It’s officially that time of year: fall is in full swing, winter is quickly approaching, and we’re wondering how this year flew by in the blink of an eye. If you’re feeling a last-minute desire to scratch one more destination off your bucket list before 2022 comes to a close, we’ve got some travel destination inspiration for you below.
The Dolomites, Italy
The Dolomites — located in the northeast corner of Italy and bordering Southern Austria — are a picturesque UNESCO World Heritage Site mountain range replete with scenic hikes, glittering turquoise-blue lakes, and enchanting villages. Also known as the Italian Alps, the snow-capped peaks and the valleys connecting them here are even prettier than they look in photographs (hard to imagine, we know, but it’s true). Must-visit towns scattered throughout the Dolomites include Bolzano, Brixen, and Cortina d’Ampezzo.
Why visit in November: The Dolomite Italian region of South Tyrol’s most treasured fall tradition, Törggelen, celebrates the harvest’s new wine called “Nueir,” “Suser,” or “Sauser”. Törggelen is based on folklore and recounts how the Wein-Nörggelen, a mischievous band of dwarves, descended from the mountains to steal the wine of the harvest.
Where to stay: Surrounded by the mesmerizing Italian Dolomites, the FORESTIS hotel boasts jaw-dropping views of the Dolomites from every corner of the building. With its modern architecture, minimalist style, and floor-to-ceiling windows, sunlight spills into each of the 62 luxury suites, providing each corridor with an oh-so-serene atmosphere. Expect to connect to your inner spirit through the medley of outdoor activities, including crisp temperatures (we love sweater weather), hiking, and stargazing followed by a session at the hotel’s nature-inspired spa. (Consider the “Mountain Pine Body Scrub” skin treatment for a youthful, healthy-looking complexion.)
Once a dusty, desert town, Tucson is now a vibrant, up-and-coming city in Arizona boasting year-round sunshine, outdoor adventure, and stunning sunset landscapes. As the first UNESCO City of Gastronomy in the U.S., the city’s buzzy culinary scene honors its Mexican and Native American heritage at restaurants such as Charro Vida and Highwire Tucson. When every evening closes with a stunning sunset over the cactus-filled Santa Catalina Mountains, the essence of the Southwest’s Sonoran Desert is apparent in Tucson.
Why visit in November: Temperatures cool down to the comfortable mid-70s to low-80s, making November the perfect time to explore the Western outdoors.
Where to stay: The Citizen Hotel Tucson took the historic Citizen building — which once hosted the city’s oldest newspaper publisher — and turned it into a boutique stay in the heart of Downtown Tucson. The intimate 10-key hotel is where rustic, upmarket desert style and sophisticated design live in harmony (think Sonoran Desert-clay walls, oversized granite showers, and cedar-lined closets dress each suite). Guests can enjoy the hotel’s exclusive wine cellar and wine program with personal tasting tours as well as in-room wine refrigerators.
Discovered during the Gilded Age by wealthy New Yorkers as a place to spend the summer months, Lenox is known as the cultural capital of the Berkshires, due to its annual hosting of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Surrounded by picturesque natural landscapes and dotted with quaint cottages, Lenox is the epitome of simple living — where escaping to a charming mountain home, away from the realities of the modern world, becomes a reality.
Why visit in November: Fall has officially commenced, meaning the time to soak in the fall foliage is now. Before winter swoops in, Lenox is where you’ll see the leaf-peeping hues: burnt oranges, bright yellows, caramel browns, and crimson reds will cover the trees and ground.
Where to stay: Paying homage to the literary figures of the past (think: American novelist Herman Melville who wrote the famed novel, Moby-Dick, and completed his renowned works in Lenox), Life House Berkshires’ design is an ode to the writer seeking inspiration. Redesigned from a former 1970s-era lodge, the hotel befits a retro mountain retreat with a library lounge, intimate cocktail lounge, and a cozy outdoor fire pit. The 65 guestrooms are dressed in warm-toned wood furnishings, dusty green velvets, and secretary-style writing desks.
Booming with live music, honky-tonks, and funky fried food joints, Nashville holds its title as the “Country Music Capital of the World” for a reason. Tourists run rampant in Western apparel up and down Honky-Tonk Highway — Nashville’s famous neon-light street — giving this city its lively reputation. Home to the Country Music Hall of Fame, Johnny Cash Museum, and celebrity-owned bars such as Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row and Jason Aldean’s Kitchen + Rooftop Bar, this city is nothing short of a good ole time.
Why visit in November: Prepping for the holiday season, November is a magical time in Music City. Plus, hotel Noelle Nashville premieres its holiday pop-up in their speakeasy called Hidden Bar during the first week of the month. (Read more below about Noelle Nashville.)
Where to stay: Situated on Printers Alley — Nashville’s historic nightclub district — Noelle Nashville is a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of the city’s electric downtown. The remodeled 1930s building exudes Art Deco-themed interiors with brightly toned guestrooms, marbled floors, and hints of gold finishes throughout. Visitors will “ooh-and-aah” at the hotel’s rooftop bar, Rare Bird with its expansive windows overlooking the city skyline. (Where better to have a nightcap than at one of Nashville’s leading rooftop bars anyway?).
Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia, Africa
Set in southern Africa, Zambia is a country with incredible natural wonders, ample wildlife, and vast open spaces. Famed for the mesmerizing Victoria Falls, visitors flock to this destination for both the mystic waterfall itself, as well as the Victoria Falls Bridge spanning across the Zambezi River.
Why visit in November: Its peak wildlife-sighting season in November means you’re guaranteed to experience this country’s boundless natural beauty during this time of year.
Where to stay: African Bush Camps — a luxe tented camp and lodge hospitality service — recently introduced Lolebezi as its newest post. The exclusive resort-like camp boasts six intricately-designed suites with deluxe amenities: earth-toned marble bathrooms, private outdoor plunge pools, and cocoon-style curtains made of wooden beads and mosquito netting surrounding plush beds. To top it off, the lodge boasts an intimate dining pavilion and an infinity-edge pool. (We thought we knew what the African safari of our dreams looked like until we saw this place).
Often overshadowed by Tokyo, Kyoto is a must-visit city located on the Japanese island of Honshu. Buddhist temples, lush gardens, and historic imperial temples are ubiquitous here. Nijo Castle is a sight for the eyes. One of its most famous pastimes is the centuries-old practice of Kaiseki: a classic multi-course Japanese dinner.
Why visit in November: Japan is finally open to all travelers after a two-year hiatus. In addition to temperatures dropping and fall foliage season beginning, there’s the annual November-time festival at Fudō-in Temple — called Aki Matsuri — which sees attendees write down wishes on wooden tablets.
Where to stay: Enveloped in Japanese Maple Trees, HOSHINOYA Kyoto is a luxe resort sitting on the Oi River that exudes tranquility. Everything from the handcrafted woodwork to the detailed shoji paper sliding doors contributes to the hotel’s serene aura and Kyoto-inspired design. Large windows throughout the hotel give way to breathtaking views of the Oi River and the maple trees of Mt. Ogura.
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