By: Gogobot Editors’ Choice
Travel can be incredibly inspiring, but, let’s face it, it can also mean ditching any semblance of nutrition, physical activity, or spiritual practice. Traveling with kids? It gets even harder. Yet, staying fit on the road is possible, even if it sometimes seems as challenging as maintaining all 73 of your New Year’s resolutions through, say, Februrary, and choosing the right hotel can make all the difference. Many hotels are going far beyond the dingy fitness rooms of yore when it comes to healthy eating and workout options. In honor of Fit Family Lifestyles Month this January, we researched some of the top spots for keeping mind, body and spirit in shape and on the road.
You are what you eat, goes the old adage. While this does mean keeping the pie far away from the ol’ hole, there’s no need to despair. Whether you follow a specialized diet like macrobiotics or veganism, or just try to eat healthily, these Chicago, San Francisco, and New York hotels serve excellent meals, with no need to sacrifice foodie cred for a lower fat content.
The Fairmont Hotel (at its Chicago and other locations) has developed ‘Lifestyle Cuisine Plus.’ A range of meal options from vegetarian to vegan to macrobiotic and raw food are on offer for guests. These are available for business meetings as well, sure to provide an interesting departure from sandwiches and bagels.
In New York City, Kimpton hotel Ink48’s PRINT restaurant focuses on sustainable farm-to-table cuisine and even employs a full-time forager to make sure you’re getting the best of the city’s seasonal bounty. We’re hoping he’ll begin offering tours of Central Park!
You’d never guess that inside the Best Western Hotel California in San Francisco is the Millennium Restaurant, which is regarded as one of the best vegan restaurants in the country. Its variety of tasting menus, from ‘seasonal harvest’ to ‘raw’ to ‘frugal foodie’ are accompanied by a much-vaunted wine list. Such healthy decadence doesn’t come cheap, but it’s worth the indulgence.
Right in the heart of what many consider to be the epicenter of indulgence toils vegan chef Tal Ronnen, turning out gourmet plates at The Wynn, Las Vegas, one of the city’s hottest hotels. National chain Trump Hotels includes vegan, gluten-free and organic options on the in-room menu, making up an essential part of the ‘Trump Wellness Program’ offered at its hotels across the country.
An overall sense of wellbeing and health is one of the most exhilarating feelings out there. Whether in a sweaty yoga class or getting pampered in a spa, taking care of the body is not just important, but pleasurable. Hotels in Chicago, Las Vegas, and elsewhere offer some great ideas for staying well on the road.
How about a free bike to help you explore the city? Ink48, mentioned above, provides bikes free of charge to help you enjoy the city, and even offers a nifty kit just for runners with a running map, heart rate monitor, and running water belt. The Gansevoort Hotel in New York City’s hipper than thou Meatpacking district also provides bikes and helmets to help you get around while stylishly burning calories.
The James Hotel Urban Athlete program, designed to help travelers maintain their ideal workout regimen; assuming your usual workouts include rooftop yoga, guided runs, and riding a stationary Tour de France bicycle.
Headed to visit the Mouse with your little ones? Orlando’s hotels are packed with fitness and spa facilities, from the hardcore sounding ‘Survival of the Fittest’ at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, to the luxurious Senses spa. Or, especially fun if you’re traveling with slightly older kiddos, the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress in Orlando features rock climbing specifically aimed at children.
The yang of a good workout is nothing without the yin of relaxation. One favorite of ours is the Canyon Ranch SpaClub in Las Vegas, perfect for chilling out after a big party.
The stress of travel can agitate all but the most experienced voyagers. Soothe your troubled soul by going deep. Touch in with that sense of inner peace and tranquility, whether it’s meditation, religion, or nature that’s floating your spiritual boat. New York and San Francisco are two of our favorite destinations.
The hectic Big Apple has some serious contenders for spiritual peace. The Awaken Wellness Fair, at the Hotel Pennsylvania on January 19th should give anyone a good taster menu of options for overall wellbeing. Visit the historic Trinity Church downtown or the Cloisters way uptown to get a few moments of quiet in a hectic trip.
If majestic nature is more your thing, visit Muir Woods near San Francisco and marvel at the old-growth redwood forest, including trees as old as 1,200 years. Just make sure to find a hotel near the ferry across the Bay!
Whether you’re a vegan rock climber, family devotee, or trendy yogini, where you stay on the road can indeed help you keep in shape and stay healthy on the road. For more ideas, visit the Vegetarian, Wellness or Spiritual Seekers tribes, or peruse our guide to the world’s best hot springs.