● Foliage show season is synonymous with New England, but you can be sure of some truly breathtaking scenery on the 200-mile Amtrak Cascades route, resuming September 26, connecting America’s Oregon with Canada’s Vancouver after a two-year hiatus be.
he Pacific Northwest has some of the most beautiful topography in North America, and this train runs once a day round trip between Seattle and Vancouver through five Washington state cities – Edmonds, Everett, Stanwood, Mount Vernon and Bellingham.
The train route meanders past pristine Pacific coasts, the Cascade Mountains and snow-capped Olympic peaks – all of which can be viewed from large picture windows.
The end-to-end journey takes about four hours and costs $45 each way, while the Cafe Car proudly advertises locally sourced food and drink.
And there’s more: British Columbia’s whale watching season typically lasts through October, so don’t forget to pack your binoculars. amtrakcascades.com
● A combination of holiday depression and a scary winter makes many think of booking a trip for next year to look forward to something. Sunhelpfully, has a range of payment plan offerings for both short- and long-haul destinations to take the sting out of the budget, which gets in our way.
All holidays are eligible and customers can choose how to split their payment – regular monthly amounts or pay when you can – and the prices are fixed and not subject to changing markets or weaknesses.
Highlights include a seven night family trip to Fuerteventura from €289 pp on 23rd May (based on two adults and two children) or, for adults looking further afield, Thailand’s Phuket for seven nights from €1,211 pp in Summer. sunway.ie
● The program for this year’s Bram Stoker Festival (October 28-31; www.bramstokerfestival.com) will remain under cover and fog for the next few weeks. But if Dublin’s fright-fest is already on your radar, plan for a feast at Pickle Restaurant on Camden Street Lower.
There, Ireland’s best Indian restaurant (a big claim, but that’s my opinion) is hosting a pop-up tasting dinner on October 28th and 29th with guest chef Sheik Mohideen from Savya Rasa, which has restaurants in Chennai, Pune and New Delhi. and champion flavors from India’s south. Pickle chef Sunil Ghai will return the favor in 2023.
There are two sessions from Friday to Sunday – no à la carte – with four courses priced at €80 per person. picklerestaurant.com
● But before that… if mindful movement is your thing, Audrey O’Connor of Corestate Pilates hosts a three-day class Wellness weekend at the Ice House Hotel, Co Mayo, October 7-9.
The view of the River Moy from the studio is sure to encourage strength and flow during your workout, with morning and evening Pilates classes scheduled throughout the weekend, plus a journaling workshop, yoga, meditation and – for those who who tend to – an invigorating swim in the ocean at nearby Enniscrone Beach. There’s also plenty of free time to wallow in the hotel’s outdoor thermal suite or to stumble around Ballina.
B&B from €535 per person in a double room, including dinner; Additional activities include paddleboarding (€25), outdoor bath treatments (€50) and spa treatments (from €80). icehousehotel.ie
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