long Island. Do a day of wine tasting and farm hopping as you drive along 25A. There are so many beautiful wineries, not to mention countless pumpkin patches and fun farms to pick up fresh veggies. If wineries are what you are looking for head to Peconic Bay for tastings and live music (Saturday & Sunday afternoons), sip in the beauty at Bendell, or make it a family affair at Martha Clara and enjoy wine, hay rides for the kids, and beautiful flower fields. No matter where you end up, make sure to stop Briermere Farms on the way home, and pick up an apple pie to share with your city friends.

Speaking of apples, what is fall without a great apple orchard or pumpkin patch? Whether a kid (or or kid at heart) here are a few tri-state area farms where you can get your fill of fall fun.

Finks Farm: For the Long Island bound, this family owned and operated farm has been a favorite for 50 years. Hayrides, 7-acre corn maze, U-pick pumpkins, kiddy train rides, combine slide and much more. I hear their “corn cannon” is something to look out for!  Food and refreshments are available, including roasted corn, or pack your own picnic and enjoy their picnic area. Explore the farm stand, filled with fresh local vegetables, fruits, potatoes, corn stalks, holiday decorations and more.

Wilklow Orchards in Highland, NY

Wilklow Orchards is family owned farm that has been running since 1855 (Wow!). It’s pick-your-own style with over a dozen variety of apples. They’re open daily from 9-5 until Halloween. There’s also a quaint little road stand that sells apples, baked goods and various other apple related goodies. Also, you can feel free to bring a lunch to enjoy out on their farm in their picnic area.

Riamede Farms in Chester, NJ
Riamede Farm welcomes groups, schools, parents and children to come take a hayride to their apple orchard and pumpkin patch. Riamede features 34 varieties of apples from traditional classics to specialties. They believe they are one of the first pick-your-own apple orchards in New Jersey. They pride themselves on being a “quiet, peaceful olde-time apple orchard with a pumpkin field out back.”

Masker Orchards in Warwick, NY
This 200 acre farm is open daily throughout the season until early November. It’s an orchard full of fun for the whole family with pony rides, face painting, an apple maze and haunted house taking place on weekends. Their website features a handy ripening schedule that you can check before your visit to make sure your favorites are ripe and ready for picking!

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City Escape: Yoga Festival In The Hamptons! Sept 18-20

September 14, 2015 by  
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Calling all yogis! Summer may be unofficially over, but don’t count the Hamptons out just yet.

hamptons yoga festival

The first-ever weekend long yoga festival in the Hamptons brings together locally and internationally renowned yoga teachers, well-known healers in massage, acupuncture, Reiki and Shamanic practice, and area musicians for three days of community building.

WHERE: Hayground School, 151 Mitchell Lane, Bridgehampton, NY

FOUNDERS: Jenna Walter and Alex Grant have over 30 years combined teaching experience and Grant has founded yoga events around the globe.

“It’s long been our dream to bring a yogic celebration to the Hamptons – where we have deep personal connections,” said Grant.

TEACHERS: Featuring local yogis Jessica Bellofatto, Mary Angela Buffo, Heidi Michel Fokine, Dominique Garstin, Erika Halweil and Corey DeRosa, Lois Nesbit, Jolie Parcher, Leslie Pearlman, and John Seelye, and nationally known teachers Yogi Charu, Alan and Sarah Finger, Dana Flynn, Twee Merrigan, and Shivanter Singh

Also presenting are 13 Hands, Emily Byllott, Christine Elaine, Natalie Griffin, Lauren Hanna, Jeana Hickling, Karisa Judith, Jessica Lynn, Milard Roper, Sherry Sidoti, and Eleonora Zampatti

MUSICIANS: Featuring Donna De Lory, Samuel J, Dave Stringer, and C.C. White & Soul Kirtan. Also performing are Dan Bailey, Missy Balsam, Kirtan Soul Revival, and Shrikology

