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Escape from New York: Canyon Ranch, Lenox, MA

This Labor Day weekend instead of escaping to the beach, we went to the spa. Not just any spa, but Canyon Ranch, a fully immersive health experience. This was our fist visit to the luxury spa and wellness center in the Berkshires. You can drive from NYC (about 3 hours) or you can take Amtrak to Albany and they will pick you up from there.

Arriving at Canyon Ranch definitely feels like luxe adult summer camp. You are given a tote, water bottle, T-shirt and thick booklet of activities. About 1 1/2 spa treatments are included as well as all your meals and all regular exercise classes. For the more adventurous, you can opt into more intense outdoor activities for a fee. The activities range from spinning class (which is usually our favorite thing, but we would recommend skipping it here) to yoga and Pilates to aqua aerobics and stretching. Since you are supposed to pack 5 or so classes a day in, each one is pretty light. There are also tennis courts, basketball courts, a ropes course, indoor and outdoor pools, as well as a full gym if you want to do your own thing. There are also cooking lessons and you can walk to the cute town of Lenox to browse the local boutiques.

Overall, it is a relaxing weekend away and you can do as many (or as little) activities as you’d like. The atmosphere is casual and not intimidating. In fact, we found many of the high level classes to be pretty easy compared to their NYC counterparts. The facilities are all very nice, but the decor is a little dated. The spa treatments were all fantastic and the staff was especially welcoming. We can’t wait for our next trip back!

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