Alternative Summer Holiday Destinations
Exquisite US destinations that feel like Europe
August 5, 2020
The European Union has reopened its borders for travelers, however, the United States is not just yet allowed into Europe for travel activities. Most travelers had to cancel their trips to Europe due to the announcement that shocked U.S. citizens and businesses in the tourism industry. Art In Voyage has come up with alternative US destinations in order to deliver a classic summer vacation near home. Enjoy a wonderful holiday summer in an alternative destination of your choice that feels like Europe.
Cape Cod and Cornwall villages
Cape Cod is a hook-shaped peninsula, located in the U.S state of Massachusetts, it is most notorious for the summertime holiday destination and winery estates. The gorgeous Atlantic coastline is among the finest beaches in the world with an incredible view of quaint villages, sweeping sand dunes, seafood shacks, and lighthouses. With what Cape Cod has to offer, from the delicious seafood along the beaches to art galleries and crafts community, you could swear that you’re deep inside Cornwall county in the UK. Now you know! You can experience the same feeling of Europe right in your homeland. Stay for a night or two at Chatham Bars Inn and Worry-free with luxury accommodation.
Provence and California?
Lavender fields and vineyards provide the Provence feel but allow us to introduce you to Sonoma, California. The dramatic coastline of California’s Sonoma County is home to lavender farms that bloom each June and July as well as an abundance of impeccable wine estates. Once you have discovered the wineries amid the lavender fields, check into the Forestville’s Farmhouse Inn. With 25 rooms with private patios, a plethora of flowering gardens and a Michelin-starred restaurant, this charming property emits a Provence atmosphere. Take a scenic 45-minute drive to the Calistoga Motor Lodge’s spa, a reimagined motel with three on-site mineral pools. The lodge’s MoonAcre Spa is the perfect place to unwind. Indulge in treatments like massages and body scrubbing or a locally inspired mud bath with a salt soak in a clawfoot tub.
Minnesota and Sweden
In love with the beautiful lakeside villages of Sweden? Then don’t look any further, as Art In Voyage introduces City Grand Marais located on the North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota. Grand Marais is one big resort that is reminiscent of the Sweden lakeside villages, with multiple shopping and dining options and amenities throughout the town. Lake Superior is on your doorstep and the Superior National Forest outback. Stay at Mayhew Inn, one of Grand Marais’s most luxurious Hotels.
Virginia and Tuscany
Wine? Small towns? breath-taking countryside? Virginia is the spitting image of Tuscany. Do you like the idea of off-the-radar Italian villages and rustic vineyards? Visit Virginia’s wine country as it exudes the same bucolic charm as the Italian countryside. The Goodstine Inn and Restaurant have gorgeous cottages, food and wine. The five restored cottages are the perfect spot for a safe and tranquil retreat with an Italian feel, allowing outdoor fine dining by both the poolside or courtyard. Wineries such as Greenhill Vineyards, Boxwood Winery, and Stone Tower Winery are always welcoming guests for outdoor tastings, putting the cherry on top of your European vacation that is close to home.
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Montauk and Denmark
Denmark’s west coast is mostly known for its blustery beaches and surfing hot spots, while Montauk, located in New York at the easternmost end of long island is more likely the same. This seaside hamlet offers unique beaches like Ditch Plains and Kirk Beach, vibrant nightlife at the Surf Lodge and Memory Motel, shopping and dining, historic Montauk Lighthouse (commissioned by President George Washington in 1792), and churning whitecaps which are all part of Montauk’s charm. Don’t forget your flip-flops and boardshorts when visiting, as Montauk is best known for its famous East Coast surfing and world-renowned deep-sea sport fishing. Residents and visitors of Montauk alike enjoy biking trails and hiking at Hither Hills State Park, horseback riding on the beach and watching spectacular sunsets from their boutique hotels on the water.
Colorado and Switzerland
The alpine views in Colorado are just like the Alpine views in Switzerland. Fresh mountain air, hiking in the swiss alps, skiing down the slopes, you will be asking yourself ” Are we still in Colorado?”. This destination is proof that alpine views are as lovely in the U.S. as they are in Switzerland. Set at the base of Aspen Mountain and steps away from the Silver Queen Gondola, experience Aspen’s only five-star hotel, The Little Nell. Offering small group activities such as off-road tours, stargazing outings and fly fishing trips, you are sure to be rivited.
Alaska and Norway
If you enjoy the dramatic glaciers and fjords in Norway, consider Alaska as it is a destination that offers an array of outdoor activities in incredible wilderneness. About an hour’s drive from Anchorage, the chateau-style Alyeska resort comprises 300 rooms. Surrounded by majestic snow-capped peaks and towering spruce trees, the hotel has the feel of an off-the-grid oasis without sacrificing any amenities. Among them? A 60-passenger scenic tram, which ascends 2,300 feet in elevation to the top of Mount Alyeska.
Catalina Island and Greece
Do you want to Pretend you’re in Greece for a weekend? Catch a ferry to Catalina Island, California. Matching Greece’s Mediterranean climate, Catalina Island is a short ferry ride from Newport Beach, Dana Point, Long Beach, or San Pedro. Delight in the sunny beaches and the sea breeze. Stay at Mt Ada where you can experience the finest style and sophistication. The former island escape of William Wrigley Jr. and his wife Ada, you will be treated like royalty on this Forbes Travel Guide 4-star property, which offers six en suite guest rooms, each beautifully appointed to reflect a bygone era.
Colorado and Germany
Are you inspired by the German’s southern Bavaria region and its famous castle – Neuschwanstein? Vail, located in Colorado doesn’t have the Neuschwanstein castle, but it does feel like Germany. From the infrastructure, landscapes, and even the Bavarian cuisine – Vail has it all. Stay at the Chalet-Style that is owned and operated by the same family as the Sonnenalp in Germany. Colorado’s mountains have plenty of activities to get your heart racing, but they’re also perfect for kicking back and relaxing. Take a dip in one of the many hot springs, where you can soothe sore muscles after a long day of hiking or skiing.
Germany's black forest and Tennessee Smoky Mountains
If you love the German black forest, you will also love the great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. The dense and evergreen forest looks just like the black forest in Germany. Situated over 5,200 acres across eight miles, the Great Smokey Mountains and protected ridgetop, Blackberry Mountain are breathtaking. With two on-site restaurants, a spa, fitness classes, and seemingly endless hikes, it is time to get lost in Germany!