Top 10 Relaxing Inns

Sometimes, a getaway is all about adventure and exploration. Other times, you simply need to escape from everyday stress and find some R&R. As the winners of this January 2013 monthly award, these 10 inns will pamper and rejuvenate you, giving you the opportunity to unplug and leave with some pep in your step. Whether you want to revel in mountain views on a private patio, do a walking meditation in a labyrinth, or stroll along a quiet beach, these soothing B&Bs will help you find Zen. 

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Adobe & Pines Inn

Taos, NM

Adobe & Pines Inn

The innkeepers here encourage you to “come replenish your soul” at this preserved 1832 hacienda. Located outside of town, the inn offers tranquility and quiet. Eat a gourmet breakfast while overlooking a courtyard filled with flowers. Detox in the steam room. Silence your mind with a walk through the large outdoor labyrinth. Indulge in a guilt-free nap in a hammock under a 100-foot pine tree. The eight Southwestern-style guest rooms all have fireplaces and featherbeds. Some rooms have whirlpool tubs, and one room even has a Roman-style oversized soaking tub and dry sauna. Spa services are available upon request.

Anamaya

Montezuma, Costa Rica

>Anamaya

Treat yourself to a getaway at this health-oriented, yoga-focused inn surrounded by rainforests. Named after the Sanskrit word for “good health,” the peaceful property is the ideal place to take a break from your busy life. You will be next to Montezuma Falls, and you can explore its swimming holes by walking along a private, five-minute trail. Take one of the daily yoga classes in the morning, followed by a healthy and organic breakfast. Soak in the saltwater infinity pool overlooking the ocean, or be pampered with a treatment in their spa with the same stunning view. Depending on your desires, you can choose a retreat package with a focus on yoga, surfing, or rejuvenation. 

Artha Bed and Breakfast

Amherst, WI

Artha Bed and Breakfast

Stay in the quiet Wisconsin wilderness at this solar-powered B&B located on 90 acres. Your healthy breakfast consists of organic produce from the inn’s own garden. A few times a year, Artha Bed and Breakfast offers a meditation and yoga retreat. Experience guided meditation, restorative yoga, Vinyasa yoga, and workshops on chakras and breathing techniques. If the timing isn’t right, the innkeepers can help set up your own personal retreat at your convenience.

Buckhorn Inn

Gatlinburg, TN

Buckhorn Inn

Unwind at this BedandBreakfast.com Diamond Collection inn with gorgeous Smoky Mountains views. This Gatlinburg B&B sits on 30 acres of woodlands and meadows with wildflowers. Walk along the grounds of the property, and you will find a nature trail, a meditation labyrinth, and a spring-fed lake with swans. The guest rooms include relaxing amenities such as fireplaces, in-room Jacuzzis, and private porches and terraces. The inn departs from the norm by offering guests dinner each evening, giving you one less thing to worry about. For additional privacy, lodging options include private cottages and private guesthouses. If you need even more peace, the innkeepers offer an annual mindfulness meditation retreat.

Hawk and Ivy Holistic Country B&B

Barnardsville, NC

Hawk and Ivy Holistic Country B&B

Explore this eco bed and breakfast on 24 acres in the North Carolina mountains. While only 20 minutes from Asheville, it feels a world away. The breakfasts are made from the inn’s own organic gardens, plus other local, seasonal, and sustainably grown food. They have embraced the “slow food” concept and offer workshops on cooking natural food. The innkeepers encourage each guest to use their experience here as a retreat, but they also offer personal guided retreats, where they “meet with guests to help them clarify their intentions for themselves and supporting their own inner commitment to achieve those goals.” The innkeepers add, “We founded this place on following dreams and inner guidance, and we love encouraging it in others.” Opt for a relaxing in-room massage. If you are looking for other holistic therapies, the innkeepers can help you plan it.

Holualoa Inn

Holualoa, HI

Holualoa Inn

Discover a tranquil tropical retreat at this inn on a lush, 30-acre Kona coffee estate. The Polynesian-style Diamond Collection inn sits on Mount Hualalai on the Big Island, providing guests with breathtaking ocean views. Beaches and hiking trails are only minutes away. A covered lanai features rockers and a day bed perfect for an afternoon nap, and the rooftop gazebo is the ideal place to watch the sunset. Take a dip in the pool on a warm day. Embark on a walking meditation through their labyrinth, which overlooks the ocean and coconut palms. Your breakfast includes fruits and veggies grown on the property grounds. Add on an in-room spa service for ultimate relaxation. 

Santosha on the Ridge

East Stroudsburg, PA

Santosha on the Ridge

Surrounded by nature and overlooking the Delaware River Valley, this Pennsylvania B&B is an ideal place to retreat. After all, the innkeepers say, “Santosha means contentment and acceptance.” They value privacy and encourage an experience that soothes the soul. Meditation and yoga supplies are available for your use, and you can practice yoga on their deck or garden, either on your own or with instruction. Try a walking meditation in the on-site labyrinth. Kick back with a great book on the deck. Savor the organic breakfast. When it’s time to return home, the innkeepers have a small leaving ritual to help you “let go of what you don’t need to hold onto and time to determine what you need more of in your life.” 

Star of Texas Bed & Breakfast

Brownwood, TX

Star of Texas Bed & Breakfast

Experience privacy and relaxation at this popular Texas B&B. Some of the accommodations here are private cottages, and some feature large romantic Jacuzzi tubs for two or outdoor hot tubs. A full hot breakfast is delivered to your room each morning. Yoga classes are offered twice a week, and on-site spa services are available. Get in touch with nature by taking a walk along the 20-acre property. For a small fee, take a peaceful canoe ride in the Pecan Bayou. Spend an afternoon driving around several nearby Texas wineries.

The Ojai Retreat

Ojai, CA

The Ojai Retreat

Set on a five-acre hilltop, this peaceful inn is the perfect setting for a comfortable getaway. Soak up your guest room’s mountain views without the distraction of in-room televisions or telephones. In the Quiet Room on the second floor, you are invited to write, read, do yoga, or even meditate without being disturbed. Yoga classes are offered three times a week. Explore the peaceful walking trails throughout the property to get in touch with nature. Nine of the 12 guest rooms have a private patio or garden overlooking the mountains and valley. 

Zen Garden Bed and Breakfast

Manzanita, OR

Zen Garden Bed and Breakfast

Step outside the door of this Oregon bed and breakfast, and in less than a minute, you will be standing on the seven-mile Manzanita beach. The two guest rooms have their own private dining rooms, or you can opt to dine on the patio if the weather permits. Indulge with a session in the inn’s Zen Bath, which is located in their beautiful Zen Garden. This outdoor soaking tub for two is booked by the hour. The innkeepers fill it with fresh, hot water for each session and provide you with kimonos. Relax with a glass of wine in the peaceful Zen Garden. To enhance relaxation, the televisions in the guest rooms don’t have cable (only DVD/VHS players).