What’s more peaceful than enjoying a glass of wine overlooking a beautiful body of water or a lush vineyard? In our book, not much—which is why we’re encouraging you to take a “wine vacation” this year. Sure, you’ve heard of wines from California, Washington, or Oregon—you may have received a few of them in your favorite wine club or wine subscription box—but those aren’t the only destinations to dream about when it comes to visiting great wineries. As it turns out, many areas of the United States grow grapes to produce wine—and you can visit them to see them in action!
Ahead, we’ve compiled the best wine vacations out there so that you can find the perfect spot for a girl’s weekend or romantic getaway. Head on over to Rhode Island to visit a vineyard nestled nearby the historic town of Newport, put on your cowboy boots and travel to Texas to enjoy a glass of red wine in Hill Country, or visit upstate New York and one of their beautiful lakeside vineyards…the options are endless!
Now onto the most important decision: Will you sample red, white, or rosé wines? How about all of the above? Just make sure you have a wine opener on hand—you’re bound to need it.
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Long Island Wine Country
Sipping wine by the seaside is just the dream, which is why we love the idea of visiting Long Island’s wineries. With two distinct regions, The North Fork and the South Fork, you’re sure to find a vineyard that’s perfect for you. If you’re after a lively scene, check out Wolffer Vineyards for their famous rosé and tasting room. If a more relaxed vibe is what you need, head over to the North Fork and enjoy an array of sparkling wines made in the Méthode Champenoise at Sparkling Pointe—they have even special wine and chocolate tastings! As for where to stay, we’d recommend the Menhaden Hotel in Greenport. You’ll love ending the day with a glass of wine on their roof deck overlooking the bay.
New York’s Finger Lakes Wine Region
Newport isn’t just a gorgeous seaside town for beach lovers and history buffs. It’s also the perfect spot for wine lovers! Our suggestion: Visit Newport Vineyards. It’s located less than five miles outside of town, and it’s the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Tour the on-site vineyard, grab lunch at the restaurant, and sip on one of their many varietals of red and white wine. Then, be sure to stop by Bowen’s Wine Bar and Grill—their extensive wine list and ocean views can’t be missed!
If you’re looking for a true adventure this summer, consider taking a wine cruise to Alaska. Norwegian Cruise Lines offers packages with exclusive wine-centric dinners and a chance to meet winemakers from famed vineyards like Robert Mondavi. The cruises leave from Seattle and sail to various ports in Alaska. Sipping wine while casually cruising by glaciers and stunning mountain ranges? Sounds like a dream to us!
Tennessee might be known for country music…but it’s also a great place to visit if you love wine! If you’re staying in Nashville, take a day trip to Arrington Vineyards—it’s co-owned by country artist Kix Brooks and hosts live music and food trucks on weekends. Looking to take a little road trip instead? Then follow the Natchez Trace Wine Trail and stop at one (or all!) of the five vineyards along its path, including Amber Falls Winery. There, you can take in gorgeous views of the rolling vineyards while sampling one of over twenty varietals of wine.
Michigan may be known for lots of snow, but it actually has amazing summers, too, and tons of scenic wineries to visit. Just outside of Traverse City is the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail, where you’ll find quaint towns and beautiful wineries extending up into the peninsula between Leelanau lake and Grand Traverse Bay. Stay at the stunning Inn at Black Star Farms and visit popular Two K Farms (their specialty is hard cider along with wine) and Dune Bird Winery where they have a rotating roster of musicians on the weekends and serve snacks, cider, and espresso.
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