Where to Go in November: 8 Great Destinations We Love

Though we always know it’s coming, the end of the calendar year never ceases to be a dizzying whirlwind of business obligations, social engagements, and stress-inducing holiday travel. But busy as December promises to be, there’s good reason to burn a few vacation days in November, when you’re still looking for great things to do in fall, the weather hasn’t yet taken a turn for the worse, and the shoulder season in most desirable destinations is in full swing. Here are eight best places to visit in November.

Nerja Beach sunrise  Building in Alhambra at sunset  Lush forrest in Sintra, Portugal

Fishing at Sintra beach during sunset

  1. The Iberian Peninsula

Places like Lisbon, Portugal, and Andalucía, Spain, are often overrun with tourists during the summer months thanks to their temperate climate and easy accessibility to the sea. But November is an ideal time to visit the southern reaches of the Iberian Peninsula: the scene is more laid back, the weather is generally pleasant (hovering around 70 degrees during the day), and the area’s UNESCO World Heritage sites (Sintra, La Alhambra) shimmer like jewels in the autumn sun. If you’re staying in Spain, the Costa del Sol towns of Málaga and Marbella offer plenty of alternatives to the beach, from world-class museums to championship golf courses.

Pink sunset behind a mountain range in Patagonia   Breathtaking mountain range on the water in Patagonia  

The Vines Resort & Spa patio and vineyard

  2. Argentina

Whether you’re an adventure seeker or an urban wanderer, November is a prime time to visit Argentina. In Buenos Aires, spring brings with it a profusion of jacaranda blossoms along the tree-lined boulevards, as well as an uptick in the city’s social engagements, from polo matches to ballet performances, but hotel rates remain reasonable. Meanwhile, the grapes peak during November’s harvest season in Mendoza, and the weather is perfect for exploring the breathtaking natural wonders and quaint villages of Argentina’s Lake Region, in the heart of Patagonia.

The Cliff Hotel Beach in Negril  Aerial shot of Nassau, Bahamas  Infinity pool in Saint Lucia

Relaxing nook overlooking the Caribbean

3. The Caribbean

December is the start of the high season at Caribbean resorts: snowbirds fly south for the winter, and the holidays mean vacation time for parents with school-age children. If you’re looking for a quiet beach holiday, plan for November. Although it’s the tail end of hurricane season (opt in for travel insurance) the weather is picture-perfect and hotels and airfare are available at discounted rates. And unlike other off-peak destinations, most island activities remain open and plentiful throughout the low season.

Charleston row houses Food from Husk Restaurant Birds eye view of Charleston

Aerial shot of home in Charleston

4. Charleston

There’s never a bad time to visit the Holy City, but if you’re looking to beat the heat head there in November, when temperatures remain in the high 60s and low 70s—ideal for walks to the Battery and bike rides to view Charleston’s antebellum mansions and row houses. The city’s celebrated food scene also comes alive in the autumn, when the harvest makes some of the region’s best ingredients available. Sample them at iconic restaurants like Husk and FIG, or inventive newcomers like The Grocery and Xiao Bao Biscuit.

Red rail train overlooking Hong Kong Busy market in Hong KongBay Area at Lamma Island

Hong Kong skyline from Ritz-Carlton interior

5. Hong Kong

Hong Kong is famous for its dismal weather—rain and humidity are the biggest complaints—but go in November, when typhoon season has passed and blue skies are a regular occurrence, and you’ll wonder what all the fuss is about. Camp out on a golden stretch of sand on nearby Lamma Island, hike the wilds of Lantau Island (the sunrise from Lantau Peak is legendary), or wend your way through the street-food stalls in Wan Chai—activities that seem all but impossible at other times of the year.

Foliage on mountains in Telluride Town lit night in Beaver Creek Man fly fishing in a river

Mountains and foliage in Telluride

6. Colorado

The Rocky Mountain State is typically regarded as a wonderland for winter enthusiasts, but Colorado shows a softer side in November, when ski runs are fringed with colorful foliage and double as hiking and biking trails before the big snows come. Fly-fishing is another autumn favorite, but if retail therapy is more your thing, the cooler days make shopping the Victorian streets of Telluride or the tony boutiques of Aspen a pleasant afternoon idyll. Of course, ski season is just getting underway in places like Vail and Beaver Creek, but seek and you may just find an early bird special.

Aerial shot of a bay city in New Zealand Scenic shot of Karekare Beach

Beautiful scenery landscape of the Matheson Lake Fox Glacier town Southern Alps Mountain Valleys New Zealand

7. New Zealand

The adventure sports capital of the world becomes even more of an adrenaline-junkie’s playground in November, when the warm spring season lets you have your pick of all the country has to offer, from white-water rafting and glacier hikes to horseback riding and swimming in primordial lakes and untouched bays. Head to North Island if soaking in hot springs and sunbathing on pristine beaches is more your speed.

