Hold Onto Summer a Little Longer with These Last Chance Getaways
Summer never lasts long enough, but you can squeeze a little more from the sunshine at these favorite Sheraton destinations.
Whether you long for a taste of the sea, a hike, or a good glass of wine, it’s not too late to book the summer vacation of your dreams. Laid back, quiet afternoons at wineries and vineyards await you in Sonoma. If you’re looking for a classic beach adventure, head to Key West. Or for the outdoor lover, nothing beats the forever green trails in Seattle.
Audi Sportscar Experience – Before diving into wine country, test your driving skills in an Audi at the Sonoma Raceway. Instructors will teach you how to drive on a race track and send you off in either the Audi R, RS, or S model, which you can choose through the “Audi on demand” program.
Simi Winery – For a mere $20 you can tour 140 years of winemaking history in the winery’s redwood grove and stone cellar. Most importantly, the tour concludes with a tasting to satisfy your wine cravings.
Sonoma Plaza – Wander through the eight-acre national park that’s bursting with shops, wine tasting rooms, and restaurants. Notable locations include The Red Grape, a pizza place voted #1 by Sonoma Valley Restaurants, and Sigh Champagne & Sparkling with a very exclusive rotating list of 25 champagnes and wines available in the tasting room.
Key West, Florida
Fury Water Adventures – The beach bum life isn’t for everyone, so venture into the open ocean for a real adventure. Parasailing, snorkeling, and kayaking on the glimmering waves will leave you sun-kissed and satisfied.
Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory – Venture to the conservatory to surround yourself with vivid landscapes and colorful wildlife. For $12 you can explore the climate-controlled glass habitat that’s teeming with more than 50 butterfly species and 20 exotic bird species.
Mallory Square – Kick off the night with the sunset celebration that fills the square with musicians, jugglers, and clowns. As pink and orange hues paint the streets, pop into one of the local restaurants and take in the view.
Lake Twentytwo – This hike covers every view you could want in the Pacific Northwest, including lakes, wetlands, and mountains. The route is a 5.4-mile round trip that should be accessible for any hiker.
Elliot Bay Book Company – Wind down after a day of exploring by getting lost in the stacks. The store’s warm, cedar shelves stock more than 150,000 titles, including several local authors. Settle down in their café with a new book and a steaming cup of famous Seattle coffee.