Friend Getaways That Can Improve Your Health

4 ideas to plan right now for those looking for friend getaways for parents.

Research shows that spending time with friends not only can improve your mood but also your long-term wellbeing. Here are four ideas for weekends to book with your buds.

ArtPrize and Breweries in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Grand Rapids receives accolades for its exceptional craft beverages and international art competition. Sample ales while experiencing ArtPrize Sept. 15-Oct. 2. Artists exhibit in parks, bars and museums, and the public votes for winners of $450,000 in prizes.

Founders Brewing Company boasts some of the best-rated brews in the world. Stop by its taproom to try KBS Bourbon Barrel-Aged Chocolate Coffee Stout, All Day IPA or Nitro Rubaeus Raspberry Ale. Brewery Vivant, in a former funeral home, is all about the good life. Savor European-style beers and scratch-made food on the lively patio. City Built Brewing Company serves beverages inspired by plants, herbs and fruits.

Stay at Embassy Suites Downtown overlooking the Grand River. Relax in the Michigan-shaped indoor pool or in the hot tub on the sundeck. Free made-to-order breakfasts and complimentary happy hours make for satisfied guests.

Day of the Dead Celebrations in San Antonio, Texas

For an autumn getaway with warmer weather, head to San Antonio. The River Walk and Pearl are always hopping with local shops, bars and restaurants, but October and November are exquisite with Day of the Dead festivities. This colorful celebration of departed loved ones comes to life with floats, lights and costumes. The Catrinas on the River Parade features dancing puppets, skulls and marigolds. Enjoy Day of the Dead face painting, live music and scrumptious food at the Historic Pearl.

Stay at Valencia San Antonio Riverwalk, a boutique hotel with chic Texas steer décor that’s within walking distance of many attractions. Don’t miss breakfast at La Panaderia. Its tres leches croissant with fresh strawberries and cream is heaven.

Check out Hopscotch, an immersive art experience sure to fill up your socials with fabulous pics. Dinner at Toro Kitchen + Bar means tasty Spanish tapas and locate the secret door to Cellar Mixology below it.

Aerial Yoga and Foodie Fun in Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati is an emerging foodie city. Start by exploring Findlay Market. Literally everything is exceptional at Blue Oven Bakery. James Beard-nominated Chef Jose Salazar heads up three restaurants in Cincy. Mita’s short rib empanadas are worth a visit alone.

Counter your culinary expeditions with some gentle stretches at Hello Sunshine Yoga. In aerial yoga, you can stand, flip or fly in the silk hammocks hanging from the ceiling. Spend the night at the lovely Lytle Park Hotel. From panoramic views at rooftop Vista to brunch and homemade pastas in the restaurant Subito, you will feel fulfilled. With the Barrell to Bottle Package, indulge in an in-room tasting of Maker’s Mark, including some from the hotel’s private selection.

Ayurvedic Spa in Madison, Wisconsin

If a spa escape is more your speed, mix it up with a visit to an Ayurvedic spa in Madison. KOSA is a serene space centered around ancient principles of living in balance with nature. Feel your stress evaporate as you bliss out in the steam and sauna room or with an Indian head massage or abhyanga warm oil treatment. In addition to feeling rejuvenated, you’ll feel reinvigorated, learning about your Ayurvedic constitution, the biological forces that make you you and how to live as harmoniously as possible in today’s taxing environment. KOSA serves nourishing vegan food, too.

Sleep at The Edgewater on Lake Mendota and definitely order room service for breakfast.


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Cortney Fries
Cortney Fries
An award-winning travel journalist, Cortney Fries (pronounced "freeze") has been writing about family travel for over a decade. She knows that parents planning trips are looking for all members to have fun and make lasting memories. Cortney believes that you should definitely try anything that makes you slightly nervous.

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