- From Dallas, Texas: Fredericksburg
Distance from Dallas: 262 miles
Travel Time: about 4 hours
You’ll find an association of 15 award-winning Texas wineries along U.S. Highway 290 near Fredericksburg, Texas. It is Texas Wine Country at its very best.
If you’re a fan of wildflowers, stop by Wildseed Farms, located seven miles east of Fredericksburg on Highway 290. At the Wildflower Market Center, you’ll see fields of flowers blooming March through October.
When you drive down Main Street, you’ll see that German roots run deep here. Altdorf Biergarten, Rathskeller and Auslander Restaurant are among fan favorites for food in this area. For the most authentic German dining experience, drive out to Friedhelm’s Bavarian Inn, located a little farther west. Inside this hidden gem, waitresses wear dirndl dresses and lederhosen costumes as they serve up traditional Bavarian dishes.
2. From Los Angeles: Temecula Wine Country
Distance from LA: 85 miles
Travel Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Napa and Sonoma aren’t the only places in California to go for wine country. There are some amazing vineyards and wineries in Temecula that are worth visiting. Being located only 85 miles away from LA there are over 35 wineries in the area, many of which have restaurants so you can pace yourself on the tastings.
If you want the full immersion, stay at Ponte Family Estate, where rooms are situated amidst the vineyards. The property is home to Ponte Winery, which includes a gourmet marketplace selling all kinds of epicurean delights in case you'd like to pack up a picnic for the day.
3. From Boston, MA:
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Distance from Boston: 70 miles
Travel time: 1 hour 20 minutes from Boston (More with traffic)
The Cape is famous throughout New England. It’s everyone’s favorite vacation destination, and for good reason. Each town along the peninsula has something different to offer, although all usually include a beach. However, beyond just the amazing beaches and incredible seafood, you can also find some beautiful gems, like Nickerson State Park, which is excellent for running, biking and camping.
4. From Miami, Fl:
Food and Wine Weekend Getaway in Key West, Fl
Distance from Miami: 167 miles
Travel Time: 2 Hours 45 minutes
The food scene in Key West is so much more than conch fritters and key lime pie. Dip down to the southernmost point in the continental United States to sample inventive spins on fresh seafood and the growing number of restaurants that understand it takes more than a rum runner to please discerning palettes.
Bahama Village, just off the main Duval Street thoroughfare, has been a significant contributor, with a mini-boom of quality restaurants in recent years.
5. From New York, NY:
Distance from NYC: 122 miles
Travel Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
Bursting with new restaurants and boutique hotels, Hudson is the ultimate car-free destination for the New Yorker who wants to dine like king without the hassle of the city. With 300 historic buildings, 51 antique shops, a scenic waterfront and 10 performance spaces - it’s not a bad place to spend the night. Hop on Amtrak at Penn Station for two hours to Hudson Station, then walk 10 minutes into town.
We LOOOOOVE weekends! Who doesn't? Make the most of those precious days off and start scheduling time away from the Big City.