As the fall season begins to take hold, many people will be heading to New England to soak in the magnificent colors of the maple trees and other trees and plants.
But scenic beauty is not limited to that gorgeous corner of the United States. Here are three quick getaway ideas that combine beautiful scenery with wine-tasting – a wonderful combination…
1. Near Chateau Grand Traverse Winery on Michigan’s Old Mission Peninsula, one can soak in spectacular (and colorful) views of both East and West Traverse bays. During the fall, the vineyards, orchards and forests on the peninsula take a back-seat to no region. At the winery, sample the selection of Rieslings and cherry wines.
2. On the West Coast, where the autumn colors aren’t quite as spectacular, one can still enjoy a fabulous view while sipping wine. Simply head to Malibu Wines (not far from the famous Malibu Cafe), bring a picnic, buy a bottle of Malibu wine, and lounge on the expansive lawn, which is accompanied by a scenic mountain backdrop. There’s even live music on certain days.
3. In California’s southern Humboldt County, Persimmons Garden Gallery has it all: a cafe, wine bar, art gallery and nursery. Really, does one need anything else to live a happy life? It’s a great stop on the way to (or back from) California’s scenic redwood tree groves. At the cafe, be sure to try the crepes. If crepes aren’t your thing, both sweet and savory tapas are available.