Fam­ily Get­away to a Happy Place

A Trea­sure Coast va­ca­tion to dis­con­nect in or­der to re­con­nect

Cape Coral Living - - Cape Departments - BY MANDY CARTER Mandy Carter is a lo­cal mom with a pas­sion for fam­ily travel, a pop­u­lar travel blog­ger in­clud­ing her own fam­ily blog at acup­ful.com, and the man­ag­ing edi­tor for TOTI Me­dia.

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.

Tak­ing a well­ness-fo­cused get­away is the per­fect fam­ily bond­ing trip.

CALM­ING AC­COM­MO­DA­TIONS

A se­cluded des­ti­na­tion is great for a well­ness get­away be­cause it elim­i­nates the usual day-to-day dis­trac­tions. Hutchin­son Shores Re­sort and Spa in Jensen Beach on Hutchin­son Is­land opened last fall, the first new beach re­sort in Jensen Beach in al­most 20 years. With a con­tem­po­rary coastal vibe yet re­laxed at­mos­phere, it proved to be the per­fect com­bi­na­tion of lux­ury and com­fort­able ameni­ties to cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment for good R & R time.

CON­NECT­ING WITH NA­TURE AND AN­I­MALS

A short drive from the re­sort you will find an adorable at­trac­tion hid­den in plain view. The Florida Oceano­graphic So­ci­ety Coastal Cen­ter works to pro­tect Florida’s coastal ecosys­tems through ed­u­ca­tion and re­search. The cen­ter of­fers daily pro­grams where vis­i­tors can meet the res­i­dent sea tur­tles, hand-feed stingrays and take a re­lax­ing walk through man­grove trails.

EAT­ING HEALTHY

When tak­ing a well­ness va­ca­tion, fo­cus on healthy food choices to avoid a sugar rush then crash for the kids and bloat­ing or overeat­ing for you. This makes the get­away more en­joy­able. There are a num­ber of healthy din­ing op­tions in this happy des­ti­na­tion. To eat right, you re­ally have no need to leave the ho­tel, but we did en­joy a num­ber of meals around this sea­side area, in­clud­ing a de­li­cious fresh lunch at Fruits & Roots Juice Bar + Ve­gan café in Stu­art.

GET­TING PAM­PERED

The spa at Hutchin­son Shores al­lows you to re­lax with a va­ri­ety of healthy treat­ments. In ad­di­tion to the pam­per­ing ser­vices of the ho­tel spa, lux­ury ameni­ties like the com­pli­men­tary news­pa­per, fresh fruit and chilled wa­ter con­ve­niently lo­cated on each gue­stroom floor makes for a re­fresh­ing and help­ful sur­prise. Adults are not the only ones who ben­e­fit from a tem­po­rary es­cape from ev­ery­day chal­lenges. Kids need to recharge their spirit as much as par­ents need to recharge their minds. Next time you look for­ward to a va­ca­tion where you can treat your­self to a mas­sage that melts stress and meals that re­vi­tal­ize, re­mem­ber that your lit­tle ones, too, can get the same feel-good ben­e­fits from a calm­ing get­away.

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).

Clock­wise from top left: Healthy eat­ing at Fruits & Roots in Stu­art; the Hutchin­son Shores Re­sort pool, din­ner at the re­sort’s Drift Kitchen & Bar; the ocean­front re­sort is an invit­ing base for a well­ness get­away to the Trea­sure Coast.

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