Fiery red, amber orange, golden yellow—these autumn colors are trademarks of the season, and the perfect excuse to plan a weekend getaway along New England's coast.
Maine’s striking foliage is still in its prime, and just an easy drive from Boston. Pack up the car and course along one of America’s best fall color drives to get there, or opt for a train ride to take in the hues. (Amtrak's Downeaster service departs five times daily from Boston to Portland.) Once you arrive, the fall viewing opportunities take to the sky, literally. Step onto a private plane with The Inn at Brunswick Station, whose “Fall Foliage Flyover” package offers for an hour-long aerial tour of Maine’s coastline. Or, take the Maine Eastern Railroad further north. Passengers will get an eyeful of colorful views on the 57-mile trip along state's scenic Mid-Coast, from Brunswick to Rockland.
Join T+L and our Senior Editor, Jacqueline Gifford, for a Holiday Travel Facebook Chat with QVC’s Lisa Roberston tonight, October 18, from 10-11pm ET on Lisa’s Facebook page.
Find out how to avoid flight delays, where the best hotels and destinations are for affordable, all-inclusive, or seasonal travel, how to pack and squeeze in that extra pair of shoes, tips on getting last-minute hotels deals, and more. Lisa will be ready to answer any holiday shopping or gifting questions that you may have as well.
Michigan’s northeastern shores have charming coves, towering sand dunes, tiny fishing towns, orchards, and vineyards. Peak season for this area is typically early-mid October, but you can sign up for weekly fall color report on michigan.org. Drive along Grand Traverse Bay where you’ll find fiery-hued maples and oak leaves that stand out against green pine, fir, and spruce trees. The 11-room Chateau Chantal inn and vineyard sits on a 65-acre estate on Old Mission Peninsula. Not only do they serve amazing breakfasts, but they also have their own own tasting room and winery where they produce Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and other varietals. Doubles from $190/night.
Take a vibrant mix of Victorians and historic warehouses. Fill them with inventive boutiques and restaurants. Add an industrial waterfront district—and you’ve got San Francisco’s newest creative epicenter.
The area’s beating heart is an 1890’s stable that now houses Piccino ($$)—a convivial restaurant dedicated to thin-crust pizzas and small plates—as well as an outpost of Modern Appealing Clothing, known for avant-garde fashions, and Dig, a wine shop and bar. Minnesota and 22nd Sts.
Cult brand Recchiuti Confections’ long-awaited café serves rich desserts such as mandarin-chocolate-mousse cake and lime-meringue tartlets. A few doors down is Little Nib, their new retail shop. 801 22nd St.
A lawyer for 40-plus years, Larry Lederman never planned to have a second career. But his love of trees led him to pick up a camera—and a new calling. His photography book, Magnificent Trees of the New York Botanical Garden (Monacelli Press; $50), hits shelves in time for prime leaf peeping—and it’s no surprise that his top spot for taking in foliage is the garden’s Native Forest, where maples and hickories turn surreal autumnal shades. T+L asked him for a few more favorites.
Travel + Leisure's Sarah Spagnolo presents easy weekend getaways from Boston on the Weather Channel's Wake Up and Go.
FALL FOLIAGE: Quechee, Vermont Not only is Vermont a top spot for leaf peeping, but it’s also home to a cozy hotel just a few miles from Simon Pearce’s glassblowing factory. WHERE TO STAY The Woodstock Inn & Resort is right on Quechee’s town square, with yoga, hiking trails, and the Red Rooster restaurant for classic New England clam chowder, crab cakes, and whipped sweet potatoes. PRICE $340 a night. BOOK NOWwoodstockinn.com
SEASIDE ESCAPE: Camden, Maine Just 3.5 hours outside of Boston, this harbor-side town doesn’t close down in the wintertime, which means you can explore the coast without feeling like a castaway. WHERE TO STAY Camden Harbor Inn has two new renovated suites: now there are radiant floors and steam showers. The restaurant, Natalie’s, is also on the radar of New England foodies. PRICE $225 a night. BOOK NOWcamdenharbourinn.com
We’ve found five easy big-city escapes, whether your perfect fall weekend involves hiking among changing foliage colors or joining in the wine harvest.
Easy Getaway from NYC and Boston: Litchfield County, CT Stay:The Falls Village Inn You can really get off the grid here: cell phone reception is almost non-existent. Recently redesigned, the four guestrooms and suites have botanical prints, crisp linen upholstery, and bathrooms with black-and-white tiles. The dining room showcases the work of local artists and the casual table coverings are brown butcher paper. Food is sourced locally, including hamburgers made from the grass-fed beef of nearby Whippoorwill Farm. Walk it off on the Appalachian Trail, which is right outside the door. Doubles from $199/night.
Follow these three travel tips to get the most value out of your getaway this fall.
1. Tip: Head to a Popular Summer Beach Escape
Beach getaways that people love in the summer are an insider’s secret in the fall – the weather is still great, crowds are few, and the prices drop dramatically. The quintessential New England island destination of Nantucket is a great example.
White Elephant, Nantucket, MA:You’ll find this classic resort—with expansive lawns and 64 airy rooms—occupying a prime spot on Nantucket Harbor In October, you can stay here for a low as $195/night, about half what you’d pay in the summer high season.
Silver-screen actors are answering the curtain call. Here, a look at who you’ll see in New York and London this season.
The Star: Frank Langella The Show: Roundabout Theater Company’s Man and Boy, Terence Rattigan’s drama about a ruthless tycoon facing ruin by scandal. The Details:American Airlines Theatre, 227 W. 42nd St., New York; 212/719-1300; through Nov. 27.
The Stars: Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett The Show:The Mountaintop, centered on the last night of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life. The Details:Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 W. 45th St., New York; 212/239-6200; throughJan. 15.
The Star: Tracey Ullman The Show:My City—the premiere of acclaimed writer/director Stephen Poliakoff’s first play in more than a decade—follows a former teacher and two students from her past. The Details:Almeida Theatre, Almeida St., London; 44-20/7359-4404; through Nov. 5.
The Star: Harry Connick Jr. The Show:On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, a twisted and funny redo of the 1965 musical about reincarnation. The Details:St. James Theatre, 246 W. 44th St., New York; 212/239-6200; opens Dec. 11.
The Stars: Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones The Show:Driving Miss Daisy, the classic tale of friendship between a stubborn old lady and her driver. The Details:Wyndham’s Theatre, 32 Charing Cross Rd., London; 44-844/482-5120; through Dec. 17.