10 Quintessential Fall Weekend Trips

by , SmarterTravel Staff
Fall at the Base of Mt. Washington (Photo: Matthew Hunt via flickr/CC Attribution)
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Fall at the Base of Mt. Washington (Photo: Matthew Hunt via flickr/CC Attribution)

Shortening days, comfy sweaters, steaming mugs of warm apple cider: Some things are so quintessentially fall that, despite the promise of snowy days to come, we just can't wait to partake. Autumn is the ideal time for weekend trips both urban and rustic. Check out our 10 favorite fall destinations and then plan your own cozy escape.


Mt. Washington Valley, New Hampshire

The octet of villages in New Hampshire's Mt. Washington Valley would scream "fall in New England" … if screaming weren't completely out of character for the area's tranquil spirit. While the region is known for snow sports and world-class skiing later in the season, it's also brimming with autumnal activities. From leaf peeping along the Appalachian Trail to pick-your-own pumpkin patches and apple orchards, there's something for everyone along the area's winding byways. In North Conway, take a ride in historical Pullman cars on the Conway Scenic Railroad before stopping at one of the many nearby outlets … you know, for your new fall wardrobe.

Where to Stay: Check the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce Hot Deals page for special prices on packages, dining, and accommodations throughout the fall. Little inns abound in this region, but The Wentworth (with its AAA Four-Diamond dining room) is a particularly polished but cozy option in Jackson Village that offers several packages for fall getaways, with low off-season rates from $115 per night starting October 20.

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