Fam­ily Get­away to a Happy Place

A Trea­sure Coast va­ca­tion to dis­con­nect in or­der to re­con­nect

Gulf & Main - - Contents - BY MANDY CARTER

You do not al­ways have to leave the kids with a sit­ter to take a well­ness va­ca­tion. It is fun to build won­der­ful va­ca­tion mem­o­ries while the adults also get some needed R&R. The key is to pick a des­ti­na­tion that of­fers a com­bi­na­tion of fam­ily fun, spa ser­vices and healthy eat­ing in a lo­ca­tion that re­moves you from the stresses of daily life. As a newly di­vorced mom, I wanted to spend spring break re­con­nect­ing with my kids, but also wanted to recharge and re­set my mind and body.

With the fast pace of this mod­ern life and all the changes that the new fam­ily dy­namic brings, the great­est chal­lenge fac­ing many peo­ple to­day is cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to spend qual­ity time with fam­ily. Get­ting com­pla­cent with ev­ery­day rou­tines can cre­ate un­in­ten­tional dis­tance. Re­con­nect­ing with each other is es­sen­tial for a healthy fam­ily. In or­der to truly con­nect we need to dis­con­nect from a few things like tech­nol­ogy, sched­ules and wor­ries. Tak­ing a well­ness-fo­cused get­away is the per­fect fam­ily bond­ing trip.

Though our home­town in South­west Florida of­fers many great ho­tels and stun­ning beaches, some­times one just needs to get away from the ev­ery­day sur­round­ings to re­con­nect. So, for spring break we ven­tured across the state to Florida’s Trea­sure Coast. Imag­ine en­joy­ing time to­gether with those who mean the most to you amidst the beau­ti­ful, quaint set­ting of soft sand, con­sis­tent waves and bright blue sky on the peace­ful shores of Hutchin­son Is­land or strolling the streets of Stu­art, named “Amer­ica’s Hap­pi­est Sea­side Town” by Coastal Liv­ing magazine in 2016. Lo­cated 45 min­utes north of Palm Beach, this area is an Old Florida–style trea­sure where mak­ing mem­o­ries comes nat­u­rally.

Here are four com­po­nents of a to­tal well­ness get­away that can be found along the Trea­sure Coast.

The Florida Oceano­graphic So­ci­ety’s Coastal Cen­ter (above left) on Hutchin­son Is­land of­fers 57 acres of na­ture trails and var­i­ous wildlife displays, such as the st­ingray pavil­ion (above right).

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