Perhaps since March of 2020, you’ve been one of the millions of Americans who panic-purchased bags of flour and then learned to bake bread, or turned that run-down vegetable patch in the backyard into something special.
Cycling on Hilton Head, South Carolina
When gyms closed en masse overnight, Americans purchased at-home exercise equipment with unmatched fervor. And hundreds of thousands exercisers clicked into the pedals of a Peloton and never stopped spinning. If you’ve logged hundreds of miles within the four walls of your own home, it’s time to climb aboard a bike that actually moves.
There’s perhaps no better place for casual beach cruising than Hilton Head Island, a family-friendly barrier island off the coast of South Carolina. You can ride almost the entire Lowcountry isle on paved biking paths that stretch for more than 60 miles. For added convenience, many outfitters deliver bikes right to your door at the start of your vacation.
If you too participated in The Great Pandemic Bake-Off, turn your baking getaway into a full-blown European vacation at Toscana Saporita Cooking School in Tuscany, Italy. This quick-but-intense baking program will have you working with a 60-year-old sourdough starter and learning to create bread, focaccia, pizza, brioche, croissants, and more.
Gardening on Kauai, Hawaii
Starting a backyard garden during the pandemic wasn’t just a leisure activity—many saw it as a way to quell nerves about food shortages and avoid crowded grocery stores. Tinkering in the garden also provided a host of psychological benefits, including boosting mood and lowering stress.
Further pursue your love of flora at the 10-acre farm at The Lodge at Kukui’ula on Kauai, Hawaii, looks like a paradise straight out of Eden: lush tropical foliage carpets the rolling hills, with an inviting patch of homegrown fruits, flowers, and vegetables at the center. Take a walk to the farm, where guests are encouraged to pick their own fresh flowers, pluck juicy mangoes and passionfruit dangling from the trees, snip seasonal herbs, and even collect their own eggs from the henhouse.
Yoga in Sedona, Arizona
Virtual yoga took off during the pandemic, with many Americans finding their way to Yoga with Adriene, taught by YouTube celebrity and yoga instructor Adriene Mishler. During the first three months of the pandemic, her video views went from an average of 500,000 to 1.5 million.
Sedona, Arizona, is a renowned wellness hub that centers around and celebrates the area’s brilliant red rocks. Enjoy a private yoga journey at L’Auberge de Sedona, a sprawling resort surrounded by lush forest, a burbling stream, and Sedona’s iconic red rocks. The on-site L’Apothecary Spa offers a customized yoga class for practitioners that focuses on the physical, spiritual, or emotional, based on a written and intuitive evaluation by trained teachers.
To hone your cocktail craft, head out on a guided cocktail and history tour in New Orleans. Not only will you learn about the city’s signature cocktails, but you’ll also get a sense of its history that visitors who stick to Bourbon Street miss out on entirely. As you traipse between five of the city’s most iconic bars, you’ll learn about five cocktails native to New Orleans and, of course, sample each along the way.