10 New Years Resolutions That Equal An Absolutely Perfect Getaway!

A getaway that will leave your soul full, your body strong, your mind clear and a big smile on your face.

1. REDUCE WASTE: Purchase a beautiful reusable coffee cup at Sweet Greetings with the end goal of no longer using paper cups and plastic cups and lids! Then fill it up at their full service coffee bar with Island Roasters coffee, a selection of teas, salted Carmel hot chocolate, lattes or Americano's.

2. CARVE OUT SOME “ME TIME”: This is an important goal for everyone especially when you're on a business trip or vacation. Book a massage or sign up for a drop in yoga class at Jade Wellness Studio downtown. Your soul will be happy you did and you'll feel good about making a commitment to do something physically and mentally good for yourself.

3. REDUCE LEATHER AND ANIMAL PRODUCTS: This is easy! Visit Krush Clothing Boutique and pick a gorgeous vegan Matt & Nat bag from their beautiful selection. While you're there try on a beautiful faux fur vest, suede leggings and more.

4. HELP OTHERS IN NEED: There’s nothing better than helping someone in need. This not only will fuel your soul, but put a big smile on your face knowing you've helped brighten a life in another community. St. Vincent Place and The Soup Kitchen are two great places to do just that and are always looking for helpers to roll up their sleeves. You'll be glad you did.

5. GET OUTSIDE AND MOVING: There's no better way to see a new place than getting outside and enjoying some new surroundings and experiences.  Sault Ste. Marie is a beautiful city with so many amazing hiking trails, ski resorts, lakes, parks and so much more - Get out there and take full advantage of it.

6. MAKE CONVERSATION WITH A STRANGER: If you're travelling alone this is one of the best ways to challenge your comfort zone and one of the best ways to meet someone new. Put your phone down, or better yet, leave it behind and belly up to the bar and talk to the stranger next to you. Try Sault Ste. Marie's newest restaurant The Mill Steakhouse & Wine Bar. The Mill Steakhouse & Wine Bar is offering visitors high-quality steak and wine, served in a unique venue, rich in history. The restaurant, which has undergone major renovations to become the city's newest fine dining establishment, is now open daily from 11am-10pm.

7. TRY SOMETHING THAT SCARES YOU: Go ice or rock climbing with Shaun Parent of Superior Exploration, Adventure and Climbing Co.. He's a pioneer in the climbing world and will give you an experience that you'll never forget for all the right reasons.

8. FUEL YOUR BODY WITH FRESH FOOD: Café Natüra was created by a group of health care professionals with a passion for healing through whole foods and nutritional, homeopathic and herbal supplements. Their menu has been designed with input from these local experts to make eating both tasty and nutritious. Their menu changes daily and is absolutely delicious.

9. MANAGE STRESS: Learning to manage stress is hard enough and often what falls to the bottom of the priority list. Book an appointment at Laser Advantage. This Medspa's open and relaxing environment greets guests as they come in for a treatment or consultation, ensuring that their clientele feel welcome for each visit. Laser Advantage’s re-envisioned space offers leading products and procedures for anyone who is interested in skin rejuvenation, and anti-aging solutions. The team has traveled much of the world discovering the best possible service standards and little touches that make you feel at home while experiencing our quality safety standards, efficiency and professional expertise.

10. QUALITY CLOTHING OVER QUANTITY: Move away from fast fashion and invest in more quality pieces to add to your closet. Seek out local designers. Canadian designed and made clothing is where it's at. Visit 49th Apparel who has been designing and making beautiful women’s clothing for over 20 years. 

About Dionne Elgie

Dionne Elgie grew up in Sault Ste. Marie and has a deep personal love for this city, and like many Saultites, a real passion for the great outdoors. Along with her team at DIG (Digital Intelligence Group)—she works with Tourism Sault Ste. Marie to curate compelling travel stories and collect truly useful tour tips that appeal to both local residents and out-of-town visitors. You can contact Dionne at dionne@digdeep.ca—she’d love to hear from you!

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