I don’t know about you, but there are two times of year that I am just itching to get away. First in March, when if I have to see another slushy, gray day I think I’ll just hibernate until May, and then again in the fall.
Fall is a great time to get some traveling in before the stress of the holidays and after the stress of your summer landscaping. Here are a few places worthy of your consideration for your fall travels.
Getting Away From It All
Fall is a great time for a romantic getaway and even the most un-outdoorsy of us can get excited about walks in the woods and flickering firelight.
Look for quiet New England towns such as Jeffersonville, Vt. You won’t be roughing it in the deluxe log cabins at Sterling Ridge Resort. They have fully equipped kitchens, wood burning fireplaces and Jacuzzi tubs. Get the quintessential New England experience by checking out the local antique stores and touring the nearby covered bridges. Oh, and the foliage is pretty nice, too.
Sights to See
Pigeon Forge, Tenn., is a prime place to soak up the Smoky Mountain fall. Depending on how “back to nature” you want to get, choose from hotel, condo and cabin accommodations. In Pigeon Forge, it’s all about what you can do. If you’re heading there this fall, here are a few places you may want to stop and a few things you’ll want to write home about:
- Titanic Museum
- Horseback riding
- Ziplining (hello, up close and personal fall foliage tour)
- Shopping and entertainment
Mr. and Mrs. Smith Go to Washington
The politicians are back in house after the summer, but the tourists have all headed home. Fall is a great time to visit our nation’s capital, especially for the foodie. The Taste of DC event is a Pennsylvania Avenue food-wine-beer-music that draws crowds of the hungry and thirsty.
Once you’ve sampled your way through the festival, it’s a great time to see the sights. After you’ve hit the museums, get back to nature:
Maine: The Entire State
Nothing says autumn like enjoying a steaming bowl of lobster — or is that lobstah? — bisque overlooking a bay while the leaves change around you. Maine has the mountains, the lakes and the coastline to thrill every traveler. You’ll find cosmopolitan cities and pristine farmlands being neighborly, and where else can you go whale watching before heading out on a moose safari?
So what should you see if you head north for the fall?
- Eat your way through Portland, “Bon Apetit’s” 2009 “foodiest small town” in America.
- Feeling artsy and adventurous? Check out the artists’ colony on Monhegan Island. It’s a tiny, car-less island accessible only by boat.
- Take a cruise. Maine Windjammer Cruises are a nostalgic way to explore the coast.
Maybe you’re not a sweaters and soup kind of fall person. That’s, OK, because autumn can be a great time to hit destinations that have nothing to do with pumpkins and leaves. Visit Florida launched a fall campaign targeting childless travelers who want to stretch out their sun exposure before summer. So you may want to check out the travel discounts offered. With temperatures still in the high 70s and low 80s, fall is a great time to visit.
What should you plan on doing if you don’t need to visit Mickey?
- Try a driving food tour of the Florida Keys.
- Check out Amelia Island, one of the Top 10 North American Islands according to Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards.
- See how Florida does fall with Oktoberfest I and II celebrations and the Sarasota Pumpkin Festival.