Whether you’re looking to take in the changing fall foliage, pick your own seasonal crops or simply escape the stressors of wedding planning, the fall is a great time for a weekend getaway with your love. Pack all the cozy sweaters and your best boots and head to one of our favorite spots for fall, from California to New York City and plenty of places in between.
Newport, Rhode Island
Cliff walks, mansion tours, and fall foliage, oh my! A popular summer destination, Newport doubles as an equally fun fall spot, too. (Especially during the annual Food and Wine Festival!) While lodging in one of the 257 guest rooms at the newly opened Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina you’ll enjoy 360-degree views of the water, luxurious spa services, an indoor pool for year-round swimming and soaking, and incredible dining options like Scarpetta of NYC fame. Museums, pick-your-own farms, and fall sailing are just some of the activities to keep you busy enjoying the weather and scenery.
If you could capture all that harvest season has to offer and put it in one quaint town, the result would be Lancaster. This Dutch Country town is one of the oldest inland towns in the United States and is certainly in its prime during fall. Farms and orchards in full bloom, farm-to-table cuisine, fresh microbrews and markets, and antique hunting are only a sampling of the charm you’ll find during your Lancaster getaway. Part of the Historic Hotels of America, the brand-new (just opening this month!) Cork Factory Hotel is an excellent option for your stay. Nineteenth-century brick walls and wood ceilings provide vintage industrial vibes in this converted cork factory, now an award-winning hotel offering elegant accommodations amid historical charm.
New York City
Before the hustle and bustle of the holidays and after the sweltering summer heat, fall is prime time for a visit to good ol' NYC. Grab your leather boots and cozy sweaters and head to the Big Apple for a getaway to remember. Romantic strolls through Central Park, Broadway matinees, world-class dining, and ample shopping are only a few of the hundreds of activities to occupy your days, while hot nightlife in the city that never sleeps will keep you out past bedtime. Retire for the evening at The Whitby conveniently only two blocks from iconic Central Park. Amenities include a private outdoor terrace and fully equipped gym (in case you didn’t walk enough city blocks), done in elegant English style by design director Kit Kemp. Or, for a truly authentic stay, opt for one of the many Airbnb offerings and live like a true New Yorker.
San Francisco is much more than just home to the Golden Gate Bridge and the Full House house. With average San Fran fall temperatures in the low 70s (it actually gets a little warmer in the early fall), it’s perfect sightseeing weather as you tour all the city has to offer, including Alcatraz Island, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Painted Ladies, and a ride on the iconic cable cars. While in town, stay at The Westin St. Francis in the heart of Union Square and perfectly located near tons of tourist spots, including the famous Chinatown. Whatever you do, you’ll fall in love with The Golden City.
San Antonio, Texas
As the temperatures start to drop, things are just heating up in San Antonio. The city comes alive in the fall with fun festivals and special events, including Dia de los Muertos celebrations, Halloween fun, arts festivals, and of course two of its most popular attractions, The Alamo Mission and the River Walk. Stroll along the banks of the San Antonio River, walk along the lush greenery and sample restaurants, shop till you drop at the Shops at River Center, and marvel at the San Antonio Museum of Art, for starters. When it’s time to call it a night, return to your room at The Hotel Contessa, where you’ll relax in a modern and luxurious suite, while enjoying on-site amenities including The Woodhouse Day Spa, Las Ramblas restaurant, and The Cork Bar.
Stone Harbor, New Jersey
Just 20 minutes north of summer hot spot Cape May, Stone Harbor has been described by The New York Times as a location of “gleaming McMansions and elegant shops.” It’s rumored that Taylor Swift used to summer in town, and with small-town charm at under 2 square miles, it’s no secret as to why. As the leaves change, Stone Harbor gets perfectly quiet, making it an ideal location for an autumn visit. Call the Reeds at Shelter Haven home for your stay and enjoy this year-round escape nestled on the bay. The boutique resort boasts an incredible Salt Spa, where you can warm up with a Turkish Bath in between golf excursions and sightseeing. (The resort doubles an awesome wedding venue, too.)
The Berkshires, Massachusetts
A range of the Appalachian Mountains, The Berkshires, also known as Berkshire Hills, is a region of mountains spanning a few states but most often referring to Berkshire County, Massachusetts. Crisp air, brightly colored fall foliage and jaw-dropping scenery will surround you as you enjoy all the region has to offer, including apple picking, hiking, shopping, spas, and historical sites. For a storybook setting, the bed & breakfast at Stonover Farm in Lenox offers private accommodations in one of three suites, the Rock Cottage, or the School House. With a rich history dating back to 1890, it offers a serene setting nestled in the heart of the Berkshires, yet just a quick drive away from many of the popular attractions within the region.