The fall season is just around the corner, and there may be no better way to enjoy it than to make an escape into nature, immersed in the beauty of autumn foliage. There are multiple resorts around the country that cater to leaf peepers, complete with stunning views and the fresh, crisp air of the season. A few, including these magnificent resorts, take things up a notch when it comes to luxury, offering an especially unforgettable fall escape.
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The Little Nell - Aspen, Colorado (Prices & Photos)
The Little Nell is considered the best address in Aspen, its most luxurious resort, surrounded by breathtaking beauty, especially in autumn when the aspen trees transform the Rocky Mountain landscape with brilliant golden hues. The resort itself features chic rooms with plasma TVs, gas fireplaces and marble bathrooms with soaking tubs, while Element 47, its bar, is the place to see and be seen while sipping cocktails. Outdoor adventures abound in the surrounding area, with fall an ideal time to hike, especially in places like the Maroon Bells, one of Colorado’s most famously beautiful scenes.
Couples Resort, Algonquin Park - Ontario, Canada (Prices & Photos)
For a romantic couples’ getaway, this eco-resort is tucked among stunning fall foliage at the edge of unspoiled wilderness on Galeairy Lake, surrounded by nature. Muskoka’s only five-star luxury resort, its distinct suites and cottages are all uniquely designed, from natural Algonquin style to opulent Old European. The spacious rooms are all on the waterfront and boast wood-burning fireplaces, private hot tubs and in-room Jacuzzis. Enjoy treatments at the spa, breakfast in bed and five-course dinners as well.
Auberge du Soleil Resort - Napa Valley, California (Prices & Photos)
Napa Valley is world-renowned for its wine, Michelin-starred restaurants and picturesque scenery. Fall, particularly October, is the time to go if you want to be dazzled by color and the full wine-making experience. You’ll see trucks that overflow with grapes and spill onto the roadways as you head to one of the many harvest festivals that offer tasty local foods, crafts, live music and, of course, plenty of wine. Rent a bike and explore the paths, head up in a hot-air balloon to see the landscape from above, and for the ultimate romantic stay, book a room at the Auberge du Soleil Resor. It offers the “couple’s experience of a lifetime,” complete with a spa and three temperate springs that overlook the vineyards and olive grove, and a fine dining eatery that serves Mediterranean-inspired cuisine.
Mount Washington Hotel and Resort - Bretton Woods, New Hampshire (Prices & Photos)
The White Mountains of New Hampshire have been the place to go for Bostonians seeking a mountain getaway for decades. During the peak of the Gilded Age, as many as 57 trains arrived each day to the Bretton Woods depot. Today, the area provides one of the most impressive fall escapes that include vibrant foliage, with a wide range of red, yellow and orange hues as well as a host of outdoor adventure. The Mount Washington Hotel and Resort provides an ideal base for overnight stays, offering activities like golfing on two courses, horseback riding, tennis, a massive spa, and more.
Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa - Lake Placid, New York (Prices & Photos)
Lake Placid, New York is in the heart of one of the most beautiful places in America for autumn foliage, with birch, maple, oak and beech trees bursting into fiery red, vibrant orange and yellow hues across the densely forested mountains that surround the lake. Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa sits within it all, known as one of the top spots in the region for color, relaxation and activities. Named the No. 1 luxury resort in the Northeast by Conde Nast, and often among lists of the world’s top hotels, look forward to paddling out on the water in one of the complimentary kayaks, canoes or rowboats while marveling at the scenery. When hunger pangs hit, the resort’s four-diamond restaurant serves mouth-watering fare made from locally-sourced ingredients.
Amangani Jackson Hole -Jackson Hole, Wyoming (Prices & Photos)
This five-star ultra-luxury resort is truly one of the best of the best with its 40 suites that overlook the majestic peaks of the Grand Tetons and the meandering Snake River in Wyoming. The fall season brings especially colorful foliage, fewer crowds and active wildlife in a place that allows stress to melt away from the moment you step through the door. This is when you\\’ll see the aspen and cottonwood at their best, covered in gold and red, while the air is pleasantly crisp and cool, and the skies are almost always blue. Guests can enjoy all sorts of activities, including horseback riding and hiking, as well as lavish suites with deep soaking tubs and fireplaces.
The Omni Grove Park Inn - Asheville, North Carolina (Prices & Photos)
The Omni Grove Park Inn is surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, blanketed in color during the autumn season. This historic property has been open for over a century, drawing guests that come to breathe the crisp, clean mountain air, relax and rejuvenate, and go leaf-peeping too. Set atop Sunset Mountain, guest rooms provide awe-inspiring views of the mountains and the onsite golf course. If you\\’re looking for historic ambiance, the oldest rooms can be found in The Main Inn, featuring Roycroft Arts and Crafts decor, while the newer wings offer more spacious modern rooms and suites.
Woodstock Inn & Resort - Woodstock, Vermont (Prices & Photos)
The shire town and capital of Windsor County, Woodstock is located on the banks of the Ottauquechee River and was settled in the mid-18th century, exuding an abundance of Americana charm, complete with pretty covered bridges, old country farms and big red barns as well as restored Georgian, Federal and Greek Revival homes. In autumn, when the leaves have turned it truly looks like a painting. The Woodstock Inn and Resort, which dates back to the village’s early beginnings in the 1700s, features a lavish 10,000-square foot-spa, top-notch cuisine at its fine dining restaurant, and impressive rooms filled with cherry and mahogany furnishings, beds with handmade quilts and modern amenities.