Connecting with nature and history
I’ve heard a lot about the mysterious caves and rock formations at America’s Stonehenge and finally made some time to go and see it for myself. There are more than 100 acres, so one of the first things you’ll notice as you start to walk the grounds is that nature is all around you. The day I visited I could hear the birds chirping away in the trees, and on the ground rustling leaves, sure signs other small wildlife was right nearby.
The site itself is believed to be more than 4,000 years old. It’s considered to be one of the largest and quite possibly one of the the oldest stone-constructed sites in North America. Similar to Stonehenge in England, this site was built by ancient people who were well versed in astronomy and stone construction. As a result, the site is known to be an accurate, astronomically aligned calendar and is used to determine some solar and lunar events of the year.
America’s Stonehenge is a self-guided tour, so be sure to pick up a map before you venture out from the Visitor’s Center. As I was walking around the maze of rock walls and rock formations, I couldn’t help but think who might have walked this site thousands of years ago. There are many cool caves and man-made chambers to investigate (on a hot summer day these provide some natural air-conditioning!) There are also a number of ceremonial sites and meeting spots that are quite intriguing. The map offers detailed explanations about each site that you’ll encounter along the way.
America’s Stonehenge is open daily year round. Often on the dates of a Solstice or Equinox it’s open sunrise to sunset. Admission is $12.00 for adults, $10.00 for seniors, ages 6-12 is $7.50 and under 5 is free.
While you’re in Salem, you might consider exploring a Salt Cave. Bien Soigne is the first day spa in New Hampshire to offer this therapy. I had never heard of salt caves until a few months ago. I was quite intrigued!
Salt provides a natural treatment, and if you think about it, it makes sense. Think about how you feel when you go to the ocean and breathe in the sea salt air. So, this is similar except it’s a dry salt therapy. The cave is lined with 18 tons of pink Himalayan salt and is believed to provide relief from a variety of health conditions including colds, and other respiratory ailments, as well as helping reduce stress and improving sleep patterns.
The Salt Cave climate is controlled by a halogenerator which heats, crushes, and disperses micro-particles of salt into the air. This allows for adjustments to the salt particles depending on the therapy you’re there for. Sessions are 45 minutes and are designed to be hassle-free so there’s no need to change your clothes for your session. On my visit, I was only inside the cave for a short period of time, even still I experienced a very calming feeling. I’m looking forward to planning time to make a return visit!