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, flights to Portugal are among the cheapest in Europe right now with nonstops from all over the East Coast. So a long weekend to Porto is totally doable, with the season’s warmest weather in Europe and some of the best wines in the world.
In the city, you’ll find temperatures in the high 60s, great surfing, laid-back nightlife where beers are rarely over $2, and incredibly friendly people. Venture into the outlying hills and the nearby Douro Valley, and you’ll be some of the finest wine country on the continent. Stroll through steep, lime-green hills cut by the Douro River, then stop at scenic wineries 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.