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5 Design Hotels That Will Make Leaf-Peeping Less 'Basic'

September 23, 2014 at 12:11 PM | by | ()

Nothing like 269 pieces of modern art by 36 local artists to light up, so to speak, a former tobacco warehouse in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Autumn is officially upon us and for most of the eastern U.S., the temperatures are getting cooler while the colors are getting hotter. Fall foliage expeditions have always been popular (some may call it "leaf-peeping") and the scenery each year is never quite the same, as Mother Nature ultimately decides the color palette.

Yet, some of the regular hotel options along the fall foliage trail are rather "basic". You know, a little too much pumpkin spice and not a lot of actual pumpkin.

So we've decided to break away and seek out some less ordinary hotel options.

Here are five hotel picks for this season, each with its own story to tell.

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Fall Foliage Hotels For Allergy Sufferers

September 30, 2013 at 11:20 AM | by | ()

With a name like Harvest Inn, best bring your hanky and keep your wine glass full!

We get a bit hesitant when it comes to fall foliage season. Sure, the leaves are in full color around most of the country and the change is so pretty to witness. But we're wary of jumping on the Leaf Peeping Bandwagon.

It’s selfish really. For some of us, this means the start of allergy season when we'll begin raking up endless piles of...tissues. Not a good look. Still, we won't be leaf-peeping poopers. Instead, here's a handy guide to some lovely hotels promising awesome autumn splendor.

As a bonus, our Sniffle Meter gives you the highest pollen count you'll face there on a scale of 1-10. The highest meaning bring your Claritin!

So pack your mock-turtleneck, Keen's, and Kleenex. It's time to embrace Mother Nature's bounty!

The Golden Arrow at Lake Placid, New York is high on the allergy meter. But go anyway!

Sniffle Meter: 7
You'll be in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains at this traditional ski resort town. But during the fall months it's all about hiking and biking the miles of trails, and getting the last bit of golf in. The Golden Arrow has an awesome location overlooking Mirror Lake, and better yet have allergen-free rooms so you'll be comfy at night on dust-mite covered beds and a hepa-filtered room after a woods-filled day. Room rates begin at $119 in October.

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Where to Stay While Leaf-Peeping in Vermont: The Inn at Montpelier

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  Site Where: 147 Main Street [map], Montpelier, VT, United States, 05602
October 7, 2010 at 4:00 PM | by | ()

As one of friends said to us when we pulled up at the vintage Inn at Montpelier on Main Street, "Montpelier's got charm coming out of its butt." Never were truer words spoken. The charm that oozes from Montpelier is especially apparent during autumn, its top tourist season, when leaf peepers from around the world descend on the state to pretty much watch grass grow, or rather, leaves die.

Said friend is a native of Montpelier, and according to him, The Inn is the place to stay as a base for forays into the foliage. Maybe it's the expansive front porch or maybe it's the fiery red trees already around the property, but we get why it's so popular. Hint: it's both. The main house and its ten fireplaces were built early in the 1800s and it remains independently owned.

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Fall Foliage Hotels :: Virginia's Keswick Hall

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  Site Where: 701 Club Drive [map], Keswick, VA, United States
October 14, 2008 at 9:53 AM | by | ()

You might have missed the boat on catching the fall colors in New England, but the leaf-peeping is making its way South....

According to local news in Charlottesville, Virginia, the colors are headed down to the Bible Belt -- one place to take in the natural autumnal palette is Keswick Hall, just a short drive from Jefferson's Monticello (as well as his classically designed University of Virginia).

Complete with baby butlers, an "Arnold Palmer" signature 18-hole golf course, a smokin' wine cellar and some delicious bars, spa, tennis, and three swimming pools, you should be able to find something to do in between all that intense leaf-peeping.

The hotel is offering a healthy handful of packages, so you might get some goodies tacked onto the usual room rates that start around $365.

