Bond with Your Best Buds on a ‘Mancation’
Women have girlfriend getaways, and (male) buddies have mancations. The latter offers men a chance to bond with their buddies and build new connections, while pursuing a sport, interest or extreme adventure on the road.
These three mancations hit all the bases, delivering everything from golf to outdoor adventure to craft beer and wine tasting. What’s not to like?
Explore the Southwest and Golf
Phoenix, Arizona, and nearby Scottsdale, offer a sprawling, Old West-meets-modern metropolis surrounding by purple mountains, smack in the middle of the gorgeous Sonoran desert. For golfers, the region’s 200-plus courses are like a dream come true, with courses ranging from lush landscapes to ones that embrace the natural desert environment.
With the Holiday Inn Club Vacations Scottsdale as your base, you can swim in four heated pools, work out at the state-of-the-art fitness center and dine at the new ArteZania Kitchen & Cantina for fresh Mexican fare and terrific margaritas. The location is surrounded by golf courses — naturally — and is close to such restaurants as the Tilted Kilt sports bar and Gordon Biersch for craft brews.
Escape to Florida’s West Coast
Want to kayak remote, wild areas, learn to skydive, sail or see an amazing collection of muscle cars with your best buds? Sarasota, Florida, offers a gateway to a range of outdoor adventures, including stand up paddle boarding, skydiving, fishing, off-road biking and sailing. At Adventure Kayak Outfitters, you can rent your own craft or join tours of nearby Siesta Key and Anna Maria Island, home to varied wildlife, birds and manatees. After a day or two on the water, explore land with Sarasota Bike Tours.
Make your home base the Holiday Inn Sarasota-Lakewood Ranch, which overlooks Lake Osprey. It’s close to shopping, dining, golf and water sports at Nathan Benderson Park and Lakewood Ranch Premier Sports Campus, and also has its own restaurant, the Alamo Steakhouse and Grill, which features local specialties like blackened alligator.
Head Sideways to Oregon Wine Country
If you love to drink good wine, you might want to skip the more crowded wine regions of California’s Napa Valley for Oregon’s Willamette Valley, located less than an hour south of Portland.
Home to more than 500 wineries — many family-owned and -operated — this long, broad valley is most famous for its Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. Taste your way around, with stops at nearby Oak Knoll, Blizzard Wines and Garden Vineyards for starters. Beer lovers will also find plenty of opportunities for sipping — the region boasts some four dozen craft breweries.
Check in at the Holiday Inn Hillsboro, situated just 15 minutes from wine country, and enjoy amenities like free Wifi, easy access to the train into downtown Portland and the full service Boardroom Bar and Grill, with its menu of local beer and wine and Pacific Northwest cuisine.