This would be my second vegetarian travel-related post. I’m happy to say this trip was much more successful in the food department than the first.
Food aside, we had the chance to enjoy lots more good stuff at Santosha. The property is absolutely beautiful, with lots of decks where yoga practice is encouraged.
They’ve also got a frog pond, which we had fun checking out on both of our visits. You can hear all kinds of froggy sounds emanating from it throughout the yard. If you approach the pond you’ll catch some hopping and rustling of lily pads, but the frogs themselves are tough to actually see. If you stare at the water for a while you’ll see one frog, and then realize there are a dozen or so pairs of froggy eyes poking out of the water, camouflaged by the layer of algae atop.
They’ve also got, get this, a labyrinth, made by, get this, a labyrinth maker. Since I’m currently out of work, I had to seriously consider whether labyrinth making was my true calling. The labyrinth consists of a path made of rocks, spiraling inward to a bench located at the center. I believe its actual purpose is as a meditation tool, but we walked through it more to amuse ourselves.
There’s lots to do outside of the B&B as well. We were interested in doing some hiking and taking in the natural beauty of the area. Amy steered us to some fantastic trails on both visits. For our first visit we went to the Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC), which is a hub to a bunch of great trails. On this visit we went to Hornbeck Creek Trail, which was awesome.
We were reluctant to visit the main nature-based attraction of the area, Bushkill Falls, for fear that it would be mobbed with other tourists. We ended up stopping in late Monday afternoon as sort of an afterthought, and were pleased to find that we’d hit a quiet time. It was definitely a worthwhile visit. The main falls is pretty big and definitely something to see, as you can see from my photo below. They built wooden walkways over the water, right between where the rock was carved away by water, so you can get down closer to the water than you would be able to otherwise.What’s really amazing about this trail is that apparently nobody knows about it. Two miles up, two miles back, gorgeous waterfalls and fall foliage the entire way, and we only came across one other pair of hikers.
We only stayed for two nights during both our stays at Santosha, but both times found ourselves not wanting to leave. We’ll definitely be back, as the place seems just perfect for our needs and desires. I’ve discussed before on this blog how it can be difficult to travel as a vegetarian and continue to maintain a healthy diet and take care of oneself. At Santosha it felt like everything was right in place for us to do just those things