You wouldn’t be blamed if you planned a trip to Chile with the sole intent of drinking wine all day, every day. The wine country regions — Maipo Valley, Colchagua Valley, Casablanca Valley and Aconcagua Valley — all offer beautiful settings and world-class wineries. The two most popular destinations are Colchagua Valley and Casablanca Valley. If you’re planning a trip to Chile, be sure to include a three-night stop in one of these regions.
This is one of the country’s most famous valleys and the icon of wine production in Chile. Use the sleepy little town of Santa Cruz as your homebase (Casa Pando is a great option for an inexpensive and quality hotel) and book your days full of wine tours, picnics, horseback rides, fine dining and more.
Take a cable car up to the top of the Chaman Hill at Santa Cruz Vineyard for a stunning view, enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through Viu Manent on a wine tour and dine at Francis Mallmann’s Fuegos de Apalta restaurant at Montes Winery. You won’t be disappointed in the quality of the red wine and surrounding scenery of the Colchagua Valley.
Nestled between the coastal mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Casablanca Valley is central to Chile’s wine production. The fertile valley is recognized for its Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc varietals, in contrast to Colchagua Valley’s sumptuous reds.
Sip on some crisp coastal white wines while enjoying the region’s salty ocean air and cool breezes. Check out Indómita for its castle-like building standing guard on top of a hill; Matetic for organic wines (and a beautiful hotel); and the family-run Casas del Bosque winery for lunch at Tanino Wine Bar & Lunch.
Traveling to exotic locales often means contending with unusual weather. Americans tend to enjoy a fairly moderate climate, which means your body doesn’t always adapt when you head to places like Africa or South America. So, how do you keep yourself from sweating and stinking up a new city? Try these tips.
Bleisure — it’s a term we’re all familiar with these days. After all, millennials drive the rising trend, combining business and leisure trips regularly. Take a few days to decompress in a new destination after a hectic schedule of meetings and business.
I arrived in Dallas on a cloudy afternoon and, luckily, traffic was light as I drove my rental car into the city in just less than 30 minutes. The Hotel Joule was built in the 1920s in the Neo-Gothic style and is a city landmark in the heart of the business district.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
Barcelona’s Ciutat Vella (or “Old City”) is often packed with tourists who wander up and down Las Ramblas spending way too many euros on overpriced paella and sangria. But the border neighborhood of El Raval is just a few steps from the bustle, but worlds away from the exorbitant prices.