Where to Go in November: Top 10 Destinations

Bookended by the lazy days of Indian summer and the excitement of the holidays, November is an overlooked time to travel. And yet, for many of Indagare’s favorite destinations, the late fall season offers ideal weather and fewer crowds, so you can easily secure the coveted reservations and tickets that will be much harder to come by in one month’s time. From groundbreaking museum openings, like the Abu Dhabi branch of the Louvre, to hot new restaurants and can’t-miss food celebrations, like the grand arrival of Mario Batali’s Eataly World in Rome, November is also packed with events that you’ll want to catch around the globe.

Contact Indagare  for assistance planning your trip to these destinations and beyond.

Charleston, South Carolina

Why We Love It:
“Full of delicious restaurants, charming boutiques and gorgeous architecture that has been painstakingly preserved, Charleston is a place that every single visitor falls in love with.” — Indagare’s Missy Weil

Why Go Now:
The first weekend of November will especially delight foodies: on Friday the 3rd, the Hunley Foundation is hosting a Southern Oyster Roast with live music, barbeque and—of course—oysters, followed by a silent auction, and on Saturday the 4th, an all-day “Mac Off” macaroni-and-cheese festival will feature the recipes of 20 vendors, as well as live music, artisan booths, children’s activities and demo kitchens for cooking classes.

Related: Top Tables Charleston

Zurich, Switzerland

Why We Love It:
“Zurich has an extraordinary hotel in the Dolder Grand. The terrace of my room overlooked the lake, and the first sips of morning air in the Swiss Alps were even better than the world’s best double espresso, which I enjoyed alongside this panorama.” — Indagare’s Elise Bronzo

Why Go Now:
In November, visitors can find lower rates at the best hotels in Zurich—like the Widder and the Dolder Grand—and experience early access to some of Europe’s most famous Christmas markets. Starting on the 18th, this gilded city of regal church spires and cobblestoned streets puts on its fairytale Christmas Bazaar, which includes local goods and flavors in the spirit of Christmas cheer.

Related: Switzerland: Five to Know

Amangiri, Utah

Why We Love It:
“Surrounded by 100 acres of sand-hued canyons, Amangiri is the perfect place for a weekend of hiking, spa treatments and relaxation in southern Utah. Like the ultimate James Bond hideaway, the resort blends seamlessly into the magnificent surroundings.” — Indagare’s Simone Girner

Why Go Now:
Amangiri has debuted a new aerial adventure concept that serves as a family-friendly complement to its six signature Via Ferrata courses, which feature ladder rungs, fixed cables and a guide for challenging athletic experiences that reward with spectacular views of the valley. Comprised of exhilarating rock scrambles, this exciting new addition traverses four suspension bridge passages, and the circuit encourages families to develop their teamwork skills and strength.

Related: Escape Out West

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Why We Love It:
“There is a growing arts scene in Abu Dhabi and an overall sense that this city is about to really come into its own. Plus, the contemporary architecture is breathtaking. It seems that each building is trying to outdo one another with cool factor.” — Indagare’s Amelia Osborne Scott

Why Go Now:
The perfect excuse to jet off to the up-and-coming destination of Abu Dhabi is the long-anticipated November 11 opening of the modern city’s branch of the Louvre. Designed by architect Jean Nouvel, this angular, white-domed building on Saadiyat Island sits in an aquamarine pool and overlooks the sea. Its works range from the ancient to the contemporary, including site-specific outdoor installations and special exhibitions like the inaugural “From One Louvre to Another.”

Related: Culture Watch: 13 Events Not to Miss this Fall

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Why We Love It:
“The charming colonial mountain town has perpetual spring weather, making it perfect for a late fall trip. Spend the mornings shopping at the local markets and boutiques (a favorite is Kingsley Market) and finish the day with dinner at one of San Miguel’s many excellent restaurants.” — Indagare’s Samantha Rifkin

Why Go Now:
This UNESCO-recognized colonial city in the mountains northwest of Mexico City is ideal for a quick getaway—and the perfect place to celebrate the festive Day of the Dead holiday (October 31st–November 2nd). In remembrance of friends and loved ones that have passed on, Mexicans around the world and especially in San Miguel gather for a spectacular celebration that involves elaborate costumes, parades and mezcal. Like Chinese New Year, Diwali and Carnival, this is a party that you have to experience in its home country at least once.

