Instead of packing a suitcase of flip flops and sun lotion to go and lay on a beach for a week, why not take a trip to the Isle of Wight this autumn to experience something alternative to chasing the winter sun? There’s plenty to do, from cycling and walking routes to spas and quirky treehouse stays.
Here are the top five reasons to go to the Isle of Wight with Wightlink this autumn.
Eat some of the best cuisine
You don’t need to travel half way across the world to experience some of the best cuisine around. The foodie scene on the Island has evolved in the last few years, with lots of new restaurant openings to entice your taste buds – and many passionate about using local Island produce. Thompson’s restaurant in Newport is run by Robert Thompson – the youngest UK chef to have been awarded a Michelin Star. Some of his famous must-try plates include his agnolotti of local goat’s cheese, day boat mackerel pate and his aged sirloin. Delicious!
Enjoy a dog-friendly trip
Instead of leaving your four-legged friend in a kennel when travelling to far flung destinations, you can bring your dog on holiday with you to the Isle of Wight. There are plenty of beaches that welcome dogs to roam around and swim, with many beaches open all year round. There is also a whole host of dog-friendly accommodation to choose from, including Classic Cottages, which offers over 70 holiday cottages across the Island.
Get fit and healthy
The Isle of Wight offers plenty of scenic cycling routes to get stuck into, which are much better for your health and wellbeing than sunbathing all day beside the pool. Multi-day bike rides such as the Round the Island cycle route is brilliant for exploring the coastline, whilst also being challenging enough to help you work up a sweat. There are also easier cycle routes such as the Red Squirrel Trail where cyclists can ride between patchwork fields. And with plenty of refreshment stops along the way, there is no better way to explore the Island than on two wheels.
Stay somewhere quirky
Forget the standard hotel stay and try something new and quirky in a hand-built treehouse. Into The Woods offer characteristic treehouse stays to unleash the inner child that we all have hidden away inside. The treehouses include a living house and sleeping house joined together, as well as a lovely decking area. Guests can enjoy the best of both worlds as little luxuries are built inside including a kitchen, bathroom, bedding and laundry.
Enjoy some ‘me time’
Visitors to the Isle of Wight can experience peace and tranquillity as soon as they step onto the ferry. For those looking to experience some more indulgence, the West Bay County Club & Spa offers an excellent range of beauty treatments, including ones from the famous Liz Earle brand. Guests can book themselves in for a pampering session and leave the spa feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.
These are just some of the top reasons why the Isle of Wight is the perfect spot for an autumn break. Book your ferry journey today.
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