The Homestead in Hot Springs, VA
Best time for foliage: Late October to mid-November
Wedding 411: Nestled on 3,000 acres, this circa-1776 resort is a gorgeous example of grand, Southern architecture (think pillars, rich upholstery, and ornate curtains Scarlett O'Hara would've happily made into dresses). And, with 483 rooms and a myriad of wedding site options, the property can host celebrations for up to 500 people. Pre-wedding, guests can take in the changing leaves with a hike in the nearby George Washington National Forest, or relax the way Thomas Jefferson might have (he hung out here with James Madison in 1818) at the property's spa featuring mineral-fed hot springs pools. Exchange vows on the resort's expansive lawn for larger weddings, or in the quaint garden for smaller ceremonies—both offer the vibrant autumnal colors of the Allegheny Mountains as your backdrop. Hold your reception in the resort's newest venue, the rustic, wood-beamed Shooting Club Pavilion, which has gorgeous views of the mountain range.
Fees: Ceremony site fees range from $1,500 to $3,000; receptions cost approximately $175 per person including food, beverages, and wedding cake