Doctor’s Orders

Christopher-Confero-SpaMother Nature to the rescue.

by Christopher Confero  


When you’ve had a winter like the one we’ve had this year, you can’t help but wish for the quick arrival of spring. The upcoming warmer weather is a pleasant reminder to use Mother Nature’s beauty to our fullest advantage when it’s actually bearable outside. Luckily, there’s no need to travel far to enjoy all nature has to offer.

I’ve been having daydreams about the perfect outdoor festivities. Whether you’re planning a party or a wedding or simply need a reason to get away, here are a few of my must-try activities that everyone can enjoy.

For the lot: I often find that it’s difficult to accommodate everyone’s needs, but ultimately, you want your guests to feel like they can relax. Usually camping wouldn’t be the first thought that comes to mind when wanting to fulfill that requirement, but what if you could take the phrase “roughing it” out of the experience? You can—all it takes is renting fully furnished luxury tents, like the ones supplied by Shelter Co. This type of lodging provides a whole new meaning to camping services. The pop-up tents allow you to set up camp almost anywhere you’d like and to customize any dream escape. Does that dream include a fully stocked bar or library? No problem. You pick out the location, and companies like Shelter Co. will take care of the rest.

Christopher-Confero-FireFor the beaus: Sometimes a day outside the city is all you need to feel like your manhood has been replenished. If you’re thinking about a bachelor party or corporate retreat, a hunting lodge serves as the perfect location for a brotherly get-together. The hunting experience transforms childhood games of playing cowboys into a reality. Sawtooth Plantation, easily accessible from Birmingham, offers the ultimate five-star resort experience. Created by Mountain Brook native John Cassimus, owner of Birmingham’s award-winning Jensei Sushi and Maki Fresh, Sawtooth provides exactly what you need to unwind, whether you have a gun or a scotch in hand.

For the gals: Harsh winter weather and hectic planning can take a toll on your spirit, not to mention your skin. Surely this is enough reason to call the girlfriends together for a well-deserved spa day. (Moreover, the soothing atmosphere offers a great alternative to the typical bachelorette party.) A day of pampering can restore mind, body, and spirit. Choose a spa that offers outdoor amenities like the Renaissance Ross Bridge Resort and Spa. It’s easy to fully embrace nature and take advantage of their paved trails once you’re done with your warm stone message.

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