Entertaining getaways

From Okanagan wine tours to the Russian ballet, vacation ideas for all tastes

A view of the Red Rooster Winery vineyards, in Penticton

A week or two spent relaxing on a warm, tropical beach sounds like a pretty sweet vacation – especially on the heels of a long, chilly winter.

But while sipping on margaritas and working on your tan will make for a rejuvenating holiday, it might end up being a little lacking in the entertainment department.

If you prefer to spend your time away from home living it up, taking in everything a destination has to offer and embracing the arts and culture scene of your holiday spot, Indulge has compiled some suggestions – near and far – of where to plan your next entertainment-filled vacation.

Okanagan Wine Tour

Just a few hours outside of the Lower Mainland lies Okanagan wine country, offering the perfect blend of beautiful scenery and tasty wines.

Whether you have just a day to spend exploring these breathtaking wineries, or want to spend a few days immersed in the world of wine country, there are several well-known tour groups in the area that offer a range of guided tours in various parts of the Okanagan.

Some of the most famous wineries in the region include Mission Hill, Quails Gate, Sumac Ridge, Tinhorn, Creek, Burrowing Owl and Hawthorne Mountain.

And if you’re in the area during the warm summer months, you can squeeze in your requisite beach time after all – the region is home to several of the province’s most popular lakes, including Skaha, Okanagan and Kalamalka.

Las Vegas

While the Sin City has a reputation for being a place to go and ‘let loose,’ so to speak, there is much more to this tourist spot than excessive drinking, gambling and questionable behaviour.

The amazing array of talent that takes to the various casino and theatre stages along the strip is impressive, to say the least.

From iconic names in the music business – currently headlining are Celine Dion, Shania Twain, The Jacksons, Rod Stewart and Meat Loaf – to hit Broadway musicals including Jersey Boys and Rock of Ages, the toughest part of your trip will be narrowing down the list of what to see.

Not to be missed is one of the several breathtaking Cirque du Soleil shows. Currently enjoying successful runs are The Beatles LOVE, Michael Jackson ONE, Mystere, KA, O and Zumanity.

This spring will also see a number of well-known magicians holding court in Vegas, including Criss Angel, David Copperfield and the hilarious duo Penn and Teller.

New Orleans

While one of the main tourist draws to New Orleans, Mardi Gras, took place earlier this year, there are still many entertaining reasons to visit this city on the Bayou any time of year.

A riverboat tour along the mighty Mississippi in a historic paddlewheeler is a great way to take in some of the scenery of the city.

Music is a huge part of life in New Orleans, and at almost any hour of any day you can find live jazz, brass bands, Creole and zydeco beats streaming out of clubs in the city.

Among some of the most iconic live-music venues in the city are Tipitina’s – which has seen the likes of Dr. John, Willie Nelson and the Neville Brothers grace the stage, – Preservation Hall in the French Quarter – a must-visit for jazz lovers, – and the Maple Leaf Bar, which hosts funk, zydeco and blues seven nights a week.

One thing is for certain if you’re visiting the Big Easy – you will want to bring your appetite. From fine-dining restaurants to historic cafés scattered around the city, the mix of local cooking styles in New Orleans creates distinctive Creole and Cajun dishes you won’t find anywhere else. Jambalaya, crawfish and gumbo are some of the classics, but if you’re adventurous enough you can even find some fried alligator or fried pig’s ear.

Russia’s Bolshoi Theatre

For an experience that is sure to be a little more ‘high-brow’ – plus a lot further from home – a trip to the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia ranks quite high on the list of global entertainment stops.

Regarded as one if Moscow’s biggest tourist attractions, the Bolshoi Theatre was opened on October 20, 1856 to celebrate the coronation of Tsar Alexander II.

In recent years, it has undergone some major interior reconstruction, including the refurbishment of its main stage, and today hosts a variety of popular opera and ballet performances, featuring the most talented performers from around the world.

Upcoming features on the playbill include the ballets Giselle, Don Quixote and Spartacus, and the operas Boris Godunov, The Enchantress and La Sonnambula.


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