An athlete’s guide to 3 action-packed destinations on 1 line of latitude
Fit travelers can experience epic journeys along the globe’s 46th parallel north—46 degrees north of the equator—particularly in the summer months when days are long and sunny. Three places on this circle of latitude, including a stunning island and bucolic countryside, stand out for healthy meals, outdoor adventures, and unforgettable landscapes. Here’s where to stay, eat, and what to do in each of them.
Prince Edward Island
Canada’s only island province, Prince Edward Island (PEI) is near Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. It’s famous for its wild dunes, red-sand beaches, and fresh seafood. In June, July, and August, this quaint island—where the water is the warmest north of the Carolinas—draws outdoor enthusiasts who explore on foot, bike, and boat.
Where to Stay
The Inn at Fortune Bay
A former artist’s colony dating back to 1913, The Inn at Fortune Bay is an upscale resort on 46 acres of pristine nature nestled along Fortune River. Stylish, sun-drenched rooms (many with skylights and patios) have heated bathroom floors and cathedral ceilings. Step outside to be surrounded by fragrant flower gardens and green lawns that make an idyllic setting for meditation and yoga.
Where to Eat
At the Inn at Fortune Bay, Fireworks restaurant features options sourced from the property’s own organic farm and herb gardens (or local producers and foragers). The rustic kitchen features a brick-lined, wood-burning stove that fires up sea-caught salmon.
Richard’s Fresh Seafood
With its own fish market, Richard’s Fresh Seafood is a popular dining spot for locals. Here, lobster and mackerel come straight from nearby Covehead Harbour, and clams and mussels are picked from the island’s shores. Order the house specialty, lobster steamed in salt water directly from the gulf.
Visit one of 90 beaches.
They all have distinctive, ravishing backdrops like sandstone cliffs or rolling hills with lighthouses. Our pick: Head to Basin Head, known as Singing Sands due to the squeak the sand makes when you walk on it. Athletic beachgoers can enjoy horseback riding, running, swimming, parasailing, or kiteboarding.
Trek the lifeline of PEI.
Confederation Trail is a flat, 270-mile path that crosses parks, forests, villages, groves, rivers, and bridges. From sunrise to sunset, it’s constantly in use by both hikers and bikers.
While staying in this small town on the Oregon coast, athletes can surf the white-sand beaches or hit the forest trails. Seaside is an hour-and-a-half drive from capital Portland, and it’s a picture-perfect weekend escape for nature-loving travelers.
Where to Stay
Stephanie Inn on Cannon Beach is intimate with only 41 mountain- or ocean-view rooms. Perched right on the sand, you can expect breathtaking sunsets. The resort also boasts a restaurant, spa, and amenities like complimentary beach cruisers.
Where to Eat
Maggie’s on the Prom
With a sun-drenched patio near the ocean, Maggie’s on the Prom is known for fresh, Northwestern cuisine using seasonal, local ingredients, including Duroc heritage pork and Pacific-caught fish.
A hip, beachfront establishment, Wayfarer also works with local farms and showcases ingredients found in the Northwest, including fresh Oregon Chinook salmon and locally-foraged wild mushrooms. The scenery is equally as impressive as the food, with a breathtaking coastline view of the Pacific and famous landmark Haystack Rock.
What to Do
Take a surf lesson.
Seaside—and its surrounding coastline—has some of the best surfing conditions in the state. There are a handful of surf shops, like Cleanline Surf, where you can rent boards or sign up for lessons. Northwest Women’s Surf Camps offers female-only and co-ed surf camps. Travelers can also participate in other water sports like kayaking, canoeing, kiteboarding and paddle boarding in the ocean or nearby Necanicum River.
Bike the Lewis and Clark Mainline.
There are more than a dozen mountain biking trails, from easy to advanced, including a famous 42-mile loop for more seasoned riders. Opt for an experience in the middle with the popular Lewis and Clark Mainline, a 14-mile trail that crosses five bridges and a small dam.
Bordering Lake Geneva, Lausanne is full of museums, luxury resorts, farm-fresh restaurants, and sprawling vineyards. It’s also the launching point to scenic hiking, mountain biking, and more.
Where to Stay
On the heels of a 28 million dollar renovation, this historic resort (opened in 1861) hugs the shore of Lake Geneva, providing majestic views of the Swiss Alps. The ten-acre landmark property is the stomping ground for visiting royalty and celebrities, featuring posh suites, five high-end restaurants (including Anne-Sophie Pic, which has two Michelin stars), indoor and outdoor infinity pools, an award-winning spa, and two tennis courts.
Where to Eat
Heavy on polished wood and brass, this Parisian-style restaurant is a magnet to locals seeking rich French cuisine. But it’s also known for fresh seafood and health-conscious diners order up signature dishes like tuna tartare. Patio tables are hard to get over the summer, so arrive early.
Even if you’re a carnivore, Bad Hunter, a contemporary vegetarian restaurant, impresses with its superfood salads and quinoa bowls. The clean, minimalist design (hanging potted plants, blonde Swiss wood) allows the colorful foods to pop, making the perfect Instagram backdrop.
What to Do
Hike through a forest for unforgettable views.
Trek through Sauvabelin, a protected forest area with a scenic hilltop anchored by a wooden tower. The botanical gardens, Musée et Jardins Botaniques Cantonaux on the Montriond Ridge (a former glacial moraine), have alpine rock gardens, winding paths, and 6,000 plant species, though the true highlight is the sweeping view of Lake Geneva and the Swiss Alps from the garden’s peak. For longer hikes, head to Mauvernay forest for three trails varying in length but up to 10 miles, one equipped with 15 exercise stations.
Ride the train to an epic mountain biking spot.
Take a locomotive ride (it’s less than an hour) to Les Pléiades, one of the most famous mountain towns known for cross-country skiing. In the summer months, it’s a hot-spot for mountain bikers, as well as paragliders, who launch from 4,400 feet high.
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