Winter is coming. That’s not just relevant for the characters in “Game of Thrones.” After a summer spent rediscovering the great American road trip, we’re headed toward cold weather again. We’ve been keeping you up to date with openings and regulations in the Caribbean, and starting Oct. 15 visitors to Hawaii will be able to avoid a 14-day quarantine with a negative COVID-19 test and health declaration form. That will come in especially handy when the first snows fall. Meanwhile on the U.S. mainland, a lot of destinations will get a lot less pleasant to be outside in soon. These places are great to check out before winter arrives.
New York City
Sadly, it will be well into next spring before Broadway is back. But NYC is hardly “dead forever” as some have opined. Autumn in New York is so lovely there’s a jazz standard and a movie about it. Without international visitors, the businesses that depend on tourism could really use some income, and prices for accommodations are far below their typical highs. New York is still New York, and there are a million things to do. Be aware, though, that only visitors from certain states are allowed to travel to New York without a 14-day quarantine, so consult with your travel advisor — who can also set up private and behind-the-scenes touring — before planning a trip.
The Mountain West
The aspen trees are golden in Colorado and the Tetons. The Big Sky Country of Montana has a few more weeks before that sky is filled with snowflakes. The temperatures for hiking and biking are becoming much more bearable in the national parks. There’s one last chance to save the fresh air of the great outdoors before Old Man Winter creeps in and much of the wildlife goes into hibernation. Alaska’s Katmai National Park has already crowned a “Fat Bear Week” champion, so it’s only a matter of time before the Lower 48 bears start heading to their winter quarters.
The fall foliage is always a sight to behold. This year there are far fewer cruise options since ships with more than 250 passengers are under a no-sail order. A car trip through the region going from one great boutique inn or wellness resort to the next is the relaxing getaway you need before settling in for a long winter. Again, be sure to plan your route with your travel advisor to ensure you’re following state-by-state travel advisories.
Wherever you live, you’re bound to be within a few hours of a lake. The fishing is just as tranquil and the calm of the water just as soothing as it was in summertime. Now there might even be a mist rising off the water in the mornings as the cool night air starts to warm. The leaves are changing colors and reflecting off the glassy surface of the water, making for a picture perfect scene as you kayak or paddle across, or just take the scene in from afar.
Not every trip can — or has to — be an epic round-the-world jaunt. Sometimes you just need a quick getaway to get out of the house and recharge the batteries. Maybe it’s an action-packed weekend in the city, or maybe it’s curling up in front of a fire and staring out the window in the height of hygge. These hotels have what you’re looking for, and thanks to our affiliation with Virtuoso, you’ll get complimentary perks to make your stay even cozier.
Just a short drive from our Waterbury headquarters, Winvian Farm and Mayflower Inn & Spa provide quiet New England charm. Set on 113 acres, Winvian Farm offers cottages set against a backdrop of woods and lakes to lull you into relaxation. You might not want to leave the room, but the lure of five-diamond dining is too powerful to resist. Mayflower Inn’s grounds take up 58 acres of woodland and gardens. The idyllic Litchfield Fields and soothing spa treatments will melt your cares away.
Not to be outdone, Twin Farms occupies more than 300 acres of forest, meadows and ponds. Feel free to explore on your own or take a guided tour. In any season, there’s no end to the activities. Winter is particularly good for skiing — cross-country or downhill — and sledding. The sister property to Winvian Farm, Pitcher Inn s a boutique property just minutes from some of the best ski slopes in the Northeast. Each room is beautifully and dutifully appointed to fit its unique theme.
Rhode Island’s Ocean House in Watch Hill is famed for its beach, and rightfully so, as the wide stretch of sand is a fixture of many happy memories. When winter’s chill sets in, it’s a great place to sit by the fire and watch the waves roll in. Cape Elizabeth, Maine’s, Cliff House has a more rugged setting, as the Atlantic crashes against the rocks surrounding the resort. The great outdoors are at your fingertips, whether you’re kayaking, snowshoeing or lobstering.
Canyon Ranch is practically synonymous with wellness, and its Lenox resort lives up to the reputation. Energizing activities combine with healthful cuisine and spa treatments to transform your body and mind. Programs can be as intense or laid-back as you like. Just a couple miles down the road, Blantyre covers 110 acres of lush Berkshires greenery with a lavish Tudor-style mansion anchoring the estate. The mansion shines in all seasons, decorated for festivities to mark the big occasions throughout the year.
The Boston Harbor Hotel’s 60-foot stone archway welcomes guests to the mix of history and modernity that symbolizes New England’s largest city. Use it as a jumping off point for the Freedom Trail, a night at the Pops or taking in sporting event. At Hudson Yards, New York’s newest landmark, is Equinox Hotel, New York’s newest luxury lodging. Take in all the sights and sounds the city has on display before retreating to your home away from home on the New West Side.
When traveling to New York City for the first time, you may be overwhelmed. With so much to see and do, deciding what to see during a trip can be difficult. Art, fashion, food, nightlife, Broadway shows, monuments, the choices are essentially endless. One of the best ways to see the city is to have the help of an experienced travel agent. They can help you narrow down your activities based on what you enjoy. Below are a few examples of top choices for New York City sight seeing for newbies.
Offering a beautiful and lush park, museum and concert hall, Central Park is not to be missed. Located in central Manhattan, this notable attraction must be seen. Take a walk through the park and enjoy even a small portion of the 843-acre green space.
American Museum of Natural History
If you are a history buff or just simply want to enjoy an interesting attraction, then the American Museum of Natural History is for you. Explore interactive exhibits that feature the land, sea and outer space, with much more to discover. This attraction is a must for individuals, couples and families traveling to the Big Apple.
National September 11 Memorial & Museum
While a sober choice, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum is a stop that should be on your tour of the city. The tribute to the victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks is a touching memorial that reminds us of how Americans came together during one of the scariest times in US history.
Statue of Liberty
A trip to New York City is not complete without seeing Lady Liberty herself. The Statue of Liberty is a shining beacon that can be reached via ferry from Battery Park. Travel to Liberty Island where you will visit the statue and then make a stop on Ellis Island before making your way back to the mainland.
These are just a few of the must-see sights when traveling to New York City. When planning your next trip, be sure to utilize the services of a top-rated travel company such as DMC Travel Tailor. With the help of an expert, you can easily plan a trip that you will remember as well as enjoy!