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10 peaceful destinations to avoid March Madness


Shelly Cone, March 4, 2014
March brings spring flowers, longer days and much to the delight of basketball fans across the country, March Madness. Of course, not everyone gets the madness. Sure some wives may be just as enthusiastic, if not more so, than their husbands, others would be just as happy if the power on their television set magically shut off. (By the way, we are not advocating you help your television magically shut off while a sports fan is watching the game)

So for those who would rather be someplace—any place—other than in a house full of mad sports fans, here are a few suggestions to get some peace.

Wine tasting on the Russian River



The Russian River in Sonoma has 13 wine appellations, lots of tasting rooms and not a TV in sight. This growing region has even more acres than Napa, growing Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. What can be more relaxing than traveling with a few friends, sipping a few fine wines and hearing the pop of a cork instead of the crack of a beer can?
Twist and chant with a yoga retreat

Twist and chant with a yoga retreat



There's no better way to find peace during March Madness than to seek it from within. Consider a yoga meditation retreat in India. Most retreats are all-inclusive covering your meditation and yoga instruction, lodging and meals. Find spiritual enlightenment by the River Ganges, enjoy a sense of peace or just relax to the sounds of nothing at all.

Learn how to paint in Paris



Grab some girlfriends and flex your artistic sensibility and learn how to paint. You know you've always wanted to do it and here's the perfect excuse. Lose yourself in the process and come away with a new skill. To get inspired visit a location with unparalleled beauty like Paris for some plein air painting. Staying closer to home? Check with your local learning annex or recreation department to find community art classes.
Go for a hike in Patagonia

Go for a hike in Patagonia



It's easy to forget about sports when you're hiking the serene lakes and marveling at the mighty glaciers of Patagonia. The Patagonia area is shared by the countries of Chile and Argentina. Spy beautiful wildlife and enjoy nature in a pristine and preserved state. Stay in a cozy mountain lodge after a long day of communing with nature and read a book on the couch without worrying about stray chip crumbs.
Blue Lagoon in Iceland

Blue Lagoon in Iceland



It's a little exotic but completely relaxing. The Blue Lagoon in Iceland is a geothermal spa that is located in a lava field. The milk white waters are warm and full of silica and sulphur minerals that are said to provide healing benefits to a variety of skin problems. You can get in water massages and other spa treatments for the ultimate peaceful getaway.

Commune with nature in Costa Rica



Costa Rica has a reputation for its natural beauty and its abundance of plants and animals. Bound through the rainforest with the red-eyed tree frog, flitter about with a macaw or hang around with the three-toed sloth. Of course, you probably want to hang with some friends who can join you in a drink or two. Relax on this country's tropical beaches without fighting off the crowds or hearing about the latest score.
Swing and sway
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Swing and sway



You've nagged your husband to take dance lessons with you but to no avail. So forget him. Go on your own or with a pal. You can travel to Argentina and learn to tango or you can simply shuffle your feet over to your local dance academy and book a few lessons. Feel the passion of the salsa, learn to swing, discover the grace of ballet. Lose yourself in the music and you'll soon find yourself with better footwork than those NBA guys.
Run the day away

Run the day away



Grab some friends, form a team and enter a running race. Running helps settle the mind, increases focus and provides relaxation. Try the 5K Foam Fest run in Arizona. Run through mud pits, slip and slides, and then run through mounds of puffy white foam before facing a 3-story tall inflatable slide. Or trade hoops for shamrocks and check out the ShamRox 15K and 5K run in Springfield, Missouri. Or find a race close to home at Race360.com
Learn how to decorate cupcakes

Learn how to decorate cupcakes



They are tasty, just the right size and oh so cute. Cupcakes are all the rage right now. Eating them is one thing, but decorating them is a skill. Learn how in a few easy lessons. Gather your favorite cupcake-craving friends and hire a pastry chef to give you a class in the fine art of wielding a pastry tube full of frosting. Baking can be a great way to concentrate and relax your mind in the task at hand. You can also check out your local craft store like Michael's, or community college for classes. Who knows maybe next year you can make cupcakes for the game.
Read a book

Read a book



March Madness is the perfect excuse to start a book club. Choose something relaxing or steamy and read a chapter each day. During each game get together with friends to discuss the chapters you've read. Get together at a quiet coffee shop, or take turns meeting at friends' homes—preferably friends who don't have a television.


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