R&C Spotlight: Best Places to Go in October
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While summer often steals the spotlight for travelling, fall tends to see fewer crowds and offers more breathing room to slow down and savour all this season has to offer. Whether it's staying in North America or venturing further abroad, explore the unique beauty of autumn at these remarkable Relais & Châteaux properties.
Head to the sunshine as Le Toiny reopens its doors on October 15th after its annual two-month closure. This is the perfect time for guests to visit the resort, just ahead of the peak season in November. As the only hotel on St Barths' wild, uninhabited Caribbean coast, Le Toiny is located on 17 acres atop the hillside above Anse de Toiny with unobstructed panoramic views of the sea below. The hotel's 22 suites are private and serene, with over 1,700 sq ft of space, private terraces, and large heated pools. Dine at Le Toiny Restaurant, one of the best fine dining options on the island by French gourmet guide Gault & Milau, featuring refined cuisine from mastermind Chef Brenton Styles. Guests can also enjoy exclusive service at The Beach Club, a hidden paradise stretching over 40,000 square feet on Toiny Bay.
The Swag's secluded 250-acre mountaintop grounds on the summit of the Great Smokey Mountains offer breathtaking views of North Carolina's famous fall colours. For avid fall enthusiasts, peak colours are expected to be in full swing from October 9th to 16. While there, guests can also explore the surrounding area or take on a new skill, including painting and printmaking, with the Experts in Residence series. Finish your days with seasonal treatments in the hillside spa—The Still—or by feasting on the season's freshest ingredients straight from the extensive and newly expanded onsite culinary garden.
Set on over 4200 acres at the foothills of the Great Smokey Mountains, fall at Blackberry Farm is truly special. Explore the farmstead and take in the season's colours on a hike or bike ride. Join Master Gardener John Coykendall in one of his talks about the old days of farming or the art of saving seeds. Take a Farmstead tasting tour and sign up for a cooking demonstration to learn their techniques for transforming local bounty into culinary delights, or get cozy with a cocktail by the fireplace in the Mainhouse or at the spa for a perfect place to relax.
Embrace history in Southwest Colorado. An old mining town turned luxury boutique retreat, Dunton Hot Springs offers an incredible range of seasonal rejuvenating activities, including spa treatments, hot springs, and fine dining experiences. From October 21st to 24th, Dunton will be hosting a unique charcuterie workshop with author, farmer, butcher, and cook Meredith Leigh. Meredith is nationally recognized for bringing the art and poetry of cured meats into the kitchens of everyday cooks. This special event at Dunton will give you access to her one-of-a-kind training in meat preservation and butchery, which combines global traditions with locally inspired creativity. $500 per person for 2 full days of workshops (3 nights) – space is limited.
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