Day-to-day workouts are fun and all, but sometimes you need to couple that sweat session with a little extra culture, music and, uh, wine. That’s why fitness retreats and festivals exist—they’re all about balance, meeting like-minded people that turn into lifelong friends, and having a helluva good time. (After all, you’re still on vacation.) These are the ones to book this year, whether you’re looking for a quick one-day getaway or an epic multiday sleepover. If you do sign up (and you should!), just be sure to warn your friends and followers that you're about to serve up a serious dose of FOMO.

East Coast

When: July 14-16
Where: Hunter Mountain, NY
What: Just a two-hour drive from New York City sits Hunter Mountain, where you and a group of friends (because yes, they will be your BFFs by the end of the weekend) will kick off a "detox-to-retox cycle," as SYB likes to call it. You’ll do as much as you can outside, including swimming in the lake, yoga on the lawn, and hiking (maybe even ziplining) in the woods. And since you’re on vacation, you'll have ample opportunity to imbibe a few beers—because, you know, balance. You’ll even head back home feeling more centered: There are presentations on things such as "how to chill out about food" and creating healthy habits, so you can get in the groove of starting the day with a glass of lemon water or taking deep breaths in times of stress. When the weekend is over, start saving your pennies for SYB’s international getaways in drool-worthy destinations like the Amalfi Coast and San Pedro, Belize. Swoon.
Prices start at $400; surfyogabeer.com

When: June 30-July 2
Location: Finger Lakes, NY
What: Hiking. Nature. Yoga. If those things sound right up your alley—but roughing it in a sleeping bag, eh, not so much—then this retreat is for you. While nestled in the Finger Lakes region of Central New York, you’ll flow through four yoga classes (three vinyasa style and one restorative) and set off on scenic hikes through Ithaca’s Buttermilk Falls State Park. Rather than returning to a not-so-comfy campsite, you’ll sip wine under the stars, eat s’mores by the campfire, and sleep in fully furnished safari tents with beds and plush robes (!). When it’s time to refuel and recover, expect farm-to-table dining and complimentary access to saunas and a steam room at August Spa by Firelight Camps. You know, everything that ~summer dreams~ are made of.
Prices start at $648; fingerlakesyogascapes.com

Wellness Retreats

When: May 14-21
Where: Miami, FL
What: OK, we know this one’s a bit of an investment, but it’s worth it for you Spartan diehards and obstacle race gurus. For one week, 1 Hotel South Beach will host the first-ever Spartan Week and challenge you on everything from Spartan obstacles to unleashing your meditative potential. Created in partnership with Joe Di, director of fitness and training for Spartan Race, you’ll choose between a three- and four-night stay and participate in a range of activities—even morning Hurricane Heats are available—and follow it up with recovery classes and post-training meditation. When all’s said and done, you’ll walk away with a Spartan Week medal and custom t-shirt so you can proudly sport your accomplishments on the flight home (or at your next Spartan Race).
Prices start at $1,500; 1hotels.com

Midwest

Wellness Retreats

When: August 10-13, August 17-20
Where: Boulder, CO
What: For those ready to hone their trail-running skills—and get a taste of training at altitude—this retreat in Boulder, CO, is pretty badass. Organized by professional trail runner Timothy Olson, two-time winner and record holder of Western States 100-mile race, you’ll not only learn how to effectively navigate trails without burning out your energy but also spiff up your healthy eating, yoga, and meditation skills (and walk away with a sweet swag bag). If you ever thought running was boring before, your mind will be forever changed after this trip.
Prices start at $650; adventuremindful.com

Wellness Retreats

When: June 24
Where: Chicago, IL
What: While most fitness retreats focus on a specific sport or activity—yoga, hiking, biking, etc.—Soul Camp looks at you from a 360-degree perspective, which is pretty awesome because, well, we’re not just what we do. So when you sign up for either a day-only or sleepaway camp, just know you’ll be taking a whole range of classes: nutrition, yoga, meditation, mindfulness, public speaking, social activism, fitness, and more. Each day there’ll be about 30 teachers, speakers, and instructors to learn from, and each night there’s a host of talent shows, late night discos, s’mores, and live entertainment. It really is like summer camp for grown-up kids. Just don’t be surprised if you walk away feeling refreshed and ready to take on the world.
Prices start at $99; soul.camp

