Do you enjoy eating a nutrient-rich meal of local cuisine before hitting nearby nature trails? How about renting bikes at a local park then going to catch a class at a yoga studio downtown? Or perhaps you’d prefer enjoying a relaxing session at an oxygen bar and salt cave conveniently located right in downtown? If you found yourself answering yes to any of these questions, you are not alone – welcome to Wellness Tourism. And while we’re welcoming you, welcome to Douglasville.
What is Wellness Tourism?
Wellness tourism is defined by the US-based non-profit Global Wellness Institute (GWI) as “travel associated with the pursuit of maintaining or enhancing ones personal well-being”. The world of wellness, “a global economy of care and workout offerings, nutrients, alternative medicine and more that reached $4.5 trillion in 2018 – has witnessed a triumphant ascension over the past decade” (BBC, How the Wellness Industry is Taking Over Travel).
If you are seeking to enhance your well-being on the go, come relax and recharge with us in Douglasville. It’s the perfect combination of relaxation and revelry. Welcome to Douglasville – start exploring.
We’re So Not Main-Stream!
Douglasville is home to the most visited State Park in Georgia, Sweetwater Creek State Park. Sweetwater Creek State Park has wooded trails that wind through fields and forests and a 215-acre lake to be explored by fishing boats, canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, pedal boats, and more. The park is 2500+ acres and has picnic and group shelters, campsites, yurts, playgrounds, a museum, and more. If hiking and rolling rapids are a form of self-care for you, then be sure to add Sweetwater Creek State Park to your upcoming itinerary.
Adventure You Say? Alpaca My Bags!
“With sweet demeanors and soothing hums, visiting a herd of peaceful, gentle and affectionate alpacas provides no better get away from life’s work-day chaos” (L&R Alpaca Haven Farm Website). Located in Douglas County, L&R Alpaca Haven Farm is a 25-acre farm with 38 alpacas, 12 chickens, 4 dogs and a cat. The farms hosts events such as arts and crafts festivals, glass blowing classes, and yoga classes that are offered at the farm along the alpacas. “The benefits are therapeutic. Alpacas have a calming effect and people enjoy being around them”. If spending time in nature with animals are a form of self-care for you, then be sure to add L&R Alpaca Haven Farm to your upcoming itinerary.
Knead a Massage? When In Doubt, Zen It Out!
Conveniently located in downtown Douglasville, Place of Kai Spa is the ultimate place to go for relaxation and meditation. Place of Kai offers oxygen bar sessions, salt caves, and yoni steaming. “If you’ve been on the search for a wellness spa that provides a holistic approach to mend and nourish your mind, body, and soul, you’re in luck” (Place of Kai website). If meditation and spa trips are a form of self-care for you, then be sure to add Place of Kai to your upcoming itinerary.
Two-Tired? Just Enjoy the Ride!
Looking for safe and fun recreational activities you can enjoy with the whole family? The Pedal Pushers bike program at Hunter Park in Douglasville allows park visitors the opportunity to rent bikes and ride throughout the park. Douglasville has a great parks system with 7 community parks and each comes with its own set of amenities. If riding bikes and paved walking trails are a form of self-care for you, then be sure to become a “Pedal Pusher” at Hunter Park and add the City’s park system to your upcoming itinerary.
Trying To Eat Healthier? Nothing Beets Local Food!
The Church St Farmers Market is a rain of shine event every Tuesday from 3 PM – 7 PM in downtown Douglasville. The Farmers Market runs all the way from May 3rd – October 25th, so be sure to stop by the market and shop local. If it’s not Tuesday and you’re looking to support local and are looking for fresh sandwiches, soups, and salads, then look no further. Farmer’s Table started out where a little gas station in Douglasville used to be, turned to a little produce mart, and has now grown into a fully expanded indoor farmer’s market/grocery store, gift shop, café, and The Sweet Shop. If supporting local and eating nutrient-rich food is a form of self-care for you, then Douglasville has plenty of fresh, local options to add to your upcoming itinerary.
Every Tuesday evening through July 26th from 6 PM – 7PM, come join Main St. Douglasville and Peach Drop Nutrition for Zumba, Yoga, and other workouts on O’Neal Plaza in the heart of downtown Douglasville. If free, group fitness is a form of self-care for you, then be sure to add Training Tuesdays to your upcoming itinerary.
Yoga? I’m Down Dog!
Hanging out in downtown Douglasville and want to take a break by keeping it moving? Head over to Keep It Moving Yoga and Barre Studio with a variety of classes for all-levels. The studio offers barre classes, circuit training, dance classes, interval training, meditation, and yoga classes. If yoga and mediation are forms of self-care for you, then stop downtown and add a class to your upcoming itinerary.
Go With The Float
Looking for a place to cool down from the Georgia sunshine? You’re in luck. Make plans to go take a dive at the newly renovated outdoor pool at Jessie G. Davis Memorial Park in Douglasville. The pool is open from May 29th through September 6th. If swimming and/or sunbathing is a form of self-care for you, then take a dip at the Jessie Davis Memorial Park pool. The park also features basketball courts, volleyball courts, playgrounds, football fields, pavilions, paved walking trails, and horseshoe courts-there truly is something for everyone.
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For help planning your next trip full of relaxation and restoration, reach out to us at (770)-947-5920 or stop by the Welcome Center at 12385 Veterans Memorial Highway.