Yes, we’re devastated that summer is over. Luckily, the thought of crisp weather, pumpkin picking, warm apple cider donuts, and being awed by the gorgeous fall foliage helps ease the pain. While the leaves change color in most places throughout the U.S., it is generally acknowledged that the crème de la crème of leaf-peeping takes place in the Northeast. So, replace your rosé with a pumpkin spice latte, pack your coziest sweater and get ready to enjoy fall’s killer colors at one of these sublime spots.
3805 Main Street, Stone Ridge, New York 12484
+1 845 687 0736
Hasbrouck House is a grand 1750s Dutch Colonial estate that has been lovingly restored into a gorgeous boutique hotel. The Inn is chicer than chic with historic, old-world details (brick walls, fireplaces, clawfoot bathtubs) updated with modern, luxurious amenities (Frette linens, Nespresso machines, in-room massages). It will be tough to leave the 30 beautifully designed bedrooms, a cozy bar with a fireplace, and ah-mazing farm-to-table restaurant, but you will be rewarded if you do. Walk or borrow a bike to explore the 55 glorious acres of the property. Stroll over to neighboring Stone Ridge Orchard to pick apples and pears, buy homemade baked goods, and listen to music at their Farm Bar on weekends. Roast marshmallows over the nightly bonfires, which go year-round. If you want more in-depth leaf-peeping, then head over to the Catskill Mountains, Minnewaska State Park, and Mohonk Preserve which are just minutes away.
FOXFIRE MOUNTAIN HOUSE
72 Andrew Lane, Mt. Tremper, NY 12457
+1 845 688 2500
Another fave in the Catskills area is the bohemian, über-cool Foxfire Mountain House. The low-key hotel was lovingly renovated by a chef/designer couple who painstakingly restored the hotel (mostly by themselves!) and opened it in 2016. (A book about their experience, Foxfire Living: Design, Recipes, and Stories from the Magical Inn in the Catskills is being published in November). Set on ten private acres with a backdrop of mountains, woods, pond with bridge, lily pool and wild meadows, it's the kind of place you'll want to take over with a group of friends and never leave. The property consists of the Inn with 11 guest rooms, bar, restaurant, lounge, Moroccan-tiled veranda, cottage with 3 bedrooms and outdoor glasshouse. There are plenty of nearby hiking trails if you can bear to tear yourself away from the haven that is Foxfire.
WOODSTOCK INN AND RESORT
14 The Green, Woodstock, Vermont 05091
+1 888 338 2745
The historic town of Woodstock, Vermont has been called the "quintessential New England village," so expect a picture-perfect enclave filled with cute shops, bookstores, restaurants and even a few covered bridges. The Woodstock Inn – a luxurious, full-scale resort with 5-star amenities – anchors the town and is the perfect base to explore the area. Step outside the resort and wander on more than 60 miles of interconnected trails and pathways that wind through Woodstock Village, meadows and woodlands, and rural countryside. You can also check out the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park (steps from the Inn) to explore Pogue Pond and miles of beautiful carriage trails. Vermont has the highest percentage of maple trees in the country – and three-quarters of the state is forested – so you are guaranteed to see some of the best Fall foliage around.
MAYFLOWER INN AND SPA
118 Woodbury Rd, Route 47, Washington, CT 06793
+1 866 217 0869
The Mayflower is a serious destination spa that just happens to be located in one of the prettiest areas for viewing the changing leaves. Nestled in the Northwestern CT's Litchfield Hills, the area is surrounded by bucolic villages filled with antique shops, restaurants and art galleries. You can check out the stunning foliage by hiking in two nearby state parks, biking local trails or just looking at the trees from the floor to ceiling spa windows after a spa treatment. Close to the Mayflower is the Steep Rock Preserve where you can hike or bike on over 40 miles of trails along the Shepaug River. Have the Mayflower pack a picnic and spend the day outside! It's also worth a visit to 10th generation Averill Farm for apple and pear picking. Be sure and scoop up their homemade donuts, cider, jams and jellies for the ride home.
OMNI MOUNT WASHINGTON RESORT
310 Mount Washington Hotel Rd, Bretton Woods, NH 03575
+1 603 278 1000
When it comes to fall foliage, it's tough to beat New Hampshire's White Mountains. The Omni Mount Washington Resort is an elegant, storied property that has it all – luxurious spa, golf, kids' activities - and lots of stellar drinking and dining options. Omni is located smack in the middle of the mountains, so you barely have to leave the property to take in the gorgeous scenery. For next-level views and incredible photo ops, climb aboard the Bethlehem Express Quad chairlift to ascend Mount Washington to the highest point in the Northeast. Alternatively, you can take a ride on The Cog, a vintage train that chugs to the summit of Mt. Washington. The colors and views from the top of the mountain are breathtaking and well worth the trip.
52 High Street, Camden, Maine 04843
+1 207 236 3391
Maine has some of the most beautiful scenery for fall foliage with stunning vistas all along the coast as well as far inland. Camden, Maine is a great base to explore the area and the beautifully renovated Whitehall Hotel is THE place to stay. The 36-room hotel has tons of cozy spots to relax including rambling porches with rocking chairs, a snug bar, and an outdoor fire pit. A short walk from the hotel brings you to the heart of Camden, where there are quaint shops, buzzy restaurants, and a seriously picturesque harbor. For a closer look at nature head to Merryspring, a 66-acre park in Camden/Rockport where you can lose yourself among the stunning gardens, stately birch groves, and rustic greenhouse. Then hike (or drive if you're lazy) up Mount Battie as the view from the top is 100% worth the two-hour trek. At the summit, you'll be blown away by the panoramic view of surrounding lakes, wooded hillsides, Camden's harbor, and Penobscot Bay. Fall foliage at its best!
This Fall Foliage Map put out annually by smokymountains.com predicts when and where leaves are going to be at their prime in your area.