AFFILIATED YOGA STUDIOS: Ishta Yoga School (NYC), Laughing Lotus (NYC), KamaDeva Yoga (East Hampton), Mandala Yoga (Amagansett), One Ocean Yoga (Bridgehampton)

SPONSORS: Bail Spirit Festival, Blue Dream, Byron Spirit Festival, Danny and Holly Berry, Global Yogi, Mary’s Marvelous, Mind Body, NY Yoga and Life, Namaste NY, Natropathica, One Healthy Hamptons, Revive Wellness, and turner4D


City Escape: 5 Secret Beach Spa Getaways

May 28, 2015 by  
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Summer is nearly upon us, and everyone is thinking about getting away. And while you may be planning out a few beach escapes for the weekends ahead, why not visit one near a luxuriating spa?

When a quiet tree in Central Park doesn’t quite cut it (or you’re afraid of falling branches), we can’t think of anything more relaxing than a spa and a beach rolled into one. New Yorkers, whether you’re a Hamptonite, a Jersey Shore kid at heart, or longing for a getaway in our favorite sunny state of retirement, check into these swanky beach spas and double your pleasure.


East Hampton, New YorkNaturopathica – Founder, Clinical Esthetician, Herbalist and Massage Therapist Barbara Close created Naturopathica as a destination point to integrate centuries-old healing traditions into our daily lives with spa treatments, products, and wellness rituals. For 15 years, the Hamptons spa has been a wellness lab for integrating natural and organic ingredients with the latest breakthroughs in science.

Try: Plant Stem Cell Facial. A Signature high-performance facial combines ultrasonic and microcurrent technologies with a Plant Stem Cell Serum to stimulate new skin growth and slow cellular aging. This natural face lift treatment delivers relaxation and results. 60 Mins, $150

Montauk, New York Gurney’s Inn Sea Water Spa – Nestled high on windswept bluffs overlooking one of the widest, whitest, sandiest, private ocean beaches in the world, their facilities are renown throughout the International Spa Communities as one of the principal healing spas, embracing classical European traditions, and using the latest and purest natural products. The amenities include a Heated Indoor Sea Water Pool overlooking the majestic Atlantic, Seawater Roman Baths, Finish Rock Saunas, Russian Steam Rooms and Swiss Showers. Enjoy the local fresh spa cuisine, and participate in the world-class fitness program.

Try: Milk and Honey Re-Hydrating Treatment. 50 Min $120


Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey: Sea Spa & Salon – Relax, refresh, and rejuvenate! Breathe deeply, relax and leave the rest of the world behind as we take you on a spa journey to restore your mind, body, and spirit. To complement your day of services, the hotel amenities include Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, indoor pool, gym, and showers for your use.

Try: Fountain of Youth Envelopment. Anti-aging body treatment involves the gentle comfort of a rich, creamy body mask bursting with hydrating, firming, and anti-wrinkle agents. Treatment combines lemongrass, melon, and papaya extracts along with manuka extract for a lifting and toning effect. This treatment has the same effects as collagen treatments for the face; the “Fountain of Youth” for the body. 50 Min $120.00

Long Branch, New Jersey: The Spa at Ocean Place – Retreat to a sanctuary of relaxation and peace at The Spa at Ocean Place. This premiere escape offers a rejuvenating selection of custom day spa packages – including personalized services, treatments, and a complete spa vacation experience. Achieve the perfect balance of mind, body, and spirit at this luxurious New Jersey day spa hotel. The ocean waters will soothe and restore you. The warmth and tranquility of rich baths and mellow whirlpools will calm you. Renew yourself with soothing massages, wraps, and natural skin and body treatments — elevating your body and spirit to a new level. Showcasing breathtaking ocean views, this serene choice among New Jersey spas is the ideal place to renew, refresh, and re-energize.

