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The Most Relaxing Retreats in PennsylvaniaWhen daily life gets stressful your, entire body suffers, from your physical health to your mental state. Stress and anxiety can lead to depression and even substance abuse, so it’s important to find ways to relax now and then and give yourself time to breathe, put worries on a back burner, and focus on your wellbeing. Though, his can be easier said than done.

Many people find that taking time off leads to anxiety because they feel as though they’re shirking their responsibilities. Rather than look at it that way, try to think of an escape as a necessary means to recharge so you can be your best self. Very few can keep up with a busy schedule for 365 days-a-year and expect to be happy and healthy, so give yourself a break.

This is also a wonderful time to bond with your loved ones a bit and take stock of what’s truly important, something we all need to find more time to do. Read on for the best relaxing retreats in Pennsylvania and what they offer.

Head to the mountains

When life in the city gets to be too much, think about heading toward a green space. The Pocono Mountains are a beautiful destination, whether you want to be alone or are looking to spend some quality time with your family. Located near Lake Wallenpaupack, the mountains offer plenty to do, from fishing to whitewater rafting, and the kids will love the adventure park, which includes zip lines and bungee trampolines.

Discover the beach life

If you’re not opposed to a bit of a drive and are looking for a more romantic getaway, head to Lake Erie, where there’s plenty to love. Island hopping, boating, relaxing on the beach with your loved one… this is a perfect place to leave your worries behind and enjoy all that nature has to offer. You’ll never be bored, and one of the remarkable things about Lake Erie is there are activities for just about any season, from ice fishing to fall festivals. If you have kids and want to let them experience the lakeside atmosphere, you’ll be happy to know that the Lake Erie area is known as the “Roller Coaster Capital of the World.”

Take a hike

If you enjoy being outdoors and don’t mind a bit of hiking, check out the Boulder Field at Hickory Run State Park. A natural wonder that was created during the last ice age, this stunning destination will leave you breathless as you enjoy views of naturally-formed boulders as far as you can see.

See the ‘Niagara of Pennsylvania’

You might not automatically think “waterfalls” when you think about Pennsylvania, but tucked away in the Eastern part of the state lies a gorgeous park that’s home to several waterfalls and activities, including paddle-boating, miniature golf, a playground, and even a “mining station” where the kiddos can try their hand at finding gold. Pets are allowed, just make sure to bring a leash.

Stroll the gardens

Depending on the season, Phipps Conservatory offers incredible sights and events that will have your family in awe. A butterfly garden, family-oriented activities such as yoga classes, art shows, and seasonal festivals mean you can visit pretty much any time of year and have a phenomenal time with your loved ones.

Taking time away from everyday life is important now and then, not just for your own wellbeing, but for your loved ones as well. Carving time out of your schedule to get away for a few days can be difficult, but it’s well worth it in the end.


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