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Grab your camera, throw on a sweater and explore the colorful landscape with the unique leaf-peeping activities at luxury hotels and resorts across the country. From an adventurous Glider Air Tour at Hotel Madeline Telluride in Colorado to a soothing Mountain View massage at Omni Grove Park Inn, our “leaf peeping bucket list” outlines the most exciting ways to take-in the vibrantly colored foliage this fall at luxury hotels across the country.
Vermont Fall Foliage: Norwich to Stowe tour with Country Walkers
Create a fall bucket list and visit the Trapp Family Lodge, the inspiration for The Sound of Music on the Vermont Fall Foliage: Norwich to Stowe tour from Country Walkers. After the von Trapp family escaped from Austria, they came to Vermont and built a resort similar to their alpine home, reminding them of a few of their “favorite things” from Austria. At the lodge, visitors can visit the final resting place of Maria and Georg as they walk the forest and view fall foliage and the season’s beautiful colors. This revamped itinerary beginning in Norwich and ending in Stowe, leads guests through the rolling hills and rural landscapes dotted with picturesque New England villages. Highlights of this itinerary include exploring hidden bootlegger caves in the Green Mountain and visiting the esteemed Vanderbilt Country Estate. Rates start at $2,898 per person.
Glider Air Tour at Hotel Madeline Telluride (CO)
Embark on a bucket list adventure and watch the seasons change at Hotel Madeline Telluride this fall. Travelers can take in the fall colors just outside Mountain Village in the nearby San Sophia Mountain Range and soar to new heights with the Glider Air Tour. Details of every peak, valley, meadow and lake come alive in this thrilling journey above the clouds with a local pilot beside you and dramatic views beneath you. Back on property, nature lovers and adventure seekers alike can soak in some of the most magnificent fall foliage in the country with easily accessible scenic trails and hikes, organized jeep tours to Ouray and the Million Dollar Highway and more. Travelers who book a hotel room or luxurious condo for two nights will receive the third night free for travel through October 19th. Rates start at $187 per night.
Drive the Rim of the World Highway to Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa (CA)
This fall, take the stunning 17 mile drive along the Rim of the World Highway, to Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa in Lake Arrowhead, California. Part of California’s State Scenic Highway System, the drive takes you through the San Bernardino National Forest providing unparalleled views of the mountainside and countless opportunities to take one-of-a-kind photos throughout the journey. At Lake Arrowhead, enjoy lakeside views engulfed in rich hues of red, orange and deep gold. Guests can further experience the changing of the leaves with a seasonal spa treatment when they arrive at the Spa of the Pines. The aromatic Spiced Body Scrub spa treatment is the perfect ending to the great fall escape, complete with a blend of crisp warm fragrances to entice the senses, with scents of clove, cinnamon and pumpkin. Rates start at $161 per night.
Cascades Gorge Hike at The Omni Homestead Resort (VA)
Nestled in the Allegheny Mountains, the historic Omni Homestead Resort is surrounded by a picturesque setting, perfect for outdoor fall activities. Guests are invited to join the Cascades Gorge Hike, led by an entertaining naturalist, to explore the parts of the3,000 acre property. The hike will take guests through a series of beautiful waterfallsalongside the warm fall tones of a deep, Allegheny Mountain gorge trail. The two-mile journey is one of the most beautiful in the region, and is an excellent way to enjoy crisp fall air and one-of-a-kind views. Rates start at $220 per night.
Off-Road Segway tours at Omni Bedford Springs (PA)
Nestled in the Allegheny Mountains of Bedford, PA, Omni Bedford Springs Resort is the perfect place to enjoy the beauty of autumn with tree-lined trails, campfires and more. For the most exciting way to leaf peep, the resort offers daily Segway tours. The off-road Segway tours allow guests to enjoy the fall foliage up-close with scenic stops at Red Oak Lake, Naugle’s Mill trail, and the county’s famous covered bridges. The Segway trails also lead to the property’s eight historic natural springs. Rates start at $299 per night.
