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48 Trips to Reboot Your Life

48 Trips to Reboot Your Life

From Shanghai's House of Barbie to the Catskills' Zen Mountain Monastery, here are 48 ways to relax and reboot your weary soul.

Originally published in OUT June/July 2009, issue 184

  
  
1.THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD
Drive from the Andes to the Chilean seaside in three hours. The vertiginous road trip begins in the ski town of Portillo at the base of Mount Aconcagua, the Southern hemisphere's highest peak, and travels 120 miles through lush river valleys and hair-raising switchbacks to end at Zapallar, a sleepy fishing village on the ocean. MORE INFO

2.GET CLAMBAKED
Spend a night at Martha's Vineyard's historic-looking but actually quite new Winnetu Oceanside Resort, steps away from secluded Katama Beach. There are kayak tours, laid-back clambakes, and long walks on the beach to be had. MORE INFO

3. THE GREAT WHITE POWDER
Crotch-rocket through 200 miles of groomed, Douglas fir-studded trails in Utah's Wasatch Mountains on a bad-ass Polaris snowmobile. Rustic Daniels Summit Lodge, a 40-minute drive southeast of the cushy ski resorts and spas of Park City, rents top-of-the-line rides. MORE INFO

4.SOUTHERN COMFORT
Walk through the shady summer lanes down yonder with Jonathan Stalcup, the young, insightful, and gay owner of Architectural Tours of Savannah. Stalcup brings Savannah's Georgian, Regency, and Gothic Revival mansions to life during his informed strolls beneath moss-draped live oaks and along narrow cobbled lanes. MORE INFO

5.THE JOY OF AN ALCOHOLIC FRUIT
Learn how to make and drink avocado daiquiris (and do it again and again and again) with Portland's lesbian superstar mixologist Lucy Brennan. The owner of Mint/820 teaches monthly classes to amateurs. MORE INFO

6.EDIBLE OST-NOSTALGIE
Eat at Berlin's Fernsehturm, a revolving restaurant perched atop a 200-meter television tower that opened in 1969 as a symbol of East German progress. Now serving meatballs! MORE INFO
  
All photos: Getty Images and Photos.com 
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