New Year, New You: Take Time for PamperingJanuary 07, 2020 / Good to Know, Outdoor Adventures, Things to Do & See
It’s January. The winter season is upon us. Your list of New Year’s resolutions is set and now it’s time to turn them into a reality. Giving yourself time for a bit of pampering rejuvenates, reenergizes, and nourishes your soul. Gloucester, Massachusetts is a perfect destination location to help you kick off your indulging pledges. Expand your options for what it means to be pampered. Here are just a few ideas to treat yourself.
TAKE A HIKE!
Breathe in that fresh, salty air while walking the beaches, strolling along Stacey Boulevard to Stage Fort Park, or taking a hike in one of the area’s beautiful nature trails. Gloucester’s natural beauty and rugged coastline will put you at ease and provide that needed reflection. Exploring any or all of these outdoor adventure possibilities is a great workout or a chance to relax and unwind…and best of all to connect with nature whether alone or with family or friends.
NO WAKE ZONE!
Speaking of possibilities: we encourage you to treat yourself to an overnight stay in Gloucester. The City offers so many places to consider from beachside hotels to plenty of cozy inns or B&Bs. Cape Ann’s Marina Resort offers a winter wonderland overnight stay special when you book a room with either two double beds or one spacious king bed. While you’re there, enrich your getaway with one of their added package offerings such as roses, champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, and more! Visit Discover Gloucester’s STAY page for other lodging options.
There’s no place like ‘om’ when yoga is important to your health regime. Yoga provides extraordinary benefits on so many levels from weight loss and strength building to increased flexibility…ultimately promoting overall good health. Treetop Yoga Studio features a variety of classes from beginner to advanced levels, workshops, and retreats for everybody to explore and discover yoga. Visit Treetop Yoga’s website for their current class and workshop schedule.
DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY!
Did you know that dancing has well-documented links to good physical and mental health? So why isn’t everyone doing it as the ultimate self-care? If you can’t find a dance floor to showcase your spin style, there’s an alternative way to dance. Several classes offered at MAGMA – Movement Arts Gloucester Massachusetts approach dance from a ‘different’ perspective – a quality that gets straight to the pleasure of movement in the body – for all ages and experience levels. This method is the somatic approach, which focuses on the experience of movement, rather than on rhythmic steps. Choose from a variety of classes from Ecstatic Dance (Mondays 6:30 pm) with a vibrant playlist and atmosphere that almost resembles clubbing, to Moving Meditation (Wednesdays 10:30 am) done in silence with eyes closed, quietly allowing movement to be guided from internal impulse.
NOURISH YOUR SOUL
Enjoy the beauty and peaceful environs of Brace Cove and the spirit of prayer at a retreat. Gonzaga/Eastern Point Retreat House is offering two opportunities for extended prayer in the month of February. These overnight (individually directed) retreats are energized by Ignatian/Jesuit spirituality and will be held February 14 – 17 and February 19 – 23. A spiritual guide is assigned to accompany you throughout your stay. A one-day opportunity (with time for private prayer) is available on February 26 (Ash Wednesday). For further information and to make your reservations, visit www.easternpoint.org or call 978-283-0013.
INDOOR POOL ANYONE?
Escape the cold New England temps and consider a relaxing day at Cape Ann’s Marina Resort Aqua Room. With a pool punch pass, you can take a dip in their saltwater pool, soak in the jacuzzi, grab a cocktail at the bar, or just unwind in a lounge chair in the cozy temperature-controlled environment. For pool pass pricing, visit the Resort’s webpage.
A NIGHT ON THE TOWN
Reinvigorate your soul with the sound of music attending one (or more) of the concerts, festivals, and HD Opera from the Met at the world-class Shailin Liu Performace Center. Rockport Music‘s program line-up includes a variety of performances from classical to jazz, from chamber music to contemporary by well-known international and national performers to our own local singer/songwriters. Enjoy the intimate setting with a stunning view overlooking Rockport Harbor. For upcoming concerts and other events, visit Rockport Music’s website.
GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN!
Gather your girlfriends together and take a break from the winter blues with a Girls Getaway Weekend to Gloucester. Discover Gloucester’s special girls getaway promotion takes place on March 6 – 8, 2020 where they will collect a variety of fun options for you to enjoy! Not only is the promotion fun, but you’ll be able to enter to win some incredible prizes while hanging out with your BFFs! Reminisce, relax, and rewind with a weekend packed of shopping, dining, and experiences in and around Gloucester and Cape Ann. For more information on this weekend away, click here.