Savannah, Ga., has made it onto Travel + Leisure's list of top 10 cities in the U.S. and Canada for the first time. Cities were ranked by a survey of readers of the magazine.
The list was topped by New York for the eighth consecutive year, followed by San Francisco, Chicago, Charleston and Santa Fe, N.M. Next were three Canadian cities: Quebec City, Montreal and Vancouver, with Savannah ninth on the list and the British Columbia city of Victoria at No. 10.
Among world cities, Bangkok was named No. 1, followed by Buenos Aires; Cape Town, South Africa; Sydney, Australia; Florence, Italy; Cuzco, Peru; Rome; New York; Istanbul, Turkey; and San Francisco.
Top hotel on the U.S. and Canada list was Triple Creek Ranch in Darby, Mont. The One & Only Ocean Club in the Bahamas took top spot for Caribbean lodgings.
On the world's best islands list, the Galapagos was No. 1, while Vieques, Puerto Rico, was named best island in the Caribbean. Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Island topped the island list for the U.S. and Canada.
Virgin America won the prize for best domestic airline. Crystal Cruises took the title of world's best large-ship cruise line, while Silversea Cruises was named the No. 1 small-ship cruise line. Hertz ranked No. 1 among rental car agencies, and Singapore Airlines was named top international airline.
The complete 2008 results, including top 100 hotels, are available online at www.travel andleisure.com/worldsbest and in the August issue of Travel + Leisure.
Virginia Wine Month
October is Virginia Wine Month, with tastings, festivals and hotel packages around the state.
Wine events include the Mount Vernon Wine Festival, Oct. 3-5; the Norton Wine and Bluegrass Festival at Chrysalis Vineyards in Northern Virginia on Oct. 4-5; the Oct. 11 Black Dog Wine and Beach Music Festival at the Chateau Morrisette in Floyd; stargazing, weather permitting, with telescopes and the help of an astronomer the evenings of Oct. 17-18, at Virginia Mountain Vineyards in the Shenandoah Valley; Norfolk's Town Point Virginia Wine Festival, Oct. 18-19; and a Hot Air Balloon and Wine Festival at the Historic Long Branch plantation in Millwood, Oct. 18-19, where 17 Virginia wineries will offer tastings.
You can read more about the state's wine trails and tours at www.virginia.org/wine, where you'll also find a variety of package deals, including a “Women Wild About Wine” package at the Tides Inn in Irvington, Va. This is a girlfriends getaway on the Chesapeake Bay, including wine, cheese, chocolate, manicures, pedicures, wine tours and picnic lunch, with prices starting at $335 per person per night, double occupancy.
A “Wine Lovers Scavenger Hunt” is being offered by The Mark Addy Bed & Breakfast in Nellysford, Va. Clues will lead you to area wineries, while the two-night package includes winery tours, breakfast, wine and a prize for those who figure out all the clues. Rates start at $429 weekends and $319 weekdays.