For those in search of simple ways to practice self-scare and boost their mental wellbeing, birdsong may be the answer. According to recent studies, seeing or hearing birds can provide a myriad of mood-boosting benefits. Below are seven scenic resort properties in the Benchmark Resorts & Hotels portfolio—surrounded by natural beauty and filled with birdsong—sure to help lift spirits.
Fun tip: To enhance the experience, download apps such as Merlin Bird ID—a free global bird guide which utilizes user audio recordings, photos and descriptions to help identify birds.
The Equinox Golf Resort & Spa (Manchester Village, Vermont)
This elegant New England property is steeped in history and sheltered amongst the tranquil beauty of Vermont’s Green Mountains. Wander the property’s landscaped grounds and outdoor trails within the Equinox Preserve, and hear the healing songs of Northeastern birds including Northern Cardinals, Eastern Bluebirds and American Robins.
Hawks Cay Resort (Duck Key, Florida)
Centrally located between Miami and Key West, yet tucked away on the secluded island of Duck Key, Hawks Cay Resort is a Floridian paradise—boasting clear turquoise waters, endless sunshine and a relaxing, tropical atmosphere. While soaking in the sun, hear the distant calls of aquatic and wading birds such as seagulls, pelicans and herons.
La Cantera Resort & Spa (San Antonio, Texas)
Positioned just minutes outside of San Antonio, La Cantera Resort & Spa is situated on a tranquil 550-acre oasis. Explore the property’s scenic trails winding across the rolling slopes and lush landscape of Texas Hill Country and catch the calls of the native Black-capped Vireo and Golden-cheeked Warbler.
Sanderling Resort (Duck, North Carolina)
This quintessential beachfront escape is ideally located in the Outer Banks—a string of islands commonly recognized as one of the best birding locations on the East Coast. While strolling along the sand, look for native waterfowl and listen for the cheerful songs of mainland birds such as the Purple Martin.
Spruce Point Inn Resort & Spa (Boothbay Harbor, Maine)
Perfectly poised on 55 acres of scenic shoreline, woodlands, gardens and trails, this picturesque oceanfront destination offers an iconic costal Maine experience. Here, soak in the soothing sounds of seabirds such as the Atlantic Puffin, Black Guillemot and Common Eider.
Stonewall Resort (Roanoke, West Virginia)
Situated on 1,900 acres of park grounds, Stonewall Resort offers immaculate views of West Virginia’s rolling Blue Ridge Mountains and tranquil lake waters. While relaxing at this lakeside resort, listen for a variety of local songbirds including the Northern Mockingjay and Hooded Warbler.
The Wigwam (Litchfield Park, Arizona)
A lush, 440-acre oasis, The Wigwam is located just 20 miles west of Phoenix. Here, enjoy the stunning Sonoran Desert landscape and listen to the sounds of native birds such as roadrunners, wrens and woodpeckers.