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From City to Scenery

Nature Escapes Close to Columbus

by Susan Post

MM NB 1Columbus is just a short drive away from some great weekend getaways. Leave the skyscrapers, sidewalks and stress behind for retreats that recharge and re-energize, plus reintroduce nature.

Hocking Hills

This popular destination is located just over one hour southeast of Columbus. Hocking Hills offers scenic forests and natural wonders, with tucked-away cabins designed for a weekend of disconnecting. Visitors can also spend a night under the stars at one of over 150 designated camping spots.

CNN recently named Hocking Hills its pick for Ohio in the 2014 list of “50 Natural Wonders” from each state in the union. Old Man’s Cave and Ash Cave are two hotspots within the Hocking Hills area, each with a myriad of trails for hiking and biking.

For more information, visit HockingHills.com.

Yoga in the Springs

Explore the synchronicity of mind, body and spirit with this personalized retreat. Hosted in Yellow Springs, about one hour west of Columbus, Yoga in the Springs retreats provide an opportunity for guests to deepen their practice of yoga while simultaneously disconnecting from the world and reconnecting with themselves.

Guests can customize a two-day retreat package that includes organic vegetarian meals, private yoga and meditation instruction, cranial sacral massage, restorative and detoxifying yoga practices, plus a guided hike and walking meditation.

For more information, visit YogaInTheSprings.com.

Yellow Springs

Yellow Springs is a unique weekend getaway that provides an unparalleled combination of art, culture and nature, and offering days spent strolling shops and hiking trails. Glen Helen Nature Preserve and John Bryan State Park contain over 1,700 acres of woods and limestone formations to explore, accessed through an extensive network of trails. Visitors can browse a number of boutiques and art galleries clustered in a downtown dotted with small cafes and specialty restaurants.

For families with small children, Young’s Jersey Dairy is just a few miles up the road. Young’s has homemade ice cream, a petting zoo and mini golf.

For more information, visit YellowSpringsOhio.org.

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