A GIRLS’ SLEEPOVER
If you hear “retreat” and immediately think “work,” you’re wrong. A wine-happy, gym-free getaway with your best girlfriends at a swank chalet could be just what you need – even if you’re not a skier. At Nita Lake Lodge in Whistler, BC, on the shores of a sparkling glacier-fed lake, hop on the gondola and catch the Peak 2 Peak. Gaze at spectacular views of forests, lakes and glaciers while traversing the tops of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.
Ample research links your mere presence in nature to mental and physical health benefits, including a 2015 study by Stanford University which showed that spending 90 minutes in nature led to reduced blood flow to parts of the brain associated with rumination – that’s negative thought patterns and a propensity to overthink and obsess over bad situations. Count on two hours to get 6,000 feet up Blackcomb Mountain, enjoy lunch at Christine’s and get back down again.
Klutzes on the slopes should strap on a pair of snowshoes instead – you’ll burn about 500 calories an hour, which will come in very handy come dinner. Back at the lodge, get your girls to the cozy Fix Fondue Hut to share a European-style, three-course fondue feast, followed by après-ski cocktails in the Cure Lounge. Don’t feel guilty if you go a bit overboard because you’ll start the next day with a clean-living shortcut, Hollywood-style: an IV wellness treatment at the spa. “We take a basic medical history of everything from energy levels and skin health, to digestion and mental health,” says Dr. Dawn Gareau, a naturopathic doctor at Nita Lake Lodge. She then creates a customized cocktail of nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants to be mainlined right into your bloodstream.
Your job? “Just relax, get comfortable and let the IV do its magic,” she says. It’s common to feel an immediate surge of energy and focus, which will be very helpful for your final girlie outing: a relaxing 1.5-hour yoga class overlooking the mountains. Hop on the shuttle home, feeling equal parts relaxed and totally rejuvenated.