Self-Care Serenity: Uncover the Best Relaxation Retreats in Pennsylvania

By Ashley Adams

October 2, 2023

Start your journey to self-healing and inner peace at any one of these destinations throughout the state.

No matter how you define wellness or what you do for “self-care,” Pennsylvania offers a variety of experiences to help you de-stress from the rigors of everyday life.

From a stroll through an art gallery to finding sanctuary among the animals, start your path to self-healing at any one of these destinations throughout the commonwealth.

Forest & Flowers Retreat – Portersville

Enjoy the peace and beauty of Mother Nature during a stay at the Forest & Flowers Retreat in Portersville. The woodland flower farm and botanical sanctuary in western Pennsylvania offers eco-conscious stays, workshops, and private group retreats rooted in healing for people and the planet. Their yoga, tea meditations, reiki, herbal and aromatherapy workshops, and flower and garden sanctuary promise the ultimate in wellness experiences.

Gettysburg Goat Yoga – Gettysburg

Find your Zen while surrounded by four-legged friends at Gettysburg Goat Yoga. This serene outdoor farm experience is just minutes away from historic downtown Gettysburg and is an ideal way to reconnect with yourself and find your inner peace.

Allegheny Arboretum – Indiana

Put on your walking shoes and soak in the sights and sounds of the Allegheny Arboretum at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The arboretum features 1,200 trees representing 104 different species. Finish your visit to the arboretum with a peaceful stroll through the beloved Oak Grove along the aptly named Oakland Avenue.

MeltSpa – Hershey

Indulge your senses in a “Chocolate Spa,” at The Spa At The Hotel Hershey, which offers a full range of signature chocolate and spa treatments inspired by the scents of the season.Or, try the MeltSpa by Hershey, a day spa located in downtown Hershey and the exclusive home to Hershey’s dark chocolate treatments, as well as other traditional services including massage and facial treatments.

Hope Hill Lavender Farm – Pottsville

Calm your mind and spirit with a stroll through the lavender fields at Hope Hill Lavender Farm in Pottsville. From the scenic mountain views to the fields of lush purple flowers and vivid greenery, you’ll immediately start to relax with a trip to this farm. You can even take your experience home with you with the farm’s lavender essential oils and other lavender-infused products.

1881 Salt Sanctuary – York

Known as “halotherapy,” the powers of salt therapy are said to fight infections, help with breathing issues, and improve overall skin tone by naturally boosting your skin’s hydration. You can try it out for yourself at 1881 Salt Sanctuary in York. The wellness center offers dry salt therapy rooms, massage therapy, and an herbal apothecary featuring crystals and gemstones, handmade jewelry, and other unique gifts.

Hameau Farm – Belleville

Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life with a visit to Hameau Farm in Belleville where you can milk a cow or feed a calf. During your stay, attend a “plein air” artist workshop for creative inspiration and enjoy the gourmet farm-to-table dinner prepared by a professional chef using locally-grown goat cheese and seasonal vegetables. After all, numerous studies have shown that spending time with animals can lower your blood pressure and decrease stress.

Bobbi Becker Gallery – New Oxford

Tucked down a beautiful country lane in New Oxford, the Bobbi Becker Gallery is filled with acrylic works, watercolor paintings, prints, cards, and other unique pieces made by local artist Bobbie Becker. Be sure to stroll by the nearby creek and if you’re lucky you might just spy a Great Blue Heron or some of nature’s other wonders.


  • Ashley Adams

    In her 16 years in the communications industry, Ashley Adams has worn many hats, including news reporter, public relations writer, marketing specialist, copy editor and technical writer. Ashley grew up in Berks County and has since returned to her roots to raise her three children.

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