Once November hits, most of us start to feel that the approach to the holidays is now in its final stages which may lead to some unnecessary anxiety. That said, there is still time to get in a vacation or break from your domain before things really start to ‘snowball’ toward the end of the year. Whether your climate of choice is still wanting to savor the summer heat or are gearing up for the cold by digging out that winter coat from the back of the closet, we have options for all types and everything in between.
Here is a list of the places below:
- Austin, Texas
- Vail, Colorado
- Tampa, Florida
- Scottsdale, Arizona
- Newport, Rhode Island
- Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
- Toronto, Canada
1 — Austin, Texas
Austin is a great place at this time of year with very comfortable weather for hiking and biking along the ten-mile trail, checking out the wild peacocks at Mayfield Park and the view from Mount Bonnell, as well as a short road trip to Pedernales Falls State Park. For foodies, there is the Austin Food & Wine Festival (Nov 5-7) and for music lovers this town has been dubbed the “Live Music Capital of the World” for a reason. Also, whether staying there or not, check out the new Thompson Austin hotel located in downtown’s entertainment district which boasts an infinity-edge pool and outdoor dining and see how it compares to your experience at other Thompson locations.
Suggested Hotel: Hotel ZaZa Austin
For an expansive vibe, check out this hotel estate: Commodore Perry Estate
2 — Vail, Colorado
This month begins ski season in the Colorado Rockies and Vail plans on opening a bit before Thanksgiving this year. For non-skiers, November is also a perfect time to enjoy the beginning of winter and all of the classic attributes associated with the season like outdoor skating, picturesque landscapes, and warm fires crackling in the background of a cozy lodge. This place has something for everyone at every skill level to enjoy the outdoors and, after, recharge with all of the comforts of the indoors.
Suggested Hotel: Arrabelle
For luxury private residences: Solaris Residences
3 — Tampa, Florida
An up-and-coming city, Tampa has vibrant business districts and beautiful waterways. It is known for its museums and cultural offerings such as Busch Gardens, an African-themed amusement park with rides and animal-viewing areas. With its mix of historic architecture and modern landmarks, Tampa is a culture infused with Spanish and Cuban flavors and the downtown is alive with cool bars, innovative restaurants, and urban parks. Not to mention, the Tampa Riverwalk is transforming downtown’s waterfront into an active, pedestrian friendly environment for commerce, transportation, entertainment, and fitness. Overall this city is a wonderful place to work, play, and unwind but also boasts many attractions and activities for visitors and is definitely worth checking out now that the steamy summer weather is behind us.
Suggested Hotel: JW Marriott Tampa Water
A more budget-friendly option: Hotel Haya
4 — Scottsdale, Arizona
The oven-like heat has finally subsided and the desert is an amazing place to hike, become acquainted with wildlife, and explore the natural environment in McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Aside from nature, there are several worthwhile museums to explore in Scottsdale such as the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West. Furthermore, Scottsdale offers interesting restaurants, craft breweries, and more with the Sonoran Desert as a backdrop for perfect views of the starry skies.
Suggested Hotel: Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows
For a more desert elegant option, take a look at: Arizona Biltmore
5 — Newport, Rhode Island
Yes, it is a summer vacation hotspot but is just as beautiful in the colder months. Take advantage of the fewer tourists, lower prices, and experience this oceanside town transition to winter. Grab your warmer clothes and comfortable boots to stroll down the quaint streets and immerse yourself in some spectacular scenery, intriguing architecture, and warm hospitality. Newport Restaurant Week is from Nov 5-14 and is a great opportunity to taste some of the best of what New England has to offer. Also, your visit should include a drink or meal at White Horse Tavern, America’s oldest operating restaurant, to warm up after a long day venturing around town.
Suggested Hotel: Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina
6 — Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
Mexico is always ready for tourists and the weather complies with every time of year. Just north of Puerto Vallarta on the Pacific coast is Riviera Nayarit which has become an increasingly popular area with luxury hotels and residences. What else do you need to know about what you can expect from this area of the world but sandy beaches, picture-perfect waterfalls, lush forests, and all sorts of marine life. That said, in November humpback whales begin to arrive on their annual migration and you may just be able to get an exclusive peak. So, don’t put away your sandals for the year just yet, rather, pack them in your favorite piece of luggage and head south of the border.
Suggested Hotel: One&Only Mandarina
For a more simple, surfer-style option: Sayulinda Hotel
7 — Toronto, Canada
It is expected to be cold in November but the country that invented ice hockey is prepared and offers much variety for those visiting. Starting off with food, you have as much diversity in terms of cuisine as any large city in the US. Many neighborhoods have their own vibes, such as Kensington Market, and can be experienced through its shops, bars, and coffee shops (one of Toronto’s favorite pastimes other than being on the ice). This city keeps growing at a serious pace and, therefore, gives tourists more to explore every time they visit.
Suggested Hotel: 1 Hotel Toronto
For a more historical landmark, try: Fairmont Royal York
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