Aerial shot of Maui  Whale jumping out of water in Maui

Hawaii Northern shore

8. Hawaii

From whale watching off the coast of Oahu to sunbathing in Maui, November is one of the best times to visit the Hawaiian islands. And shoulder season on the Big Island means more affordable hotel rates before tourists descend in full force for the winter holidays. And though there’s an uptick in rainfall, there is still plenty of temperate, sunny weather for snorkeling, ziplining, or hiking.

I Need to Know – Marc Anthony

I Need to Know – Marc Anthony

 

They say around the way you’ve asked for me
There’s even talk about you wanting me
I must admit that’s what I want to hear
But that’s just talk until you take me there oh

If it’s true don’t leave me all alone out here
Wondering if you’re ever gonna take me there
Tell me what you’re feeling cause I need to know
Girl you’ve gotta let me know which way to go

Cause I need to know
I need to know
Tell me baby girl cause I need to know
I need to know
I need to know
Tell me baby girl cause I need to know

My every thought is of this being true
It’s getting harder not to think of you
Giel I’m exactly where I wanna be
The only thing is I need you here with me – oh
If it’s true don’t leave me all alone out here
Wondering if you’re ever gonna take me there
Tell me what you’re feeling cause I need to know
Girl you’ve gotta let me know which way to go

Cause I need to know
I need to know
Tell me baby girl cause I need to know
I need to know
I need to know
Tell me baby girl cause I need to know

Take My Heart

This is a very special piece with piano and Duduk instrument ( The Armenian duduk is one of the oldest music instruments in the history of mankind.)

 

The lyrics of this instrumental ” Take my Heart” is following:

“I wish you were a flower in my garden. I wish you were a bird flying over my garden. I wish you were with me, my love. Stay with me, don’t cause me too much pain. You may take my heart away if you wish, only please don’t leave me. Stay with me and I will do anything for you.”

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Arman Demerjian – duduk, lead vocals
Mihran Kalaydjian- Piano
Aram Kasabian – Lead Guitar
Hratch Panossian – Bass
Samer Khoury – Violin
Tony Amer – Saxophone
Haim Cohen – KeyBoard
Albert Panikian – Trumpet
Nicole Del Sol – Percussion
Dana Debos – Trombone
Roman Calote – accordion

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The duduk translates the pain and sorrow of the Armenian people and all that we went through…hearing the duduk sends shivers down my spine and through my soul, I think of my ancestors who perished during the Armenian Genocide and our lost lands…especially with “My Home”, this piece is a memorial to the Armenian Genocide, think of the Armenian families being massacred and forced from their homes onto the death marches and outright massacre.

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Unique One Lovely Blog

 

Please allow me to share my sincerest appreciation and gratitude. Just wanted to let you know that I was  nominated by Euponos Aus  for Unique One Lovely Blog Award. I am honored and humbled Euphonos Aus  receive and accept your award.

 

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I am very thankful and honoured to have been nominated for the “One Lovely Blog” award by Euponos of  http://euphonosbooks.com/awards

This is very much appreciated and am excited to nominate few other fellow bloggers who blog interesting stuff. This encourages me to strongly and constantly share my notions and perception towards everything and anything. Perhaps, I must not ramble on any longer than I have already done so far.

 

Euphonos, thank you so much for the nomination and kind words. May God Bless you, let your future shine with health, joy and success.

 

Respectfully, Miran

 

 

Mihran Kalaydjian with his Musical Band Mino Performing ” Habibi I Love You”

Mihran Kalaydjian with his Musical Band Mino Performing ” Habibi I Love You”

The song in English & Arabic Languages

 

 

Special Guest PitBull

– Habibi I Love You

Music Arrangement – Mino & Ahmad

Produced By RedOne

 

La Jolla – San Diego

Special Guest – Pitbull

 

Members of the Musical Group:

 

Aram Kasabian – Lead Guitar

Sevan Manoukian –  Drummer

Hratch Panossian – Bass

Samer Khoury – Violin

Tony Amer – Saxophone

Haim Cohen – KeyBoard

Albert Panikian – Trumpet

Nicole Del Sol – Percussion

Dana Debos – Trombone

 

Lyrics:

 

My love, I love you,

I need you,

My love sing for me and keep me with you,

My love, I love you,

I need you, my love,

Make me melt in the fire of your love,

 

The first time I saw you, I changed completely,

I felt something different, I didn’t know what was wrong with me,

Just by seeing you I loved you and wanted you to be mine,

To live…my life with you,

You captured my heart, drove my soul,

You took my soul and turned my life around,

Everything about you is precious,

 

Ohhh!

