3 Fabulous Fall Destinations For Golf, Tennis, and Yacht Fans-1

3 Fabulous Fall Destinations For Golf, Tennis, and Yacht Fans

Some of our favorite autumn vacation getaways—think Paris, Napa Valley, and Antigua—just happen to play host to top-tier pro tournaments and shows.

Sports fans often don’t agree on much—but they can agree that fall is one of the best times on the calendar. With some professional league’s seasons winding down and others just kicking off, October is the beginning of a magical few months in the world of athletics. If you haven’t yet bought a ticket for a fall escape, why not base your trip around nabbing a pass to one of the top events in golf, tennis, or luxury yachts? Bonus: Our picks are in regions that should be on your travel wish list anyway.

The Event: The PGA Safeway Open in Napa, California

October 4-7

Why Go?

The Safeway Open is the first tournament on the 2018-2019 PGA schedule. Hosted at the Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa Valley, just north of downtown, it’s the perfect event for someone looking for an experience beyond just golf. While some of the game’s best are expected to be in the field this year—last year’s tournament included future hall of famer Phil Mickelson, and current top five players Justin Thomas and Jon Rahm—there’s more than spectacular shots to look forward to at this event each and every year. The tournament is basically one big party with plenty of celebration of food, wine, beer, and music to complement the competition. There’s plenty of ways to stay entertained all week long. For example, don’t miss the course’s 16th green, where Beers for Birdies is a raucous fan favorite that offers discounted beers for every birdie or eagle one of the players makes—extremely doable on this hole’s short par 5. For something a little more low-key, the Spirits Lounge beside the 17th green has great specialty cocktails, and the Terrace Deck behind Silverado’s Mansion is one of Napa’s most scenic settings to enjoy a drink. The Safeway Food and Wine Pavilion also serves top-notch food all tournament long, spearheaded by celebrity chefs like Thomas Keller, of The French Laundry, Masaharu Morimoto of Iron Chef fame), and Charlie Palmer of Charlie Palmer Steak Napa. And to finish off each day, the tournament hosts a free concert for all tournament ticket holders. Last year’s tournament was headlined by heavyweights Gavin DeGraw, Weezer, and The Goo Goo Dolls.

Get to Know the Region

The Napa Valley is synonymous with one thing: Wine. Napa is especially known for its Cabernet Sauvignons, buttery Chardonnays, and fruity Merlots; head to nearby Sonoma for excellent Pinot Noirs and red blends. With over 800 wineries in the region, you’re spoiled for choice as to where to spend your time away from the Safeway Open, but here’s a few vineyards that should make your shortlist. Try Inglenook, a Napa original now owned by Francis Ford Coppola; Castello di Amorosa, a sprawling medieval castle reminiscent of old Italy; and Blackbird, a newer artisanal vineyard that blends wine, art and design.

Read more: 10 Must-Visit Wineries in Napa Valley and Sonoma

Find the Best Vacation Homes

Finding a great vacation home is the cherry on top of a trip replete with top-tier golf and top-tier wine. Modern Farmhouse is, well, exactly what it says. Situated on a private acre overlooking the Napa Valley Reserve vineyards, its interiors are rustic-chic and filled with European antiques. But its amenities are up to speed—and then some. With its own wine fridge, swimming pool, outdoor fireplace, and al fresco dining, it has everything you need for a luxurious stay in the valley. Villa Capricho does too. And not only does this Tuscan-style country home have its own working vineyard, it also boasts a private winery, landscaped grounds with olive groves, a chapel, a fishing pond, a bocce court and a croquet lawn. Plus, both of these beautiful luxury homes are within 30 minutes by car of the golf course.

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The Event: The Rolex Paris Masters in Paris, France

Oct 27-Nov 4

Why Go?