Wellness Retreats

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When: August 11-13
Where: Snowmass, CO
What: Yoga, yoga, and more yoga. That’s what you can expect at this new, three-day boutique yoga festival from Power Yoga Retreats set in Snowmass, CO, just a short 20-minute drive from Aspen. There are more than 60 classes to choose from, including basics like introduction to Ayurveda and more complex options like hypnotic flow. When you’re not moving through sun salutations—or, LBH, enjoying that savasana—there’s live music, meditation, hiking and, yes, even a party or two. Because finding your zen includes letting loose a little, right?
Prices start at $150; gosnowmass.com

Wellness Retreats

When: July 13-16
Where: Sundance, UT
What: Tucked away in Utah's Wasatch mountains, Sundance Mountain Resort is everything you ever imagined a rustic cabin weekend could be, and Soulstice isn't your average fitness retreat. This four-day, three-night, all-inclusive trip has unique fitness activities such as outdoor aerial yoga, stand-up paddleboard yoga in a geothermal spring crater, reformer Pilates, BOSU fitness classes, and sunrise vinyasa on the mountaintop. It's the kind of experience that gives off those feel-good vibes you only get when surrounded by your soul sisters—whether you've known them your whole life or you just met them. Sure, it's on the pricey side, but bonus offerings such as floral arrangement classes, salt spa experiences, glam touch-ups pre-garden party, and live music (among others) make it worth it. Trust us, you'll never regret taking a good-for-your-soul getaway.
Prices start at $1,250, soulstice.com

West Coast

Wellness Retreats

When: July 14-16, August 18-20, September 22-24
Where: Kirkwood, CA; Mt. Hood, OR; Waterville Valley, NH
What: Adventurous ladies, put your hands up. REI has launched a three-day outdoor adventure program designed to get women outside without worrying about who’s judging them, which means no boys allowed. (Hey, sometimes you just need your girls to create a supportive learning environment.) You’ll customize the long weekend from start to finish, starting with accommodations (anything from resort condos to glamping with a concierge to DIY camping) and activities. So whether you’re into trail running, rock climbing, paddleboarding, or one of the other 200 options available, you’re pretty much guaranteed to find someone else with similar interests—and an REI professional guide to help you learn more. In your downtime, there are plenty of chef-prepared meals, adult bevvies, inspirational speakers, and evening entertainment to go around. Plus, you’ll walk away with a sweet goodie bag packed with products and gear.
Prices start at $799; outessa.com

Wellness Retreats

When: July 20-23
Where: North Lake Tahoe, CA
What: You may think you’re going to Wanderlust for the yoga, and while that’s great and all, you’ll walk away with so much more than an improved downward dog. When you’re not flowing through various yoga styles—including aerial and stand-up paddleboard versions—there’s a whole range of activities to choose from. Kayaking, river rafting, mountain biking, slacklining—you name it, and it’s all available in the scenic mountains of Squaw Valley. Of course, there’s plenty of food (hello, delicious barbecue), wine, and live music to be enjoyed as well.
Prices start at $104; wanderlust.com

When: October 13-14
Where: San Francisco, CA
What: This San Francisco retreat calls itself the "Coachella of sport,” so you know it’s going to be one heck of a good time. It’s one of four festivals Virgin Sport is hosting around the world (find the others in East London, Westminster, and Oxford), and each one is customized to the host city. For those staying stateside, expect a lot of those infamous San Fran hills on your distance and short runs. You won’t just be running, though—there’s plenty of group training, local food, music, art, and culture to be discovered too. You may even find some cycling and boot camp-style classes to sign up for because it's all about challenging yourself here.
Prices start at $89; virginsport.com

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