Changing leaves, a cool ocean breeze and mountain scenery make these three east coast escapes a must visit this fall.
People travel from near and far to watch the leaves turn unbelievable colours in the small town within Connecticut less than 90 miles from New York City. Kent is the cultural heart of the Litchfield Hills and offers the very best in scenic views and has a quaint downtown with book stores, coffee shops, restaurants as well as breathtaking vineyards in towns nearby offering tours and live music. It’s also home to Club Getaway, which spans 300 acres, and offers the perfect backdrop to take in the season's colours. The camp, established 40 years ago, offers activities for adults and kids alike and hosts a Fall Finale Weekend for adults every October. This year's will take place between October 5th to the 7th where you can take in the leaves from high above the sky, at tree level, zip-lining, rock climbing, hiking or showing your skills on their trapeze. Additional fall activities include mulled cider, pumpkin carving, hayrides, apple pie making, touch football games, a haunted house and themed costume parties. Accommodations begin $419 a person all inclusive and include three delicious meals served daily as well as heated and air conditioned cabins.
Located in the foliage-rich foothills of New York’s Northern Catskill Mountains, Cooperstown is an easy and scenic drive from Boston, New York and Philadelphia. Before you hit the road, take advantage of special savings by booking your stay at either The Otesaga Resort Hotel or The Cooper Inn, both legendary and historic properties located in the heart of the village. The iconic Otesaga opened in 1909 and sits on the picturesque shores of Otsego Lake, while just a block away its sister property, The Cooper Inn, houses 15 charming rooms that are available year-round. This fall, guests of The Otesaga can enjoy 20 percent off rates by booking the resort’s Autumn Harvest Package, available October 7 – 31, 2018, while The Cooper Inn’s Fall for the Inn special starts at just $149 per room, per night (representing a 30 percent discount) and is available through October 31, 2018. Along with baseball, art and spooky farms, Cooperstown enjoys a centuries-old history of good old-fashioned booze and was once the hops-growing capital of North America. The village offers a great selection of places to quench your thirst, including the Cooperstown Distillery, on historic Main Street, and the nationally recognized Brewery Ommegang, which boasts its famous Game of Thrones beer selection. Visitors can also sample all the libations these locations produce and pour on the Cooperstown Beverage Trail, New York’s first official cuisine trail. It spans 37 miles, so there’s plenty to keep you occupied for a few days.
Fire Island, NY
While many come to Fire Island Pines throughout the summer, many don't realize that the party keeps going well beyond Labor Day. Some of the best weekends on The Pines are when the crowd's thin out, the music gets a touch lower, and walking on the boardwalk at dusk requires a light sweater or cardigan. DJ's are still spinning, the weather is a little cooler and restaurants are still up and running. Gone are the crowds and back are those looking for a quaint vacation island just far enough from Manhattan to be considered a getaway. The Hotel by Sharegurl, located right in the harbor, is accepting reservations through October 20th with some limited availability left. Pines Bistro is also accepting reservations for dinner into October. Similarly, the entertainment doesn't end either. Many of the staples of the Pines - such as Low Tea, Twirl Tea, and Show tune Sundays - run through late September and October. The season closes out with the annual Halloween Party, this year taking place on October 20th at Sip N Twirl, and is historically not a party to miss.