The holidays will be here before we know it! What’s better than a bit of time away from the office, a break from routine, and a great time to relax with our friends and family? How about a little shakeup? Let’s plan a getaway that is sure to be filled with happy holiday memories!
Holidays with friends and family are what make the time special and create unforgettable memories. A getaway with new memories will provide the holiday joy and cheer that everyone needs. Take a look at some great places we’ve highlighted to enjoy this season.
There’s no end to the number of amazing things you can do when you’re in Hurricane! The wider region offers plenty of opportunities to have fun outdoors. So why not get your trip to Hurricane off to a great start by taking a look at some of our top tips?
- Scenic day spent in Bryce Canyon National Park – a great spot for incredible photos!
- Magnificent hoodoos, or stone spires of red, orange & white
- Stunning rainbow-colored cliffs are seen throughout Zion Canyon
- Breathtaking colors & beautiful scenery throughout your trip
- The Hurricane Valley Christmas Tree Festival is a 2-Day festival that includes a tasty bake sale, over 20 vendors, continuous entertainment, a train display, huge prize drawings, and over 50 trees. The Hurricane Valley Christmas Tree Festival is unlike any other festival in that people can decorate trees, auction off the items only on the trees, or auction the whole tree for charity. There is truly something for every member of the family to enjoy.
Yellowstone Area (Island Park, ID)
Covered in a dense forest of pine and wildflowers, Island Park, ID is popular for many outdoor recreational activities for all ages. Here are some of the activities around the place.
Fun Throughout the Year
- Hiking one of the many trails in the Yellowstone/Island Park area
- Fly-fishing on Henry’s Fork of the Snake River
- The pristine forests and high-country meadows offer great habitat for wildlife
- Skiing and Snowmobiling around Island Park
- Visit Yellowstone by snowmobile or snow coach! The park reopens up to these two activities in December of each year. This is one of the most unique ways to see this absolutely beautiful place. Highly recommended!
- Harriman State Park is one the best places to cross-country ski! There’s no better time to visit than when the snow is fresh, either!
As an outlying community of Jackson, the town of Alpine is considered home to locals and visitors alike. Not only is there spectacular scenery, but Alpine and the surrounding areas offer endless access to outdoor adventure for the whole family. Regardless of the season, enjoy easy access to miles and miles of wilderness and outdoor recreation. Popular activities include:
Fun Throughout the Year
- Boating on the Palisades Reservoir
- Kayaking or rafting down the Snake River Canyon
- Hunting and hiking
- Horseback riding
- Skiing and snowmobiling
- Go Sleigh Riding in Jackson Hole. Take a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the magnificent National Elk Refuge. An expert guide will share information about the elk herd for an amazing up-close learning experience with unforgettable views. You may also hop on a cozy dinner sleigh ride.
- Get your holiday shopping done at the Holiday Art Bazaar, which takes place in December at the Snow King Hotel’s Grand Teton Ballroom & Mezzanine. You can browse holiday-themed artwork and handmade items to find the perfect gifts for a loved one.
- Don’t miss a visit to The Wort Hotel in downtown Jackson. The hotel will be decked out for the holidays with gorgeous lights and hosting its annual 12 Days of Christmas in December. From Gingerbread house decorating, to brunch with Santa, there will be fun activities for the entire family.
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Utah is one of the best places to see fall foliage, visit great attractions, events and festivals. The last two weeks of September are usually the ideal time to find the best fall leaves in Utah’s mountains. Leaves may be mostly green in the valleys, but fall colors typically peak around the third week of September in scenic canyons and on hiking trails – the very personification of a cure for sore eyes and tired souls. Seeing the beauty of nature firsthand, and the wonderful transformation it does on its own without human intervention will make you marvel at how great the universe is!
If you are one of those whose idea of a vacation is someplace quiet and crowd-free, Utah is the best place to be during the fall. Knowing fully well how crowds can really change a person’s perspective of an otherwise awesome experience, when you visit Utah in the fall you usually encounter less crowds.
With the coolness of the fall season, and the crowds gone, you get the place practically to yourself! You get those awesome pics without someone accidentally being caught in the frame. Whether you’re a local, new in town or just cruising through it, the town of Hurricane has loads of great tips and events! After your nature trips you can venture to the Saturday Market, or downtown’s Farmer’s Market or Red Acre Farm. Family camps are also available if you are up to the challenge.
What about dropping by to see Judd Pumpkin Patch in Paragonah? Get outside the city a bit and get a feel of the country by venturing into this place where you can find many varieties of pumpkin and even pick yours right off the vine!
The autumn season in Utah is perfect hiking weather! Moderate and comfortable, not too hot and definitely not cold! Autumn’s deep blue skies peeking through amazing natural bridges are a perfect backdrop to those great shots you can take during your adventure. You can try out the Hurricane Cliffs Trail System, or simply chill out in the State Park where the lake was so beautiful and serene, the water clear and just warm enough for a swim while kayaking.
Perfect for a family getaway, or even with your group of best pals, you will never regret choosing this place for your next great adventure! With the crowds gone and the tourist spots almost completely yours, you get to savor and really enjoy your vacation. Lower rates as the summer crowd has left will be the icing on the cake! Feast your eyes on the colorful hues of fall and enjoy this time with your loved ones!
And we’ve got the perfect roster of vacation rentals for you to choose from for your vacation. Check them out at Kabino.com and then enjoy your fall getaway to southern Utah!
