Find Your Zen: Best Places to Unplug This Holiday Season

Despite our best efforts, none of us are completely immune to the holiday craziness, no matter how much we try and dial it down. There are gifts to shop for, parties to host, events to attend. With the season upon us, we thought we’d search out a few spots where we can treat ourselves to a little self-care and quiet time. Sound good to you? Here are some ideas for unplugging this holiday season:

  • Nothing’s more calming than spending time by the water, and we’re so lucky to have the Charles River right in our backyard! Grab a thermos of your favorite hot tea (this ginger lemon recipe us one of our faves), bundle up, and take a walk along the Charles. For a brisk one hour loop, start where Arsenal Street meets the bike path and head east up to the Eliot Bridge and back

  • Speaking of tea, did you know just the act of pouring yourself a cup can help you destress? Brush up on your tea brewing skills at one of MEM Tea Imports’ classes or free tastings, over at their Davis Square Tasting Room! Dates and info here.

  • Mount Auburn Cemetery is offering a few nice opportunities to steal some peace and quiet this season. Their Nature Sketching Classes will get you outdoors and into nature, learning how to capture the wildlife you see with paper and pencils. And their annual Candle Lighting Service offers attendees the opportunity to remember a friend or loved one at holiday time.

  • Book yourself in at the Mount Auburn Club Spa, which (unlike the fitness area) is open to the public – no club membership required! They offer a wide array of both therapeutic and relaxation treatments, including deep tissue massage, hydrafacials, acupuncture, cupping, and detox wraps. Grab yourself a free day pass to the club while you’re there to take a swim, relax on the private members’ deck, or have a leisurely lunch in their café! Closed Mondays.

 Have any great ideas for holiday unplugging? Tell us in comments!