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Vacation Inspiration: 5 Best Places to Go in November

A tropical jungle escape, a vibrant European city (that isn't freezing!), and more.
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Craving a getaway but not quite sure where to go? Here are five wanderlust-worthy vacation ideas to put on your radar for November.

1. Palm Springs, California


“November in the desert evokes similar feelings in our hearts as springtime does for most of the world,” says Palm Springs-based Chef Michael Beckman, whose restaurants Workshop and Truss & Twine are among some of the city’s most popular hotspots. “We can set back out hiking, cycling, dining al fresco—all the things that make this place iconic—while the rest of the country is steeped in winter storms.” The ParkerThe Colony Palms, and L’Horizon are generally considered the area’s top hotels, but design enthusiasts will relish the chance to stay in one of the area's signature Mid-Century Modern homes (Airbnb has hundreds available.) One thing not to miss: dinner and dancing at Melvyn’s, the beloved Old Hollywood haunt that counts Frank Sinatra, Elvis, and Marilyn Monroe as some of its famous regulars.

2. Melbourne, Australia


Australia’s capital was recently voted the world’s most livable city—for the seventh straight year in a row. If that isn’t reason enough to go, what is? Here's another: the artsy cosmopolitan city promises pleasant temperatures throughout November. Head to Melbourne the first week of the month and check out the Christian Dior Exhibit at the National Gallery of Victoria before it closes on the 7th. (More than 140 pieces of couture by the famed French designer are on display.) Among the buzziest new hotels? QT Melbourne, a design-centric boutique in the city’s fashion district.

3. The Bahamas


While the Caribbean destination tends to overflow with families during the holidays in December, go a month earlier and you’ll be treated to sunny days sans screaming kids, plus less expensive airfare. “November is my one my favorite months. The hustle and bustle of the high season hasn't kicked in, average temperatures are in the 20’s, and the water temperature is lovely,” says Michael King-Hew, the proprietor of Kamalame Cay, a private island resort in the Bahamas. King-Hew specifically suggests coming the first week in November, when the resort hosts its annual wellness retreat. “It’s the perfect way to rest and shape up before the start of the hectic holiday season.”

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4. Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica


Located on the north Pacific coast of Costa Rica, the 15-mile peninsula is home to lush jungles, postcard-perfect beaches, and five-star hotels. It is decidedly remote (the nearest “town” is a 45-minute drive away) but sometimes, remoteness is exactly what a winter getaway calls for. Though Papagayo is the kind of place where you might be tempted to never leave the confines of your resort—there’s an Andaz, a Four Seasons, and a community of luxury villas to rent—it also caters to adventure lovers, with activities like zip lining, jet skiing, and four-wheeling through the jungle. Stick with later in the month to avoid any lingering rain (rainy season goes from May to early November.)

5. Lisbon, Portugal


The secret to a pleasurable European vacation in November? Go south. While cities like London, Paris, and Berlin feel the winter chill this time of year, Lisbon has the good fortune of a subtropical Mediterranean climate—which means the temperature is somewhere around 15-20 degrees. Book a room at the landmark Tivoli Lisboa in the center of the city. The luxury property sits on Avenida da Liberdade, a bustling boulevard that’s akin to New York’s Fifth Avenue. Ask the hotel to arrange a “Vintage Lisbon” walking tour and explore the city’s rich art and architecture scene.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com. 
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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