San Juan, Puerto Rico
Perk: A short, inexpensive flight from the East Coast.
Star chef Wilo Benet’s new Varita, at the Condado Plaza Hotel & Casino, has a rotisserie that can cook five 50-pound suckling pigs and a wood-burning pizza oven.
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Oregon Wine Country
Perk: The Willamette Valley is less pricey than Napa.
The Valley has become more tourist-friendly, with the AgriVino Wine Center and about a dozen new tasting rooms; the Allison Inn & Spa opens in August.
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Perk: The U.S. dollar still goes far in Latin America.
Nordic-chic Hotel Indigo is a less-expensive alternative to the eco-fabulous Cliffs Preserve. Both serve Chilean wines and local beef and seafood.
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