Hello 2018! The start of a new year is an exciting time for a lot of people. It's also a wonderful time to reflect and focus on self-improvement for the future. Every year, the #1 resolution many people make is to lose weight. But instead of weight loss, why not make it a wellness journey? Focusing on the whole you should be a lifelong journey, and Howard County is a perfect place to focus on your physical health, mental-well being and yes even diet as we kick off this new year. 

Start planning your wellness weekend to Howard County today. We're sharing many of the wonderful activities and services available to you to help you start 2018 feeling refreshed, renewed and ready to continue your new healthy habits. 

Haven on the Lake

Body:

Haven On The Lake-- This mind/body wellness retreat center is perfect for those of us looking to find our center and go from there. They offer many different types of yoga, TRX, pilates, aqua, barre, and more. They also have crystal salt therapy rooms, a steam bath, hot tub, tropical rain shower, and so much more.

Main Street Yoga-- Located right on Main Street in Historic Ellicott City, this yoga studio is an oasis for those who are looking to dive into the world of yoga. They offer yoga for all levels, as well as workshops and teacher training.

Supreme Sports Club-- This 24 hour facility has it all. Group classes (aqua, yoga, cycle, Les Mills classes), a women’s gym, as well as roller and inline skating! This gym was made to be convenient for our busy lives and schedules, making it an ideal place for all wellness goers!

Patapsco Valley State Park-- This 16,043 acre park boasts 170 miles of trails, this is an ideal spot for hiking, biking, bird watching, outdoor yoga, and more!

Terrapin Adventures- For those of you looking to liven up your physical activity, Terrapin Adventures is the perfect place to be! The park has miles of climbing and zip lining. While it is fun to do alone, this kind of fun should be experienced by friends and family alike!

NinjabBE-- Want to try your own personal “American Ninja Warrior” routine? Now you can, at Ninjabe! You’ll get a chance to tackle a real Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course, where you’ll be physically challenged. Go it alone, or with a group of people!

Earth Treks-- This climbing and fitness center offers state of the art indoor climbing right here in Columbia. Aside from climbing, they offer group fitness, personal training, and yoga. Don’t have your own climbing gear, don’t worry! You can rent gear from their facility.

Picture of a women getting her head massaged at the Spa at Turf Valley
 

Mind:

The Massage Boutique-- Looking to get all of last years knots and stressed worked out? The Massage Boutique in Old Ellicott City  is just the place to go! They offer a variety of services, including a Swedish or deep tissue massage, as well as facials. They use Aveda products here, which are known to be all natural, and good for your skin.

The Salt Sanctuary of Maryland-- Looking for a unique way to alleviate asthma and allergy symptoms? Salt therapy is a proven way to kill bacteria, cleanse and clear mucus, and it reduces inflammation through the respiratory system.  

The Retreat & Conference Center at Bon Secours-- Bon Secours offers a number of spiritual retreats throughout the year. Even if your not religious, they offer meditation and private retreats for those of us looking to center ourselves in the new year.

Turf Valley Resort-- This luxurious resort has one of Howard County’s finest spas as well. Treat yourself to a post holiday massage or facial, where all your stress from the previous year will melt away.

Green Lentil Burger from Great Sage

Nourishment:

Great Sage-- This all organic vegetarian/vegan restaurant is perfect for people looking to be more mindful of their food. Some of their specialties include a pulled BBQ jackfruit stack sandwich (Shredded jackfruit stewed in our house-made BBQ sauce, stacked on a toasted ciabatta roll with lettuce, Dijon coleslaw and house-made onion rings. Served with sweet potato chips and horseradish aioli) and the Reuben (Marinated and baked spiced tempeh, Russian dressing, sauerkraut and 'Parmesan' on toasted rye. Served with creamy Dijon coleslaw, stone-ground mustard and a dill pickle). They have lots of seasonal specials, have a popular weekend brunch and the coffee bar is open early. 

Whole Foods-- This grocery store just happens to be the world leader in natural and organic foods! You can pick up all kinds of delicious, and good for you items. They even have an amazing selection of natural personal care items as well.

Matcha Time Cafe-- This small Japanese tea shop offers a lot of homemade and healthy, Japanese foods and teas. Enjoy a hot cup of green tea and try their rice balls (which can be filled with a variety of delicious, and healthy treats).

Ready to start packing? Find your perfect weekend retreat from among this list of Howard County's great hotels and inns.