Try: Hydra Quench Wrap. Soak in a warm cocoon with aromas of essential oils to guide you to a complete euphoria without ever dipping in the tub. During the wrap drift peacefully through a light scalp massage. This is a wonderful treatment designed to promote hydration and soothe the skin. 50 min $100


Palm Coast, Florida: The Spa at Hammock Beach Resort – Located near St. Augustine, this premier Florida family vacation beach destination overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, a 91,000 square-foot multi-level water park with lazy river, signature golf courses, a rejuvenating resort spa with influences from the sea and a host of other recreational amenities that will keep you coming back year after year.

Book: Girlfriends Weekend Spa Getaway, 2 nights of luxury accommodations in their spacious suites or condos. A one-time relaxing spa experience including a facial and a massage per person per stay.  A spa amenity for each of you upon arrival per person per stay. Breakfast each morning per person per day

About Our Guest Contributor:

Michelle Joni Lapidos, is our go-to girl when talking about all things SPA! She is the editor of Spa Week Daily,  and social media director at Spa Week.

This Weekend: MAYFEST – The Ultimate Music, Art & Yoga Festival

May 22, 2015 by  
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Catskill Chill and SkyBaby Studio Present


May 22-24, 2015

Surprise Lake Camp l Cold Spring, NY

The folks behind Catskill Chill and SkyBaby Yoga & Pilates Studio have announced a brand new festival, MAYfest. Billed as A homegrown Hudson Valley Festival where everyone gets to go back to camp with the most amazing “counselors” in the industry, MAYfest is a two day – three night, family-friendly music, art and yoga festival. Located at Surprise Lake Camp in Cold Spring, NY (the middle of the scenic Hudson Valley), it is only about an hour drive or train ride from Manhattan. MAY is an acronym for Music, Art & Yoga, and through these three pursuits, festival goers will immerse themselves into their yoga practice, their love for music and their desire to explore their creative side. Attendees can spend the entire weekend at the serene lakeside setting, visit for the day, or just come at night for the music.


 MAYfest features free parking, free camping, craft and food vendors, meal plans, and multiple on-site cabin rental options. Nestled on a lake in the Hudson Valley mountains, this secluded sleepaway camp is the perfect setting for a true getaway.

During the day, patrons will be able to select from a variety of classes, workshops, or outdoor activities. Yoga classes from both world renowned and local instructors will be offered from sunrise to sunset, in multiple locations. Creative art classes, provided by local non-profit Garrison Arts Center, include landscape painting, origami, book-making and block printing. Renown yoga photographer Robert Sturman will also hold multiple workshops on the art of photographing yoga.  There are many options for festival goers to choose from to fill their daily schedule, including Standup Paddleboard Yoga on the beautiful Mountain lake, guided hikes to beautiful mountaintop views, meditation classes and nutrition workshops. Family programming takes place at the “kid’s canteen”, where kids can play table and board games, play basketball on the outdoor court,

An amazing lineup of musical acts will perform Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, giving attendees a chance to let loose after a day of practice and study.

Tickets are currently available. For tickets and more information, please visit:

Twittler + Instagram: @MAYfestNY l #MAYfest

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2015 MAYfest lineup:


MC Yogi – Nahko & Medicine for the People – DJ Drez and Marti Nikko – DJ Hyfi

Red Baraat – Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds – Ryan Montbleau – Consider the Source

The Primate Fiasco – Natalie Cressman – The Funky Dawgz Brass Band – The Brummy Brothers

The Breakneck Boys – Tall County – Natalie Forteza


Amanda Giacomini – Ashika Gogna – Bettina Utz – Dani Locastro – DJ Drez

John Smrtic – Julian Paik – Justin Wolfer – Kate Perna – Kelly Kamm – Linda Winnick

Marti Nikko – Martina Enschede – Mary Mashburn – Melia Marzollo – MC Yogi

Nadiya Nottingham – Olgu Merandy – Sadie Nardini – Sonia Loring – Vanessa Alfano 


Robert Sturman – The Garrison Art Center


 Adrienne Goss – Bradford Teasdale – Jesse Merandy – Jonathan Kruk – Kelley Amadei of Sparkshift

Maeve Eng-Wong – SkyBaby Restorative Rhythms Ensemble – Suzi Tortora


City Escape: Captiva Island & South Seas Resort

March 1, 2015 by  
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A true escape, Captiva Island is a secluded little gem off the west coast of Florida. I have never seen a place more pristine, with long stretches of sugar white beaches and a natural island ecosystem evident and alive around every turn.

