Fall is a wonderful time to make an escape to a place surrounded by spectacular autumn colors. Enjoy the best of the best by staying at one of the magnificent resorts in the heart of it all.
Omni Mount Washington, Bretton Woods, New Hampshire (Prices & Photos)
Located in Bretton Woods, in the heart of some of New Hampshire’s most impressive autumn foliage, the grand historic resort known as the Omni Mountain Washington offers one of the most luxurious experiences around. This New England retreat tends to draw a wide range of celebrities and dignitaries who come to indulge in lavish spa treatments, tee off on the golf course, and enjoy the thrill of nine high-flying zip lines. Guests also can enjoy hitting the trails on horseback among the stunning scenery, and romantic carriage rides through the resort grounds. After a day of play, or relaxation, look forward to soaking in the hot tub or taking a dip in the heated indoor pool.
Amangani, Jackson, Wyoming (Prices & Photos)
Renowned as one of America’s top hotels, the Amangani is an ultra-luxury resort with 40 suites that overlook the spectacular Grand Tetons and the lush Snake River Valley from its cliff-top location. And, with the vibrant autumn foliage, active wildlife and fewer crowds, it makes the ultimate fall destination. The resort’s name means “peaceful home” in the language of the Shoshone, exemplifying the atmosphere you’ll find that allows stress to melt away. This is a time when the aspen and cottonwood are gold and red, the air is pleasantly crisp and cool, and the skies are almost always blue. The resort offers all sorts of activities, including horseback riding, as well as suites with fireplaces and deep soaking tubs.
Omni Grove Park Inn, Asheville, North Carolina (Prices & Photos)
The Omni Grove Park Inn is one of North Carolina’s most renowned luxury properties. It opened its doors over a century ago, just outside of Asheville on Sunset Mountain, with the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains providing an impressive backdrop that becomes even more awe-inspiring in the fall, blanketed in brilliant colors. With the extreme elevations, including over 125 peaks that rise above 5,000 feet, and more than 100 species of deciduous trees, this mountain range boasts one of the longest and most impressive leaf seasons in the nation. Guests can also enjoy the gorgeous spa with fabulous features that resemble natural caves and waterfalls, and teeing off on a picturesque golf course.
The Little Nell, Aspen, Colorado (Prices & Photos)
The Little Nell is the most luxurious resort in the Rocky Mountain town of Aspen, famous for its striking beauty, particularly in the fall when the aspen trees transform the landscape with their golden hues. While its location near a variety of outdoor adventures — including cycling, hiking, and fly fishing — is a definite plus, the resort excels in everything else too, from the rooms to food and service. Enjoy lavish bathrooms with soaking tubs and heated marble floors, as well as gas fireplaces.
Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa, Lake Placid, New York (Prices & Photos)
The maple, birch, oak and beech trees burst into vibrant red, orange and yellow hues among the deeply forested mountains that surround Lake Placid, N.Y., That’s what makes Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa one of the best places to experience fall foliage. This luxury lakeside resort with a casual vibe was named the No. 1 resort in the Northeast by Conde Nast, and it frequently appears on lists of the best hotels in the world. Enjoy soaking up the scenery by paddling out on the water in complimentary canoes, kayaks or rowboats, and after a day taking it all in, look forward to mouth-watering cuisine made from locally sourced ingredients in the four-diamond rated restaurant and indulging in one or more of the latest in custom treatments at the luxurious spa.
Topnotch Resort, Stowe, Vermont (Prices & Photos)
Topnotch was the first full resort to open in Stowe, Vermont, taking advantage of a prime location right at the bottom of the state’s tallest peak, Mount Mansfield, surrounded by maples and pine. In the autumn, enjoy hiking hillside trails with spectacular vistas of the landscape blanketed with fiery reds, golden yellows and vivid orange hues and then hitting the resort’s 35,000-square-foot mega-spa to soothe those sore muscles. The Restorative Pathway Package is ideal for revitalizing and restoring body and mind, featuring a custom energy healing session, Reiki or Swedish massage, facials, access to all fitness classes for the day, and a private yoga session.
Nira Alpina, Switzerland (Prices & Photos)
If an international escape is on the agenda, there are few better places than the Swiss Alps with their majestic peaks and striking autumn foliage. Nia Alpina, set in the Engadin Valley of Switzerland, offers magnificent views of Lake Silvaplana as well as rooms with a large terrace or balcony and panoramic windows that overlook the mountains. The interior features natural materials like Swiss Spruce and Italian stone along with high-tech amenities like flat-screen TVs, an iPod docking station and free Wi-Fi. The beautiful granite bathrooms feature waterfall showers and deep soaking baths.
Stonover Farm, Lenox, Massachusetts (Hotel Prices & Photos)
Set in the heart of the Berkshires, this historic 1890 property was a gentleman’s farm before opening up to guests in 2011 and quickly becoming acclaimed for its world-class luxury. The resort’s upscale accommodations are adjacent to a duck pond, and some suites include gas fireplaces or Jacuzzi tubs. You’ll have the striking fall colors of the legendary Berkshires right out your window, and access to the tranquil roads that are ideal for a scenic bike ride through the breathtaking autumn scenery. If you’re there in late September, you’ll have the opportunity to attend the Lenox Apple Squeeze Festival, a celebration of the autumn harvest and all things apples too.