Make the Most of Your Vacation Days with these Healthy Summer Adventures

Raft through Hells Canyon, indulge in a yoga and pilates retreat in Sonoma, or find your om in a vineyard—and dedicate this summer to your healthiest self.

By Allison Jones May 27, 2015

Times, they are a-changing. Sure, a little vegging out is required, but summer vacation these days isn't all about beer-inhand indulgence or passive relaxation poolside. Case in point: a new generation of adventurous, healthy escapes is out to help you get the most of your warm-weather wanderings. These Northwest companies are offering exclusive destination trips to fuel the ideal summer for your mind, body, belly, and soul, and we're already packing our stretchy pants.

Glamp with Pilates and Yoga on aN Organic Farm
September 30 to October 4 

Portland's Pil-oga-robic is teaming up with women-centric travel company Living Big for a late-summer yoga and Pilates retreat done 'glamping' style at Lotus Feed Farm & Retreat Center, a 100+ acre organic farm in Sonoma County. Pil-oga-robic will be host a full schedule of Pilates, yoga, yoga hikes, and other classes, while Living Big takes care of all the logistics, from deluxe yurts and gourmet meals sourced from produce grown on the farm to local wine and s'mores under the stars. "I'm really excited about this backyard adventure as I've been wanting to create an experience that would allow people to completely relax on their vacation, and not come home feeling like they need a vacation from their vacation," shares Living Big founder Mary Cecchini. Register before June 15 to receive a bonus of a free private training session at Pil-oga-robic or two free weeks of unlimited classes at Pil-oga-robic. More information here

Sleep in a 300-Foot Doug Fir Tree

The Pacific Tree Climbing Institute hosts seasonal expeditions near Eugene, including a full day of tree climbing followed by an evening aloft in a grand old-growth Douglas fir tree. Towering above the forest floor in a Pacific Northwest temperate rain forest canopy, a canvas “Treeboats” waits for overnight guests to rest, relax, stretch, and take in the majesty of the canopy in peace—complete with a 2” thick air mattress, organic lunch, dinner, and breakfast surrounded by the music of the birds as the forest awakes around you. No previous climbing experience necessary! More details here

Rafting and Pilates Retreat in Hells Canyon
August 27-29

A collaboration between Winding Waters River Expeditions and Portland's Studio Blue pilates, this three-day adventure will take trippers down the deepest river gorge in North America, the Snake River through Hells Canyon. Dan Walton, the founder and owner of Studio Blue, will teach two pilates classes per day, sandwiching rafting sessions through Class III-V rapids, hiking to see petroglyphs, enjoying delicious, healthy meals, and sleeping under the Milky Way. The trip includes one night stay at the Chandler Inn B&B in Joseph, all meals from the morning of the 27th through lunch on the 29th, and fully catered guide service with all the rafting and camping equipment you need. More details and reservations here

Relax at Sunriver's Sage Springs Spa
June 1 through September 3

Sunriver Resort’s Sage Springs Spa is offering a few new treatments to help you get a healthy, sunny glow. The spa's 80-minute organic Lemon and Apple Fresh Facial offers a "farm-to-face" experience that’s designed to hydrate, soothe, and treat sun damaged skin ($169). The 80-minute Orange Blossom Massage will relax tired muscles and refresh dry skin with citrus oils along with a hydrating scalp massage and hair oil infusion ($169) and the 50-minute Tropical Trade Winds Pedicure uses an array of tropical scents to revitalize summertime feet and leave you flip-flop ready ($70).

Horse Around With Yamhill's Flying M Ranch 

Hit the trail with an all-inclusive Trask Mountain overnight trail ride, where you'll travel on horseback to a secluded log cabin and partake of a hearty barbecue dinner—think grilled steak and chicken, homemade yeast rolls, baked beans, salad and dessert—then sit around the campfire and spend the night in a wood-heated bunkhouse. Two breakfasts and two sack lunches also included! More information here

Yoga in the Vines at Raptor Ridge
June 21, August 16, November 5 

Love wine? Love yoga? Get this: Annie Shull, owner of Raptor Ridge winery, will be leading meditation and hosting yoga classes amidst the pinot noir vines in the Chehalem Mountains just outside of Portland. All levels are welcome, and the classes—taught by instructors from Yoga IN—will include both vinyasa flows and restorative experiences. After each class, guests will enjoy a private tasting of Raptor Ridge's wine portfolio paired with small bites prepared by Nourishment Food and Yoga. Tickets and more information here
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