In just a few short weeks, the temperature will drop and nature will put on one of its most spectacular displays: the fall foliage. If you’re looking for a quick getaway to see the countryside awash in orange, red and yellow, we’ve picked some of the best locations to see autumn in all its glory.
For the most comfortable experience getting there, contact us about one of our charter flights. We can get you to the smaller, out of the way destinations quicker and with more time to spare (read: enjoy) than the big airlines can.
Loudoun County, Virginia
Located just outside of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, Loudoun County offers a stark contrast to the hustle and bustle of the city. Loudoun is famous for its horses, vineyards and historic towns that flank the shores of the Potomac River, but its bucolic countryside and mountains also offer some of the best views for autumn’s leaf display. For weekly reports on foliage, visit the Virginia Department of Forestry website.
There is no shortage of quaint B&Bs and destination resorts in Loudoun. Here is a sampling:
Why just rent a room when you can rent a whole farmhouse? This 18th-century, 2-bedroom (plus sleeping loft) house on 50 acres of pasture was once featured in This Old House Magazine. The house has been completely renovated and updated to sleep 5 people. Rentals are available weekly or monthly.
This AAA Four Diamond resort and spa is located on 476 acres overlooking the Potomac River. There are 296 guest rooms, including 14 suites, and all have been recently updated. Most rooms have picturesque views of the property (which should be aglow in fall colors) and the resort’s golf course.
The Catskills, New York
The Catskill Mountains in sourtheastern New York are filled with views ripe for leaf peeping. The area, which is known for its farm-to-table meals, waterfalls, festivals and events, feels like another world even though it’s only about 136 miles outside of the city. For weekly foliage reports, visit the New York reporting site.
There are plenty of quaint hotels and cottages in the Catskills, perfect for a quick getaway in the Fall. Here are a couple:
For a truly immersive experience, stay on an actual working farm. The Stone & Thistle Farm B&B offers a stay in either the 1863 Greek Revival farmhouse or the Farmhand Cabin that is a short distance from the main house and overlooks a creek. Guests who are interested can even help with farm chores.
The Emerson has been voted “Best of the Hudson,” “10 Best Weekend Escapes from NYC,” and “12 Top Hotel Spas in the northeast.” Guests can choose to stay in the contemporary inn that has 26 rooms or in the log-cabin style lodge with 27 rooms. Either way, The Emerson has spectacular views and all the comforts of home for leaf peepers. Plus, dogs are welcome!
The Berkshires, Massachusetts
Located in the western portion of Massachusetts, the Berkshire area is filled with charming villages and towns. Popular attractions include farm-to-table dining, hiking, and arts and music festivals. With its interior location and mountainous countryside, the Berskshires has plenty of vistas for leaf peepers. To view weekly reports, visit the Masschusetts InstaFoliage site.
The Berkshires area has a variety of accommodations, from upscale resorts to quaint B&B’s. Here is a sample:
In the heart of the Berkshires, the Cranwell sits on a hilltop, offering amazing views of foliage. It also boasts the largest spa in the northeast, fine dining and 380-acres to explore. There are 105 guest rooms, suites and cottages, each one decorated for elegance and comfort. Cranwell’s 18-hole golf course was given 4.5 stars by the 2015 New England Golf Guide, and it was named one of the “Best Places to Play” by Golf Digest.
Located in New Malborough, Massachusetts, in the middle of the Berkshires, this inn once was a stagecoach relay. Today, it has been fully restored and offers upscale accommodations and dining, plus fantastic views of the fall foliage. Travel & Leisure Magazine called it “our favorite American winter retreat,” and Zagat’s said it was the “best in the Berkshires.”
Nearly all of the state of Vermont is perfect for leaf peeing, but we recommend the Manchester area due to its scenic views and great shopping and dining. While you’re there, check out Hildene, the estate of Robert Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln’s son. Downtown there are countless outlets stores for shopping, plus the American Museum of Fly Fishing. For weekly reports, visit the Vermont foliage site.
Whether you go for upscale accommodations or something more quaint, the inns and hotels in Manchester are all in close proximity to the best views (and shopping!). Here are a few:
This family-run inn is in the heart of Manchester, just a short walk to downtown, but with fantastic views of the mountains on either side. Breakfast is home-cooked and a community affair. So is the cozy bar downstairs. Each room is unique (they even have their own names), but they are all modern and comfortable. You will be on a first-name basis with the owners by the time you leave.
One of the Kimpton chain of hotels, the Taconic is an upscale and modern venue inspire by inns of the late 19th and 20th centuries. Its front porch lined with rocking chairs (and the nearby covered bridges) will make you feel cozy and at home, as will the deluxe accommodations with fine linens and bedding.