Unexpected November Destinations
November is just around the corner and it's a great time to get outside and explore - temperatures are cooler, leaves are changing to beautiful colors and many popular warmer-weather attractions can be experienced with shorter lines and less people. Here are a few fabulous cities across the globe with activities perfect for this time of year:
Fall in the US is a fabulous time to visit Chile as it's their Spring and shoulder season. Temperatures start getting warmer with plenty of sunshine and there are less crowds. The city boasts beautiful, blooming flowers, vineyards and plenty of historical sites for travelers of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy. Explorers can take a stroll through Chile's largest farmers market La Vega Centra, the city's Fine Arts Museum and Bellavista, the bohemian artsy center of the city, as well as a walk to the top of San Cristobal Hill to take in the panoramic sites of the city. Other popular activities during this time of year include wine tastings at both local wineries, such as Barrica 94, and vineyards just outside the city in the Casablanca and Maipo Valleys.
Quasar Expeditions, a leader in experiential travel in Latin America, offers unforgettable tours and excursions throughout Santiago. Guests can spend their days exploring the city, with stays and meals at some of the top hotels and restaurants in town. Whether interested in wine tastings, museums or strolling the local neighborhoods, Quasar offers an authentic Chilean experience for all guests.
With a quintessential New England vibe, Manchester, Vermont has plenty to offer when it comes to fall activities. From apple picking to farmers markets to blowing your own glass vase at Manchester Hot Glass, there is something for everyone to do to make the most of their autumn afternoons. A mere few miles away is this Stratton Mountain Contemporary Home in Winhall, Vermont. Available through luxury property and travel club THIRDHOME, this home is set on the highest peak in southern Vermont and offers breathtaking views of the 46-acre estate and the surrounding countryside. Guests will delight in the variety of hiking and biking trails available on site, an ideal site for taking in the fall foliage. The spacious home, which easily can accommodate 10 guests across 5,500 square feet, features an open floor plan and chef’s kitchen. The exquisite outdoor space has a fire pit and outdoor kitchen, a perfect place for families to unwind after long day of outdoor fall activities.
Cape Town & Johannesburg, South Africa
The fall season in the USA happens to be the spring season for South Africa. In October and November the temperatures start to heat up throughout the country and temperatures often range between the 60 and 80 degrees range Fahrenheit, making it comfortable climate to be outdoors. While South Africa doesn’t have fall foliage or leaf peeping, this is the time when the Cape Floral Kingdom blooms with a new batch of flowering species, offering picturesque nature experiences. Fall is also shoulder season in South Africa, making it a great time to travel for lower rates and less crowds. Urban cities like Cape Town and Johannesburg are cities that are both rich in history, culture, and new exciting experiences for fall. Situated at the foot of the majestic Table Mountain, Cape Town is well known for its cultural diversity and history. Museums like Robben Island and the District Six Museum pay tribute to the rich heritage and importance of this city to the African Continent. Cape Town is a truly cosmopolitan city, without compromising natural beauty, offering a wide range of experiences from penguin encounters to Africa’s finest wine-lands. Johannesburg has flourished in recent years as a tourism destination thanks to the city’s many urban-renewal projects. From the museums and art galleries to the award-winning restaurants and markets, the city is full of soul with something to offer every type of traveler. For instance, Maboneng Precinct, once deemed a ‘no-go’ area is one of the most successful developments in the city, filled with trendy restaurants, local shops and the hot-spot Arts on Main, an area encompassing artists’ galleries and studios for visitors to peruse. Another flourishing neighborhood, Braamfrontein, is a mix of creative spaces such as the Wits Art Museum and Stevenson Gallery, shops, hip bars and historical focal point Constitution Hill, a former prison and military fort turned museum that shares the story of South Africa’s journey to democracy. For the ultimate and top hotels to stay with in these South African cities, travelers should look to Ellerman House for Cape Town, andThe Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa for Johannesburg.
Ellerman House is an iconic hotel located in Cape Town, South Africa. Ellerman House features one of South Africa’s most impressive private art collections and an award-winning wine list. The hotel consists of 13 bedrooms and two 3-bedroom villas uniquely designed to showcase panoramic ocean views and manicured gardens. Ellerman House is a pristine example of Cape Edwardian architecture blended with understated elegance and modern luxury.The Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spais an exclusive 5-star, all-suite hotel located in the affluent suburb of Sandhurst. The hotel emulates the essence of the city with a property that is a unique blend of rich, cultural history with contemporary touches throughout. The Saxon also offers a number oftoursto help guests discover the city, including a Johannesburg city tour, Nelson Mandela Museum tour and a Soweto tour, amongst others. These tours give guests the chance to experience the city’s blend of old and new in a comfortable, informative setting.
Just a 90 minute train ride outside of London sits the city of Bath. A UNESCO World Heritage site with museums, ancient sites and beautiful architecture for guests to explore, the city is a must-see in the fall. Explorers seeking an enriching experience can walk the streets in the cooler weather and visit the area’s treasured spots, such as the Ancient Roman Baths, the Royal Crescent, Bath Abbey and the Holburne Museum of Art without long lines. Additionally, the city boasts the six-mile Bath Skyline circular walk, winding through forests and over rolling hills with spectacular views of the changing leaves.
Bath is also home to The Gainsborough Bath Spa, a five-star luxury spa hotel located in the center of town and the ultimate destination for those seeking a relaxing fall escape. The Gainsborough is the only hotel that has tapped into the natural thermal waters of the area, providing guests with incredible spa treatments and pools to bathe in the healing waters after spending their days exploring the city.