Travel Mindfully: Find Your Escape in Connecticut Last Updated 7/17

Everyone needs time to destress from the hustle and bustle of everyday life – what could be better than detoxing in luxurious spas, finding your center through meditation, or connecting with the crisp beauty of nature? You may think you need to travel to a faraway land, but believe it or not, “off the grid” is actually right around the corner! With numerous destinations to keep you mindful, Connecticut puts peace right in the palm of your hand.

Embrace Mindfulness

The American Mindfulness Research Association defines mindfulness as “the state, process, and practice of remembering to observe moment-to-moment experience with openness and without automatic patterns of previously conditioned thoughts, emotions, or behaviors.” So if you’re looking to find a new sense of bliss, you'll find a lot of choices here.

  • Copper Beech Institute, West Hartford  
    This retreat center offers day and overnight programs that include guided mindfulness practice, yoga classes, nourishing food, and plenty of space to rest and reflect. For those who want to clear their mind in an open space, the grounds offer a beautiful labyrinth for strolling your cares away.
     
  • Wisdom House, Litchfield 
    Whether you simply need to get away or are looking for creative juices to flow, this retreat center offers the opportunity for both. The center sits on 70 acres of rolling country land and is often populated by various artists delving into their crafts.
     
  • Mercy by the Sea Retreat & Conference Center, Madison
    This sanctuary on the shores of Long Island Sound offers private retreats and healing programs to nourish the spirit.

Reconnect with Nature

Some activities are just good for you, both body and soul. These farms are home to animals who work wonders with those who visit them. 

  • Rowanwood Farm, Newtown
    You probably never imagined that walking with llamas could be a calming experience, but at this farm it’s the perfect way to destress. Take your own miniature llama through scenic trails for a fun and unique way to relax!    
          
  • A Ray of Light Farm, East Haddam
    Invite some extra light into your day by connecting with the therapeutic rescue animals on this farm. Whether you’re there for animal assisted therapy or simply to visit these gentle creatures, you will leave feeling serene and renewed!
     
  • Bella Alpacas Farm Stay & B&B, New Milford
    Located on 50 acres, this unique bed & breakfast experience offers yoga and healing programs as well as massage and aromatherapy detox in a peaceful farm sanctuary setting that is home to rescued alpacas, sheep and other animals.

Pamper Yourself

Nothing compares to the ultimate treatment of mind and body that you get at a luxury spa. If you’re looking to treat yourself, here are a few world-class spas you won’t want to leave.

  • Mayflower Grace Inn & Spa, Washington
    The inspiration for Gilmore Girls’ “Independence Inn,” this luxurious spa is like a whole new world. The beautiful grounds are perfect for admiring or for the Inn’s “forest bathing” classes. With a bright and welcoming interior, spa, group or private yoga classes and more, this spot is will take you to a place of serenity from the moment you step inside.
     
  • Spa at Norwich Inn, Norwich
    Kick back in the relaxation room, detox in the sauna, or cozy-up in the hot tub – regardless you will find bliss at this countryside inn. Whether you’re staying the night or spending the day, the spa offers several packages to make the most of your time there.
     
  • Winvian Farm, Morris
    Sitting on 113 acres of peace, this one-of-a-kind property will put you in the heart of the countryside with a luxurious twist. Enjoy a massage at the spa, breathe in the tranquility of aromatherapy, or even enjoy a five-star meal. No matter how you spend your stay, you will leave relaxed and refreshed in the best possible way!

Nourish Yourself

Being mindful about the food you fill yourself with is also a great way to achieve harmony in your life. Connecticut has a lot to offer when it comes to clean and nutritious eating!

  • The Stand Juice Company, Fairfield
    If you’re looking for organic & vegan juices, smoothies, soups, salads, sandwiches, baked goods, a detox cleansing program, and much more, Fairfield’s the Stand is a perfect place to start.
     
  • GZen, Branford
    This vegan kitchen thrives on environmentally-friendly practices while cooking up food meant to achieve balance in the body. Named “Top Ten Upscale Vegan Restaurants in America” by SHAPE magazine, your meal will leave you satisfied and refreshed!
     
  • Claire’s Corner Copia, New Haven
    A love affair with vegetarian food in New Haven since 1975, Claire’s menu today is filled with delicious organic, sustainable, kosher, vegan and gluten-free dishes.
     
  • Biologic, Mystic
    Specializing in juice cleanses made with the freshest produce available, Biologic offers healthy products that range from pick me ups to detox. Check out the shop in Mystic, or even order online.

Try Something New

If you’re looking to find peace in even more unique ways, here are a few revitalizing experiences unlike any you’ve had before. Find your center and leave with a one-of-a-kind story to bring home and share!

Find Yourself Here

Experiences in rest and relaxation are a specialty of Connecticut.  Find even more things to quiet your mind and calm your soul here.