10 Great Places to Experience the Simple Life – ABC News
If you need to get away from it all this holiday season, take your stressed-out self to a place where life is a bit less complicated. Real Simple Magazine’s managing editor, Kristin van Ogtrop, discusses with Sarah Sekula for USA TODAY some spots in which to decompress.
Block Island, R.I.
Block Island can be defined by what it lacks: There are no stoplights, no McDonald’s, no Holiday Inns. Instead, the town of fewer than 1,000 year-round residents “is a landscape of freshwater ponds, rolling green hills and dramatic 250-foot bluffs,” van Ogtrop says. In winter, Block Island becomes an artists’ community. 800-383-2474; blockislandinfo.com
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
It’s not uncommon at Shaker Village to see a pair of oxen laboring in the field or a blacksmith in period clothing shoeing a horse. It’s a delightful step back in time and “a testament to the simplicity of the Shaker lifestyle,” van Ogtrop says. “Plank-and-stone fences lace together nearly 3,000 lush bluegrass acres where a community of Shakers once lived, worked and worshiped.” 800-734-5611; shakervillageky.org