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Traveling by the Stars: 12 Zodiac-Inspired Getaways

by Matthew Wexler
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Monday Apr 16, 2018
Whiteface Lodge
Whiteface Lodge  

"What's your sign?" It's the oldest pick-up line in the book (if people still read books). Even so, it's a great launching pad for planning your next getaway. Every astrological sign has qualities and characteristics associated with it that might inspire you for a celestial vacation that speaks to your inner fire, air, water, or earth.

Aries on Adrenaline
Adrenaline-driven Aries is the first and fieriest of the three fire signs. Whiteface Lodge, the only all-suite resort in Lake Placid, New York, home of two Olympic games, can direct daredevils to pulse-pounding activities like ice-climbing, bobsledding, tubing, speed skating, downhill skiing, dogsledding, and tobogganing in the winter, and hiking, rock climbing, boating, fishing, cycling, and horseback riding in the summer.

Taurus the Environmentalist
The first of the earth signs, the tactile bull is known for its unique connection with the environment. At Martha's Vineyard's classic Harbor View Hotel, groups of family and friends staying at the hotel can replace traditional meals with a customizable island culinary adventure thanks to a partnership with Farm. Field. Sea.

A retreat might include a tour and workshop (such as cooking, foraging, cheesemaking, breadmaking, charcuterie, flower arranging, or painting), a wellness or team-building activity, and farm-to-table meals created with local, fresh ingredients.


Reed Gold Mine  

Gemini in the Driver's Seat
The love of cars and driving falls to Gemini, as does the need for variety. CIE Tours' Irish Self-Drive Tours enable guests to mix-and-match destinations to create the perfect vacation, choosing from a wide selection of castles, manor houses, cozy inns, and bed-and-breakfasts. Expect friends and family to ask you to skip the Blarney Stone, however, as Gemini already has the gift of gab in spades.

Cancer and Cuisine
Each sign is associated with a part of the body and Cancer's is the stomach, which is no surprise given how much Cancers love to cook (and eat!). From April 19-22, 2018, Sanctuary's annual Nirvana Food & Wine Festival will return to Paradise Valley, Arizona, to showcase the talents of premier chefs and winemakers from around the globe.

Among the many highlights, don't miss Todd English at the Rosé Parté, Bourbon Street Blues presented by Bulleit Bourbon and hosted by Beau MacMillan and Jason Asher, and Flutes & Coops, an inspired pairing of fried chicken and Champagne presented by Moët & Chandon and Woodford Reserve and hosted by Stephanie Izard and Chuck Hughes.

Leo Shines
Sun-ruled Leos have an affinity for gold, and Reed Gold Mine is the first documented site of gold discovery in the U.S. and the only public underground gold mine in North Carolina. Free admission includes exploring restored tunnels, historic mining equipment, and walking trails. Panning for gold costs $3 and guests get to keep any flakes they find. Any Leos feeling lucky?


The Spa at Pebble Beach  

Virgo the Health Nut
Spa is derived from the Latin word for "health through water," and no sign is more health-conscious (or hypochondriac) than Virgo. And no spa is more sublime than the 22,000-square-foot Forbes Five-Star Spa at Pebble Beach, with its signature services incorporating the healing properties of plants, herbs, and minerals indigenous to California's Monterey Peninsula. The Water Experience Room is an enclave with a solo soaking tub and signature shower with tiles by lauded architect TAG Galyean.

Libra in Love
Libra the scales is the sign of partnership and marriage, and where else would a Libran be on May 19, when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot, but in London? CIE Tours' Best of Britain tour will put you in the heart of the city on the day of the wedding. The nine-day trip covers a lot in a short time, from Windsor Castle and York to Edinburgh Castle and Cardiff.


Secret Scorpio
The scorpion is fascinated by secrets and the occult (it's no coincidence that Halloween falls in the thick of this sign). For a touch of the macabre, check out the "coffin doors" at the historical, recently restored Marriott Syracuse Downtown -- they were handcrafted in the 1920s by Marsellus Casket Company, which itself was laid to rest in 2003.

The guest room doors' convex shape, reminiscent of a coffin lid, once accommodated a "secret" inner panel in which guests could leave garments that needed to be cleaned or pressed. The hotel attendant could then collect the items without disturbing the guest and later return them.


Belvedere Palace, Vienna, Austria.  (Source:Matthew Wexler)

Sagittarius the Perspective Adventurer
Fueled by its guiding planet, Jupiter, which symbolizes the urge for expansion, Sag is all about new perspectives. Walk Japan is a pioneer in immersive experiences throughout the country. The Nakasendo Way follows the ancient trade route from Kyoto to Tokyo. The diverse topography gives way to Shinto shrines, traditional inns, majestic views, and more.

Capricorn and Tradition
Capricorn's ruler, Saturn -- better known as Father Time -- imparts the sign with an appreciation for tradition. And there's no place more majestic than Vienna. Here you'll find more than 100 museums and a commemoration throughout 2018 titled "Beauty and the Abyss," which celebrates the works of Klimt, Schiele, Wagner, and Moser.

Aquarius High Tech
The final air sign, Aquarius, whose symbol is parallel lightning bolts, adores technology and electronics. Tel Aviv is a technology hub that rivals Silicon Valley -- and boasts better weather! Tech-savvy tours include the Tel Aviv Startup Tour, the multimedia The Weizmann's Levinson Visitors Center, and more.

Pisces Makes a Splash
Pisces' symbol, the fish, nods to the sign's deep love of the water. And it doesn't get much sexier than Puerto Vallarta. Vallarta Pride rolls into town May 20-27, where you can expect plenty of tequila-infused frolicking, long days in the sun, and partying until the wee hours in PV's Romantic Zone.


Matthew Wexler is EDGE's National Style and Travel Editor. More of his writing can be found at www.wexlerwrites.com. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @wexlerwrites.


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