You’re not just Team PSL — you’re the person who starts dreaming of Autumn before summer comes to a close. The only issue? Your location doesn’t exactly celebrate fall for longer than a hot second… and then it’s winter. Or, even worse: The sunshine glows steamy all-year-round, so you never get to witness the colorful magic of changing leaves. The good news is plenty of destinations around the country — and planet — offer all-things-fall throughout late September until mid-November. No matter if you head south toward Georgia, west toward Colorado, or make the trek to Canada, here are six easy-to-get-to, last-minute fall vacations to book now, each oozing with autumnal hues, sweater weather, and cool activities.
The Blue Ridge Mountains are home to countless hiking trails, scenic drives and this 3,000-acre property in northwest Georgia. Often coined an ‘adult playground’ during the Autumn season, you can expect miles and miles of foliage to explore on horseback, bikes or even UTVs. While you’re here, rent a cottage that comes with fire pits, and book a ride throughout the mountains. Along the way, stop to pet their goats, pigs and miniature horses at the property’s farm. And since no trip is complete without a ‘cheers’ — grab a pint at the property’s Beer Garden and nom on warm, southern comfort food.
If you’ve ever dreamed of falling asleep under the stars with sounds of a campfire crackling and water flowing nearby, this is your opportunity. This lakefront, four-star property featuring Gilded Age design is best defined as a luxury in the Adirondacks. Every suite features a cozy cast-iron fireplace, homemade cookies at turndown, and access to various activities, based on season. During the fall, you have more time to enjoy the foliage, since Lake Placid has one of the longest, most colorful seasons. You’ll enjoy a movie theater, bowling alley, and plenty of easy access to hiking trails and canoes, too.
Though this Colorado gem is beloved by skiers and snowboarders, it’s also an ideal destination for leaf peepers, too. Expect impressive golden and copper hues speckled on the state’s signature Aspen trees. This resort offers various packages that encourage outdoor activity, including mountain biking, kayaking, and hiking, all of which include a gourmet lunch. Since it’s a boutique hotel, you’ll have a quaint experience that’s still high-end.
When it comes to last-minute fall vacations, you should definitely consider The Big Sky state of Montana. Though you may think of vast, open fields, Greenough is also home to a vibrant collection of fall foliage, highlighting gold, orange, and red hues. This hotel is in the heart of Blackfoot Valley and offers a plethora of fun events including horseback riding, fly fishing, e-biking, hot air balloon rides, and more. And you book it ASAP, you can still experience ‘glamping’ with a dedicated butler included. Or if vino is more your tune, don’t miss the weekend of November 8, where the resort will host a wine weekend. Bottoms up!
An easy drive from many southeast hubs, the small town vibe of this Virginia city is not to be missed this fall. With a quaint main street, local shops, and plenty of wine to sip, since it’s in wine country, you’ll feel romanced from the moment you arrive. For a quirky stay that takes you back in history and deep into the fall foliage, stay at Goodstone Inn, which offers a variety of rooms that date back a hundred or so years. Since the property sits at 265 acres, you can explore far and wide — and even ask the team to set up a dreamy picnic for your trip.
Though Quebec City is a Canadian must-see all four seasons, there’s nothing quite as charming as the fall season. You’ll be dazzled by the cobblestone streets in the old quarters, especially when foliage dots the background behind the ancient town. And when you stay at this luxe property, you’ll be part of the treasure of time since it’s made of three historic buildings. You’ll find countless fireplaces, heated floors in the bathroom, exposed beams and more cozy wonders.