Ecotourism in Asheville, Day 3


| 8/7/2014 12:23:00 PM


Asheville, North Carolina, possesses a rare trait of being many things to a lot of people.  A culinary destination, a gateway to nature, an artists’ community – and a place for wellness, the focus of this blog for Day 3 of a three day visit to the city. 

I previously blogged about how my wife and I embraced nature on Day 1.  On Day 2, we were on an adrenaline rush high in the trees on a zipline.  But for Day 3, it’s time to chill, revitalize ourselves and do some rebalancing of our mind, body and spirit on a health and wellness tour. 

As it turns out, Asheville has a long history of attracting people searching for a tranquil place for personal retreats and wellness. Perhaps due in equal parts to the city’s spectacular scenery and mild climate, Asheville has long been an oasis for the health conscious.  Today, even more so, with more than 630 message therapists, numerous yoga centers, plentiful vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free restaurants, and eco-minded lodging options.

A Wellness TourSalt Cave

For the ultimate in relaxation and rejuvenation, we joined the two-hour-long Asheville Wellness Tour that covers the highlights on foot.  First, we soaked up the restorative powers inside the Asheville Salt Cave, the only all natural salt cave in the United States.  With over twenty tons of curative salts imported from Poland and recomposed into a cave, our half hour “salt therapy” and silent meditation helped us center ourselves and, perhaps, detox a bit.  It’s believed that on-going therapies inside the salt cave can be beneficial in the treatment for those suffering from respiratory ailments, skin problems or arthritis.

Following our salt therapy, we were joined by the bubbly Cameron Gunther, founder of Traveling Yogini Tours, for some simple yoga stretches and breathing inside the cave before she led our small group of five through the city on a guided walking tour.



Our final stop and our favorite -- having just come from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Fair -- was Wake, a foot sanctuary and shop. After a foot soak with warm waters infused with fragrant herbs, a warmed neck wrap and a cup of herbal tea resulted in the busyness of our day magically melting away. A little pampering goes a long way when you’re a homesteader with calloused hands.



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