Perfect Destinations To Welcome Fall
When you think about autumnal activities, leaf peeping, back-to-school shopping and football watching probably come to mind. But what if we told you that there was much more to fall than the foliage and the NFL? Look around the globe right now and you’ll see places having outdoor dining festivals and elaborate indoor events. Some destinations even insist on having more fun near the water.
The cities listed here don’t all feature sandy shores, of course. But be it the mountains or a metropolis, every city has two important things in common: a busy calendar and breathtaking accommodations for a Forbes Travel Guide-approved fall getaway.
It’s hard to top New England when it comes to fall foliage. Surrounded by 3,000 acres of nature preserve, Grace Mayflower Inn & Spa is only 10 minutes from Mt. Tom State Park and Lake Waramaug. But you needn’t leave the grounds of the Four-Star hotel to find awe-inspiring scenery; the 30-room boutique property sits on 58 acres of gardens and woodlands.
To really immerse yourself in nature, the Four-Star Grace Mayflower Spa offers forest bathing. No actual bath is involved; the Japanese practice simply teaches you to take in the forest atmosphere through all of your senses. It supposedly helps lower blood pressure and stress levels.
Bernardsville, New Jersey
The Northern New Jersey landscape comes alive in the fall. Take in the colorful golds and ambers from your posh porch at The Bernards Inn, a Forbes Travel Guide Recommended property sitting 40 miles from New York City. On September 22, however, swap the hiking boots for a pair of dress shoes as you take part in Roll With Your Heart, a wonderful evening of casino gaming and hors d’oeuvre nibbling to benefit the charitable Heartworks organization.
We love Villas of Grand Cypress for its golf (45 Jack Nicklaus-approved holes), but if you’re planning a vacation with the little ones over the next few months, the resort’s theme park packages may be the best move. The deal combines a suite stay with tickets to SeaWorld, Legoland or the Disney parks (the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival sounds delicious in September and October) and uncontrollable grinning from the kids and spouse.
This West Chicago suburb may not have the bright lights of the big city, but when it comes to hosting vino gatherings (Naperville Wine Festival, August 24 to 25), having cultural celebrations (Lighting the Way, October 13) and being the home of high-end accommodations (Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Hotel Arista), the town shines a lot stronger than you’d think.
Fall can get a little toasty in Manila. Luckily for Philippines visitors, Solaire Resort & Casino has plenty of air-conditioned distractions — the Five-Star Sky Tower, the Las Vegas-rivaling casino floor, the 14,000-square-foot spa — for those seeking a reprieve from 90-degree afternoons. As if that weren’t enough, the hot musical Mamma Mia! plays the Theatre at Solaire from September 29 through October 21.