Well folks, you had the perfect gift picked out online, added it to your list, but just when you were about to add it to your “cart,” the express shipping fee made your eyes bulge or worse, the item is now on backorder. Not to fear, we have some last-minute ideas that your favorite traveler will truly appreciate: An unforgettable travel experience where the only thing to ship is yourself.
Glamping at the Resort at Paws Up in Greenough, MT
Wilderness lovers and those who prefer to be pampered (think: gourmet meals) will both be pleased with a getaway to this luxurious ranch about 30 minutes east of Missoula, MT. Guests can go fly fishing, horseback riding and hot-air ballooning before hitting the spa tent for a massage and then retiring to their own tent, complete with heated floors and electricity.
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Sonoma Country’s 3-Day Barrel Tasting Weekends
The Wine Road, an association of more than 100 wineries that includes household names like Clos du Bois and family-owned operations such as Stryker Sonoma, typically hosts barrel tastings twice a year along Sonoma’s Russian River Wine Road. Most wineries offer “futures” on their barrel samples — a chance to purchase wine while it’s still in the barrel, at a discount, before the wine is bottled in 12 to 18 months. So this really could be the gift that keeps on giving.
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A Ticket to the Capital of Adventure: Queenstown, New Zealand
Warning: This gift is not for the faint of heart. Once in the adventure-lover’s resort town of Queenstown, you can choose from an endless array of adrenaline rushes, including skydiving, bungee jumping, heli-biking, paragliding, jet boating, white-water rafting and zip lining.
Spa Days for Relaxation and Renewal
If you’re looking to detox and decompress, book The Spa at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago. Spend some mother-daughter or girlfriend quality time here, capped off by organic skin renewal wraps rich in antioxidants, jojoba oils and butterfly bush extract. Couples, meanwhile, can reignite the spark at the Alvadora Spa in Phoenix, where aromatherapy body scrubs are followed by a rinse in an 8-foot-tall outdoor waterfall and a soak by candlelight in an oversized tub.
Take a Coastal Maine Culinary Tour
If you’ve ever wondered where you could find the perfect roadside lobster roll, sign up for Willing Foot’s Coastal Maine: Food and Wine excursion. Starting from the cobblestone streets of Old Port, Portland, ME, spend the afternoon savoring the unique, grassy flavors of artisan cheeses, sipping craft ales at bars with the locals and enjoying Maine lobster with a very unique twist.
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