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Crisp air, autumn colours and a crackling fire – – a perfect recipe for a romantic fall getaway. From mountain peaks to seaside ports, with many quaint towns in between, the northeastern United States is one of the best regions to enjoy the fall foliage.
Not only that, but nature (and cuddling) is good for your health and happiness. A growing number of studies show that getting out into the woods reduces stress and improves your focus and memory. When you combine nature with a little luxury, glamping-style, it adds up to travel bliss.
If you’re planning a relaxing fall break, here are some of the most romantic places in the region for a fall getaway.
Near Stowe, Vermont
Three-quarters of Vermont is covered in forest and, with a high concentration of maple, birch and beech trees, you can expect dazzling displays of colour. In Stowe, you can take a ride on the ski gondola for a bird’s-eye view of the fall show. Check out Stowe Cider for a sip of something after spending the day strolling the town’s streets or the mountain paths. And less than ten miles down the road is the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream factory, an essential Vermont experience
When to go: Vermont’s fall foliage usually peaks in the first two weeks of October.
Where to stay: Glamping options in Vermont
Driving down Maine’s scenic byways in the autumn will make you feel like you’re in the middle of an Impressionist painting. This is prime apple-picking time, so be sure to pull over at an orchard or two on your drive for some fresh cider and a slice of pie. On the coast, there’s whale watching in early fall, and a windjammer cruise is a great way to see the leaves. Be sure to spend a day exploring Acadia National Park. At night, relax and watch the stars over the sea.
When to go: Peak time is normally mid-October.
Where to stay: Details on the cottage in Maciasport pictured above
You’ll be rewarded with radiant fall foliage almost anywhere in New Hampshire. For amazing views, take a scenic drive through the White Mountains. There are also plenty of active ways to enjoy fall foliage, like zip lining, rock climbing, kayaking and horseback riding. At the end of the day, enjoy a slice of fresh apple or pumpkin pie.
When to go: At higher elevations, the best time to go is early October.
Where to stay: Glamping options in New Hampshire
The Berkshire mountains in western Massachusetts are an ideal escape for city dwellers. Here, you’ll find world-class foliage viewing along with with a vibrant art and culture scene. It’s ideal for hiking along the Appalachian trail or spending the afternoons wandering the galleries and antique shops. Don’t miss out on the many fine dining options. Of course, if you happen to find a cottage with a turret like this, you may not go out at all!
When to go. The colours typically peak in mid-October and last into late October.
Where to stay: See details on the cottage in the Berkshires pictured above.
The Pocono Mountains in northeastern Pennsylvania are home to 127 species of trees that produce stunning reds, oranges and yellows in autumn. There is a wide range of outdoor activities to enjoy, such as golf, fishing, horseback riding, mountain-biking and white-water rafting. There’s so much to do that the local tourism board lists 25 ways to view fall foliage. And, after all that, you might want to take a relaxing bath!
When to go: The first two weeks of October is the best time for fall foliage in the Poconos.
Where to stay: See the details on this secluded cottage in Shawnee on Delaware, Pennsylvania,
Adirondacks, New York
The Adirondack Region has one of the longest fall foliage seasons in the country, providing an incredible getaway for leaf-peepers. The Adirondacks are dominated by only a few tree species, which means almost all of the colours change in unison. There are more than 2000 miles of hiking trails along forested paths leading to waterfalls and summits with views as far as the eye can see. Or, you may want to watch the colours change from your hot tub!
When to go: The colours of the Adirondacks last through October, usually peaking mid-month.
Where to stay: See the details on this cabin near Lake Placid.
Hudson Valley, New York
In the Hudson Valley, you’ll find an idyllic countryside where life moves more slowly. A perfect getaway from New York City, the Valley is a 10-county region along the Hudson river that stretches from Albany to Westchester. Not only will you be treated to multi-coloured foliage displays, the local restaurants roll out their fall-inspired comfort menus. You can also visit wineries in the region or take in the thriving art and music scene.
When to go: The colours typically peak in the last two weeks of October.
Where to stay: Glamping options in the Hudson Valley
This post is published in collaboration with Glamping Hub.
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