I Want to Get Away
excerpts by Andrew Collins ©2009
High in the Rocky Mountains, the old mining town of Leadville is situated at about 10,000 feet elevation, meaning it enjoys cool and crisp-aired summers and snowy winters. Here you’ll find this dramatic “painted lady” Victorian mansion, built in 1899 and stunningly restored in 1994. The five rooms are decked in over-the-top antiques and comfy feather beds with handmade quilts. The most popular room is set inside the house’s distinctive turret, its tall windows affording panoramic mountain views; it also has a deep hydro-massage tub for two. Leadville is just a 45-minute drive from the ski towns of Vail and Breckenridge, and in summer, you can take the scenic mountain road over Independence Pass to Aspen, 60 miles away.
Set on Washington’s famously beautiful Whidbey Island, which is within striking distance of sophisticated Seattle and rugged Olympic National Park, this inviting inn occupies a 1908 colonial-style farmhouse set on 10 densely wooded acres. The six-room inn is acclaimed for its fragrant gardens, which you can enjoy while relaxing on one of several patio decks. The inn is welcoming of kids (there’s a family suite that’s perfect for young ones) and pets, but it’s also a romantic retreat perfect for getting away from it all. There’s excellent hiking nearby, and the town of Coupeville, just 2.5 miles south, has numerous art galleries, shops, and cafes, plus a popular Sunday farmers market.
Nestled in the La Sal Mountains just 25 miles south of Moab and its spectacular Arches and Canyonlands national parks, the Mt. Peale Resort and Country Inn is run by two women who know a tremendous amount about the region and how best to explore it – plus, they’re happy to help organize tours of the many nearby parks and intriguing towns. And there’s a hot tub here in which you can rest your muscles after a day of biking, climbing, or river-rafting. The warmly furnished rooms are in a log house at the base of the mountains, and there are also modern cabins that sleep up to six guests. Staying here is a perfect way to experience the magnificent scenery of southern Utah, but with plenty of seclusion and privacy.
High in the Ozark Mountains of northwest Arkansas, the artsy village of Eureka Springs has become a diverse vacation destination over the years, developing a particularly strong gay and lesbian following. On the outskirts of town, set on a bluff affording 30-mile views of the verdant countryside, you’ll find this 150-acre women-owned resort whose activities include fishing in stocked ponds, horseback riding, hiking, and soaking in a large heated pool. Accommodations include suites and cabins, all with Jacuzzi tubs, and many units have fireplaces.
Coastal Oregon offers some of the most dramatic scenery in the West, from emerald-green forests to dramatic cliffs overlooking the ocean. In the scenic, low-keyed town of Yachats – about 90 miles west of Eugene – you’ll find this attractive motel, many of whose rooms have fireplaces and kitchens. The views are astounding from this rustic, pleasant property with wood-paneled walls and creatively decorated rooms. It’s an ideal venue for getting away from it all – none of the rooms have TVs or phones, but there is free Wi-Fi throughout the property.
developed by Karen Ely ©2007-2011
Would you love to get away for a women’s retreat, but circumstances won’t allow you to leave? How about A Retreat Of My Own? This personal retreat guide was developed by founder and director, Karen Ely, of “A Woman’s Way”. “A Woman’s Way” is a premier women’s retreat and workshop program. The program was designed as a retreat alternative for women who are not able to attend a structured retreat, but still want to take a step back from their lives – “to pause, reflect, and relax.”