My friends know I’m a little obsessed with health and fitness so when they heard I was going to Canyon Ranch in Lenox, they weren’t surprised when I returned exclaiming that I wanted to permanently move in! This little oasis located in the Berkshire Mountains is a little bit of Zen mixed with New England charm.
Canyon Ranch offers year-round activities, including guided hikes(I found myself hiking part of the Appalachian Trail) and bike rides, paddle boarding, canoeing, the High Ropes Course(I lost my nerve and couldn’t do it) skiing and show shoeing, indoor tennis and dozens of daily fitness and mind-body classes, just to name a few.
In addition to being an amazing wellness spa, Canyon Ranch offers a beautifully equipped Integrative Health Center where you’ll find in- depth integrative, holistic medical care and opportunities to establish healthy habits for life. It’s possible to have a full physical evaluation as well as a complete range of diagnostic services for modern-day diseases such as diabetes, metabolic and sleep disorders and cardiovascular disease.
The food was fabulous and I didn’t have any issues getting my dietary restrictions and special food requests taken care of. In fact, because each guest fills out a pre-arrival form and can speak with Canyon Ranch concierge prior to their stay, I was able to eat exactly the type of yogurt I eat each morning here at home.
Ah, the spa-One of the best massages I’ve ever had was at Canyon Ranch. I never had an issue getting an appointment and the services were not outrageously over-priced as they so often tend to be at 5-star resorts and hotels.
Want to explore the area? Canyon Ranch is a short walk from the lovely town of Lenox, with its charming art galleries and shops. Every summer the Berkshires Performing Arts Festival draws an impressive line-up of actors, dancers and musicians to local venues such as Tanglewood and Jacob’s Pillow. The homes of Herman Melville, Edith Wharton and The Norman Rockwell Museum are also located in this charming part of New England.
I recommend Canyon Ranch Lenox and its sister property, Canyon Ranch Tucson, for a great mind-body-soul holiday. It’s great for singles, couples, girls getaways and physicians can earn CME credits and take the best of leading-edge integrative and preventive care practices home to benefit their patients.
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