National Geographic : 2013 Aug
AdvertisementWEEKEND TAKE BACK THE Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania Gatehouse Country Inn, Shawnee on Delaware, Pennsylvania Ojai, California There's nothing like a Friday--Sunday sojourn to widen the parameters of today's mile-a-minute world. To make the most of a weekend, choose a destination where you can combine invigorating outdoor adventure with indulgent dining, shopping, and pampering. And if you need one more excuse for a getaway: Chase Sapphire Preferred® offers 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants. Here are two award-winning ways to enjoy your weekend and explore new territories. OJAI---A CALIFORNIA DREAM GETAWAY A scenic 85 miles northwest of Los Angeles---and 15 miles inland from the Pacific---Ojai is known as "Shangri-La of Southern California." This laid-back little town is big on sustainable living, starting with farm-to-table cuisine. Among the area's outdoor challenges, technical mountain climbing gets top billing. But Ojai's most magnetic force is something called the Pink Moment, a high- powered sunset that bathes the Ojai valley in deep pinks and lavenders. Make your way to Topatopa bluffs to witness this natural phenomenon, and then wind down at an Ojai spa hotel. On Sunday, stroll the farmers market and pick up some luscious organic produce and artisanal goods to remind you of your weekend in paradise. While you refresh and recharge, get 2x points on travel and dining at restaurants with Chase Sapphire Preferred®. Learn more at chasesapphire.com/preferred. DELAWARE WATER GAP--- RUGGED AND RELAXED IN PENNSYLVANIA Just a two- hour trip from Philadelphia or New York City, the 1,000-foot- deep "gap" is all about the magic of the Delaware River, a place of scenic wonders. Weekend warriors can enjoy the best of outdoor recreation, from angling for trout to horseback riding to trekking a stretch of the Appalachian Trail, all on nearly 70,000 acres of preserved parklands. Taking to the waters via kayak, canoe, raft, or tube is the ideal way to experience the area's dramatic and ever-changing landscapes---keep an eye out for peregrine falcons, golden eagles, and ospreys. History buffs will appreciate Native American archaeological sites and Millbrook Village, a fascinating and accurate replica---replete with mills and craft demonstrations---of a typical rural community in the late 19th century. Be sure to set aside a couple of hours to hunt for covetable antiques and linger over sophisticated cuisine in New Hope and lesser-known Lambertville (across the river, in New Jersey). When your day of adventure is done, you can rest at one of many charming country inns that range from quaint to luxurious.