21 April, 2024, 08:42

Step by Step: Immerse Yourself in These Forest Bathing Finds

But don’t unpack your bathrobe just yet: it’s not exactly what it sounds like.

Forest bathing continues to gain traction in the wellness space. Originating in 1980s Japan, it’s the practice of full immersion in nature to reap the accompanying mind and body benefits. Now, our properties are turning to their scenic surroundings to bring the practice to guests. Whether you’re looking for adventures in the pines of the Northwest or the rugged mountains of Jackson Hole, all you’ll need to do is show up—and let nature, and Benchmark Resorts & Hotels, do the rest.

Center yourself at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, WA.

Tucked between the Columbia River Gorge and the Cascade Mountains lies the Creek Loop Trail, a self-guided walking circuit just west of Skamania Lodge. You’ll find yourself absorbed by the Pacific Northwest in a way you haven’t been before as you follow their eight-step forest bathing guide that includes journal prompts and breathing and stretching exercises. Heighten your senses and still your body along the Creek Loop trail—and if you’re interested in exploring new territory once you’ve completed the loop, the property boasts four miles of picturesque trails to enjoy.

 

King of the hill: Snow King Resort in Jackson Hole, WY.

Jackson Hole is known for its crisp air and rugged beauty—so what better place to enjoy the outdoors? With close proximity to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, you’ll have your pick of trails for a self-led experience, or you can join one of the Snow King Resort’s guided tours and enjoy the knowledge of a seasoned local guide. And after a long day, you’re never too far from base camp at Snow King Resort.

Magic at Manor Vail Lodge in Vail, CO.

Manor Vail Lodge’s luxury accommodations are as inviting as the stunning surroundings. No matter what kind of wilderness immersion you’re looking for, you’ll find it in Vail. Take a leisurely stroll through the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens—which boast the title of the world’s highest botanical gardens, at over 8,000 feet—or opt for one of the dozens of trails throughout the nearby Rocky Mountains. The Lost Lake Trail culminates in a scenic lakeside view no matter the season, but try the Bighorn Creek Trail in fall to appreciate the changing aspen trees.

 

A taste of heaven: Forest Suites Resort at Heavenly Village in South Lake Tahoe, CA.

One hundred yards: that’s how far you are from the South Lake Tahoe trailheads when staying at the Forest Suites Resort. Add Van Sickle Bi-State Park to your list as a must-see (and must-hike)—the trail will take you past the aquamarine waterfalls of Lake Tahoe and the lip of the lake itself. If you want to venture further into nature, take the Tahoe Rim Trail connector to the Tahoe Rim and savor the blue skies and staggering alpines that surround you.

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