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Destination Inspiration
By Alina Larson

Getaways with a Goal

Many of us make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, quit smoking or get fit. What if a vacation in a beautiful place could help you succeed?

This month we’ll visit four spas in four different parts of the country that promise to help you meet your goals and have a great time doing it. And the best part? They’re offering Guideposts readers exclusive discounts!

Mandala Wellness Retreat and Spa, GA
No cigarettes, no problem with this great discount: $50 spa credit for a 4-day retreat and $75 for a 6-day retreat.

Kalista Salon and Spa, OR
Make 2011 a beautiful year with 15% off any service.

Heartland Spa, IL
Rev up your wellness routine with a $100 gift certificate.

New Life Hiking Spa, VT
Trim your waist but keep your wallet fat, with a $300 discount off the 11-night Weight Loss Retreat for those who book by March 1st.


The travel bug bit Alina Larson at age 12 when her family moved to Sydney, Australia for a year. She’s been kicking up dust ever since, visiting 27 countries and counting.
When she’s home in New York City, you’ll find her playing travel agent for friends and family, scouring the Internet for deals, or hunched over a guidebook.