Mountain View Massage at The Omni Grove Park Inn (NC)
This fall, The Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC, invites guests to take in stunning views of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains with a “Mountain View” massage at The Spa’s year-round outdoor pagoda. Overlooking breathtaking views of fall scenery, guests can enjoy the fresh Appalachian Mountain air or a cozy fire on a chilly fall’s eve as they experience their massage. After their treatment, guests can continue admiring the scenery at the 43,000-square-foot Spa with a swim in the warm mineral pools or curled up on overstuffed chairs at one of three fireside lounges. Rates start at $219 per night.
Zip-lining at Omni Mount Washington Resort (NH)
Take in the scenery from above the trees at the Omni Mount Washington Resort. Become engulfed in the area’s colorful landscape as you soar hundreds of feet through the air past the tops of ancient hemlocks, spruces and white pine trees on the resort’sBretton Woods Canopy Tour. Guests can combine the adrenaline rush of a zip line with the beauty of New Hampshire’s gorgeous foliage while on the 4,700-foot tour. As New Hampshire’s longest zip line, the unique excursion is comprised of nine zip lines, two suspension bridges, hiking and even rappelling deep into the forests of Bretton Woods. Rates start at $229 per night.
Guided Nature Hike at Montage Deer Valley (UT)
With sweeping views of the Wasatch Mountains, Montage Deer Valley in Park City, Utah, is the ultimate retreat for those looking to explore natural splendor. Check “becoming one with nature” off the list this fall as the mountain resort offers one or two hour Guided Nature Hikes, where guests can glimpse elk, antelopes, deer, buffalo or the occasional fox. The 160-mile mountain terrain offers a stunning view of bright-yellow gold, mixed with glowing red fir and oak leaves. It’s easy to become immersed into nature with the rustic hues of rich orange and soft browns which can be seen from lower levels of the hotel or atop one of the diverse trails. Rates start at $275 per night.
Leaf Peep & Wine Tasting at Tides Inn (VA)
Tides Inn, the award-winning waterside retreat in Irvington, VA invites guests to leaf-peep this season while discovering the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail. Surrounded by rich hues of red, orange and gold foliage, fall is the perfect time for an afternoon of leaf peeping and wine tasting. To complete the experience, guests can pack Tides’ wicker picnic basket with lunch and lite bites to enjoy as they travel from winery to winery. With Tides Inn’s Virginia Wine Trail package, guests can enjoy deluxe room accommodations, breakfast, picnic basket lunch for a self-guided tour of the Virginia Wine Trail and a special three-course dinner for two at the restaurant. Rates start at 409 per night based on double occupancy.
Lucky Lobstering at Chebeague Island Inn (ME)
This Fall, Chebeague Island Inn off the coast of Portland, Maine, invites guests to experience the “Lucky Lobstering” package and join local legend and real-life lobsterman, Captain Jedediah Spear, for a two-hour excursion around scenic Casco Bay aboard Captain Spear’s Sea Nile. While on-board, guests can also take in the remarkable Autumn colors from the unique perspective on the water. Available only during the Lobster season, also the peak time for fall foliage, in September and October, guests will catch their own lobster and enjoy the fresh catch back at the hotel with all the fixings and wine pairings. From $405 a person.
Hike the Freedom Trail in Boston at XV Beacon (MA)
The luxurious XV Beacon located in the historic Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston offers guests a bird’s eye view of the famed New England fall foliage from their rooftop deck overlooking historic architecture. Step into the action of the falling leaves with a hike through the historic Freedom Trail and get a first hand view while learning about the many Presidents that walked the very same path hundreds of years ago. End at theCommons public park or the Faneuil Hall Marketplace to taste the season with freshly harvested apples and a warm cup of cider. Experience Boston in its entire splendor with this fall with rates starting at $400 per night.
Sailing Lessons at Hotel Vermont (VT)
The recently opened and eco-friendly Hotel Vermont is the first independent hotel to join the quaint town of Burlington and will celebrate the famous Vermont maples at their peak foliage with seasonal cocktails blending local flavors like Vermont Gold Vodka, Maple Sapling, Apple Cider, White Wine, and Cinnamon, to give guests a “taste” of Vermont in October. Enjoy the stunning views of red and orange leaves while learning to sailboat with Let’s Go Sailing, one of the hotels adventure partners. From rigging up the boat to practicing all 5 points of sail, you will learn the fine art of sailing in a relaxed and fun setting overlooking the scenery of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains. Rates start at $229 per night.