The European Union has reopened opened its borders for travelers, however, the United States are 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 the 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 a luxury accommodation.
Provence and California?
Lavender fields and vineyards give that feeling of Provence but you’re in Sonoma, California. The Dramatic coastline of California’s Sonoma County is the home to lavender farms that bloom each June and July which is just as well known as the wineries that surround the area. When you have discovered the lavender fields and wineries, check into the Forestville’s Farmhouse Inn. With only 25 rooms with private patios set among flowering gardens and a Michelin-starred restaurant with just 14 tables, this charming resort continues the feeling of Provence. Want more of Provence? Take a scenic drive of 45 minutes to the Calistoga Motor Lodge’s spa, a reimagined motel with three on-site mineral pools. After you have enjoyed a brilliant day spent wine tasting or biking around the town, the lodge’s MoonAcre Spa is the perfect place to unwind. Indulge in traditional treatments like massages and body scrubs or a locally inspired mud bath with a salt soak in a clawfoot tub.
Minnesota and Sweden
In love with the beautiful attractive lakeside villages of Sweden? Then you don’t have to look further, as Art In Voyage discovers City Grand Marais located on the North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota (US). Grand Marais Minnesota is basically one big resort that gives you the feel of Sweden lakeside villages, with multiple options of shopping and dining, and amenities throughout the town where you can walk free and explore. Lake Superior is out your front door and the Superior National Forest outback. Looking for the quintessential North Shore tourist town, stay at Mayhew Inn at one of Grand Marais most luxurious Hotels.
Virgina and Tuscany
Wine? Small towns? breath-taking countryside? Virginia is a spitting image of Tuscany. Do you like the idea of off-the-radar Italian villages and rustic vineyards? Make that idea a reality. Visit Virginia’s wine country that exudes the same bucolic charm as the Italian countryside. The Goodstine Inn and Restaurant have the most charming cottages, to-go food, and wine. Their five individual restored cottages are a perfect spot for a safe and tranquil retreat with the Italian feeling, allowing outdoor fine dining both Poolside or Courtyard that serves a new tasting menu and their Good-to-Go takeout service which continues the enhanced Tuscan getaway. Wineries such as Greenhill Vineyards, Boxwood Winery, and Stone Tower Winery are always welcoming guests for outdoor tastings with reservations, putting that cherry on top of your European vacation close to home.
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 is offering 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 and county parks and preserves, riding horseback on the beach, and watching spectacular sunsets from their boutique hotels on the water, found just south of shadmoor state park.
Colorado and Switzerland
The alpine views in Colorado are 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?”. Colorado 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 from the Silver Queen Gondola, experience Aspens only five-star hotel, The Little Nell, you will be suitably spoiled. They are offering small group activities such as Off-Road Tours, Stargazing Outings, and Fly Fishing trips which allows you to take in all that could be Switzerland.
Alaska and Norway
The landscape in Alaska isn’t exactly the same as in Norway, but it’s also not that different. If you’re about the dramatic glaciers and fjords of Norway, consider Alaska. Alaska offers a lot of outdoor activities, where you can spot an incredible wilderness, majestic mountains, and unique ice glaciers. About an hour’s drive from Anchorage, the chateau-style Alyeska resort comprises 300 rooms. Surrounded by majestic snow-capped peaks and creaking 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. Indulge yourself by the sunny beaches and the sea breezes that are just like greek Islands. Stay at the Mt Ada completing the Greek weekend away. At this property, experience the finest in style and sophistication, the former island escape of William Wrigley Jr. and his wife Ada. You’ll be treated like royalty in 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 Germans southern Bavaria region and its notorious castle – Neuschwanstein? Vail, located in Colorado doesn’t have the Neuschwanstein castle, but it really feels like Germany when foot set on and you will surely be treated like a princess. From the infrastructures, landscapes, and even the Bavarian cuisine – Vail has it all. Stay at the chalet-style and feel like you’re in Germany, chalet-style Sonnenalp at its heart is actually 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. Dip into the many hot springs, where you can soothe sore muscles after a long day of hiking or skiing. Many also offer water slides and kid-friendly amenities.
Germany's black forest and Tennessee Smoky Mountains
If you love Germany’s black forest, you will love the great smoky mountains, Tennessee. The dense and evergreen forest look-alike of the black forest in Germany is found right inside the Great smoky mountains national park. You will not be able to tell the difference between the two break taking forests. Situated over 5,200 acres across eight miles of the Great Smokey Mountains and protected ridgetop, Blackberry Mountain is the sister property to the wine and dining destination of Blackberry Farm which they like to say, the guests very own private national park. With two on-site restaurants, a spa, fitness classes, and seemingly endless hikes, it is time to get lost in Germany.