While summer is unquestionably the most popular season for travel with millions of vacationers flocking to beaches, lakes, amusement parks and water parks, fall offers travelers its own special allure. From red and yellow foliage in iconic fall destinations like The Rockies or the East Coast, to unexpected cities in countries like Italy and Switzerland typically known for summer travel, you’ll find a variety of fall travel getaways. The following respondent destinations are among the most alluring.
Mackinac Island, Michigan
While summer is commonly thought of as Mackinac Island’s prime season, visitors are encouraged to take a fall trip to experience a different side of the island while finding the best seats on ferries, prime lakeside restaurant tables, wonderfully deserted hiking trails and bargain hotel rates. Thanks to the insulating effects of the Great Lakes, the color show near Mackinac often starts in late September and stretches into late October. With a ban on motor vehicles and a plethora of hiking and biking trails, jump on horseback to trot or gallop around the island while admiring the changing leaves. Located on the sunrise side of the island, Mission Point is a property where guests can experience all of the island’s fall glory, and find the perfect balance between adventure and relaxation. The resort welcomes guests to Mackinac Island every fall with its Fall Experience Package complete with everything a traveler needs for an island getaway.
Lake Como, Italy
Fall is no doubt a special moment of the year to visit Lake Como, when green turns into yellow and red starts to bleed into the leaves. Nature is particularly generous and gives Lake Como romantic, cozy and relaxing nuances. The waters of the Lake become calmer and the everyday rhythm in the small authentic villages turns more pleasant. In the evening the temperature is chilly but during the day you can still enjoy a soothing sun that cares your skin with its delicate warmth. Dating back to 1910, Grand Hotel Tremezzo, the 91-room, family-owned hotel commands one of the most enchanting positions on Lake Como with spectacular panoramic views of the stunning Grigne Mountains. For travelers going to Italy this fall, Grand Hotel Tremezzo provides an incredible opportunity to discover the ‘leaf peeping’ season at Lake Como with breathtaking views combined with exclusivity and proximity on the crystal clear blue water. Watch warm-toned villages blend into the evolving backdrop of crimson, amber and yellow until they become part of nature itself.
The English countryside in the fall offers an unforgettable experience with the colors of the forest and water reflections peaking from September to November. With plenty of land to explore the adventure is endless and it makes for a perfect fall escape. The luxurious Chewton Glen country house hotel, located on the edge of the New Forest in rural Hampshire, boasts luxurious Treehouse Suites overlooking a stunning wooded valley of orange and yellow. Each fall the canopies glow with rich browns, rusts and golden tones. At 35 feet above the ground, Treehouse guests can feel a sense of harmony while they get cozy around the fire or relax in the hot tub. Cliveden House, a Relais & Châteaux country house that’s set on the magnificent National Trust Park with miles of woodland paths, becomes a dramatically beautiful scene in fall. Guests can enjoy picturesque riverside rambles and acres of exquisite countryside estate and gardens.
Lake Tahoe, California
With less crowds, pristine blue water and skies punctuated by gold and crimson leaves, leaf peeping in Lake Tahoe is a true treasure. The days are typically warm and sunny – perfect for hiking through the mountain trails and immersing yourself in the colors of fall – while the evenings cool down enough to snuggle by the fire pit with classic s’mores or a tasty night cap. Experience a one-of-a-kind alpine escape at Edgewood Tahoe, set along the beautiful backdrop of South Lake Tahoe’s glassy blue waters and the iconic Sierra Range. Enjoy Edgewood Tahoe’s curated fall resort experiences including Plant & Sip, Build-Your-Own Trail Mix, a Chocolate Caramel Apple Pops Workshop, tarot card readings and more, in addition to daily offerings such as the Après Sleep Cart. Immerse yourself in nature with fall foliage and surrounding trails, or retreat to the 8,500-square-feet Spa Edgewood for a signature gemstone massage.
Lake Placid, New York
It’s not enough to simply drink Pumpkin Spice Lattes, one must become a Pumpkin Spice Latte, and there is no better place to immerse oneself in all things fall than in the Adirondacks. Some of the best Adirondack views can be seen from the room balconies at the exquisite Whiteface Lodge or witnessed around every corner of the resort’s expansive grounds. In fact, the celebrated Adirondack region boasts one of the longest fall foliage seasons in the country. The resort is within easy reach of popular hiking destinations like High Falls Gorge, Whiteface Landing, Catamount Mountain and Whiteface Mountain. Whiteface Lodge will soon offer guests a “paint and sip” experience where they will paint one of the resort’s most memorable scenes while sipping spiced mulled wine.
From some of the highest peaks of the Appalachian Mountains to the beaches of the Eastern Shore, Virginia’s unique variety in elevation provides a long fall foliage season, beginning the earliest the higher elevations and moving eastward across the state. Boasting a true small-town charm, Bristol is the perfect place to visit and enjoy the stunning colors of the fall, in addition to offering visitors a taste of its strong vineyard and brewery culture, famed country music and elevated comfort food. The newly opened Inn at Nicewonder Farm & Vineyards is situated on the grounds of the family-owned Nicewonder Farm & Vineyards. This luxury boutique property features 28 highly-appointed rooms and suites, nine standalone yurts, a world-class culinary and wine program and Hickory, the signature restaurant led by Chef Travis Milton, offering locally sourced cuisine paired with wines grown right on property including Viognier , Chardonnay, Merlot and Petit Verdot.
Village of Aurora, New York
Home to one of the most picturesque Main Streets in the country, ideal for taking in fall foliage, the charming storybook Village of Aurora is comprised of restaurants, shops and historic inns as part of luxury resort Inns of Aurora. Embark on a self-guided walking tour beginning at the historic Aurora Inn with brick siding and wrap around porches. While walking down Main Street, view the colorful gardens and foliage surrounding each of the resort’s distinctly designed and carefully restored historic inns before heading down to the lakefront for a picnic. Take one of the resort’s complimentary bicycles and head back down the street to the demonstration kitchen for an ice cream and whiskey workshop. Soak in the backdrop of the pristine Cayuga Lake surrounded by fiery foliage. Finish the day with dinner at 1833 Kitchen & Barbefore enjoying a glass of local wine at the lakefront fire pit.