With Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, many Americans are looking for an out-of-town destination, a process complicated by bad weather and lift lines like you wouldn't believe. Here are a few spots (near major population centers) that offer travelers the chance to get away from it all without spending much time on the road.
Rogue River Valley, Oregon
Surrounded by Siskiyou National Forest, one of the country's wildest woods, Oregon's Rogue River Valley offers high-quality wine sampling without a snobby aftertaste. Think tiny vineyards pouring award-winning syrahs and red Bordeaux varietals among thick stands of old-growth firs. Still less known than pinot-heavy Willamette Valley, this area is filled with the sort of woodsy eccentrics who dismiss Sonoma as a retirement community.
Head to the manageable Applegate Valley, which has about 18 wineries that do tastings. Must-tries are the syrah at Valley View, the zinfandel at Troon, and the red blends at Wooldridge Creek. From Wooldridge, you can hike the well-groomed Felton Trail toward more vineyards. For a truly remote experience amid old-growth Douglas firs, hike or bike along Briggs Creek trail, part of a 500-mile network of paths through the national forest. If you're looking to do the tour at pace, grab bikes and maps at the Siskiyou Cyclery.
More information: Fly into Medford, Oregon, and drive to the rustic Weasku Inn, in Grants Pass, where cabin-style rooms are available from $200 a night.
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