Related: Girls Weekend in Mexico

Los Angeles, California

Why We Love It:
“I love Los Angeles in the fall because the crowds of summer have dispersed but the weather is still beautiful. Plus, all of the museums have great new exhibits like this year’s Kusama show at the Broad.”—Indagare’s Founder and CEO Melissa Biggs Bradley

Why Go Now:
This November only furthers Los Angeles‘s trend-setting reputation with a major lineup of culinary innovations. Everyone is buzzing about the host of both well-known and new gourmet restaurants that are opening, including the Nomad Downtown (Giannini Place, Olive & 7th Street), Momofuku’s North Spring (1725 Naud Street)—which will incorporate over 5,000 square feet of impressively designed space and a completely new menu based on seasonal produce—189 by Dominique Ansel (the creator of the cronut) and Simone, the latest from the James Beard Award-winning chef Jessica Largey (189 The Grove Drive and 447 S. Hewitt Street). Plus, the city has two new hotels: the Old Hollywood-celebrating Waldorf Astoria ( and sleek Nobu Ryokan ( in Malibu.

Related: Getaway to Los Angeles

Rome, Italy

Why We Love It:
“Rome is a city that marries history and tradition with urban edge and contemporary vibrance. Two cool neighborhoods you’ll want to explore are Trastevere—which is full of boutiques, artisan shops and restaurants—and Monte, which has a lot of object and fashion designers and architect offices.” — Indagare’s Rose Allen

Why Go Now:
There is no shortage of events to entertain visitors in bustling, chaotic Rome. Insiders are looking forward to the Jazz Festival, hosted in the world-class performance venue Parco della Musica, and the Film Festival, where dolce vita meets Hollywood glamour. This year, David Lynch, Ian McKellan and Vanessa Redgrave, along with many others, will be featured in panels.

A half-day train ride away, in Bologna, Eataly World will open on November 15. The $106 million Food Fantasia created by Mario Batali will feature 25 restaurants and food stalls serving everything from cacio e pepe to pizza napoletana, cooking workshops and 108,000 square feet of orchards, pastures and gardens that contain home-grown produce and farm animals. The space is so big, adult-sized tricycles equipped with shopping baskets are available to visitors. (A hotel is in the works for 2018.)

Related: Q & A with Rome Culinary Expert Katie Parla

Cartagena, Colombia

Why We Love It:
“I love the air of magic in Cartagena, evidenced by the centuries-old churches, horse-drawn carriages and brightly colored houses decorated with flowers. You can take in this scenery while enjoying a pre-dinner drink from the balcony of a private mansion, arranged by Indagare.” — Indagare’s Sarah Levine

Why Go Now:
Preserved by ancient fortifications built by the Spanish, Cartagena is a stunning time capsule on the shores of the Caribbean. World class music, talented chefs, chic hotels and shops plus film festivals lure those in search of seaside culture. From November 3_25, the city hosts the Cartagena Jazz Festival, which is headlining an impressive list of fun, young artists. There will also be plenty of events and festivities on November 11, in commemoration of Cartagena becoming the first Colombian city to declare independence from the Spanish.

Related: Long Weekend: Cartagena

Lisbon, Portugal

Why We Love It:
Portugal has it all, and it’s easy to explore the countryside while based in Lisbon. This destination has seen a surge in popularity over the past year, so you’ll want to go now, while it still retains its untouched feel.” — Indagare’s Elizabeth Harvey

Why Go Now:
The Portuguese capital has a bustling contemporary scene that’s reshaping the country’s international reputation as a hotbed for creativity. Special November events include the acclaimed Joan Miró: Materiality and Metamorphosis exhibition at the Ajuda National Palace, the Lisbon & Sintra Film Festival from the 17th to the 26th and the National Horse Fair in Golegã from the 3rd to the 12th.

Related: The Shopping Guide: Lisbon

Turks & Caicos

Why We Love It:
“Turks & Caicos is a stress-free Caribbean getaway. In November, before the rush of the holiday season, you’ll have the white-sand beaches to yourself—as well as top snorkeling and a multitude of delicious restaurants.” — Indagare’s Rose Allen

Why Go Now:
Despite having just recently battled through the devastating hurricanes Irma and Maria, the Turks & Caicos remain largely unharmed and continue to be one of the Caribbean’s most appealing destinations. This November, the archipelago is buoying the movement to drive positive energy to the region with festivals that celebrate local culture: from the 2 to 4, visitors can experience the Caribbean Food & Wine Festival, featuring a “gourmet safari” that jumps around the islands’ premier resorts for tastings, meals and talks. Plus, the Conch Festival on November 28 is a popular beachside event in the Blue Hills area, which celebrates the Turks & Caicos’ reigning delicacy and chief export through fun family activities, live music and barbeques.

Related: Indagare Matchmaker: Turks & Caicos

Contact Indagare  for assistance planning your November getaway to any of  these destinations and beyond.

– Elizabeth Harvey on October 23, 2017


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