To inspire your next getaway this season, here are 10 enchanting Fall trips that capture the magic of Autumn. From mesmerizing Fall foliage excursions in the Northeastern mountains to relaxing coastal getaways in charming California towns, discover why traveling during Fall has its advantages (aside from good weather).
Relish in Outdoor Excursions in Northern California
One of our favorite places to visit year-round is the Resort at Squaw Creek at Squaw Valley in Northern California. Enjoy guided fly-fishing, skating on a private ice rink, year-round outdoor swimming pools (with a fun-filled slide), access to miles of hiking and biking trails, boating, rafting and paddleboarding on nearby Lake Tahoe and the Truckee River, horseback riding, tennis, snowshoeing… the list goes on and on. After a full day of outdoor adventures, get cozy fireside in one of the luxurious suites overlooking the picturesque mountainside property. If you’re bringing the kids, you’ll be happy to learn that this family-friendly resort offers a variety of Fall-themed activities too. This year’s Fall Festival will span two weekends in October and includes everything from apple bobbing contests and October Fest dinners to recreation activities and pumpkin decorating.
Create a Magical Moment in Whistler
Located just 2-hours from Vancouver, Canada is a delightful mountainside resort destination known as Whistler. Combining classic elegance and a modern alpine setting, the award-winning Fairmont Chateau Whistler in the Whistler Village showcases exceptional dining and full resort amenities including a par 72, 18-hole Audubon-certified championship golf course. For guests seeking authentically local, off-the-beaten-track experiences, their property’s exclusive Whistler Experience Guide offers tailored excursions and daily scheduled tours — the perfect opportunity to explore Whistler’s natural mountainside setting. During Fall, the hotel will be hosting a variety of special events including the Whistler Writers Festival, the 21st Annual Whistler Food & Wine Festival, and more.
Get Cozy By The Coast in Carmel-by-the-Sea
From sweeping ocean vistas to lush garden views, the historic La Playa Hotel in Carmel-by-the-Sea is one of the best places to visit in California during Fall. During the day, stroll throughout the charming European-inspired village touring the finest art galleries, unique boutiques, and award-winning eateries. When the sun begins to set, head over to The Terrace Lounge at the hotel for a glass of wine and appetizers while capturing the magnificent sunset view from the balcony that overlooks the coast beyond and gardens below.
Take a Step Back in Time in New York
Located in the heart of Manhattan’s theater district, The Chatwal is reminiscent of the glory days of yesteryear, taking you back in time in style. Designed by Stanford White, its 1930s Empire Art Deco look has been re-imagined by Thierry Despont in rich hues of saffron, sepia, and ruby. The hotel offers 76 guest rooms and suites boasting custom amenities, such as handmade Shifman mattresses and 400-thread-count Frette linens. When you’re ready to step out on the town, head to a captivating Broadway show followed by a gourmet meal.
Sip, Savor & Swirl in Napa Valley
During Fall, one of the most beautiful places to visit is the legendary Napa Valley, as it’s harvest season. Driving through wine country, your senses will be heightened when you catch a glimpse of the colorful vineyards. For a relaxing stay, on-site wine tasting in the natural caves, and a tranquil setting to enjoy a glass of wine with friends head to Meritage Resort & Spa. Warm Tuscan-inspired décor welcomes you; plush beds, cozy robes, and exclusive amenities ensure restorative tranquility; and picturesque views from exclusive balconies or patios soothe, as the warmth of the golden sun welcomes you to another magnificent day at The Meritage.
Experience The Height of Alpine Luxury
Stowe, Vermont has been a destination for world travelers for well over a century. Built at the base of Mount Mansfield and the heart of Stowe, Stowe Mountain Lodge offers the ultimate experience of Alpine luxury. The rustic elegance of the lodge reflects the beauty of the green mountains and rolling hills surrounding the property, and which continues to draw inspiration from the cadences of the changing seasons. The unique characteristics of the area influence the culture here, from the covered bridges and sparkling lakes that adorn the woodlands to the rustic architecture and craftsmanship of the local artisans.
Put On The Ritz in The Big Apple
Since one of the best things about going on a Fall trip is getting the chance to show-off your new boots and coats. Since New York City is the epicenter of fashion, culture, and nightlife, it’s a great excuse to get dressed up for a posh weekend in the Big Apple. Located next to Central Park, the Ritz-Carlton is one of the premier hotels in NYC. During the daytime, take a spin around Central Park and enjoy the gorgeous Fall foliage. For the full New York experience, be sure to head nearby to go shopping on Fifth Avenue, enjoy live music at Carnegie Hall and discover an array of cultural attractions.
Get Back To The Basics in Style
Considered by many to be one of the best hotels of its kind in the country, Whiteface Lodge is nestled in Adirondack Park. This six-million-acre recreation area in upstate New York has drawn nature lovers for decades (visitors have included Ralph Waldo Emerson, the Vanderbilt’s and Marjorie Merriweather Post). In the heart of the park on Lake Placid, the lodge evokes the region’s 19th-century heyday with a wood-beamed exterior, cozy carpet-strewn sitting rooms, and cast-iron fireplaces. Amenities and services are decidedly 21st-century, as is the focus on family travel and mountain escapes. The resort offers every imaginable activity for families and adult travelers; including a movie theater, bowling, canoeing and more. With a lodge that’s this beautiful, you’ll be able to get back to the basics in style.
Get Hygge in Solvang
Renowned for award-winning pastry shops, charming boutiques, and Danish-inspired architecture, the little town of Solvang is an idyllic place to visit during Fall. As the temps start to drop, this whimsical Southern California destination becomes the perfect spot to get cozy and enjoy the simple pleasures in life. Located in the middle of downtown Solvang, the Landsby Inn is a stunning boutique hotel that offers warm hospitality and refined, stylish accommodations. The Landsby features a clean, contemporary design, influenced by a traditional Scandinavian aesthetic. The completely remodeled, bright and open guestrooms are finished with blonde woods, brushed brass accents, and elegant but comfortable hand-crafted furnishings complete with updated bathrooms and modern amenities.
Enjoy Luxury & Adventure Amidst The Mountains
Boasting cozy rooms with gas-burning fireplaces, furnished balconies and European-style luxury with mountain touches, the Four Seasons Vail is an elegant choice for a romantic Autumnal getaway. Whether you’re taking in views of Vail Mountain, the village or the garden, you’ll appreciate the Resort’s interior, enriched by hickory wood and limestone that harmonize with views of the great outdoors.
For the adventurous folks out there, a few of the exciting activities that the Resort offer include a guided open-air Jeep tour through the Rockies, where you can reach elevations of 12,500 feet; horseback riding through the sage-scented high country; and soaring through nearby canyons on a thrilling zip-line adventure.
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