As the hands of the clock inch closer to the inevitable turn of daylight savings, a subtle sense of melancholy tends to accompany the impending shorter days and longer, darker nights. Yet, in the face of this seasonal shift, there exists a remedy – a luminous escape that transcends the gloom and embraces the light. We handpicked a few destinations that promise not just sunshine, but a radiant retreat from the encroaching darkness. From the sun-soaked hills of Naturno in northern Italy to the coastal charm of Monterey, California, and the perpetual warmth of the Arizonan desert at The Wigwam, these destinations offer a respite where the sun meets the sea and nature intertwines with rejuvenation.
Naturno: A Sunshine Haven in Northern Italy
Nestled in the northernmost part of Italy, Naturno boasts 300 days of sunshine annually, providing an ideal escape from the gloom of daylight savings. The picturesque landscape, adorned with mountains, lakes, forests, vineyards, and orchards, sets the perfect backdrop for a rejuvenating getaway.
For those seeking an uplifting oasis, Preidlhof Resort offers holistic spa treatments, expansive pools, wellness retreats, and sauna experiences. Whether it’s hiking through the breathtaking Dolomite mountains, indulging in forest bathing, or enjoying gourmet dining, Naturno promises sunshine, nature exploration, and relaxation at its finest.
Monterey, California: Where Sunshine Meets the Sea
For a sunny, open-skied, beachy break from the darkening days of autumn, look no further than the sands of Monterey, California.
Pebble Beach Resorts, nestled along the scenic coastline, provides the perfect setting for families, couples, or solo travelers. With iconic golf courses, kayaking through kelp forests in Monterey Bay, and hiking the spectacular Big Sur, Pebble Beach offers a myriad of outdoor activities to help travelers reconnect with nature and replenish their energy.
The Wigwam in the Arizonan Desert: A Year-Round Oasis
For those seeking warmth and sunshine year-round, the Arizonan desert beckons. Benchmark Resort’s The Wigwam, situated within its own 440-acre desert oasis, is a perfectly placed destination for sun-soaked exploration. With proximity to attractions like the Desert Botanical Gardens and White Tank Mountain Regional Park, guests can bask in the sun while exploring stunning landscapes. On-site, indulge in multiple pools, three pristine golf courses, a luxury spa, tennis courts, and fine dining experiences to escape the colder weather and refresh your spirits. Guests can also embark on an exhilarating off-site adventure by exploring the captivating red rocks of Sedona’s backcountry with a Pink Jeep Adventure Tour.
As an added bonus this fall, guests at The Wigwam can enjoy a fourth night free when booking a three-night stay through October 31, making it an even more enticing option for those seeking a sun-filled escape.
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