8 Super Cozy Inns to Book Right Now During Peak Fall Foliage Season
The arrival of autumn means a leaf-peeping vacation is in order! These hotels and inns are perfect for your cozy, scenic getaway.
The Red Lion Inn, The Berkshires, Massachusetts
The Berkshires of Western Massachusetts are a popular rural vacation spot, especially in the fall. Surrounded by the gorgeous Berkshire Mountains and bordered to the west by the Hoosic and Housatonic Rivers, the Berkshire region has plenty to offer for those seeking relaxation or a more active vacation. The Red Lion Inn, established in 1773 and in continuous operation since, is a fantastic place to spend your fall foliage vacation. The Inn consists of a main inn building and eight guest houses in the town of Stockbridge, where the farm-to-table scene is thriving. Book your room or guest house now, as this season at the inn is very popular. You’ll be able to see plenty of beautiful fall foliage—get a head start with these stunning photos of fall across the country.
Biltmore Village Inn, Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville is beautiful year-round, but the colors of autumn bring out its charm even more. If you want a truly luxurious stay during your autumn retreat, book a room at the Biltmore Village Inn, so called because it’s the closest lodging to the legendary Biltmore Estate. Here, you’ll experience the best of Southern hospitality (and cuisine!) while seeing the best of East Coast autumn. While staying in this Victorian mansion, you’ll love sitting by the fire pit on cool evenings and dining on Chef Hussey’s excellent seasonal fare.
The Omni Homestead Resort, Hot Springs, Virginia
Nothing says spectacular leaf peeping like Western Virginia’s Alleghany Mountains. For an opulant experience, stay at the Omni Homestead Resort. You’ll get all the luxuries of staying in an established hotel—tasty meals in the elegant main dining room and a natural hot-springs spa that’ll have you relaxed in no time—combined with the coziness of a centuries-old inn. Sign up for one of the Homestead’s classic fall activities, from hiking and archery to skeet shooting and falconry—and don’t forget to book a hike through the Alleghany Mountain gorge. You’ll see a series of waterfalls and stunning fall foliage. When you get back, curl up in a rocking chair on the front porch. It’s a fall-lover’s heaven on earth. Time your trip perfectly with this interactive map of fall foliage across the country.
Aspen Meadows, Aspen, Colorado
Not all the best leaf-peeping spots are in the eastern states. Aspen is one of the best places in the country to see the lovely golden leaves of its namesake tree during the autumn months, and there’s no better place to see them than at Aspen Meadows. The hotel’s minimalist rooms are all fitted with huge panoramic windows, ideal for taking in the 40 acres of wooded mountainside along the Roaring Fork River. Book their Leaf Peepers Fall Foliage Package now for extra savings.
Harbour Towne Inn on the Waterfront, Boothbay Harbor, Maine
Views of the water and of the fall foliage seems too good to be true, but you’ll find both at the Harbour Towne Inn on the Waterfront. The small town of Boothbay Harbor comes alive during the fall season, and you’ll find plenty to do downtown—just a short walk from the inn—and might be able to catch a performance and the Boothbay Harbor Opera House, just across the street. In the mornings, take a walk along the pier to watch the sun play over the water, then rent a kayak or canoe to take out into the harbor to see the magnificent fall foliage from a different perspective. Take one of these road trips where you’ll see gorgeous fall foliage.
Wickwood Inn, Saugatuck, Michigan
If you’re looking for a romantic getaway this fall, definitely put Wickwood Inn on your list. This small inn is nestled among sugar maples and beech trees that turn glorious colors in the autumn, and is a short distance from some of the prettiest beaches in the country on Lake Michigan. You’ll love the included brunch and fresh-baked sweets in the evenings, the cozy, themed suites, and the laid-back atmosphere of the place. Head to the nearby Saugatuck Center for the Arts to take in a show, sip some freshly made cider at Virtue Farms, or simply wander around downtown Saugatuck taking in the golden autumn hues.
The White Gull Inn, Fish Creek, Wisconsin
Fish Creek, in Door County, Wisconsin, offers the best of shopping, dining, and outdoor activities for travelers of all stripes. You can take a stroll through the lovely Fish Creek Park to see some of the fall leaves, or head into town to browse the many galleries and locally-owned shops that line the main street. The White Gull Inn, built in 1896, offers stunning suites and delicious meals for guests, as well as year-round public fish boils. You’ll quickly see why Travel and Leisure named this inn one of the best hotels for fall foliage viewing, according to Travel and Leisure. Here are 10 more romantic weekend ideas.
The Dillard House, Dillard, Georgia
You can avoid some of the leaf-peeping crowds by booking a room in mid-November at the Dillard House, a somewhat below-the-radar spot in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Here, you can spend your time simply sitting on the front porch and watching the autumnal show all around you in the scenic Little Tennessee Valley. Stay in the main inn or in a secluded cabin for a more romantic getaway, and enjoy horseback riding, hiking, and fishing close by in the valley. Whatever you do, make sure you have dinner at the inn to get a sample of some delicious Southern soul food.
Cedar Glen Lodge, Lake Tahoe, California
Lake Tahoe is a wonderful place to visit in the winter if you’re a skier, but you’ll find that autumn offers unique views as well. At Cedar Glen Lodge, you can stay in a private cottage with two queen beds – perfect for families or in one of the luxurious full suites in the main lodge. You’ll enjoy hiking the Tahoe Rim Trail or taking a scenic drive around Lake Tahoe to get an eyeful of the changing leaves. Try one of these 10 fun ideas for a beautiful fall family getaway.