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What better way to spend a weekend, or an entire week, of your fall season than at a rustic lodge? Fireplaces are giving off a subtle glow, you’re cuddled up with a loved one with a hot cup of apple cider in hand, and the smell of apple pancakes awake you in the morning. We aren’t talking about inns, hotels, or bed-and-breakfast, we are talking about lodges. While the differences may be slight, lodges offer an extra cozy and outdoorsy experience, while having extra special details. These are some exemplary lodges to retreat to in the fall.
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A popular wilderness ranch in Montana, Rainbow Ranch Lodge couldn’t be more aesthetically perfect for a fall getaway. Tucked within mountain ranges, guests will be surrounded by a bounty of color, crystal clear ponds and a rushing river. All of this makes for incredible scenery. Dine in the crisp autumn air, or venture out on foot throughout the surrounding grounds. Yellowstone National Park is fairly proximal, so experiencing autumn there is magical as well.
Tamarack Lodge is located within Sun Valley, a sought after ski destination in Idaho. Yes, Idaho is so much more than farmland, it’s an escape full of mountains and lush valleys full of most beautiful trees and brush. Tamarack is somewhat modern but still exudes those typical lodge attributes. Since Sun Valley is basically in Ketchum, there will be an adorable downtown area to explore, and the most endearing eateries.
Poste Montane Lodge has a European theme, so everything appears quite elegant, but still classic in many ways. The dark-toned aesthetics are met with a touch of contemporary appeal, and it’s downright breathtaking. The lodge itself is tucked in a valley of Colorado, which lights up with bright colored scenery during autumn. The surrounding mountains add complexity and beauty to the outdoor-oriented area.
Moonlight Basin is an accumulation of various units and cabins which all have a rustic appeal. The group of lodges are in dramatically gorgeous Big Sky, Montana. Huge mountain ranges pair with bright orange leaves and reflective lakes. Moonlight Basin allows guests to pick their style of accommodations. That may be more modern or Scandinavian style, or maybe traditional log construction.
One of the top resorts for viewing fall foliage, The Lodge at Buckberry Creek is nestled in the Smoky Mountains. All of the attractions and restaurants found within Gatlinburg, Tennessee will be right outside your door. Each suite is ambient and welcoming, with plenty of wood accents, fireplaces and plaid linens. You can also dine on-site on a scenic deck that looks outward toward the ever famous changing leaves of what might be the best southeast national park when it comes to foliage viewing.
The Lodge at Pleasant Point is located inland from Maine’s iconic coast. But the lake gives Kennebunkport, Acadia and Portland a run for their money. Maine might be more notable for summers of fresh blueberries and lobster festivals, but the autumn brings a unique spin and most definitely lots of color and crisp nights. Exposed beam ceilings, fluffy beds and fireplaces add an irresistible touch.
There’s far more to New York than the city—upstate, travelers will be treated to incomprehensible fall splendor. Point Au Roche Lodge only offers a handful of rooms, so the experience is tailored and personal. Come enjoy the welcoming rooms that either have glorious mountain scenery or glimpses into the colorful meadows. Breakfast is one of the biggest threats, with items like fluffy pancakes with freshly sliced banana or other seasonal fruit.
Moosilauke Ravine Lodge houses a compilation of bunkhouses and cabins, which are so cozy to snuggle up in after a chilly day of hiking. An impressive list of trails leads directly from the lodge to Warren, New Hampshire’s summits and most beautiful natural spaces. The lodge prides itself on providing comforting amenities to those who want to immerse themselves in nature, but don’t want to go too rugged.
Skamania Lodge is a short walk from the Columbia Gorge, which in itself is an incredible feature. As majestic as a painting, waterfalls cascade as vibrant gold leaves float through the air. The Lodge is surrounded by acres and acres of wooded land that become extra scenic this time of year. Expect the traditional lodge experience and design.
Timberline Lodge sits within Mt. Hood National Forest, which may not have the wildest fall color, but certainly is gorgeous come autumn. A sprinkling of red and yellow mesh with countless evergreens and this complements the wood panel walls and fireplaces of the purposefully rustic rooms inside. This place may look familiar to those who have seen The Shining, as it was one of the locations in the Northwest.