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The top 5 Fall getaways in the Northeast

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The end of summer signals the approach of the season of harvest. Enjoy cooler temperatures, a handful of long weekends (including Labor Day and Thanksgiving), and breathtaking landscapes as the leaves change colors in the fall.

Living in the Northeast puts you in prime position to enjoy all the season has to offer, from hearty meals prepared with farm-fresh produce to relaxing drives through forests that have taken on a rainbow of colors.

To help you narrow down the plethora of picturesque communities in the Northeast, we have selected five places within a day’s drive of major cities like New York and Boston that are well worth a visit in the fall.

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These are the Catskills.

It would take you just over two hours to reach the mountainous, sometimes rural areas of the Catskills from most major cities. Scenic walks and drives through the autumn foliage are a must in this region, which features undulating terrain punctuated by meandering rivers and waterfalls.

Consider the hikes to the rebuilt fire tower on Mount Tremper near Phoenicia, the Overlook Mountain trailhead outside Woodstock, or the Kaaterskill Falls in Hunter, New York.

Even if you’ve been to the Catskills many times before, there’s bound to be some part of the region that you haven’t seen yet thanks to the current period of revitalization.

Big Indian’s Urban Cowboy Lodge (from $360 per night; choose a room with a clawfoot soaking tub or an outdoor cedar tub) and Foster Supply Hospitality’s Kenoza Hall (also in Big Indian) are both excellent options. The 55-acre property was built in the 1800s, and nightly room rates begin at $349. Alternatively, if you’re willing to splurge, you can stay at The Chatwal Lodge, a new rustic retreat from the same man who brought you The Chatwal, a Luxury Collection hotel near Times Square in Manhattan. A night at this hotel will set you back at least $1,200.

In and around Saratoga Springs

A visit to the racetrack isn’t the only option in Saratoga Springs. About four hours north of New York City, this city is undergoing something of a renaissance thanks to the proliferation of high-quality new hotels and the Upper Hudson Wine Trail.

You might even be able to witness the harvest if you come between the middle of September and the beginning of October. Lake George and the Adirondack Mountains, two of New York’s most beautiful natural attractions, are within easy reach.

The Brentwood Hotel, a pioneer in the industry since its 2016 debut in a remodeled motor lodge, is a clear frontrunner. The 12-room boutique hotel, designed by Brooklyn’s Studio Tack, features equestrian-themed decor to reflect its proximity to the track (rates start at $300/night).

The similarly historic Adelphi Hotel, which underwent a full renovation in 2017 and now offers cozy rooms for as little as $259, has also recently opened its doors. Morrissey’s Bar, named after the tall-tale-spinning sportsman who introduced horse racing to town, is worth a visit even if you aren’t staying at the hotel.

Greater Berkshire Area

This western Massachusetts mountainous region’s secret has finally been revealed. The Berkshires, located halfway between New York City and Boston, offer a wonderful autumn getaway thanks to their proximity to both cities and the abundance of outdoor activities, museums, and cozy inns.

There is a wide variety of autumnal activities to choose from in this region. The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, or MASS MoCA, has been a destination for art enthusiasts for quite some time. The museum is located in a cluster of renovated 19th-century mill buildings in North Adams. Don’t miss out on Sol LeWitt’s mind-blowing wall drawings, which have been a museum mainstay ever since their 2008 installation. It is also possible to visit Edith Wharton’s mansion, The Mount, in nearby Lenox, as well as the Norman Rockwell Museum, for which timed tickets must be purchased in advance.

Located in the beautiful Berkshires, Miraval Berkshires is the third location in the health and wellness resort franchise. Guests can enjoy a variety of activities, including horseback riding at Meadowview Stables, beekeeping classes, forest hiking, and treatments at the Life in Balance spa, which spans an impressive 29,000 square feet. An off-peak award night at this Category 12 resort in the World of Hyatt program will set you back 40,000 points for a single stay, while cash rates start at around $650 this upcoming fall.

Wyndhurst Mansion, an adjacent hotel, is housed in a Gilded Age mansion and cottage and can accommodate guests. The resort features plush accommodations, an outdoor pool, a golf course, and a gym with 18 holes. There are two restaurants to choose from: a casual tavern that is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and the more upscale 1894 Fireside Bistro that is open for lunch only.

Valley of the Hudson

When looking for a quick weekend getaway from New York City, the Hudson Valley is hard to beat. The picturesque city of Hudson can be reached in two and a half hours by car or by Amtrak.

Two great places to stay are the casual Rivertown Lodge (from $239) and the food-centric Wm Farmer & Sons (from $269). The Wick, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, is also a fantastic option, having opened in a renovated 19th-century candle and soap factory in the heart of town (though it will cost you 49,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night if you book this fall). The Maker Hotel is a small, intimate hotel with 11 rooms located in three downtown historic buildings; fall rates start at about $450 per night, but a two- or three-night stay is required. In Amenia, you can get away from it all at Troutbeck, an inn on a historic estate that has hosted the likes of Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau, and Teddy Roosevelt. The price of a night in one of the hotel’s bright, spacious rooms starts at $435.

Sailing on the Hudson, relaxing hikes, and apple picking are all musts no matter where you choose to stay. After all, we are in the midst of New York’s autumn season.

The Heart of Vermont

Central Vermont’s picturesque mountain scenery and quaint small towns make it an ideal fall vacation spot, located less than three hours from Boston and about five hours from New York City. There are only about 624,000 people in the entire state, so even the capital city of Montpelier has a friendly, small-town atmosphere.

The 142 rooms and suites at the historic Woodstock Inn & Resort, which was founded by Laurence and Mary Rockefeller and is located in the middle of Woodstock, have just undergone a $16 million renovation. The Red Barns serves up farm-to-table cuisine, and the adjacent spa occupies a spacious 10,000 square feet. Price per night begins at $342.

Twin Farms, a Relais & Châteaux property, is a collection of luxurious cabins dotted across a 300-acre estate in close proximity to Barnard, with nightly rates beginning at $2,550. You can also take a dip in the Japanese-style furo, canoe around the pond, or go fly fishing in the fall.

Melody Lieberman, Madison Blancaflor, and Lynn Brown contributed additional reporting.

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