How to Go Green with Silv: Time for a (Stay)cation! by Silvia Milanova, July 08 2015, 0 Comments
Summer is in full swing! And if you’re one of the 42 percent of Americans who didn’t take a single vacation day in 2014, (those living in cities took off the least number of days—what are you waiting for?), it’s time you get going! July and August are the perfect (and most popular) months to go explore new territory and (hopefully) relax. But if you’re strapped for cash, afraid to fly on a plane, or just want to get acquainted with your local surroundings, here are some local places worth visiting. Staying local not only familiarizes you with neighboring areas, it’s also less harmful to the environment.
Here are a few suggestions for a (stay)cation or a (local) exploration:
Howe Caverns Adventure Park
Ocean City, Maryland
High Point State ParkThis one is for the outdoor enthusiasts. High Point State Park is one of New Jersey's most popular natural areas. The 16,091-acre space has more than 50 miles of trails, including the popular Appalachian Trail. The park’s most popular attraction is High Point Monument, a 220-foot tower built in 1930 and made from local granite and quartz. From top of the monument, you can see spectacular views of the surrounding area (and three states!)—the Pocono Mountains toward the west, the Catskill Mountains to the north and the Wallkill River Valley in the southeast. The park is great for outdoor activities such as swimming, boating, fishing/hunting and camping.
Tomahawk Lake Water Park
Crystal Springs ResortChildren optional—this one is more for the adults! When you find yourself needing some relaxation time with your sweetie (or perhaps by yourself), head over to Elements Spa in Vernon, New Jersey—rated one of America’s 30 best spas and the #1 spa in NJ (you can’t go wrong!). Here you can delve into relaxation treatments that incorporate paraben- and silicon-free scrubs ad moisturizers. The spa offers many body, face and hair treatments, and massage therapies, including the Elemental Journey, a healing treatment room for two complete with a body polish to exfoliate and detoxify, massaging waterfalls and gentle rain showers (I am relaxing just writing about this!). If one day is not enough for your body to be transformed, relaxed or restored, book a “Spa and Stay” package and enjoy all the resort has to offer—another spa, Reflections Spa 5 minutes away, the 3rd largest golf resort in the world and a variety of top-notch restaurants, pubs and bistros (as well as a 56-acre farm). Then all you need to do is say ooom, close your eyes and be transported to a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere without the burdens of every-day life. Enjoy!
Finally, when you venture out this summer, don’t forget your eco friendly sunscreen. This will ensure you’re protecting yourself and your children from the sun’s harmful rays—and that your skin stays supple and firm for years to come!