Why relegate vacation to the summer months when fall is just as ideal? With better temperatures, less crowded destinations, and the ability to work remotely (if you must), the fall season is ripe for adventure to a new or familiar nearby destination. From a staycation in a luxurious French Quarter hotel to waterfront digs along the Gulf Coast, a home away from home awaits you, your friends, and family. Activities like boating, fishing, golfing, wining and dining are sure to soothe the soul as you unwind and take a break from the daily grind. Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana all offer unique vistas, from the verdant landscapes of remote nature preserves and sparkling ocean sunsets to serene lake waters or bustling, boozy Bourbon Street. Find your fun with a fall getaway that outdoes that now distant, hot and humid summer vacation.
Harvest Wine & Food Festival
Fall is the perfect time to head to the beach for Harvest Wine & Food Festival. Produced by Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, this lavish event provides attendees the opportunity to enjoy some of the world’s finest wine and culinary selections while enjoying the beautiful beach town of WaterColor, Florida, November 4 – 7.
The festival kicks off with two nights of intimate wine dinners, hosted in restaurants and private homes throughout South Walton. The festival’s signature Grand Tasting returns Saturday, November 6, after a year hiatus. Guests will once again be welcomed to WaterColor’s Cerulean Park for an afternoon of epicurean excellence featuring tasting stations from wineries around the world, as well as culinary stations manned by celebrity chefs from the best restaurants in the Southeast.
The weekend concludes with the popular Better Together Brunch featuring Chefs Kristen Hall and Victor King of Birmingham’s The Essential and cocktails curated by the team at Better Together Beverage and Distillery 98. A silent auction will be available virtually throughout the event.
Visit HarvestWineandFood.com for tickets and more information.
Premier Island Management Group
Make the most of the fall travel season with an escape to Pensacola Beach, Florida, and the properties of Premier Island Management Group. Situated just a few hours outside of New Orleans along the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf Island National Seashore, this collection of vacation rentals includes beach homes, condos, and the acclaimed skyhomes of Portofino Island Resort where families enjoy the perfect balance of indulgence, natural beauty, and adventure.
Northwest Florida’s premier beach vacation experience offers plenty to do: explore the Santa Rosa Sound on a kayak or paddleboard, surf the emerald green waters of the Gulf, soar through the sky under a parasail, or board Portofino I and watch curious dolphins play in the water. No matter who comes along with you, guests of all ages will enjoy the property selection and amenities of Premier Island. More than just another beach vacation, this will be one to remember for a lifetime.
Discover yours at PremierIsland.com, or call 866-966-1420.
With 26 miles of stunning sugar-white sand beaches and 16 unique beach neighborhoods, each with its own personality and style, South Walton offers endless opportunities for visitors to find their perfect beach. Nestled along a pristine stretch of Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, South Walton is a short 4.5-hour drive from New Orleans, making it the ideal destination for a weekend getaway or an extended stay.
South Walton is set apart by its unmatched natural beauty. Vast nature preserves create a relaxed respite not often found in similar destinations, offering adventure-seekers more than 200 miles of hiking and biking trails, four state parks, a 15,000-acre state forest and 15 rare coastal dune lakes. South Walton’s 16 beach neighborhoods are enjoyable year-round, so take a trip down in the fall when it’s cooling down, or spend Christmas morning with your family beachside—or both!
Find your perfect beach in South Walton, Florida. Go to VisitSouthWalton.com.
Royal Sonesta New Orleans
This fall, enjoy a French Quarter Revival at Royal Sonesta New Orleans. Featuring luxury accommodations, creole favorites at Desire Oyster Bar, custom cocktails at Le Booze, and world-class fine dining at Restaurant R’evolution, Royal Sonesta New Orleans offers a total escape right in the heart of the French Quarter. Guests can revel in live music performances by local artists at The Jazz Playhouse, Wednesday – Saturday, and enjoy the fun of the city from their own private Bourbon Street balcony.
At Sonesta, weekdays are the new weekend. Book now through October 31, 2021, and earn double Sonesta Travel Pass bonus points for any stay through March 31, 2022. Make your reservation online at Sonesta.com/RoyalNewOrleans with promo code TP2XWD.
Experience the beauty of autumn in Natchitoches, Louisiana’s oldest city. Plan some time to shop at a variety of stores in the National Landmark Historic District. Make sure to stop in Cane River Kitchenware to taste some of their samples or Pied a’ Terre to sip and shop on Saturday mornings. Then, take a tour with Cane River Carriage Company to learn about the history of Natchitoches, hear fun stories from the filming of Steel Magnolias, and even a little local folklore.
While in Natchitoches, make reservations to dine at one of the unique, locally owned and operated establishments, choosing between indoor and outdoor seating areas. End your day in the comfort of one of the many charming bed and breakfasts scattered throughout the town.
Gulf Shores & Orange Beach
There’s never really a bad time for a trip to Alabama’s beaches, but this fall might just be the perfect time to visit. If you’re still working remotely, why not work where the views are impeccable, the beaches are expansive, and the weather is ideal? Lodging rates are lower in the fall, so extended stays are well within the budget, meaning you can extend your stay just a bit longer. Plus, the out-of-office adventures are abundant. Spend some time kayaking, paddle boarding or fishing the area waterways; explore the area’s rich history; get inspired at area museums and galleries; hike or bike the trails at Gulf State Park, or squeeze in a few rounds of golf.
Elevate your work location in Gulf Shores or Orange Beach—you’re guaranteed a video call background that’s the envy of the team. Visit GulfShores.com to learn more about the Alabama Gulf Coast and fall’s upcoming events.
Big Bay Lake
Big Bay Lake is a one-of-a-kind planned community on one of Mississippi’s largest private recreational lakes. Located just outside of Hattiesburg, and only 90 minutes from New Orleans, Big Bay Lake blends seamlessly into its natural surroundings. Waterfront homesites are available for building custom homes and retreats starting at $70,000, and several resale homes are usually available for immediate purchase. Both the homes and homesites within this community provide unique opportunities to create the perfect home or weekend getaway.
It’s time to relax, unplug, make memories and create new traditions at Big Bay Lake. Whether you are a boating or fishing enthusiast or just a family who loves to make a big splash, Big Bay Lake is simply about the lure of the water. Come enjoy sun-kissed, fun-filled days at Big Bay Lake, where the little things make life…“Big!” Call for a boat tour today at 877-4BIG-BAY or visit bigbaylake.com.