Known for its stunning landscapes and fun outdoor adventures, the Pacific Northwest is at its best during the fall. The weather is cool, the foliage is fantastic, and the summer crowds are gone, making autumn the perfect time to get out and explore this pacific paradise. From fall fun events to seasonal outdoor tours, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the autumn season across the area. Here are the best fall activities and virtual events in the Pacific Northwest!
Like any self-respecting German town, Leavenworth celebrates the autumn season with good food and better beer. During the fall, head to the Leavenworth Community Farmers Market any Thursday from 4-7 to browse vendors full of locally-grown produce, arts and crafts, local brews, and more. Best of all, it’s just minutes from Bavarian Mountain Suite, your lavish downtown condo rental!
Fall is a great time to visit Whistler for several reasons. One of the best is the chance to view the area’s famous black bears and cubs in their natural habitat on a guided Bear Viewing Tour! Explore the wilderness and get up close and personal with the resident bears as they forage for the winter season – from the safety of a rugged 4X4 vehicle, of course! You’ll be just steps from the Olympic Plaza in our Tyndall Stone #206, a private downtown condo with sweeping views of Rainbow Mountain.
There’s no better time to soak in Victoria’s year-round foliage than during the fall. A trip to Beacon Hill Park during autumn finds its 200 acres awash in glorious hues of yellow, orange, red, and gold. Stroll along the water beneath orange-tinged willows or find a bench to admire the park’s many Japanese Maples bursting with crimson leaves. You can even walk to the park from your Beacon Hill View Condo, a spacious and sunny rental in the heart of downtown Victoria!
While fall is hardly peak beach season, it’s a popular time to visit Cannon Beach thanks to the Stormy Weather Arts Festival. This annual event celebrates the area’s vibrant cultural scene by packing as much live music and local artists into the weekend as possible. Stroll through the charming downtown streets as you take in live demonstrations, jamming sets from local musicians, and even a fun fashion show. You’ll be just steps from the event’s Coaster Theatre Playhouse at Cozy Cottage, a charming rental boasting coastal style and ultimate convenience!
San Juan Island
During the fall, San Juan Island comes alive with fantastic foliage and plenty of fun fall events to celebrate the harvest season. To get a real taste of the island’s fall flair, stop by the San Juan Islands Museum of Art to view their seasonal exhibitions. Fall 2020’s exhibition is “SPACE, MUSES, etc.”, a curious collection of works by Samuel Stubblefield.
Don’t miss these virtual events for 2020, then put the 2021 versions on your agenda to return for next year!
Date: September 24-October 4, 2020
Screening more than 100 films in over eight venues, the Port Townsend Film Fest is “a film lover’s block party celebrating great films and filmmakers.” The festival attracts industry professionals and film buffs alike, culminating in a big screen event like you’ve never seen! This year’s program is fully virtual, allowing you to scope out the best new and noteworthy films without ever leaving your jammies.
Date: September 23, 2020
This fun workshop hosted by The Mountaineers is led by Alex Maier, an experienced documentary filmmaker and long-distance hiker. In an interactive seminar, you’ll learn practical ways to document your hiking experiences by exploring the best tools and tips in the business for adventure filming. It’s a perfect lesson for new and noted Pacific Northwest adventurers!
It’s hard to describe the awesome wonder that comes with fall foliage in the northwest. When the season transitions from summer to fall (autumn), green leaves change to vibrant shades of red, orange and yellow creating a canvas of artistry that can’t be duplicated.
The Northwest has no shortage of glorious places to scope out excellent viewing of fall foliage. This list will guide you to them on a weekend trip or longer.
Teton Scenic Byway
Idaho harbors beautiful views along the 70-mile Teton Scenic Byway. Pack a snack, fill up with gas and prepare for breathtaking views throughout the tree-covered Teton Mountain Range. Expect to see leaves changing colors between late-September and mid-October in preparation for the coming colder months.
Keep in mind that many factors go into determining exactly when the leaves will change, and weather conditions often affect the vitality of the leaves. When in doubt, call local tourism departments, the Chamber of Commerce or even your vacation rental manager and ask about the status of the leaves. Also, Google is your friend, too!
Don’t forget to book a Teton vacation rental to call home base each evening. Choose a large vacation home that sleeps 11 or something smaller for a couple—truly there is a home for nearly every size party.
Scenic highway drives are best for Oregon leafing season. More specifically, the Highway 20 corridor not far from Sisters, Oregon is the perfect place to find loads of color amongst the trees. Here, the maples lay low between the ponderosa pines and aspens, and the topography is dotted with hues of autumn. Timing is critical depending on the weather, but most likely you’ll find mid-September to mid-October to offer prime viewing.
Need a daily status on the transitioning leaves? Check out the Oregon Fall Foliage Hotline for updates. Also, plan and book your vacation accommodations as soon as you know when you’re traveling to ensure the best in local lodging.
Again, mid-September through mid-October appears to be the perfect leaf viewing season in Leavenworth. Knowing that leaves in the Northwest change later as the season lasts longer will help you plan an appropriate time to pull off the perfectly timed visit. Pick a route and bring your camera. Starting around Waterfront Park and heading towards Lake Wenatchee and eventually the Puget Sound, you are going to get a colorful show!
It’s always a safe bet to plan your travel around the Autumn Leaf Festival in late September, Leavenworth’s longest running event founded in 1964. Join the Grand Parade and all the festival hoopla that celebrates the season!
No matter where you choose, the Northwest has great opportunities for fall foliage viewing. Let’s plan that trip!