If you’ve never taken a fall vacation to enjoy the changing of the leaves, you’re missing out on one of the best reasons for fall travel. Nothing is more relaxing than enjoying a weekend lazing in a cottage overlooking trees cloaked in gold, red and purple. Get out of the city for a few days and head to your nearest wooded area for a treat you won’t soon forget.
Fall Foliage Report: Generally the last two weeks in October are the best for color change.
Where to Stay: Gatlinburg is full of remarkable country inns that offer sweeping views of the Smoky Mountains. A long-standing favorite is the Buckhorn Inn, offering private cottages, large wooded grounds, hearty breakfasts, and mouthwatering candlelit dinners. Another is the Hippensteal Inn, owned by artist Vern Hippensteal. With its view of Mount Le Conte, it can’t be beat for fall leaf-watching. Don’t forget to venture into the town’s mega-touristy center and get in touch with your caramel-corn-loving, Ripley’s-Believe-It-or-Not-museum-going, airbrushed-t-shirt-coveting inner self.
Fall Foliage Report: Mid to late September is the best to see the color change.
Where to Stay: Aspen is the quiet jewel in the crown of Colorado, and the incredible fall foliage is partially responsible. Check out the Little Nell Hotel and Ski Resort for its fantastic views (and outstanding dining!). For a slightly more cozy experience, try the Hotel Durant, a family-run operation that’s close to everything in Aspen.
Fall Foliage Report: Mid September through the month of October is best for the color change.
Where to Stay: Branson, like Gatlinburg, is a perfect place to turn city life on its end, and master the art of the cheesy getaway. Get off your high horse, get in touch with your inner kitch, and go relive the best memories of your early days on family road trip vacations. Stay at Cameron’s Crag Bed and Breakfast overlooking Lake Taneycomo, or try the homey, wood paneled Gaines Landing Bed and Breakfast. No matter where you stay, you’ll have quick access to Branson’s famous downtown strip. Don’t forget to have a corn dog and a caramel apple!
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