Fall Getaways | Experience classic autumn fun

Check out one of these beautiful places to travel this September

Golden sunlight filters through the trees. The leaves are caught in the midst of changing colors; some are still green, while others are bright orange and red. The air is brisk, there are pumpkins everywhere, and the smell of spices are in the air. Autumn is officially here–and we love it!

Nobody said it better than the French philosopher Albert Camus: “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” Chase the gorgeous foliage this month by going on one of these amazing fall getaways! Attend a festival, go hiking through nature, and fill your social media feeds with pictures of the season.

New Hampshire

Visiting New Hampshire in September is like walking into postcard–everything is just that vibrant. Slip on your favorite boots and feel the satisfying crunch of leaves underfoot as you hike on one of the forty-eight 4,000-foot peaks in the state. The 1.5-mile hike along the Arethusa Falls Trail is a fantastic option. You can see the beautiful 140-foot Arethusa Falls in Crawford Notch State Park (located in Hart’s Location, NH), featuring gorgeous water tumbling over a steep rocky cliff.

For another classic fall tradition, visit Beans & Greens Farm in Gilford. This family farm has been around for more than thirty years, and every fall, they design a complicated corn maze for families to explore (note: these are not easy). If you stop by on October 12th or 13th, you can enjoy Harvest Weekend, which is filled with delicious home-baked goodies and entertainment (cider, donuts, baked apple pie, pumpkin mazes, tractor rides, photo ops, and more).

Vermont

Head to beautiful Vermont to see breath-taking mountain views and warm, colorful trees from inside a train! Board the Green Mountain Railroad departing from Chester, Vt., and take a two-hour round trip to Ludlow, where you will pass through quaint historic villages, rivers, and the Green Mountains. This is a cozy spot to cuddle up with your boo or spend some quality me-time with a good book.

Make your trip even sweeter by getting some famous Vermont maple syrup! At the Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks, you can walk along the nature trail to enjoy the cool air, then come inside for a tour of the sugar house. Once you taste their maple syrup, you will never want to go back to your regular store-bought stuff again!

Later, go apple- and plum-picking at Shelburne Orchards. Here, you can also try the seven-year-old, cask-aged Apple Brandy, made from apples that were grown, pressed, distilled, barrel-aged, and bottled on-site – yum!

Colorado

Colorful Colorado may not be the first thing that pops into your mind when thinking of a fall getaway – many people like going during the fluffy snow season – but it is actually a beautiful place to visit when the leaves start turning! Go leaf-peeping in Denver, where you can hike on your choice of over 300 miles of trails inside Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, CO. Make your way up Flattop Mountain, a 2,849-foot elevation where you will see one-of-a-kind views of trees, waterfalls, lakes, and more peaks.

Once you’ve crossed hiking off your list, head over to Aurora, CO. to attend the Punkin Chunkin event from September 21-22. Here, you can watch teams competing with homemade machines to see who can shoot a pumpkin the farthest! It’s also a great place to see a chainsaw carving competition, drink beer in the garden, and see the hundreds of artistically-carved pumpkins on display.

Another exciting weekend to visit Colorado is September 26-29 for the Mountain Harvest Festival in Paonia. Billed as a “Cornucopia of Creativity,” this annual event includes live music, dancing, art vendors, beer gardens, a chili cook-off, a grape stomp, farm tours, and more.

With a Pumpkin Spice Latte, a passion for adventure, and our tips in your hand, you’re sure to have the best fall ever!