[Photo: Keithwj]

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Fall Foliage Hotels :: Vacation Like A Windsor in the Commonwealth

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  Site Where: 48 John Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, Canada
October 2, 2008 at 10:00 AM | by | ()

When it comes to taking in the changing leaves of autumn, no mention of Prince of Wales hotel in Niagara-on-the-Lake, as we did yesterday, is complete without mentioning its countryside doppelganger, Pillar and Post. If Prince of Wales is Buckingham Palace, then Pillar and Post is the queen's country home, Sandringham Estate. The hotels have the same owner, with a clear fixation on British aristocracy.

The building, constructed in the 1890s, was originally a canning factory. Now a five-star hotel, it bears little resemblance to the original structure. The grounds include an enormous spa, a saltwater pool, and faux waterfall whirlpool.

Be forewarned, as the buggy photo above shows, the hotel takes its country cottage theme a little too seriously. For those who feel a surge of nausea at the sight of a ruffled bed skirt, this place is not for you. But if craft fairs are your favorite Saturday activity, book a room now.

[Photo: Dave Mather]

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Fall Foliage Hotels :: Prince of Wales Found In Ontario

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  Site Where: 6 Picton Street , Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, Canada, L0S1J0
October 1, 2008 at 9:18 AM | by | ()

October begins today. The month ushers in with it the transformation of brightly colored leaves and crisp, comfortable air. After we finish our trips to bungalows on the beach and before we head off to ski resorts, there are a few places best suited for taking in Autumn.

At Niagara-on-the-Lake in Ontario, Canada, in addition to the abundance of foliage in the surrounding areas, fall offers the town's best wine tours and its annual Shaw Festival, a play series held at local venues. The most renowned and, well, fanciest hotel in town is Prince of Wales, which takes its moniker literally.

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Fall Foliage Hotels :: Otesaga's Centennial Cooperstown Package

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  Site Where: 60 Lake Street [map], Cooperstown, ny, United States, 13326
September 25, 2008 at 9:15 AM | by | ()

One of America's grand dame hotels is rolling out a special to commemorate its upcoming centennial. The Otesaga in Cooperstown, perched on the shores of Lake Otsego and a stone's throw from America's richest baseball museum, is surrounded by history and is history itself.

A century old on July 12, 2009, the hotel is part of literary history (the lake is referred to as "Glimmerglass" in writer James Fenimore Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales); was an architectural marvel when it opened, with phones in every room and central heating, designed by the same fellows that built The Dakota in New York City; and a celebrity haunt, with baseball players like Ty Cobb, Cy Young and Joltin' Joe DiMaggio holed up.

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Fall Foliage Hotels :: Renaissance Boston for Love and Leaves

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  Site Where: 606 Congress Street [map], Boston, MA, United States, 02210
September 24, 2008 at 9:40 AM | by | ()

We've already covered a good hotel to check out the fall foliage in Boston: Hotel Marlowe, with its farm getaways and kayaks.

The Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel is also offering a cool-weather weekend special, although it's a bit more romance than leaf-peeping.

Called a "Sweetheart's Staycation," starting at $599 per person, you'll get two nights' stay, bubbly and chocolates, a dinner cruise around Boston Harbor on an Odyssey Ship, breakfast and bed, and late check-out.

The fine print didn't say if there are any windows for booking, but it sounds like a good deal for lovers of love and leaves.

[Photo: Renaissance North America]

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Fall Foliage Hotels :: Resorts in Maine and Vermont Offer...Maps

September 23, 2008 at 2:20 PM | by | ()

The White Barn Inn, Maine

Yesterday was the first official day of fall...still plenty of time to book a leaf-peeper getaway. The US Hotels Group just announced two getaways at their upscale New England resorts, The White Barn Inn in Kennebunkport, Maine (where the Bush parents call home), and The Windham Hill Inn in West Townshend, Vermont.

Between September 22nd and October 18, and starting at rates of $1100 per person, you get two nights accommodations, dinner for two each night, breakfast and afternoon tea, and er, driving maps of the area.

