Need A Break? Try These Relaxing Fall Vacation Ideas

October 30, 2011  |  
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Are your co-workers getting on your last nerve? Are you one minute away from murdering your boss? Don’t catch a case, my friends; it may be time for a getaway. Summer is not the only season to get that vacation in. In fact, the cooler autumn months can be a perfect time to plan a trip.  You avoid the summer crowds and prices are often lower. So where are some good spots to visit during the fall months?

Check out our picks.…

Wine Country

Grab some girlfriends and head to California’s Napa Valley for a wine tasting tour. Forget all your cares as you get tipsy and gorge yourself at Napa’s amazing restaurants. To complete your fabulous vacation, relax by treating yourself at one of Napa’s many spas. We advise that you wait until late autumn (mid-November) to get the best deals on hotels.

Jamaica

Escape the colder fall temps by heading with your boo to the islands, mon. Who thinks of their boss while relaxing on the beach in a tropical environment? Throw in delicious food, soothing steel band music, the laid-back vibe and you’ve got yourself a fabulous vacation destination. Visiting Jamaica in the fall can mean deep discounts on hotels and attractions. To learn more about a Jamaican vacation check out Visitjamaica.com.

The Catskills

Fall is a great time to head to the Catskills Mountain. Do you love to watch the leaves change? Board the Catskills Mountain Railroad for a relaxing fall foliage train tour along scenic Esopus Creek. Are you the outdoorsy type? Go camping, boating or horseback riding through the breathtaking mountain trails. To find out more about the region, check out visitthecatskils.com.

New York City

The surly New Yorker in me wants to discourage more tourists from coming to our already overcrowded city, however fall is truly the best time to visit. Both the summers and the winters can be brutal. In autumn the weather is temperate, allowing you to do everything from take a stroll in Central Park to wear yourself out shopping in Soho. Go uptown to Harlem to feel the history in the air and visit the Apollo Theater. Visit the Lower East Side for hipster-watching and spoken word poetry; The Nuyorican Poets Cafe is not to be missed.  See a Broadway show, visit a world-class museum, dine in the world’s top restaurants, or dance the night away; New York’s got something for everyone. Visit newyork.timeout.com for more info.

Portugal

Fall is the perfect time to visit Portugal. The summers can be scorching. In the autumn the temperatures are still warm, but more pleasant.  I visited Portugal a few years back during the fall months and adored it. Not only is it one of the cheaper European destinations, there is so much to do and see. Dine on delicious Mediterranean cuisine and marvel at the gorgeous, old architecture. Don’t miss the Castelo Sao Jorge, an ancient castle that allows you to gaze out at the lovely Tagus River. To learn more visit justportugal.org.

New Orleans

The big easy can be big fun in the fall. The climate is cooler, the humidity is low and there’s so much to see in this city that is simply bursting with history. Dine on Creole cuisine then burn it off by dancing to New Orleans’ indigenous music: jazz. Fall in New Orleans also marks the arrival of amazing events like the New Orleans Film Festival and the Voodoo Music Experience. Don’t forget to sample some beignets; you’ll never want a plain donut again. To learn more visit the official New Orleans travel site.

Cruise

Fall is a great time to go on a cruise. Since cruise lines see their bookings drop across the board during the fall months, you can cop some amazing deals. An added plus? You can avoid large numbers of other people’s annoying children, since school is in session. Visit a discount cruise site like cruises.com to bargain hunt.

What is your favorite fall vacation destination?

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