Winter officially starts on December 21st, but the Farmers’ Almanac is predicting an exceptionally harsh winter for the 2016-2017 winter season. February especially could be as frigid as 40 degrees below zero. Even as far south as Florida and the Gulf Coast will feel the chill. If you are planning on doing any traveling this fall, here are seven places you’ll want to visit before winter sets in.
1. New York City, New York
You’ve likely watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade more than a few times, but have you ever watched them inflate the float balloons? This year will be the 92nd annual parade, and the night before the parade you can get an up-close view of all the balloons as they prepare for the parade in the morning. It is a free public viewing between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue on 77th and 81st Streets in New York City. With fewer crowds, this could become your family’s new holiday tradition. In the morning, watch the parade on television or from the warmth of your hotel room windows while waking up with hot coffee and bagels.
2. Chipley, Florida
If the weather is already starting to cool down, and you aren’t quite ready to face the inevitable winter months yet, consider a trip to Chipley, Florida. The Seacrest Wolf Preserve is located on 400-acres in the Florida panhandle. Here you will have the opportunity to learn about wolf conservation efforts, and how wolves fit into a healthy ecosystem in the wild. You will be able to meet some of the wolves face-to-face, and howl with the pack as the cooler weather makes them more active than in the hot summer months.
3. Luray, Virginia
Cast-a-Way Cabins located along the beautiful Shenandoah River in Luray, Virginia are the perfect escape from the hectic beltway life around Washington, DC. With a hot tub in each of the secluded cabins, you can plan a romantic pre-holiday getaway, with hand-in-hand walks through the woods and dinner for two in front of the gas log fireplace. Plan a late fall trip in a spacious cabin with a loft. Fish for bass along the river or rent canoes and kayaks to explore the it before making s’mores around the fire pit.
4. San Diego, California
Love gourmet foods and wines? The San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival attracts many of the best chefs, international culinary stars, vineyards and microbreweries. For a week, you can sample recipes, taste new wines, and attend seminars and cooking classes offered by award winning chefs. Not only will your taste buds thank you, but maybe even some of your Thanksgiving dinner guests as you share what you learned with them.
5. Elko, Nevada
What do you get when you cross John Wayne with Robert Frost? The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering held in Elko, Nevada. If you haven’t been snowed in by late January, it may be worth a trip to hear cowboys share poetry, songs, first hand narratives, and art inspired by life on the range. Plan your trip to include workshops like rawhide braiding, horsehair hitching, cooking classes, and how to share your own stories.
6. Todd Mission, Texas
If time travel is what grabs your attention, plan to attend the Texas Renaissance Festival, held for eight weeks on 55-acres in Todd Mission, Texas. Tighten up your corset, polish your armor, and explore the recreated Elizabethan era city. Wear your own royal garb or rent a costume, and enjoy jousting tournaments, entertainment, and plenty of food and drink. Experience life as it was in jolly old England, without the plague but with all the conveniences of indoor plumbing!
7. Miami, Florida
Christmas shopping in Miami, Florida? What could be better than attending Art Basel Miami where you can spend four days sunning on the beaches and looking at the work of some of the world’s masters of Modern and contemporary art. You might even be able to purchase a piece from a new, upcoming artist. Paintings, sculptures, films and more will be shared among Miami’s beautiful Art Deco architecture, museums, and galleries. This festival is a must for those with an appreciation for the arts, and for serious collectors.
No matter which direction you choose to go before cold weather really sets in, there are unlimited options all across the USA to keep you entertained, enthralled, and warm. Get in touch with the experts at travelcuts to start planning your pre-winter getaway today!
Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.