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Destination Inspiration: Loop Through the East Coast

This Northeast loop, starting and ending 
in New York City, mixes in historic retreats 
and sights with contemporary festivals.

This Northeast loop, starting and ending in New York City, mixes in historic retreats and sights with contemporary festivals.

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Stop 1: Monroe, New York


(1–3 days; 1 hour from New York City)

Ananda Ashram
$70–100 (1 night)

Set in the Catskill Mountains, the 85-acre ashram was founded in 1964 by Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati. Today, it hosts yoga and meditation retreats as well as courses in Sanskrit, Ayurveda, and Eastern dance and music. Accommodations are simple: dormitory-style guesthouses and camping in season.

While you’re there

Do: Hike and sip along the Dutchess Wine Trail, which connects Clinton Vineyards and Millbrook Vineyards & Winery.

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Stop 2: Rhinebeck, New York

summer berries

(1–8 days; 1 hour from Monroe)

Omega Institute
$216–672 (2 nights)

Head up the Hudson River Valley to Rhinebeck, home base for the pioneering Omega Institute, which hosts myriad wellness and personal-growth workshops. Consider Beryl Bender Birch’s course on Yoga & Social Activism (June 19–26), in which you’ll practice daily meditation, pranayama, and asana, as well as engage in fire ceremonies and watch and discuss documentaries.
While you’re there …
Do: Check out the national historic site of activist and humanitarian Eleanor Roosevelt (

While you’re there

Do: Check out the national historic site of activist and humanitarian Eleanor Roosevelt. Visit Bumble & Hive (47 E. Market St), which features many varietals of raw honey and a honey-tasting bar.

Eat: Pick a pint of fresh strawberries and snap peas at Greig Farm to fuel you on your drive to Phoenicia.

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Stop 3: Phoenicia, New York

happiness center

(1–7 days; 1 hour from Rhinebeck)

Menla Center for Health and Happiness

$1,989–4,845 (R&R Cleansing Getaway)

Tranquil Menla inhabits 320 acres of Catskills forest preserve. Run by the nonprofit Tibet House US, this retreat center combines the best of Western, Tibetan, and other Eastern healing traditions. Come for a weekend getaway, or sign up for the signature six-day R&R Cleansing Getaway (June 22–28) and enjoy morning yoga, daily meditation, hikes, juices, and light vegetarian meals, plus massage in the new 4,000-square-foot spa complete with Tibetan herbal soaking tubs. Cleansing never felt so luxe!

While you’re there

Eat: Dine on seasonal fare at Peekamoose Restaurant & Tap Room, a restored farmhouse in the Catskills owned by former New York City chefs Devin and Marybeth Mills. Or dine on simple, organic, vegetarian soups, salads, or create-your-own bowls at Garden Café on the Green in Woodstock.

Do: Catch live theater at Woodstock Playhouse, which was founded in 1938 as a rural extension of Broadway.

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Stop 4: Stockbridge, 

adventure travel

(1–7 days; 2 hours from Phoenicia)

Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health
$325, plus accommodations (CircusYoga)

One of the oldest and largest US yoga centers, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health has evolved into a comprehensive wellness center offering workshops in everything from yoga to nutrition to personal growth. If you’re there June 28–July 3, try the 15th annual CircusYoga Community Retreat, a blend of interactive yoga, circus arts, and transformational play that promises “deep rejuvenation” for both adults and kids (in separate programs). What’s not to like about learning Flying Partner yoga, juggling, tightrope asana balancing, and Thai yoga massage?

While you’re there

Do: In nearby Lenox, you can celebrate the 4th of July with fireworks and an open-air James Taylor concert at The Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood summer season. In Stockbridge, drink in summer in full bloom as you wander Berkshire Botanical Garden’s verdant 15 acres.

Sleep: Before heading out to Cape Cod and Nantucket, rest up at The Inn @ St. Botolph, named for the patron saint of travelers and centrally located in the Back Bay, with kitchenettes in each contemporary suite.

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Stop 5: Nantucket Island, Massachusetts

(3 days; 5 hours from Stockbridge)

Nantucket Yoga Festival

July 10–12;
$350 (3 days)

Hop the ferry from Hyannis to this independent-spirited American isle. With an intimate, local community vibe, Nantucket Yoga Festival unfolds on the grounds of an organic farm near the shore. Experience deep relaxation with Beryl Bender Birch in Clearing Out the Old: Creating the New with Yoga Nidra, or try 50 Shades of Plank with Lindel Hart.

While you’re there

Eat: Gather fresh local fruit and vegetables at Bartlett’s Farm, the island’s oldest family-owned farm.

Sleep: Just minutes from Surfside Beach and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Robert B. Johnston Memorial Hostel offers dormitory-style accommodations, free breakfast, and a fully equipped kitchen and dining area for enjoying your own meals ($105 for the festival’s three nights).

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Stop 6: Portland, Maine

(3 days; 4 hours from Stockbridge)

Maine YogaFest
July 10–12;
$90 (3 workshops)–125 (5 workshops)

Another warm-hearted New England yoga festival that’s all about local community, Maine YogaFest takes place the same weekend as Nantucket’s. (Sorry—flip a coin!) This year, the Portland-based fest kicks off with a live DJ-stoked Electric Flow YogaRave. Class offerings range from “Hot Rock Star Yoga” to “Full Body Prayer,” with specialty classes in Acro, slackline, aerial, and SUP yoga on the ocean.

While you’re there

Eat: Start the day with a Sunrise Squeeze juice at Maine Squeeze, then find Asian-inspired vegetarian eats at the Green Elephant and tea at Homegrown Herb & Tea, which creates custom wellness teas to support your Ayurvedic dosha.

Sleep: In the historic Old Port, Portland Harbor Hotel has partnered with Maine YogaFest to offer discounted packages.

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Stop 7: Hillsboro, 
New Hampshire

(2 days; 2 hours from Portland or 5 hours from Nantucket Island)

Bethel Farm

$40–90 (per night, 2-night minimum)

Teachers from Jivamukti and other urban studios favor peaceful Bethel Farm as a rural weekend retreat. Tucked in the New Hampshire woods, the farm serves up excellent vegetarian meals grown in its organic gardens, as well as regular yoga workshops and classes.

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Stop 8: Bedford, New York

Katonah Yoga

(1 day; 4 hours from Hillsboro)

Katonah Yoga
A hidden gem in Westchester County, this Bedford Hills studio is home base for Nevine Michaan, who has synthesized Taoist Chinese theory, hatha yoga postures, breathwork (pranayama), and meditation to create Katonah Yoga. With a warm and growing community of loyal students, Michaan also now has a studio in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood.

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Stop 9: New York, New York

(1–2 days; 1 hour from Bedford)

Yoga in Central Park

Join city yogis to practice in Central Park’s Sheep Meadow or Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. Vinyasa classes happen daily; find the schedule and book online through The Yoga Trail, a New York-based group that focuses on helping people find ways to practice yoga and connect with nature while traveling.

While you’re there

Practice: Enjoy a class with Sharon Gannon and David Life at the popular Jivamukti Yoga and with Dana Trixie Flynn at Laughing Lotus.

Eat: Trendy Hu Kitchen serves up paleo-inspired juices, salads, and other unprocessed, whole-food delights. Peacefood Cafeis a popular vegan kitchen and bakery (think: raw cacao mousse pie) with uptown and downtown locations. Before deciding on which fresh-pressed juice or lunch salad or wrap to order at Organic Avenue, consult with an onsite wellness concierge.

Sleep: The Larchmont Hotel is the best deal around ($119–145, double) in the charming West Village. Or try

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