My love, no, no,

It’s a sin for you to leave me by myself,

I lose sleep because I’m worried about you,

 

I play this game closely

For the bread and butter huh!

Yeah they try to toast me

I’m married to the game

But the game don’t love me

Hey don’t leave me in a heartbeat

That’s why I’m cold-blooded

When I say I love you,I mean it deeply

I can’t see life without you living with me

And if you love someone I know you feel me

When I say before they take you they want to kill me

I’m talking they don’t have to arm me or maybe seal me

Yeah the world knows Pitbull babe you know the real me

I play any hand that deal me

So tell that dealer he gon’ have that deal with me

even when you don’t I’mma hunt you like a Chris Webber

time out final fall!

So til’ the sky comes crushing down

World falls apart

’til death do us part

You’re my heart for so!

 

I was living my life and all of a sudden it changed,

I am unable to be without you,

You are the cause of my insanity and love,

Calm me down,

You are the only thing I need,

From you this is all I ask for,

I just want you to light up my world,

Just me and you together,

 

Ohhh!

My love, no, no

It’s a sin for you to leave me by myself,

I lose sleep because I’m worried about you.

Dr. Beach’s top beach for 2014: (Hint, it’s in Hawaii)

By Mihran Kalaydjian, CHA

Marketing/Media Writer, Strategist and Consultant

 

Duke Kahanamoku Beach
Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii

A Honolulu beach named for Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, the Olympic gold medal swimmer known as the “father of modern surfing,” has claimed the top spot in the list of annual “Top 10 Beaches 2014” released today by Stephen Leatherman, a.k.a. ” Dr. Beach”. 

Hawaii and Florida beaches dominated the top 10. Surprisingly, no California beaches made the list. 

“The east end of Waikiki Beach is where all the big hotels are and that’s where most people go, but Duke Kahanamoku Beach is pretty far away, on Waikiki’s west end, near the Hilton Hawaiian Village,” said Leatherman, director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University in Miami. 

“It’s got the widest stretch of beach in Waikiki and is protected by an offshore coral reef, which makes it a good beach for families with children,” he said. 

For those who want to avoid ocean waves entirely, the nearby lagoon is also a popular spot for swimming. 

“It is also a great location to watch the Friday night fireworks,” added Les Enderton, executive director of the Oahu Visitors Bureau.

Kahanamoku Beach had the number two spot on Leatherman’s list last year and has been on the top 10 list often. What may have helped it snag the number one slot this year is that in January, Oahu made all beaches on the island non-smoking.

“Cigarette butts in the sand are disgusting,” said Leatherman. “Some people think beaches are a giant ashtray, and I don’t like that idea at all. When I go the beach, I go for nature. I don’t want to have to put my hand down on a cigarette butt someone else was smoking.” 

Leatherman has been making his annual Top 10 Beaches list since 1991 and uses 50 criteria, with rankings from 1 to 5, in his evaluation process of swimable beaches. Factors he takes into consideration include beach width at low tide, sand softness and color, wildlife, pests (such as ticks and mosquitos), available amenities and public safety. 

Once a beach reaches the top of the list, it is retired to make room for others. 

Starting next year, Leatherman plans to put extra emphasis on environmental management and beach safety and award bonus points for beaches that, like those in Oahu, are officially smoke-free.

“It’s not all just beauty,” said Leatherman. “People want clean water and clean sand. But they also want safety, parking and nearby amenities.”

Number two on Dr. Beach’s list this year is Barefoot Beach in Bonita Springs, Florida., which moved up, after re-evaluation, from its number six slot in 2013.   

Located in a 342-acre county park, the beach is 8,200-feet-long and has small waves, shallow water “and if you like seashells, there are millions of them,” said Leatherman. 

Rounding out the top five are St. George Island State Park in Florida, Waimanalo Bay Beach Park in Oahu, and Hamoa Beach in Maui.

Dr. Beach’s Top 10 Beaches 2014

1. Duke Kahanamoku Beach
Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii

2. Barefoot Beach
Bonita Springs, Florida

3. St. George Island State Park
Florida panhandle

4. Waimanalo Bay Beach Park
Oahu, Hawaii

5. Hamoa Beach
Maui, Hawaii

6. Cape Hatteras
Outer Banks of North Carolina

7. Cape Florida State Park
Key Biscayne, Florida

8. Coast Guard Beach
Cape Cod, Massachusetts

9. Beachwalker Park
Kiawah Island, South Carolina

10. Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park 
Naples, Florida