Need a fast getaway?
If you're itching to get away but only have a few days to play, here are three destinations for recreation and relaxation.
The six towns that make up California's Napa Valley--Calistoga, St. Helena, Rutherford, Oakville, Yountville, and Napa--lie 45 minutes north of San Francisco and are home to premier wine producers, restaurants, resorts, and spas.
Napa is home to quaint bed & breakfast inns like the Victorian manor La Belle Epoque (1386 Calistoga Ave.; 707-257-2161). There's also the Napa Valley Marriott (3425 Solano Ave.; 707-253-7433) conveniently located near such local attractions as "Old Faithful" geyser and the "Petrified Forest."
Gourmet dining on the Napa Valley Wine Train (1275 McKinstry St.; 707-253-2111), a lavishly restored Pullman Dining Lounge car, is a must. Let California Wine Tours (800-294-6386) pick you up in a stretch limousine for your tour of area vineyards. Consider Toronto, Canada, for a change of scenery. This city is filled with parks, gardens, and village-style communities. Just four hours from Detroit and 90 minutes by plane from New York, Toronto is one of North America's cleanest and most beautiful cities.
Try top rated Hotel InterContinental Toronto (220 Bloor St. W.; 416-960-5200) in the Yorkville section.
For family fun, head to the Midwest's No. 1 destination, the Wisconsin Dells area, located 55 miles north of Madison.
Great Wolf Lodge & Conference Center (1400 Great Wolf Drive; 800-559-9653) offers all the amenities of an upscale resort--wet bars, big-screen televisions, fireplaces, and Jacuzzis. The African-themed Kalahari Resort Convention Center (1305 Kalahari Drive; 877-253-5466) offers 14 different room styles, specialty shops that feature imported African artifacts, and a food court. But it's the 57,000-sq.-ft. indoor waterpark that's the real attraction.
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|Title Annotation:||travel in United States and Canada|
|Author:||McGee, Sherri A.|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Mar 1, 2001|
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