Want an alternative to the traditional fall road trip or romantic retreat? Fortunately, if you're yearning for a one-of-a-kind autumn trip, resorts across the globe are offering enticing and affordable packages (think fall foliage and adventure trip promotions). And with cooler temperatures, thinner crowds and the chance to embrace the great outdoors, now is a perfect time of year to take a vacation. Read on for 10 unique fall trip ideas.
A Pre-Ski Season Retreat in Vail
Fall in the mountains means changing leaves, crisper air and fewer crowds, making it an ideal time to visit Vail before the peak ski season starts. Sonnenalp, a luxury chalet-style property, is offering a fall package for $227 (available from Oct. 2 to Nov. 17) that features reduced rates for valet parking services, two oxygen bar sessions at the spa and reduced green fees at the Sonnenalp Golf Club. Accommodations range from one- and two-bedroom suites to a four-bedroom penthouse. For the ultimate alpine dinner experience, order Käse Spätzle, a homemade Swiss dumpling topped with cheese, crispy onions and fondue. Work up your appetite by hiking or horseback riding along scenic trails.
A Drive Along America's Favorite Route
Located at the 400-mile marker of the renowned Blue Ridge Parkway, The Omni Grove Park Inn offers guests a copy of "The Ultimate Guide to The Parkway's Best Attractions" to better enjoy the iconic drive. Travelers can embrace the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina, and discover hidden gems, hiking hot spots and historical attractions along the parkway. Best of all, a portion of the proceeds contribute to protecting and preserving the Blue Ridge Parkway and its cultural heritage. In addition to the guidebook, the package includes accommodations, daily breakfast and parking. Rates start at $309.
An Adventurous Hawaiian Getaway
Hilton Waikoloa Village, located on the Big Island's Kohala Coast, is offering a MAKAI Pick Your Pleasure Package starting at $424 that offers guests the option to choose from diverse adventures each day, including snorkeling alongside sea turtles, lounging along black-sand beaches and enjoying seats at the most popular luau on the island. What's more, the Hilton Waikoloa Village offers a Family Fun package that includes complimentary breakfast for a family of four each morning. With rates starting at $284 a night during the fall, the family package is available through December with a required three-night stay minimum.
A Quintessential Fall Foliage Trip
To celebrate dazzling fall foliage displays along the East Coast, two Luxury Collection properties have teamed up to offer a town and country themed fall package. Foliage fans can revel in autumnal bliss, starting with a two-or three-night stay in the heart of midtown Manhattan at the Chatwal, followed by two or three nights at The Equinox, A Luxury Collection Golf Resort & Spa in Manchester Village, Vermont. At the Chatwal, guests can enjoy perks like tickets to the Cirque du Soleil musical "Paramour." And in Manchester Village, an idyllic New England town, visitors can take in striking scenery, sweeping mountain views and storybook colonial streets. The price for this for luxurious autumn package starts at $2,519.
An International Getaway in Budapest, Hungary
For couples dreaming of a romantic European getaway, the musically-themed Aria Hotel Budapest is offering a two-for-one package with the code ARIALOVE that includes a complimentary extra night for a two-night stay in an Aria Signature room, along with two-for-one couples spa treatments. Guests can also enjoy in-room chocolate-covered strawberries and a bottle of limited edition small batch cabernet sauvignon. The package is available for stays in September, November and December; rates start at $238. And aside from superlative on-site amenities, the hotel puts visitors within steps of famous attractions, like St. Stephen's Basilica.
A New England Fall Foliage Tour
Dazzling fall foliage is the star attraction at the elegant Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid, New York. Cocktails by a fire pit and warm, homemade cookies at turndown are just a few extra touches you can expect after an autumn day spent on an outdoor adventure with an ADK Guide -- one of the property's adventure concierges. And specialty services like Apple Cider treatments give a seasonal twist to the resort's spa menu. Fall rates start at $282 per night, a deep discount from the standard $448 rate during the high season. What's more, the Whiteface Lodge has partnered with BMW to offer guests a BMW Experience Town Car Service that features the company's 7-Series vehicles.
A Laid-Back Retreat in Anguilla
Zemi Beach House, a brand-new luxury boutique in Anguilla, invites guests to take advantage of fewer crowds and reduced rates in fall with its "Flavors of Zemi" package. Catering to foodies, the package includes daily breakfast, a three-course lunch and a three-course dinner for two. Plus, kids under eight can enjoy complimentary meals. Available for stays from Sept. 1 to Oct. 16, the package is priced at $485 per night, making a trip to Anguilla easy, affordable and comfortable in autumn.
An All-Included Caribbean Getaway
With two golf courses, crystal clear waters and the chance to enjoy jet skiing and world-class dining, the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa offers plenty of incentives for planning a trip. Set on a secluded beach, the resort provides guests with easy access to El Yunque Rainforest and unspoiled sands. Added perks at this all-inclusive property include a la carte dining, unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, one complimentary round of golf on either the ocean or river golf courses, free Wi-Fi access within the resort's public areas and more. Packages start at $220 per person, per night based on double occupancy.
A Shoulder Season Trip to Martha's Vineyard
Vineyard clam chowder might be reason enough for foodies to plan a Martha's Vineyard getaway in autumn. And then there's the four-day Food & Wine Festival in October and the month-long Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby tournament from mid-September to mid-October to seal the deal. Another draw: it's easy to save on accommodation costs. The Harbor View Hotel in Edgartown offers an ideal location within easy reach of the shops, restaurants and the Edgartown Lighthouse and nightly rates starting at $119, along with a variety of packages, including a bed and breakfast rate that includes daily breakfast for two and a spa package that includes complimentary breakfast and two massage treatments.
A Photography Tour
If you're yearning to take your camera on a trip to remember, the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita is hosting a unique photography workshop from Oct. 31 to Nov. 4 led by professional photographers Robert Caplin and Peter Lockley. The package will include guided photography classes, on-location shoots, one-on-one editing and instructor demonstrations, all set amid the Riviera Nayarit's breathtaking backdrop. Aside from honing your photography skills, you can enjoy the resort's unspoiled white-sand beaches and immersive culinary classes, like interactive tequila tastings. The workshop price costs $4,999 per person, and includes accommodations, workshop fees and daily breakfast.
Roger Sands is an experienced travel writer with a passion for destinations that inform and inspire. His articles on culinary vacations and sports travel have been published by the New York Times, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Taste & Travel Magazine, BELLA NYC and others. You can find him on LinkedIn.
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