I will be the first to admit that I’m lucky as hell to call New York City home, but one of the biggest drawbacks to living in what is arguably the greatest city in the world is fact that it can cause traveling to other big cities seem a lot less appealing.
Our trip to Argentina was a perfect example of this. The week-long journey began in the cosmopolitan capital of Buenos Aires. While the city was culturally-rich and each of the steaks we ordered were more succulent than the last, my husband and I felt that we had exhausted our urban tour after just two days.
The trip went from ordinary to extraordinary when we hopped on a shuttle plane and took a 90-minute flight to the magical wine country better known as Mendoza.
WHERE TO STAY | Cavas Wine Lodge
For reasons unknown, we got upgraded to the most marvelous suite at the Cavas Wine Lodge. This idyllic, private resort is situated on a 55-acre vineyard that is surrounded by lavender fields and sweeping views of the majestic Andes mountains.
WHAT TO DO
Wining and dining at the nearby vineyards is a must. Not only are the tours educational and interactive, but many also include a delicious al fresco lunch.
While the wine tours were tasty and relaxing, our most memorable experience by far was our day trip to an estancia where we met our gregarious gaucho and embarked upon private horseback ride through the most magnificent countryside I’ve ever seen. Our only regret is that we didn’t spend more time (or perhaps an overnight stay) at the ranch.
WHY YOU SHOULD GO
Wine-filled days and nights, lavender fields that go on forever, and horseback rides along a backdrop that looks too breathtaking to be real. Need I say more? Mendoza is pure magic.