HARVEST INN, Napa Valley
Sniffle Meter: 5
Everywhere you turn in this eight acres estate will be a bloom, a bush, or a tree. The brick walkways are lined with rhododendron and azalea bushes, and a canopy of redwoods tower over you as you make way around the vivid Technicolor palette of a property. But it's Napa, so there will be wine to soothe your sinuses and glorious sunsets to distract you from any type of dander. The views of the Mayacamas Mountains and the vineyards alone are enough to just pop a Zyrtec, sit on a garden bench and decide which time will you schedule your spa treatment in the Garden Massage Sanctuary. Hint: Do it well after the complimentary, but filling full-country breakfast. Rooms from $399 during October and November.
Bellagio is low on pollen, high on fun.
BELLAGIO Las Vegas
Sniffle Meter: 3
One wouldn't think you'd find fall foliage in the desert, but autumn is in effect at the Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens. Here, you'll find more than 8,500 chrysanthemums in 10 color variations bedded among ivy, plum and magnolia trees. And how fun is it to discover 2,500 pumpkins of all shapes and sizes (the largest weighs almost 1,200 pounds!? Art comes to life in the form of hand-sculpted maple, chestnut, birch and oak trees and plenty of pinecones. What kids (and adults) love best is the 20-foot-tall enchanted talking tree that welcomes (and sometimes surprises) visitors. The fantasy and ambiance continues with scarecrows, a cider mill, and violin and cello players who perform nightly. This free exhibition is open 24/7 until November 29th. Room rates begin at $159 in October.
THE LITTLE NELL, Aspen, CO
Sniffle Meter: 8
Most people equate Aspen with skiing, but for those who are just as allergic to snow and "scenes", the most beautiful time of the year to visit is right now. The locals are more chill, no longer having to deal with the "haves". And the fall colors are exploding all around. Two great ways to see the season? Take a test drive in the free Audi the hotel lends to guests and explore Independence Pass. Or, strap on a backpack and head to Maroon Creek or the Grottos, where the streams, white-tailed deer, and views of the Aspen trees trying to shield all from prying eyes are damn-near cry worthy. Back at the hotel, you'll be glad your chic room has a humidifier (Aspen's 11,000-feet altitude can take a while to adjust to), and a chef who serves Colorado chicken, lamb, and beef at Element47 restaurant.
BLANTYRE, Lenox, MA
Sniffle Meter: 9
They call the journey to Blantyre resort the "Route du Bonheur", which translates to the "road to happiness". That might not be that much of an understatement for this Berkshires beauty which sits on 113 acres of vivid orange, red, and yellow-shaded maple, oak and birch trees. Guests come to the 20th-century Relais & Chateau country house not just for the first-class dining, which will now include seasonal fare such as acorn squash risotto and crispy pork belly, but also to escape nearby cities like Boston and New York. Here they'll take advantage of the extreme quiet--best appreciated during a hike to the peak of Mount Greylock or horseback or bike riding through the fauna-filled woodlands. Room rates in October begin at $750, including full country breakfast.
PollenTip: The Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) has a Fall Foliage Fun Planner that provides event listings and foliage conditions based on dates chosen by users. There's also nine suggested scenic driving routes throughout the state! In fact, most state tourism boards will have similar Autumn Guides so you know how much Zyrtec to put in your Zip-loc!
[Photos: Harvest Inn/Golden Arrow/Bellagio]