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WEB EXCLUSIVE! Ten more relaxing retreats

Courtesy Wilderness Ranch

1.) Unity Village in Unity Village, MO

  • First “green” (LEED certified) hotel in Midwest
  • Opened in January 2007
  • Amenities include golf course, swimming pool, two lakes and miles of wooded walking trails

2.) Camp William B. Snyder in Haymarket, Va.

  • 350 acres with 125 acres of wetlands,  a 7-acre lake and nature trail
  • 14 Camp sites and 5 shower houses
  • Complex of three new cabins, on-site chapel, 14 camp sites with showers, 550-seat Stephen G. Marriott Dining Hall and other meeting facilities
  • The Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience Course

3.) Stella Maris Retreat in Skaneateles, N.Y.

  • Run by Sisters of St. Francis and Stella Maris staff
  • Personalized retreats to fit group’s needs
  • View of lake, 1879 mansion once home to cousin of Theodore Roosevelt
  • Began as retreat house for Catholic women, but now open to all kinds of groups and denominations.

4.) Forrest Hills Mountain Hideaway Resort in Dahlonega, Ga.

  • Home to Gold City Corral, resort features guided horseback rides, carriage rides and scenic horse-drawn wagon rides to river house for a cookout with live entertainment
  • Two-mile walking trail, fitness room, spa room, outdoor pool, sand volleyball courts and on-site chapel
  • Natural 140-acre resort with lodges and 225-seat conference center

5.) The Boulders Resort in Scottsdale, Az.

  • A 1,300-acre property on the Sonora Desert with 12-million-year-old granite boulders dotting the landscape
  • Shamanic journeys offered for a ceremonial walk through a traditional labyrinth and meditative experience in the resort’s tipi
  • Spa, desert photo tours, jeep adventures, rock climbing clinics, cattle drives and hot air balloon rides

6.) Higher Ground Hotel in Independence, Mo

  • Massage therapy, karaoke parties, meeting rooms and event planning offerings
  • Across the street from the Harry S. Truman Home
  • Package deals with Kansas City Zoo, Power and Light District of Kansas City and other historic tours

7.) The Wharf in Orange Beach, Ala.

  • Located along Gulf Shores’ 32 miles of sugar white coastline
  • More than 12,000 youth congregated there for the Student Life Summer Camp at the Wharf’s 2008, 17,000-square-foot Conference Center
  • The Wharf offers boating, biking, golfing, fishing, theaters, concerts, massages and meals on the boardwalk

8.) Wilderness Trails Ranch in Durango, Co.

  • Perched beside the San Juan Montains of Southwest Colorado
  • Horseback rides, cattle work and natural horsemanship clinics
  • Historic, elegant log cabins with modern amenities
  • Hiking, fishing, swimming, white water rafting, water skiing and tubing on the Vallecito Reservoir

9.) Corolla Light Resort in Corolla, N.C.

  • Sitting on the Outer Banks with 400 ocean to sound side homes over 250 acres
  • Two swimming pools, basketball courts, shuffleboard courts, volleyball courts, game room
  • Kayak rentals and nature trails

10.) St. Mary Monastery at Rock Island, Ill.

  • Organized conferences, discussions and private prayer can be included for a personalized retreat program
  • Run by Benedict Sisters
  • Overlooks woods and lake with walking paths designed for private meditation
  • Spiritual events guests can attend throughout the year

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