Wine tasting for Thanksgiving sounds nice, doesn’t it? Of course, in the States, winemakers sometimes want to do crazy stuff like spend the holidays with their families, and wine tours that weekend can be limited. But lucky you, Portugal is one of the cheapest places to fly to in Europe right now, and there’s even a brand-new direct route from Newark to Porto.
So a long weekend is totally doable. In the city, you’ll find temperatures in the high 60s, great surfing, laid-back nightlife (beers are rarely over $2), and incredibly friendly people. Venture out to the nearby Douro Valley wine country, stopping at scenic vineyards like Niepoort, Porto Reccua, and Sogevinus. The reds and whites are fantastic, but the star of the show is the port. If you get a chance to taste the 1957 Kopke, don’t miss out -- it’s among the best in the world.