Our Captiva adventure brought us to South Seas, a resort village and 330 acre wildlife sanctuary that takes over the north end of Captiva Island. With 2 1/2 miles of unspoiled beaches, multiple pool areas, golf, tennis, and so much more, South Seas Resort is a very special place the whole family will love.

Once on the expansive property, you can leave your car keys behind. Trolleys, bicycles, and golf carts are the vehicles of choice for resort guests. This lends to the tranquility and natural beauty found throughout the property. Share the beach with gulls, herons, and pelicans, or watch the manatee feed while enjoying breakfast on the patio at Harborside Grille. We even caught a glimpse “Chip” the resident dolphin running along the sea wall and what seemed to be lazily sunbathing in the channel.

Relaxation comes easy at South Seas. An all in one resort, you can find a quiet escape or adventure on the grounds. Cool off in one of the gorgeous pools or take a dip in the clear aqua waters of the gulf. Walk along miles of unspoiled beaches or relax under a palm tree and take in the natural beauty. If you are looking for a little extra adventure Sunny Island Watersports provides paddle boards, jet skis, kayaks, and even sea-plane adventures, and the gulf-side executive golf course is a challenging course providing plenty of scenic relief along the way. After a day of activity pamper yourself at The Kay Casperson Spa or head off on a sunset wildlife cruise with Captiva Cruises. No matter where you head, a connection to nature and laid back attitude are in store.

Your little ones will also have the adventure of a lifetime at South Seas. Kids experience a vacation like no other with opportunities to explore at every turn. The Scout About scavenger hunt is a great way for the whole family to explore the resort and discover the wildlife that exists. Sanibel Sea School offers hands-on educational experiences under the sun and in the water, and guided kayak tours can take you to places you never thought possible. For an extra dose of fun check out Skullys Family Interactive Center, H2Whoa water park, and the 50’s inspired soda shop, Scoop and Slices.

A special place in a beautiful setting…that’s what South Seas is all about. This is one city escape that is truly a refuge, and will definitely make you feel like you are a world away. For more information about South Seas Resort go to

South Seas Resort : Captiva, Florida
Family. Comfort. Nature.

City Escape: Release & Manifest Retreat in Guatemala

November 20, 2014 by  
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Are you ready to live the life that wants to live you? Get ready for a simple and powerful program that will empower you to let go of your past and manifest your dreams into being.

yoga forest retreat


DEC 7 – 14, 2014

A simple and powerful program offered in a safe environment which is naturally conducive to the work of letting go of our past and manifesting our dreams. In addition to yoga, we will have a daily workshop that will be filled with lessons that contain stories, insights, systems and tools that can be applied to your personal and professional life. Through methods such as meditation, yoga, reiki, healing arts and journaling we will practice the art of living in the present moment.

The 4 directions and ancient wisdom of the Medicine Wheel will provide an anchor for the retreat, and Cacao will be our Plant Medicine. Within the foundation of this wisdom we find nature’s intelligence as our guide. The sacredness of Lake Atitlan and the volcanos that surround us, and the earth and the sky that envelop The Yoga Forest become our greatest teachers on this transformational journey. By simply connecting to the elements, we are shown how to be in the flow of life and release that which no longer serves us…personally and collectively. Trusting nature’s wisdom, we are able to accept where we are on our path and let go, knowing that we are held in the arms of Mother Earth…supported and connected.

From here, we are able to journey deeply into the exploration of who we are and who we came here to be. Now is the time to reveal yourself to yourself. As the Hopi Elders stated: “We are the ones that we’ve been waiting for.” This is the perfect opportunity to excavate your passions and gifts in order to dream your world into being! As each of us individually steps into this path of self-realization and manifestation, we naturally create space and trust for others to do the same. In the process, we are raising our overall vibration and therefore, the vibration of universal consciousness and the world.

