Take a wine-focused vacation that bucks the clichés.
When you think of wine, food and travel, places like Napa and Italy typically first come to mind. But have you thought of having a wine-cation somewhere off the beaten path? As founder of Wild Bum, I am constantly reviewing travel guides and, for as much as I travel, my bucket list keeps growing.
For example, how about a weekend in wine country…in Traverse City, Michigan? Wild Bum guide architect Jessica Springer, based in Michigan, says you don’t have to travel to Napa or Italy to find an affordable and picturesque wine country. Traverse City, located on the gorgeous Grand Traverse Bay, is home to over 40 wineries and countless breweries, making it a perfect weekend adventure. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a girls’ weekend, you’re sure to find something for everyone in this quaint northern Michigan town.
Another fun wine-cation option to consider is spending a week on the Oregon Coast! Guide architect, Stephanie Kelman, based in Arizona, says if you love wine, gorgeous scenery, hiking, foodie adventures and beautiful beaches, then this is the trip for you.
And don’t forget Sedona, Arizona. Located in the heart of the Verde Valley and surrounded by 18 million acres of national forest land, it’s most known for its stunning red rock formations that brilliantly glow against the rising and setting sun. Little do people know that it’s also a paradise for wine tasting, outdoor recreation, a center of arts, wellness and spirituality, and the home of world class hospitality though luxury resorts, spas and exquisite Southwestern cuisine.
Mollie Krengel is the founder of adventure-based business Wild Bum. Roy Krengel owns Krengel Dental. They share travel tips and insights in this column, writing with their globetrotting kids Liam (12), Ella (12) and Rafi (8).