It must be the summer holiday spirit that has prompted me to dig deep into my memory banks. As we were researching an exciting one night stay at Windermere House Resort in Southern Ontario, I began to ponder some of the most inspiring places I have ever been.
My search began with listing every memorable place that I have stayed, like lodges, resorts, inns, bed and breakfasts or unique stays. My husband was with me for 5 of 10, but what I realized; is that only 1 out of the 10 on my list was while on vacation.
It turns out that 9 out of 10 items on my list were for work purposes, such as speaking engagements, conferences, seminars, workshops, group retreats or personal retreats. What a bonus that was!
What was in common with my favourite memorable stays? What lead me to put these places on my list?
Here is my top ten most inspiring places to visit list, in no particular order:
Dennison House, Elliot Lake, Ontario
Camp Adanac, Manitoulin Island, Ontario
Clevelands House, Minett, Ontario
Stokely Creek Lodge, Goulais River, Ontario
Searchmont Resort, Searchmont, Ontario
Puddingstone Place, Richards Landing, Ontario
El Conquisador Resort, Puerto Rico
Crooked River Lodge, Alanson, Michigan
Cobblestone Manor, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Davidson Inn, Davidson, North Carolina (only place, while on vacation)
Most of these places are fairly close to home. Of all of the cities in the world I have visited, the ones where I had the most significant shift in my soul took place within minutes or hours from where I live.
The things in common with my places were nature, trails, water, walking paths, benches, cozy sitting spots, heritage buildings, beautiful surroundings, gardens, comfortable environment, unique, soft music, soulful thoughts, delicious breakfasts, creative, historical or artistic décor and peace and quiet.
They had places to sit, think, reflect, journal, write, nap, take photographs or experience nature. These experiences left me feeling refreshed, revived, replenished, reenergized, connected to something bigger and inspired.
Just by looking through old photographs and recalling these places, I felt the same feelings I did when I originally experienced them. That is the great thing about memories; we can call on them at any time.
What is in common with your favourite places? What feelings do those places generate for you? How can you recreate those moments or experiences? Do you have photos to remind you of them? What new places can you manifest into reality?
Life is short. Act now…
‘It’s great to reminisce about good memories of my past. It was enjoyable when it was today. So learning to enjoy today has two benefits: it gives me happiness right now, and it becomes a good memory later.’ ~ George Foreman