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Fall is a wonderful time to make an escape to a place surrounded by spectacular autumn colors. While spectacular displays are scattered around the country, if you want the best of the best, stay at one of these magnificent resorts in the heart of it all. From Asheville to Upstate New York, Colorado, and New England, the hotels offer a luxury stay with picture-perfect fall foliage views.
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 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 of 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.
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.
The Little Nell is one of the top luxury resorts 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.
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.
Renowned as one of America’s most luxurious hotels, the Amangani is an ultra-luxury resort with luxury 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.
Set in the heart of the Berkshires, Stonover Farm is a historic 1890 property that 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.
A beautiful 5-star spa resort and National Historic Landmark that opened its doors in 1778, The Greenbrier Inn sits in the heart of West Virginia’s gorgeous fall foliage. It also hosts the annual Fall Flavors of Appalachia which combines the region’s top wineries, distilleries, and breweries with award-winning cuisine, music, and jaw-dropping surrounding scenery for a memorable celebration. Guests enjoy luxury accommodation, along with a wide range of decadent spa treatments, golf courses, a casino, multiple restaurants, and activities for kids and teens.
One of the world’s best adults-only all-inclusive resorts, Twin Farms offers a secluded getaway nestled among Vermont mountains that will be blanketed with some of the country’s most brilliant foliage. The property is set on 300 acres, providing the ultimate playground for grownups with six trails for hiking and biking, a pond for kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding, and activities like ax throwing and archery. Everything is included in the rates, with meals featuring made-to-order Vermont breakfasts and a farm-to-table dinner, with fine wines and spirits available at any time of the day. Bonfires, S’more-making, and BBQs are all hosted too, while accommodation is luxurious, in freestanding cottages with king-size feather beds, wood-burning fireplaces, and screened porches.
Nestled at the base of Aspen Mountain, The St. Regis Aspen Resort is surrounded by glorious views of the Rockies, including golden fall foliage, while providing access to some of the most breathtaking spots in the country, like the often photographed 14,000-foot-high summits of the Maroon Bells. After an unforgettable hike, you might head to the renowned spa to indulge in a massage or warm up with a hot drink at the bar. There’s a heated pool and whirlpool that are ideal for unwinding too, while rooms are luxurious, complete with ultra-comfy beds, espresso machines, and soaking tubs. It’s easy to see why it’s one of the top hotels in all of Colorado.
Lake Geneva Resort is ideal for families who want to enjoy the vibrant colors of fall with lots of maples, birches, and poplars while taking part in a wide range of activities, including horseback riding and pony rides for the little ones. There’s a zipline for whizzing through the treetops, a 21-mile path that runs along the lake’s shoreline, and disc golf available at the Adventure Center. Sweeping views of the foliage can even be enjoyed from the water with a scenic cruise. There are two 18-hole golf courses, an outdoor pool and two indoor pools, one at the WELL Spa which offers full-body treatments from body scrubs to facials, and multiple dining options too. Every room comes with a private furnished balcony and views of the resort’s lake and golf courses.
A popular family getaway, Big Cedar Lodge lies deep in the Ozarks, surrounded by towering trees for breathtaking fall foliage views. It was built to take advantage of the hills and valleys, ensuring that vista can be enjoyed from many vantage points, including while dining at the highly acclaimed Osage Restaurant. It’s made up of three unique lodges plus cozy cottages and beautifully-crafted log cabins. A lazy river, swimming pools, bonfires, horseback riding, fishing, kayaking, and hiking in Dogwood Canyon Nature Park can all be enjoyed.
The Otesaga is located in the heart of Cooperstown, just a short stroll from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum while surrounded by downtown’s beautifully restored period homes. It boasts a gorgeous Federal-style facade, imposing front portico with towering columns, and a sweeping, elegant veranda. Enjoy views of picturesque Lake Otesaga and opportunities to paddle a canoe, row a boat, or fish. Afterward, the Hawkeye Spa offers an impressive range of pampering treatments. Rooms and suites feature traditional wood furniture with modern comforts like free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs.