Busy. Too many emails. Tired. Too little time before the day has even begun. Sound like you? Me too… All too often, my mornings end before I think they even begin. With emails coming in all night, classes to prepare and teach, dogs to walk, projects […]
As the leaves begin to change and the weather cools, Baltimoreans are stepping outside to enjoy outdoor fitness without the dread of drowning in sweat. Fall is the perfect season to get outside—gorgeous weather, fewer bugs, stunning scenery. Plus, it’s at this time that we […]
I love living in the city, but sometimes I need to step away from the hard edges of the ‘concrete jungle’ and go somewhere with open air. Maybe it’s been this season’s never-ending rain, or sun setting earlier and earlier, or just a general long-AF-year — whatever the reason, the past few months, I’ve been itching to get away.
I wasn’t quite sure where to go, but knew the feeling I was aiming for — calm, nature, quiet. I searched for a cabin or cottage of some sort where my husband and I could take the dogs and there were a surprising number of them! Unfortunately, most were larger spaces that were just too big for our little family getaway (but 100% saving those for future group/friend trips!) and they were too far for a quick weekend road trip…
Then, when I felt like I was at my wits end, I happened upon a super cute little cabin on VRBO right outside of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. A quick search showed me that this seemingly cute town was only about two hours from Baltimore – WIN. It was an affordable rate – WIN. It was dog friendly – WIN. And it was secluded, right in the middle of a wooded area – WIN.
Plus, with a name like Retriever’s Retreat, how could you not love it!
Driving to the cabin, we experienced some torrential downpours, proving to me once again that I needed a break. On our way to the cabin, we passed through the town of Berkeley Springs and it was adorable! (We didn’t end up getting to explore the town, but I can tell you we’ll definitely be back for that.)
Once we arrived, I knew I had made the right choice. Within minutes, the dogs were exploring the cabin rooms and I was opening a bottle of wine by the fireplace. It was quiet and calm and P E R F E C T.
The first morning, I woke up early because…dogs…and was delighted to see the sun rising over the hill behind us. I took the pups back behind the house where there was a small valley that housed Sleepy Creek. We took the (somewhat steep) hill down through the trees at sunrise and I felt amazing. The air was crisp and clean, the fall breeze shook the mostly empty tree trunks and stirred the fallen golden leaves that carpeted the floor underneath us. Of course, the dogs wanted to sniff and investigate every little thing so it took us a few minutes to get down. It did not take us quite as long to get back up, however – although I could have used a slower pace. I quickly remembered what goes down, goes back up – the dogs pulled me up that glute-burning hill in record time!
The air was crisp and clean, the fall breeze shook the mostly empty tree trunks and stirred the fallen golden leaves that carpeted the floor underneath us.
We got back just in time to make some breakfast in the cute cabin kitchen. I love the new era of renting homes vs hotels – it helps you actually feel at home when you’re on the road! For the trip, we packed eggs, bacon and other treats so we could make most of our meals there. It’s not only more intimate but it saves so much money.
Then, after breakfast, we just kind of hung out…weird, right? I read my book, Tom researched a local movie theater poster auction, the dogs sat in the sunlight…it was peaceful in a way that I haven’t had in a while.
Unfortunately, Tom hurt his back loading the dogs into the car, so our hikes in the state park were postponed, but we still had an amazing time. We drove a few miles to the Virginia line and crossed over for some amazingly-delicious Virginia pies from the adorable Virginia Farm Market! Knowing Tom might need some liquid pain relief, I also grabbed some fresh, local apple cider for mixing with our Sagamore Rye (WIN).
My body, my mind and my soul were aching for this break – hoping for some peaceful simplicity to break up the fast-paced, stressful days we tend to put ourselves in. The mini road trip was exactly what we needed. To find peace and quiet and a little calm. To reconnect. To slow down and experience some of the little things that make every day beautiful. I was reminded of one of my favorite quotes while we were out there…
These little things? These little moments? They aren’t little.
I can see us coming back to this area for years to come. I’m already planning trip(s) back — deciding for Tom that we’ll head back with the dogs, convincing girlfriends we need a woodsy girls weekend, and figuring out when we can plan some self-care recharge time in beautiful Berkeley Springs.
Happy NOVEMBER everyone! I can’t believe it – between the good, bad and crazy, this year has truly flown by at record speeds. It’s scary to say, but 2019 is just around the corner! Every week, I try to plan ahead to prepare as best […]
Although the last few weeks have doused Charm City with rain, we’re headed into the last full month of summer. Despite the humid temperatures, August is the perfect time to experience our city through fitness. We rounded up some of our favorite ways to get out there to enjoy the sunshine while getting fit—check out our short list of fitness classes, al fresco events, and other outdoor opportunities below:
Waterfront Partnership has teamed up with Medifast to offer complimentary waterfront workouts this summer and they are still happening every weekend this month. On Saturdays, stretch and sweat with yoga by Brick Bodies and boot camp by XPF and Dance2Fitness. On Sundays, join for vinyasa and/or family yoga with Yogaworks as well as a beginners run with Charm City Run.
BeachFit at Pendry Pool
Take your practice poolside with BeachFit’s weekly yoga sessions at the Sagamore Pendry Baltimore pool. Right in the heart of Fells Point, the boutique hotel is the ideal spot to warrior on the water Wednesdays at 7 a.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m.
M. Power on Natty Boh Rooftop
While the sun is shining and Mr. Boh is watching over you, join M. Power for their signature rooftop yoga flow. They are hosting a special sunset yoga flow with Mezcal (need we say more) on August 17 at 7 p.m.
FloYo at Four Seasons
Our Four Seasons Baltimore is bringing standup paddle-board yoga to the Hotel’s outdoor infinity pool, with the city’s Inner Harbor as its picturesque backdrop! Get on the SUP boards at the special pool-edition of FloYo on August 18.
Outside of the Box
Market Yoga with the Baltimore Museum of Industry
On August 18, stretch your muscles before shopping for your greens at the BMI’s Farmers Market yoga class on their waterfront terrace.
Yoga in the Garden with The Preservation Society of Fell’s Point
Start your Sunday off with local yoga instructor Emily Fleming for yoga in the garden at The Preservation Society of Fell’s Point on August 19!
Race Pace at AVAM
Join Race Pace Bicycles for their annual Tours de Federal Hill bike ride. This free race starts on August 30 at 6:30 p.m. at Race Pace before AVAM’s Flicks on the Hill event August 30.
Marissa Walsh Yoga at Tiki Barge
Join Marissa for her summertime practice under the shadow of the Domino Sugars sign on Tuesday, August 21. All levels of yoga are welcome as there will be many options and modifications.
Of course, summer is also the perfect time to take your runs, walks and bike rides outside! Check out our past roundup of favorite routes in and around Baltimore here.