Our hope as that each individual who participates in this seven day program, comes to remember who they truly are and takes with them that which they already knew…that they are magnificent beings of light and love. You will leave feeling spiritually cleansed, emotionally empowered and expansive…ready to live life in your most enlightened state of being! Are you ready to live the life that wants to live you?


the yoga forest

The Yoga Forest was founded as a sustainable living experiment, through a desire for living simply, greenly and in communion with everything surrounding us. The Yoga Forest is located in San Marcos La Laguna, in the western highlands of Guatemala. Enjoy the peace and tranquility of mountains looking out over Lake Atitlán towards volcanoes San Pedro, Toliman and Atitlán. ReTreat yourself in our tropical food forest and enjoy amazing views, comfortable beds, delicious vegetarian meals, yoga and Permaculture classes and friendly community living.


Package Includes: 7 nights accommodation, 3 gourmet meals daily, 2 yoga classes daily, 1 permaculture class daily,
1 Release & Manifest class daily – (All classes are optional)

Shared Room: $750
Camping: $650

**Additional 5% processing fee unless payment made by bank transfer
*Camping option is Bring Your Own Gear


City Escape: Chakra Flow Yoga Retreat With Seane Corn In Sedona AZ

September 25, 2014 by  
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I became a major Seane Corn fan when I attended Yoga Journal Live last May. Since then I’ve been following her on FB and found out about a retreat she’s doing this fall at Mago Retreat Center in Sedona, AZ. I’ve been to Sedona, and it’s absolutely gorgeous. Magestic red rocks make it incredibly scenic and there’s a mystical air is and natural beauty to it all. I am sure this retreat will be a magical experience! Room is selling out fast, so book soon!



Chakra Flow Yoga Retreat

A Weekend Yoga Retreat to Energize, Balance and Restore Your Chakra System with Seane Corn

October 31 – November 2, 2014

$490 for shared double room
$590 for private single room (SOLD OUT)



Join Seane Corn for this very special weekend yoga retreat, in the sacred and mystical lands of Sedona, Arizona, which will renew, detoxify, inspire, and restore your vital energy. Our spiritual journey will explore beyond our bodies into our relationship with the divine.

Seane invites you to bring your intention into your yoga practice, using the body as a conduit of prayer, a vessel of the Divine. Through a foundational yoga practice and invigorating yoga sequences that strengthen, tone, detoxify, and stimulate the various systems of your bodies, Seane will weave in information on the chakras, symbolic mysticism, ritual, and prayer.

Using the mediums of yoga, the elements (fire, water, earth and air), and the chakra system, you will bridge the physical and metaphysical bodies. This provides you with an energetic and intellectual roadmap for healing. Using the chakra system correctly, you can identify, reconcile, and heal restrictive emotional patterns and physical imbalances for inner peace.

Learning to work with these tools helps you understand and heal your limited beliefs, destructive patterns, and self-sabotaging addictions that keep you stuck in “self.” On this hallow’s eve weekend, you will explore how to shift the mystical, shadow self with understanding and developing greater self-awareness, and transform the impact it has on your health and perspective.

This yoga retreat will explore your mind/body connection, and the impact your thoughts and experiences have on your health. You then can begin to locate, listen to, and interpret the struggles and attachments you experience. You will explore how to use this new wisdom, power, truth, and understanding in your daily lives.

Transformation begins when we understand there is no separation between the mind, body, and spirit. We transform when we appreciate the inter-dependency of all moments, great or small, light or dark.

This rejuvenating weekend yoga retreat will give us a chance to check-in with our lives, reconnect to our bodies, and gain emotional insight. We will cultivate new skills, both physically and psychically, to spiritually assist each other and the planet we inhabit on a deeper, collective level in service to all. In turn, we develop the empathy necessary to live with more compassion, connectivity, and love.

