As the leaves begin to change and a crisp breeze fills the air, a world of autumnal exploration awaits. From Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico to a cider-filled farm to table dinner in Norway, consider these fall vacation ideas:
Travelers can experience the enchantment of autumn in Rome, where the mild weather and reduced crowds create a magical atmosphere. Nestled on a serene street at Rome's heart, Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese provides an optimal hub for those seeking to make the most of their time, with easy access to renowned cultural sites and parks. This fall, the boutique hotel is delighted to introduce Gilbert Bages as a featured artist in residence, a wine photographer and former viticulturist from the esteemed Penedes wine region. With a decade of experience in his family's wine business and artistic training from Barcelona's design school, Gilbert has uniquely blended technical expertise with creative finesse. Since 2018, Gilbert has traveled to wine regions worldwide, collaborating with wineries to capture the vibrant, playful side of winemaking as a wine lifestyle photographer. His stunning wine photography will grace Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese for the next few months, launching during the annual Sofitel Wine Days. This event invites travelers to experience the magic of autumn in Rome and sample top local wines from the area. In addition to art and wine, guests can also experience adventure in the Eternal City’s secret sites with ArcheoRunning Hidden Rome Tour. Guests will immerse themselves in the narrow streets of Rome while hearing unique stories during a two-hour tour with Isabella Calidonna, an art historian, certified tour guide and coach for Fidal (Italian Athletics Federation) and Coni (Italian National Olympic Committee).
This autumn, Norway beckons travelers with its incredible fall scenery, featuring vibrant colors, serene highways, and breathtaking mountain and fjord roads. For an unforgettable autumn adventure, take into consideration a tailor-made journey with Norway’s leading sustainable travel curator Up Norway. Starting with a stay at Lysebu near Oslo, where Roseslottet Castle and an outdoor freedom exhibition await, continue your journey to the captivating Lofoten Islands, ensuring a cozy experience amidst stunning natural beauty. Finally, venture to Kvitnes, a remote food haven worth the drive. Alternatively, explore Norway's heritage at your own pace with Up Norway's Heritage Awakened journey, cruising from Bergen to Alesund, taking in UNESCO World Heritage Sites and scenic routes. Travelers won’t want to miss a private yacht cruise through Hjørundfjord and a visit to Haaheim Gaard for a cider maker's event with Olav Bleie, the renowned cider maker from Alde Sider in Hardanger. Norway's autumn landscapes and rich cultural experiences promise an enchanting season for all.
Los Cabos, Mexico
The anticipated opening of Grand Velas Boutique Los Cabos in November presents an unparalleled opportunity for luxury-seeking travelers. This adults-only sanctuary is an innovative extension of the renowned Grand Velas Los Cabos, a testament to excellence as the hotel all inclusive in Mexico to earn the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide's five-star rating. The new boutique resort promises an extraordinary haven of relaxation, complete with 79 luxurious suites boasting private terraces, intricate design details, and a neutral palette accented by Mexican art and metal touches. Culinary aficionados will relish the two-star Michelin consulting chef's creative dining experiences and a wine selection inspired by Mexico's fine wine region. The resort's innovative spa treatments, such as the "Sounds of the Ocean" massage and "Ice and Fire Therapy," further elevate the indulgent experience. With the opportunity to explore the spectacular landscapes of Los Cabos and indulge in top-tier gastronomy, Grand Velas Boutique offers a compelling invitation to embrace the new season in ultimate style and comfort.
September marks the beginning of spring in Mendoza, Argentina, when the region’s stunning landscapes come alive with vibrant colors and natural beauty. This time of year is ideal for visitors to enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking in the Andes Mountains, rafting on the Mendoza River, or enjoying a glass of wine outdoors in the wine-lover’s destination. Travelers looking to stay in a renowned winemaker’s private estate can opt for SB Winemaker’s House & Spa Suites, from pioneer Argentine winemaker Susana Balbo. The only luxury wine hotel in Latin America with fully integrated in-room spa features and services, each suite features a steam room, sensations shower, and massage table. Four of the seven suites are also equipped with a dry sauna. The in house experience coordinator can help guests choose from various activities such as horseback riding, trekking, air safari aboard a private seaplane, and even a hot air balloon over the vineyards. After a day full of exploration and adventure, guests can retreat back to SB Winemaker’s House & Spa Suites to enjoy on property activities as wine tastings, cooking classes, blending games, wellness rituals, gastronomy offerings, and more.
Dalmatian Coast, Croatia
Travelers can enjoy the mild Mediterranean climate while enjoying less crowded landmarks in Dubrovnik this fall. Hotel Excelsior offers luxury accommodations and stunning views just a 5 minute walk to the Old Town. This fall the exhibition "Andy Warhol - I am from nowhere" will be held at the Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik, located right below the Hotel Excelsior, from September 21 to October 29. Organized by the Dubrovnik-Neretva County in collaboration with the Dubrovnik Art Gallery and the Andy Warhol Museum of Modern Art from Slovakia, the exhibition will feature Andy Warhol's works, including photographs and silkscreens, exploring not only his life and art but also current trends in visual culture, the influence of his ethnic origin on his work, and the impact of pop art on contemporary art. In early November, the Festival of Light LUMIART 2023 will take place from November 3-5, at cultural landmarks in Old Town Dubrovnik highlighting the beautiful scenery of the Dalmatian Coast. For a more secluded experience, Cavtat, south of Dubrovnik, boasts a charming waterfront promenade, churches, beaches, and Hotel Supetar, known for Mediterranean cuisine and its proximity to the Cavtat Museum, showcasing ancient Epidaurum artifacts.
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