Follow the road less taken to Bed and Breakfasts with fall foliage views
Sad about summer ending? Sure, packing up the swimsuits and sandals and saying good-bye to the carefree days of summer is never fun. But, don’t overlook fall. Afternoons spent on the beach cooling off with your favorite ice cream flavors turn into evenings cozying up on the couch under a chunky quilt sipping warm mulled cider. And, as the days begin losing their length, the luscious greens of the leaves begin to transform into rich burgundies, tangerines and golds. It’s a once-a-year spectacle that will have your camera clicking.
Getaways to soak in the colorful canopy make quintessential autumn escapes. But, if you’re thinking you can only visit New England to see fall’s finest colors, think again. The foliage stretches from the mountains of the south, the vineyards to the west and the wooded countryside to the north.
Here are six inns where the fall foliage is in full view:
Inn at Harbor Hill Marina—Niantic, CT
All aboard for this romantic fall getaway set along the Connecticut coast. Start the day with a candlelit breakfast overlooking the inn’s marina before cozying up in a vintage train car while viewing the foliage from your seat on the Essex Steam Train Ride. Go from land to sea the next day as you tour the Connecticut River and the autumn splendor on board the riverboat Becky Thatcher.
Samuel Fitch House—Westford, MA
Let your Columbus Day weekend be filled with foliage. Kick off your getaway with a scrumptious dinner at a top-flight restaurant in town on Friday. The next morning you’ll take part in a foliage hike led by Malcolm, the inn’s chocolate Labrador mascot, followed by an activity of your choosing. End your weekend with another morning foliage hike to a hidden pond for a refreshing dip.
Have you ever thought of following the foliage to California Wine Country? It’s a brilliant display as the green leaves of the grapevines transform into a blanket of rich bronze during the fall season. When you stay two nights at the 1801 First, you’ll enjoy a 6-hour group winery tour and front row seats to the foliage when you lay out the complimentary gourmet picnic next to a vineyard.
1880 Cliff Cottage Inn – Luxury B&B Suites & Historic Cottages—Eureka Springs, AR
If you’re looking for a change of scenery, head for Eureka Springs, AR. Surrounded by 100-year old oak trees and with the Ozark Mountains as its backdrop, this inn has the perfect view for leaf peeping. Share a toast courtesy of a complimentary bottle of champagne and savor a gourmet breakfast delivered right to your room.
Greenville Inn at Moosehead Lake—Greenville, ME
Can you keep a secret? When you stay two nights at this restored Victorian Mansion, you’ll go on a 4-hour tour of some of Greenville’s least-known foliage viewing spots courtesy of the inn’s Maine Guide. When you return to the inn, grab refreshments from the guest pantry and relax on the wrap-around veranda before heading out for dinner.
Cloverdale—St. Andrews, MB
Experience rustic elegance at this 3-room handmade log home located in a peaceful country setting outside of Winnipeg. You can unwind on the inn’s charming front porch with a warm cup of coffee while admiring the canopy of color and the local wildlife. Spend an afternoon at the Cloverdale Craft School learning the basics of blacksmithing including hammer control, fire building, metal temperature control and other techniques.
So, summer is slowly coming to an end. That’s okay. Let the fall foliage be your consolation prize.
Rich Rodriguez is the Director of PR & Marketing for BnBFinder.com, one of the world’s most comprehensive B&B directories. You can read more about B&Bs and travel at the BnBFinder blog. Follow along on Twitter at @BnBFinder, Facebook and Google+.