This spiritual journey is open to all levels with no prior experience required.

Retreat Itinerary:save save
Friday, October 31, 2014
3:00 – 5:00 pm Check In
5:30 – 6:30 pm Dinner
6:30 – 9:00 pm Introduction and General Session

Saturday, November 1, 2014
6:00 – 6:40 am Morning meditation (optional)
6:45 – 8:00 am Breakfast
8:30 – 11:15 am General Session
11:30 am – 1:00 pm Lunch
2:00 – 4:30 pm General Session
5:30 – 7:00 pm Dinner
8:00 – 9:00 pm Starlight Meditation (optional)

Sunday, November 2, 2014
6:00 – 6:40 am Sunrise Meditation (optional)
6:45 – 8:00 am Breakfast
8:30 – 11:15 am Closing Session
11:30 am – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Check Out

*Itinerary subject to change.
About Seane Corn

Seane Corn is an internationally celebrated yoga teacher known for her impassioned activism, unique self-expression, and inspirational style of teaching. Seane has been featured on The Today Show,, and graced the covers of Origin and Yoga Journal. She has utilized this national platform to bring awareness to global humanitarian issues. Engaged in social issues and activism since she was a young adult, Seane went on to co-found Off the Mat, Into the World in 2007, her proudest collaboration to date. Seane has since spent time in the US, India, Cambodia, Haiti, Ecuador, Uganda and South Africa teaching yoga, providing support and aid, and providing HIV/AIDS prevention and education. Since 2007, Off the Mat has raised about $4.5 million for international communities in need. As a strong and articulate voice for social change, she was named the National Yoga Ambassador for YouthAIDS. In 2005 Seane was honored with the Conscious Humanitarian Award. Her outreach efforts gained her the Global Green Millennium Award in 2013. She has several self-authored yoga DVD programs available through Gaiam, Yoga Journal, and Sounds True.

City Escape: Nature & Luxury At Primland

September 5, 2014 by  
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With the days of summer nearly behind us, it’s time to look forward to visiting places where warmth lingers just a little bit longer and beauty greets our gaze us no matter what the season. Primland is one such place.

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southern Virginia, this extraordinary resort combines comfort and luxury like no other. From beautifully appointed accommodations to an assortment of first rate amenities, Primland gives guests all that they could ever need or want, and delivers it all with first class service and a genuine warmth that exceeds even the term Southern hospitality.

primland lodgeA resort focused on the beauty of the land and the sustainable and responsible care for it, Primland’s creator’s vision of natural  luxury has been executed immaculately. Driving the 7+ miles up to the mountaintop lodge, guests will be greeted by beautiful woodlands, glimpses of impressive mountain ridges, and finally encounter a lovely lodge perched above it all. Upon entering, deep hardwoods and other natural elements subconsciously bring in relaxation, and the floor to vaulted ceiling wall of windows puts on stage the glory of the land it sits upon.

Guest rooms and suites have been thought out impressively, with attention given to each detail and every need literally at your fingertips. One push of a button and multiple lights are adjusted to set moods or curtains drawn. Innovative systems impress while comfort and style abound. Warm natural woods and chic modern furnishings are combined perfectly, and comfort is delivered at every turn. Rain-showers, Bvlgari bath products and plush feather-top mattresses are just a few of the luxuries for the spoils. Sweet touches like fresh-baked cookies left bedside at turndown bring about the down-home thoughtfulness that encompasses Primland.

primland spaRespect for the land is evident throughout the resort, but perhaps most obvious within the resort spa. Dedicated to those who lived in and loved the land before Primland existed, the spa reflects the Native American people both in décor and spirit. From touches of turquoise to signature services incorporating the Native American medicine wheel, a deep regard for the energy of the people and the earth can be felt throughout.

