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Explore the Outdoors by Hopping from Inn to Inn

by - August 28, 2014
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October Country Inn, Bridgewater Corners, VT (Photo: TripAdvisor, LLC)

Leave your car behind and discover the delights of fall and early winter as you journey from inn to inn by bike, foot, horse, skis, or snowshoes. After an invigorating day in the crisp air, arrive at a charming little inn where your bags await and someone else has prepared a hearty meal. Gracious innkeepers send you off the next morning with a fond farewell and a bagged lunch, wherever you may be: among fall foliage in Vermont, in the wine country of Italy, or between volcanoes in Ecuador.

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Hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park

Nine years ago, Rocky Mountain National Park turned a bit European. That's when one couple, inspired by an inn-to-inn hiking holiday in England, created 42-mile Walter Tishma Way from Estes Park to Allenspark. Every six to 11 miles along the route is another inn, where your luggage and a bagged lunch for the next day await you. The trail is named after a local legend, famous for summiting Longs Peak 113 times. Cooler days and golden Aspen foliage make this trip ideal in fall. In winter, try Estes Park's inn-to-inn trip on snowshoes.

En Route: You'll take in views of the Colorado fourteener Longs Peak, Lumpy Ridge, beautiful meadows, and a waterfall. Climb over Storm Pass to the higher elevations, where moose and other wildlife sightings are common.

Cost: $890 per person, double occupancy, for a five-night trip; $790 for a four-night trip. This includes inn stays with breakfast, sack lunches on hiking days, luggage transfer, and a celebration dinner on the last night. Self-guided departures are available through September.

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