Elisa's Daily Scoop
Yay - September!
Well, hello from Long Island!
We are supposed to be feeling the weather affects of Hurricane Hermine, this Sunday, which is making its way up the Atlantic coast. However, it's sunny as heck out. We'll see if it hits or take a turn.
As Tanya is probably enjoying her first full day with the family out in SoCal, I'll be doing much of the same with our usual Italian Sunday dinner.
I have the sauce on (yes, in our family it's sauce, not gravy) and we'll be enjoying some delicious pasta later.
While I sit here, with my cuddly puppy Punkin, next to me. it finally hit me that Summer is officially over this weekend. While a part of me is sad to say goodbye, I have to tell you, I truly LOVE the Fall!
September is one of my favorite months. And while I hate parting with my girlies as they head back to school, there's something exciting about starting the new season.
It also happens to be one of the best months for travel.
* Less Crowds
Back to school time and people headed back to work, means less crowds to enjoy your destination.
* Great Weather
No snow yet in the north; the south is cooling down and a great time to experience some of the year's most beautiful weather.
* Good Deals
Most hotels reduce their rates by 20%
And based on these facts, here are a five of my picks for September travel.
With plenty of time to plan out and book your vacay for next Fall for certain destinations, others listed below are great for spur of the moment getaways this month.
1. Mount Rushmore, South Dakota
This is a place that I've been talking about going with my Auntie Ro recently. She actually sent me some information last week, and I'm pretty sure, I'm going to get it on the calendar for me, her and the girls for next September.
Sure, I'll have to take them out for a few days, but when you consider that more than half of the 2.8 million people who visit Mount Rushmore every year go in June, July and August, September looks better and better!
2. Disney World, Orlando, Florida
I think this is pretty much a no-brainer. Kids back to school - less traffic in the parks - good time to visit!
Now, I've always been an advocate of taking my kids out of school for a few days in an effort to travel without the crowds. If you are so inclined as well OR if you are looking to spend a fun, adult trip in the land of the mouse - this is a great time of year to visit.
In fact, Free Disney Dining Plan is a promotion Walt Disney World offers every year for select dates in the fall and winter. Generally, you need to book by July.
3. Beijing, China
I am very happy to know that there is a good-weather time to visit Beijing!
When I toured 25 years ago in May, it was a combination of hot and humid in the day and cool in the evening. Their winters are bitterly cold and snowy, which is not very inviting for travel.
But according to all accounts, September offers the best weather. Crowd-wise, you are never really going to get away from those when traveling to Beijing, since the city boasts a population of about 20 million.
However, September does have less tourists than summer and the good news is the hotel rooms are cheaper then, as well.
Most would agree, there is never a bad time to visit Paris! I've been there during the hottest days of summer and the crisp, cold ones of early Spring.
However, September brings with it, not only the pleasant weather, but, the returning Parisians to the city from their annual holiday in August.
With many of the shops closed in August, the city is awakened in September and there are still a number of outdoor events to enjoy.
While Paris is never a bargain, airfares and hotel rates dip a bit starting in September.
5. The Catskills, New York
If you are looking to stay closer to home, rather than globe trot in September, may I suggest the Catskills in upstate New York
Located just a few hours drive from New York City, the area is an ideal escape for a weekend getaway.
From skiing to fishing, shopping to hiking, the Catskills has something for everyone. The drive there is also full of color in the fall with the foliage as well as great farm stands to stop at along the way with fresh local fruits and vegetables.
Back to today...when I went outside this morning to let Punkin do her business, I couldn't believe how lovely it was! The air was very cool and crisp, the sun was (and still is) shining and I found it hard to believe that we are awaiting a storm.
I think I'm going to take advantage of the weather (while it lasts) and go for a nice long walk.
Don't forget to catch up with Tanya!
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