6 Places to Go in November

Want to get away before the rush of Christmas and New Year's celebrations? Here are a few destinations to consider for November.


Montreal Photo © Getty Images/Tan Yilmaz

Grab your passport, and escape the run-up to the festive season madness in one of these destinations.

Montreal, Canada

While the November weather in Montreal can be bracing, perhaps you'll be warmed by the delicious food. With low-season rates in place and the American dollar sitting comfortably stronger than the American dollar, now is the ultimate time for a Canadian escape. Enjoy Montreal's Euro-style vibe, incredible architecture and design (Montreal was named a UNESCO City of Design), Montreal Restaurant Week, and the M for Montreal music festival. Or see the Montreal Canadians (founded in 1909) play a game of ice hockey.

Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California, Mexico

Get some R&R in Mexico. About a 90-minute drive from the San Diego/Tijuana border is the Napa Valley of Mexico: Valle de Guadalupe. Rustic and rural, you'll find dozens of wineries here, from major players like Monte Xanic and L.A. Cetto to a number of mom y papi operations. You'll also find amazing farm-to-table restaurants like Laja and Corazon de Tierra, as well as super-cool lodgings in post-modern "pods" at Encuentro Guadalupe.

Vineyards in Valle de Guadalupe. Photo credit: Getty Images/Arturogi

Molokai, Hawaii

Molokai, with its miniscule population, pristine landscapes, and deep ties to traditional Hawaiian culture, is the perfect place to escape. Take a mule ride down a spectacular trail to the historic town of Kalaupapa, one of the most remote settlements in the state, and formerly St. Damien's famous leper colony. Or snorkel, kayak, fish and enjoy the aloha spirit of a place with no traffic lights and no buildings taller than a palm tree.

The world's tallest sea cliffs in Molokai, Hawaii. Photo credit: Getty Images/Kridsada Kamsombat


If you're really looking to get away from it all, make your way south to the bottom of the globe. November to March is the best time to go to Antarctica, but if you don't have a ton of money for a fancy cruise, there are other ways to get there. The National Science Foundation operates several Antarctic bases and you can try to land a job at one. You don't have to be a scientist or researcher, but you do need some kind of skill, like plumbing or cooking.

More intriguing is the NSF's Antarctic Artists and Writers Program, which offers "operational support" and round-trip airfares for artists, writers and filmmakers who have a project that interprets or represents the scientific work being done there. Cool.

Paradise Bay, Antarctica. Photo credit: Getty Images/Ruben Earth

London, England

Participate in the spirited holiday inspired by Guy Fawkes, the 17th-century plotter who attempted to blow up Parliament. Guy Fawkes Day – aka Bonfire Night – is November 5, and is celebrated throughout the London area with numerous fireworks displays and festivities. And, thanks to England's post-Brexit wobble, the pound is at a 30-year low, making this a perfect time to get a great deal on everything from lodgings to a pint at the local pub, while still maintaining your Occupy cred.

Piran, Slovenia

This medieval gem of a town, with a population of just 4,000, has a mash-up of Byzantine and Gothic architecture that might remind you of Venice, across the Adriatic from Piran, a three-hour ferry ride away. In fact, Piran was part of the Venetian Republic for nearly 500 years and boasts an impressive array of historic churches, squares and palaces – not to mention a stout wall defending the city (no doubt paid for by invading Ottomans).

St George Church looks over the town of Piran, Slovenia. Photo credit: Getty Images/John and Tina Reid

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