The Southern Virginia lifestyle is also immaculately incorporated into the resort, allowing guests to partake in local sport overseen by the exceptionally knowledgeable and friendly local staff. Venture out of your comfort zone with clay shooting or explore the woods and wildlife on ATV or horseback. For the more traditional resort sports-minded, a gorgeous and meticulously maintained 18 hole mountain top golf course carves a wondrous path across the mountain ridge that hosts the lodge. Don’t be surprised to see a buck wander across the tee box or be taken aback by some pretty spectacular views along the way.

primland observatoryYet, perhaps the most impressive offering comes when the sun has long set. Aside from exquisite fare, evenings of live music and nighly s’mores fireside, Primland also offers something that is literally out of this world. The resort’s one-of-a kind observatory offers visitors a nightly “Tour of the Universe”. The 2 hour program opens up the heavens and gives guests direct access to the stars and skies above through the dome’s retractable roof and state-of-the art telescope. It is truly a cosmic experience.

So, no longer is the sky simply the limit. Primland goes above and beyond, sharing their love for the land and the universe with all those who step through their doors. For a truly unique and magical experience, Primland is the place.

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City Escape: Pinehurst, North Carolina

August 23, 2014 by  
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Just as life evolves so has the Pinehust Resort & Spa. From the beginning, Pinehurst Resort has been catering to guest’s needs and ever changing to serve them. Today, the story stays the same. The resort that has long been synonymous with golf goes far beyond well-groomed fairways and manicured greens, offering guests of all ages great activities and top-notch amenities..

At inception, Pinehurst’s creator had healing and wellness in mind. Robert Tuff, a northern businessman and philanthropist traveled to the end of the railway line and ended up in then timbered pine forests of North Carolina. Overwhelmed by the smell of fresh pine and thoughts of it’s medicinal use, Tuff set out to create a health resort for those seeking rest and relaxation.

pinehurst golf historyIn the early days of the resort, the popularity of golf infiltrated the Pinehurst business plan. A few years in, visiting guests were discovered playing early versions of golf in the dairy fields. Instead of having the swinging clubs and pithced balls continue to disturb the cows, Tuff decided to cater to his guest’s newfound desires. He tapped into the ever-increasing popularity of golf, enlisted some of the greatest course designers, and began Pinehurst’s journey into becoming the golf mecca that it is today.

With 9 courses currently under its belt, and a long legacy of golf, Pinehurst has now become synonymous with great golf. The revered No.2 course hosted the US open this past June, and lovers of the game have long come from across the US and beyond to play on its turf.

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But today Pinehurst goes beyond great golf. Golfers now bring along the whole family, and non-golfers frequent it to enjoy an array of great amenities and a good dose of southern hospitality. Kids splash in the resort’s outdoor pools, and families and couples alike can be seen taking out bikes to explore the neighborhood, playing on the many clay tennis courts, or just enjoying the tranquility that Pinehurst offers.

pinehurst village ncThe lovely village which sits just steps from the resort, offers distinctive shops, low-key restaurants and a quaint New England. Stroll the winding residential streets and see the history of Pinehurst unfold with classic cottages and historic houses, picket fences, sandy sidewalks and, of course, towering pines.

Relaxation is easy throughout Pinehurst. Read an afternoon book or sip on a sweet tea on one many verandas (all well stocked with rocking chairs). Or for a real treat, book a treatment at the resort spa. The Pinehurst Spa reflects the founders appreciation of wellness and nature, with quotes from naturalists lining the walls and native ingredients (pine!) making their way into several of the treatments. The Heart of the Pines Massage incorporates a pine tapping technique , where local fresh harvested pine is whisked across the skin, detoxifying and invigorating in both the process and fresh pine scent. Deep relaxation ensues with an exceptionally executed massage, and the whole process leaves recipients relaxed, yet amazingly refreshed and invigorated. pinehurst spa

Just as Tufts envisioned over 100 years ago, guests visit today to discover a peaceful retreat that brings health and hospitality to the forefront. They leave with a sense of serenity and a great appreciation for the history of past, and all the beauty that exists today. For more information on Pinehurst (and some great summer special packages) visit



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