You may know it better under its old moniker, the BNP Paribas Paris Masters, but this pro tennis tournament has stood the test of time. Under its new sponsor, Rolex, the Paris Masters will entertain fans for a 33rd consecutive year this fall. And what makes this tourney a perennial must-see is the pressure and scrutiny under which its matches are contested. As the final ATP Masters 1000 tournament of the year, it presents the last opportunity for the players to earn points towards their world ranking for the year. This sets the stage for many fringe players to lock down their qualifying spots for the ATP World Tour Finals, and it also often puts the coveted number one world ranking on the line for the game’s best to duke it out. All the tournament’s matches are held at AccorHotels Arena in Bercy along La Seine, a fast hardcourt that makes those lightning-quick serves seem even more impressive in person. For an elevated experience, the arena has an array of corporate hospitality suites available from which to enjoy the action. These options provide comfortable seating, great vantage points, high-end catering service, and dedicated staff to serve your every whim.

Get to Know the Region

Paris’s historic Bercy Village is a wonderful place to spend a day or to explore between tennis matches. The village was a massive wine marketplace for more than a hundred years before becoming obsolete in the 1970s, and is undergoing a two-decade long rehabilitation project. Now, the old rural village sports a beautiful city park ideal for bicycle tours, market food tastings, or just a leisurely stroll to admire its gardens, duck ponds, and a mini-vineyard that pays homage to the town’s roots.

Find the Best Vacation Homes

Staying in Paris always seems to live up to the hype for vacationers to the City of Lights. Many of its luxury apartments are situated in close quarters to the city’s many attractions, and are designed and decorated in as sleek and elegant a fashion as you’d imagine. L’Abbaye de St Germain is one of those homes, situated just steps from the Louvre, the Champs-Élysées, and restaurants like Laperouse. Its interiors are sophisticated and artistic at once, with designer furniture and colorful paintings on display at every turn. Or, as an alternative, on the famous Ile Saint-Louis, you’ll find the opulent Chanel, a private abode with conservative colors allowing the stunning view over La Seine to be the main event. Stay at one of these properties, or any of our other luxury homes in Paris for a guaranteed memorable stay during Masters week.

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The Event: The Antigua Charter Yacht Show at the English Harbour & Falmouth Harbour, Antigua

December 4-10

Why Go?

Each year at fall’s end, a fleet of yachts descend upon the small Caribbean island of Antigua. The six-day Antigua Charter Yacht Show is an annual meeting of the industry’s elite. The December event marks the start of the Caribbean cruising season and takes place on Antigua’s beautiful shores at three locations: Nelson’s Dockyard Marina in English Harbour, the Falmouth Harbour Marina, and the Antigua Yacht Club Marina (the latter two both located in Falmouth Harbour). The gathering brings professional charter brokers together with industry professionals, plus some of the biggest names in yachting journalism from around the world. It showcases some of the best superyachts available for charter and allows brokers to get to know the layout of the yachts and interact with the crew. Just note: The show is private, by invitation only. But if you can score an invite, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to mingle with the VIPs. Cocktail parties, evening yacht hops, seminar sessions, lunches, and day cruises run all week long.

Get to Know the Region

Aside from the Yacht Show, Antigua is a Caribbean paradise in every sense of the word. With white-sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and a well-preserved coral reef, it’s perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving. It also has a long, interesting history as a British colony, a major sugar producer, and one of the most protected by militia places on Earth. For restaurants, bars, and live bands playing typical island music, head to the capital, St. John’s.

Find the Best Vacation Homes

There’s a small island two miles off the northeast coast of Antigua beyond the northern tip of the Parham Peninsula called Long Island. This is where you’ll find many of the finest vacation rentals the area has to offer. One of our absolute favorites is the one-of-a-kind Evangeline. From the included service (private chef, butler, and housekeeper) to the five-star amenities (infinity pool, hot tub, tennis court) to the natural wonders (panoramic seaside views, a sprawling manicured yard), everything at this home is on point. We feel the same way about Calabash, a stunning property with a pool overlooking a private beach overlooking the ocean. We particularly can’t get enough of its kitchen, fully-equipped and designed with cheerful shades of sherbet, yellow, and bubblegum pink. Both rentals are part of Jumby Bay Resort, which offers additional shared amenities like pools, fitness and tennis facilities, a croquet lawn, and a putting green.

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