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FALL INN: <br> Hotels with Amazing Fall Color Views

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Keswick Hall
Keswick, Virginia

The Setting

This Orient-Express hotel is set at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, close to Monticello, surrounded by a color explosion courtesy of maples, oaks, and birches.

Rooms To Book

Since only some rooms offer views of the countryside, stick to the State Rooms and Balcony State Rooms on the 1st and 2nd floors, with their large windows and terraces overlooking colorful oaks, dogwoods, hickories, and poplars. Thomas Jefferson never had it so good.

Bonus Views

Sit down to a meal in Fossett’s Restaurant, with its floor-to-ceiling windows, or have a drink out on Fossett’s terrace.

Get Outside

Play a round of golf surrounded by the colors, or try the off-site horseback riding. For a true bird’s-eye view, though, take off in a hot-air balloon.

The Season

October, into November

434/979-3440 or 800/274-5391; keswick.com; fall rates start at $325 midweek, $395 weekend

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The Balsams
Dixville Notch, New Hampshire

The Setting

The resort’s lakeside spot in the Northern White Mountains offers maple reds and beech yellows in surround-sound, along with color-heavy views of Vermont’s Mt. Monadnock and Quebec’s Mt. Hereford.

Rooms To Book

Since the resort sits at the base of a mountain, the best color views are on the opposite side, overlooking the lake.

Bonus Views

Grab drinks on the veranda, then ask for a lakeside table in the dining room.

Get Outside

The resort runs guided hikes, or take out a mountain bike along the trails—rentals are complimentary.

The Season

The northern clime makes this season short: mid-September to early October.

877/225-7267; thebalsams.com; fall rates from $138

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Little Nell
Aspen, Colorado

The Setting

At the base of Aspen Mountain, this perennial award-winner gives you a prime spot to watch the gold (and a smattering of reds and oranges) cascading down the slope.

Rooms To Book

Those on the top (4th) floor have the best views of Aspen Mountain; choose one of the three suites and you’ll score a balcony.

Bonus Views

Have a drink on the patio outside Montagna restaurant (from Master Sommelier Richard Bett’s award-winning wine list); the Tavern also serves up golden opportunities.

Get Outside

Go hiking or biking; this is Colorado, after all, and the mountain’s right outside the door.

The Season

Autumn in the Rockies can be unpredictable (and short-lived); October’s usually a safe bet.

970/920-4600; littlenell.com; fall rates from $360 for a mountain-view room

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Inn on Biltmore Estate
Asheville, North Carolina

The Setting

Inspired by the mansion it shares grounds with, the inn is surrounded by sycamores, hickories, oaks, and pines and looks out onto the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Rooms To Book

While most of the 204 rooms have views over the 8,000-acre grounds, the nine suites bring the mountains into view and maximize the color quotient.

Bonus Views

Breakfast and dinner in the Dining Room are practically mandatory for color viewing; in between, have drinks on the Veranda.

Get Outside

A menu of activities gets you into the color, including biking, rafting, horseback riding, flyfishing, and the inn’s Land Rover Driving Experience.

The Season

Color usually begins to show in late Sept.; the long season runs through early November.

800/411-3812 or 828/225-1333; biltmore.com; fall rates start at $299.

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Topnotch Resort and Spa
Stowe, Vermont

The Setting

A European country manor style imbues this 120-acre resort in the Green Mountains, just two miles from Mt. Mansfield, Vermont’s highest mountain.

Rooms To Book

You’ll find the best Green Mountain views on the second and third floors, especially from the Champlain Suite and the Governor’s Suite. Better still?The on-property resort homes, with large terraces and balconies.

Bonus Views

Norma’s Restaurant has floor-to-ceiling windows and offers spectacular vistas of Mt. Mansfield and the surrounding mountains. Or borrow a pashmina and dine outside under a heat lamp.

Get Outside

Soak in the colors while fly-fishing and horseback riding.

The Season

End of September-end of October.

888/460-5567; topnotchresort.com; fall rates start at $385.

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Columbia Gorge Hotel
Hood River, Oregon

The Setting

This luxury hotel sits 200 feet above Hood River and 45 feet from the edge of the Columbia Gorge, where Oregon ash and vine maples paint a canvas around tightly packed firs and pines.

Rooms To Book

Corner rooms on the hotel’s river side give you two walls of windows to take in the Pacific majesty.

Bonus Views

Have coffee out on the terrace before sitting down to breakfast (and lunch and dinner) in the window-laden dining room.

Get Outside

Drive the colorful “Fruit Loop” up the Hood River Valley.

The Season

Mid-September through Mid-October.

800/345-1921; 541/386-5566; columbiagorgehotel.com; fall rates from $169

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Mount Washington Resort
Bretton Woods, New Hampshire

The Setting

In the shadow of its 6,288-foot namesake mountain, this resort was built specifically to take advantage of the White Mountain National Forest view.

Rooms To Book

Ask for the front side (or sunset view) to get a close-up of a different mountain—Mt. Rosebrook—and its maple, oak, beech, and poplar. The resort is currently renovating all its guest rooms, so ask for availability of a new room.

Bonus Views

Pull up a wicker chair and have a drink on the veranda surrounded by colors, followed by dinner in the renovated dining room with its big picture windows.

Get Outside

Hiking, mountain biking, fishing, golf, and scenic chairlift rides all make for colorful excursions.

The Season

Mid-September to mid-October

800/314-1752 or 603/278-1000; mtwashington.com; fall rates from $189 per person, (includes breakfast and dinner).

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