Rooms at the The Windham Hill come with fireplaces, jacuzzis, and decks -- while The White Barn Inn, built in the 1860s, has an on-site spa and its White White Barn Inn Restaurant has won a Mobil 5-Star, AAA Five-Diamond rating.

Fortunately, the hotels don't charge you extra if you stay mid-week or weekend. And your fee includes, well, driving maps, which you could probably get for free from the state tourism board or local visitor centers, anyway. Or the internet. But you get the point.

[Photo: The Notorious Meg]

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Fall Foliage Hotels :: Ohio's Granville Inn

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  Site Where: 314 E. Broadway [map], Granville, OH, United States, 43023
September 18, 2008 at 1:31 PM | by | ()

Ask anyone where to see fall foliage, and they'll chime in the same answer: New England. But look, folks, wherever there are maples, elms, beeches, and hickories, there's gonna be foliage.

What about those buckeye trees? Yes, nobody ever thinks of Ohio when it comes to trees turning, but The Ohio Department of Natural Resources reports that mid-October is going to be a choice time to see the colors change before the leaves drop.

There's no place better to snuggle up than in a picturesque, hilly college town, with peaceful sidewalks perfect for strolling, and one of the best beer bars in the entire state...

That place is Granville, Ohio, a half hour's drive from Columbus and home to Denison University.

The Granville Inn has 30 guest rooms, with deliciously low rates that start at $99. The rooms are equipped with free internet access, cable, and crammed with antiques. Although, we do admit it does give off a "night at Grandma's" sort of vibe.

But there's alcohol! Wine Spectator has given wine list an Award of Excellence for four years straight, and the hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places. It's also purported to be haunted. So you could have some ghost-hunting to go with your leaf-peeping too.

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Fall Foliage Hotels :: Get Away to Boston's Marlowe

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  Site Where: 25 Edwin H. Land Blvd [map], Cambridge, MA, United States, 02141
September 17, 2008 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

You may be smack in the middle of Boston Proper, but you can still enjoy that autumn chill in the great outdoors.

Kimpton's Hotel Marlowe is offering an active Fall Foliage Package. A rate of $999 (and going higher, depending on the room you book) gets you two nights, a bike ride around the city with Urban Adventours, and a kayak to swish up the Charles, park the car at Harvard yard (say that with a Boston accent).

For real trees with real leaves, the package also offers your choice of day trips to local working farms. You'll get a free ride to Boston Hill Farm in North Andover, for pumpkin picking and tractor rides, plus more apples you could eat or stuff into a pie, with Cortlands, MacIntoshes, and Macouns.

Or get a bit of history at Brooksby Farm in Peabody, 250 acres of farm, barns, gardens, and orchards, smack in the middle of the burbs. Pet emus, alpacas, and sheep, pick apples by the bushel, and wolf down some cider with a maple syrup candy chaser. Yum.

[Photo: GrigorPDX]

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Fall Foliage Hotels :: The Grand Summit Hotel in Vermont

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  Site Where: Mount Snow Road [map], West Dover, VT, United States, 05356
September 16, 2008 at 1:55 PM | by | ()

Yea, we took high school French...so we know that "Vermont" en francaise means "green mountain."

But those rolling green hills won't stay that way for long. According to the Vermont Vacation's Foliage Report, the wet weather New England has been having will translate to a spectacular palette of autumn hues.

This website's pretty cool, too - they even tell you what regions of the state are most likely to have available lodging. (Hint: The weekend of October 10-12 is nearly a statewide blackout of rooms.)

So where to spend some time leaf-gazing? Ironically, a good stop is at Mount Snow, at the sprawling Grand Summit Hotel.  Predominantly known for skiing, it's got all the seasonal benefits of slope life without the snow plows -- outdoor pool, sauna, hot tubs...

When you get tired of all that natural beauty, there are nearby wineries, mountain biking, working farm and dairies...not to mention a local Oktoberfest right at the mountain base, October 11 & 12. Room rates for a room with two queen beds start at $138 a night.

[Photo: BenMcleod]