Pier at the House of Refuge, Hutchinson Island
One great place to find inner calm: the oldest structure in Martin County. Designed in 1876 to be a haven for shipwrecked sailors on the Atlantic Coast, the House of Refuge has stood the test of time and today serves as a place of reflection for many in the area. Locals know the best spot to post up is at the pier across from the historical site. The pier is situated on the thinnest part of Martin County’s barrier island, where the sunset brings fiery hues of orange, pink, and yellow. Make the most of this locale by reading or journaling goals that you’d like to accomplish in the new year.
St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park, Stuart
Those who crave a bit more scenery should head to St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park. A walk along the secluded beach can provide calm, but you can also kayak through the picturesque, mangrove-lined coves. The exclusive site is only accessible by boat, paddleboard, or kayak and is home to a 4.2-mile kayak trail, where you can become one with some of South Florida’s famous residents including loggerhead, leatherback, and green turtles and wading birds like blue heron, white ibis, and snowy egret. Snorkeling and scuba diving off the barrier island are other popular activities to enjoy here while disconnecting.
Tranquility Haven Center, Stuart
Sometimes, the best way to unwind is through a guided meditative experience. Find your safe space at Tranquility Haven Center. Owner Andrea Pearson is currently leading private stretch classes in addition to yoga and Pilates. Her tranquility sessions are ever popular and provide studio space for solo meditation, prayer, power naps, journaling, and anything else you consider “you” time.