Put some salt in their stocking

photo by Max Cooper

We'd all love to take our friends and family on a beach vacation this holiday season, but shelling out for airfare and hotels isn't possible for many gift-givers on a budget. But you can relax in a sea of salt air at Sola: Asheville's Therapeutic Salt Cave, 10 Eagle St. in Asheville.

For $25 a session, you can enjoy 45 minutes in a cave literally made of salt. The floor, walls and ceilings are coated with a thick layer of 250-million-year-old salt; zero-gravity reclining chairs give the experience a true beach feel, minus the water.

Salt therapy is designed to promote respiratory health, relieve hypertension and reduce stress, so you can help your favorite people get healthy while they soak up the salty air. No beach vacation is complete without a cocktail, so book an afternoon session with up to 10 of your friends and, afterward, wander over to Limones Mexican and Californian cuisine for a margarita — with salt, of course.

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