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Get away from holiday stress with a wine and workout retreat

We love the holiday season. With good food, drinks and parties, it’s a joyful time to celebrate with families and friends. But with these celebrations come the stress of trying to buy the perfects gifts, cook the perfect meals and execute a perfect holiday party without anything going wrong. A glass of wine might help you get through the stress of an evening, but a wine and workout retreat might help you de-stress completely. 

It turns out a wine tasting and a workout are the perfect pairing. Across the country, resorts and vineyards are combining the two activities for a new kind of experience. “In recent years, a slew of health retreats around the country have started recognizing the mindfulness connection between savoring great wine and finding yourself during a restorative workout,” reports Food and Wine. A wine tasting during a yoga class sounds like the perfect way to detox from the holidays. 

And Southerners, you don’t have to travel very far to find one of these retreats. 

Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tennessee
At Blackberry Farm, guests can begin the new year relaxing and de-stressing surrounded by nature and, of course — wine. The Happy is the New Healthy event begins with morning meditation and then takes you through a series of events, including winter hikes, sensory yoga during a cooking demonstration, and wine and chocolate tastings, that will all awaken your senses. 

Retreat in the Pines in Mineola, Texas
Set in the woods of East Texas, the “Yoga, Wine, Laughter” retreat is the perfect retreat for a weekend away with your girlfriends. Yoga classes are available at all levels and, during free time, guests are able to explore local wineries and art studios. Wine is also offered at dinner. 

Yoga in the Vines, Strong Tower Vineyard & Winery in Florida
Take in the beauty of Strong Tower Vineyard in Spring Hill, Florida as you meditate during Yoga in the Vines. Each Saturday morning, yogis of all levels gather for an hour of de-stressing. Make sure to bring snacks, as, after each class, there is a picnic that includes wine, compliments of Strong Tower. 

The Retreat at Veritas in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains
Nothing sounds better than luxury relaxation in the middle of nature. And you’ll find just that at The Retreat at Veritas. Guests can choose between a mini or extended retreat that pairs relaxing yoga classes with wine tastings and a peek into the wine making process at the Veritas Vineyard and Winery. If you are feeling more adventurous, the retreats offer hiking as an exercise option as well. 

Goat yoga and a wine tasting at Cat’s Paw Winery in Rock Hill, South Carolina
Baby goats jumping onto your back while you’re in the middle of downward-facing dog might not be the most relaxing yoga experience, but we bet it will be one of the most entertaining yoga experiences you’ll have. In Rock Hill, South Carolina, the owners of Critter Creek farm and Cat’s Paw Winery have teamed up for a goat yoga experience that ends with a wine tasting. The new season of goat yoga doesn’t begin until March 2018 so you have plenty of time to plan a trip to South Carolina. 

21c Museum Hotels in Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky,  Durham, North Carolina and Nashville, Tennessee
Across the South, the 21c Museum Hotel offers guests a chance to experience a contemporary art museum while staying at one of seven locations. At the Lexington, Kentucky location, barre classes take place every other Saturday. Following the workout, the class heads to the bar at Lockbox for a mimosa, which is included in the price of the class. At the Lexington, Louisville, Durham and Nashville locations, Yoga with Art classes take place weekly on Sunday. While the drink isn’t included in the price, you can still head over to the hotel’s bar for a post-workout cocktail. 

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Rachel Taylor is a staff writer at Southern Kitchen. She moved to Atlanta earlier this year after graduating college in Maryland, and has been a digital audience specialist at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Politically Georgia, as well as a freelance writer for publications such as USA Today and the Delmarva Daily Times on Maryland's Eastern Shore. She has lived in France and Italy, and loves to travel.