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At some point, we've all caught ourselves standing in line for a triple-shot latte, prepping for an eight-hour day in front of the computer, and thought: Something is wrong with this picture. And that makes us wonder — couldn't we all stand to play hooky every so often and have a real, legit break from our daily lives? Sure, we may be all grown up now, with longer attention spans and more professional ambition, but we need those out-of-the-ordinary escapes more than ever.
So, we're proposing the responsible adult version of skipping school: Ditch the city for a few days to ride horses, practice your downward dog on the side of a mountain, learn to paint, or simply let yourself soak in a body-restoring mineral bath. Tempted? We found six retreats where you can do just that, along with a host of other things you haven’t let yourself do for years. (Sleeping in 'til noon and midnight swimming? Yes, please.) We did all the legwork, so all you need to do is pack a weekend bag. Telling your colleagues you're taking a "skip day" is up to you.
Photo: Courtesy of Biltmore.