I stopped the excuses and I started making weekend getaways (and even one-night staycations) a part of my regular routine. Wellness isn’t just eating well and working out, it’s also taking care of yourself – mentally and emotionally. For me, that looks like taking a night or two out of the city, to give myself some space to breath and think without dishes to be done or emails to be sent. It always leaves me so relaxed and recharged, and I come back home inspired and more productive than ever. Weekends away, albeit indirectly, always give me back way more than I spend.
When I booked my stay at Getaway House for November, I didn’t realize I would be knee-deep in school work and about to embark on a trip to Barcelona on top of my already hectic client schedule. As this weekend approached, and my to-do list was getting longer by the second, I thought “I should reschedule.” Why is it so easy for us to take care of everyone and everything else, but so hard to take care of ourselves?
As you would have guessed, I am so glad I went! It was the most magical, most relaxing, and coziest weekend I’ve had in a very long time! The moment I arrived at Getaway House, I felt a rush of relaxation roll over me. Bye, bye cortisol!
The tiny cabins are nestled away in the woods of Big Bear – spread out enough to have peace and quiet, but close enough to feel safe! Each cabin has 1-2 queen beds, a kitchenette, a bathroom with a shower, a heater, an AC unit, fresh linens, and bath products to use. I had everything I needed. There’s even an outdoor area with a grill and a fire pit for making s’mores! Gluten-free and gut-friendly, of course!
I stopped at Sprouts on my way there and picked up some food for my stay. There’s a couple of restaurants nearby, but I wanted to stay in and keep it extra cozy. Here’s what I picked up: pasture-raised eggs, 100% grass-fed meats, raw milk, mushroom coffee, sweet potatoes, sheep’s milk yogurt, and chocolate, of course!
According to my Oura Ring (and the way I felt when I woke up), I slept better there than I have all year. Nature, fresh air, and the coziest bed and cabin will do that! I woke up to the most beautiful sunrise every morning, and watched the sunset every evening from my bed. I brought two books with me to read (why can’t I just chill?!), but I actually found myself enjoying the view and letting my mind wander most of the time. Any place that can make me stop doing is magical, in my opinion!
I forced myself out of bed on Saturday afternoon to do some adventuring. I explored some of the nearby stores and markets, and hiked one of the many trails in Big Bear. There’s a cute lookout tower at the top of Keller Peak where you get an incredible view! I highly recommend, if you can pry yourself out of the cabin.
I seriously had the most incredible time. It was the most relaxed I’ve been in as long as I can remember. Weekend getaways, especially to somewhere as tranquil as Getaway House, are so necessary when you’re always go-go-go. I don’t know about you, but stress has just become a part of my everyday life. It’s the norm. I always preach to my clients that stress can cause us to have gut issues and hold onto extra weight, so I do my best to follow my own advice. Since I’ve been back, I’m trying to keep a piece of Getaway House with me, even if it’s just slowing down for a moment each day.
I’ll definitely be booking another weekend at Getaway House real soon! They have outposts all over the US. As of right now, you can escape from Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Pittsburgh + Cleveland, Portland, and Washington, DC.
Use the code AMANDAC for $25 off your stay!