Autumn’s cooler temperatures and shorter days make it a perfect time to enjoy Mother Nature’s fall foliage while embracing the outdoors! The crisp air and vibrant colors of the harvest season inspire wine tasting and farmer’s market visits throughout any fall getaway destination. These are some of Vita Travel’s recommended locations for fall-time vacations:
Beginning in December the crowds start to die down in Napa Valley and wine tasting rates are discounted. Cabernet season begins in winter, attracting visitors to enjoy the colorful food and wine flavors of Napa Valley.
Bardessono (6526 Yount St. Yountville, CA 94599; 707-204-6000) is a hotel, restaurant and spa that incorporates natural beauty to help protect the environment and surrounding ecosystems. They are LEED certified and a 100% non-smoking property that also won the Top 10 Green Spa Award in 2013. Only a few miles away down the Silverado Trail is the Quixote Winery (6126 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558; 707-944-2659) that is decorated with beautiful architecture, hidden in the hills where the fall harvest is fresh throughout the Autumn season.
Sonoma’s pleasant, rustic, and inviting atmosphere is the perfect place for a fall getaway that includes a variety of wineries without the tourist traffic surrounding Napa. Sonoma’s Mediterranean climate and coastal breezes in the Fall make it an attractive destination for any wine country retreat.
H2 Hotel has established a sustainable business through their many eco-initiatives put into place. Their “green roof” filters rainwater while solar panels on the building allow the hotel to use 28% less energy than regular hotels. H2 provides tasting passes to great wineries within walking distance of many of the featured wineries. Down the street on Center Street is Zin Restaurant and Wine Bar (344 Center St, Healdsburg, CA 95448; 707-473-0946) that uses fresh produce and local wines to encompass the homegrown feel.
The colorful autumn foliage makes Vermont one of our top fall destinations. Off of the Appalachian Trail, you can experience the Green and White Mountains of New Hampshire on your way to your cozy Vermont resort and spa.
Winning a Sustainable Community award, Stowe Mountain Lodge has proven to be a reliable eco-minded lodge that uses all energy efficient light bulbs and has implemented pedestrian pathways and a trolley system to decrease travelers carbon footprint. Rates for the fall season will start at $229.00 per night.
Start out your day hiking in secluded wilderness trails and come back to a luxurious resort and spa to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Sedona’s red rock canyons! The fall festivals and meditation centers in the surrounding small towns make it a very appealing destination for any tourist group. The Amitabha Stupa is one of the oldest forms of sacred architecture, perfect for yoga or healing while promoting well being.
Hiking and wilderness surrounds The Enchantment Resort and all guests have access to the spa and private golf course. There are over 100 scheduled activities every day of the week including guided meditation and Native American cultural programs. Room rates vary according to season with Fall rates beginning around $325.
One of the most vibrant cities in the US, Chicago is filled with character. The city is known for its museums, shopping, cultural institutions, architecture, and its restaurants and bars. Fall is a great time to visit Chicago as prices are lower, its less crowded, and the weather can still be good!
Hotel Felix (111 W Huron St, Chicago, IL 60654; 312-447-3440)was the first LEED certified upscale luxury hotel in Chicago. It uses organic materials and renewable resources and displays sustainable art throughout the hotel, including a 7-foot tall sculpture made out of recycled products like pipes and umbrella stands. This boutique hotel offers special packages for rooms and spa packages including a “Just Relax Package” in which guests receive one 60-minute massage and a gift card to local shops.
Only a couple miles down W Huron Street is L2O (2300 N. Lincoln Park West, Chicago, IL 60614; 773-868-0002), a restaurant with unique cuisine and a warm atmosphere incorporating a wide range of fish with a great location across from Lincoln Park. Also near Hotel Felix is a certified green restaurant with a serene atmosphere and unique architecture that compliments their new American cuisine called the Blackbird Restaurant (619 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661; 312-715-0708).
A nice drive along the beach will lead you to The Green Mill, a sophisticated cocktail lounge and jazz bar that has featured legendary artists such as Von Freeman and Franz Jackson. Closer to Hotel Felix, a few miles inland, is Violet Hour, a high-end lounge that provides a great experience and hosts private events.
At the Lincoln Park Zoo (2001 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614; 312-742-2000)
visitors can walk along the water and near the observatory until reaching the North Pond Restaurant (2610 N Cannon Dr, Chicago, IL 60614; 773-477-5845) that serves dinner Wednesday through Sunday and brunch on Sundays. Other popular attractions around this area include the John G. Shedd Aquarium (1200 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60605; 3129392438), the Art Institute of Chicago (111 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603; 312-443-3600), and the Museum of Science and Industry (5700 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60637; 773-684-1414).
Whether you want to stay close to home, or venture across country, with these Vita Fall Getaway ideas, there’s plenty of fun ways to experience the beauty of Fall!