This article was originally published on April 17, 2017.
With summer right around the corner, it’s no surprise that many of us have vacation on the brain. Some might long for a far-off destination to a strange new land. Those who spend their days in front of a screen may want to unplug and get off the grid. Some crave outdoor adventures in nature while others seek culture in bustling cities. Whatever it is that we desire, we all want to be delighted by a truly special experience and, of course, some delicious vegan meals along the way. If you’re craving an unforgettable, plant-based trip, check out these unique vegan vacations to suit any travel style.
For the Nature Lover
Stanford Inn by the Sea
Nestled in the hills of Mendocino, California, The Stanford Inn by the Sea is the perfect destination for those who want to “get away from it all” and reconnect with nature. The rustic resort is also home to The Ravens, a critically acclaimed farm-to-table restaurant that serves a completely plant-based menu. In addition to enjoying the incredible food created by the team, you can channel your inner chef with vegan cooking classes with on-site ingredients that you can assist in harvesting. True to its name, Stanford Inn by the Sea is also near the ocean, where you can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities like biking, canoeing, and nature hikes. Bonus: it’s a dog-friendly resort, so feel free to bring your pup along for the ride!
For the Artsy Hipster
Park Lane Guest House
Experience Texas’ quirky and lively capital at the Park Lane Guest House, an urban-eco oasis. This boutique hotel is walking distance from downtown Austin but offers a unique homesteading vibe (complete with a beehive and chickens) that’s not typically found in the middle of a city. Park Lane Guest House is committed to green hospitality, with completely solar-powered cottages that house all-natural products. Start your day with their complimentary vegan breakfast, and when you need a break from exploring music venues and eccentric shops on one of their guest bikes, return back to the hotel for a relaxing dip in the natural pool.
For the Spiritual Seeker
For the traveler who craves self-exploration, Willka Tika is the perfect destination for rejuvenation of the body and soul. Situated in Sacred Valley, Peru, this special retreat provides a spiritual sanctuary complete with gardens, yoga and meditation studios, hiking, and river rafting. Its placement between Cusco and Aguas Caliente makes it an excellent home base for visiting sacred Incan sites and exploring Machu Picchu. All meals are included for guests, and the all-vegetarian menu using organic ingredients grown on-site can easily accommodate vegans.
For the Hopeless Romantic
Those who have a deep love affair with Italian culture will feel right at home at Hotel Raphael. Located in the heart of Rome, this stunning 5-star hotel is for those who love to travel in style. The elegant, antique décor adds a distinct charm to the atmosphere, and its central location is perfect for exploring famous Roman must-sees like the Spanish Steps and the Pantheon. Finish a busy day of sight-seeing at the hotel’s rooftop restaurant for a perfect Italian, plant-based meal with a panoramic view of the breathtaking city.
For the Budget Traveler
Sleeping Strawberry Guesthouse
Seoul, South Korea
If you’re traveling on a budget, you’re in good hands with the Sleeping Strawberry Guesthouse, which offers female-only, eco-friendly lodging in the beautiful city of Seoul. It’s conveniently located in the Hongdae neighborhood, which is known for its trendy, vibrant, and artsy atmosphere. In addition to serving as an excellent place to connect with other female travelers, Sleeping Strawberry Guesthouse also offers cooking classes, fun activities like vegetable harvesting, and plenty of homemade vegan food.
Do you have a favorite spot for the perfect vegan vacay? Give us your recommendation in the comments!
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