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Hotels prep for Fall with special foliage packages

Posted by Melanie Nayer  September 6, 2013 08:17 AM

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Omni Mount Washington-Exteriors  34.jpgPictured: Omni Mount Washington, Bretton Woods, NH
Summer ended and with a flick of a switch, fall was here. While you still might be hanging on to hopes that we'll get a few more days of summer-like weather before the leaves on the trees really start changing, you might also want to start planning for the inevitable.

There's already a Fall feeling in the air, so why not embrace it? If there's one thing New Englanders can be proud of in the fall (aside from football), it's our foliage. These hotels in Boston and around New England are offering some special fall foliage packages:

The Essex Steam Train & Riverboat’s 2 ½-hour journey begins at the historic 1892 Essex Station for a 12-mile, narrated round-trip into the heart of the unspoiled Connecticut River Valley. The steam locomotive pulls vintage coaches at 20-mph through the quintessential New England towns of Deep River and Chester. The picturesque countryside includes meadows, a quaint farm, a millpond with waterfall and trestles and bridges over river and creeks. A natural highlight is the undeveloped Selden Neck State Park, accessible only by boat.

Every Saturday afternoon during peak foliage season at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT, guests of all ages can learn to make – and taste! – freshly-pressed apple cider during complimentary lessons from the resort’s cider press team. After picking their own apples, guests will “smash and sip” at the resort’s own refurbished hand-cranked cider press set amongst the scenic autumn landscape of its Mapleview Gardens. Saturday evenings is “Cider Hour” in the panoramic lakeview Steamboat Lounge. Kids can try different varieties of apple cider while the Lake Morey Beer Master serves up delicious local tastings for adults, from hot mulled cider and Woodchuck Cider to a wide range of seasonal local brews.

Available weekends from Sept. 20 - Oct. 20, 2013, rates for the Smash, Sip, & Stay package start at $398 per adult (kids 3-12 are $80 and kids 13-17 are $130), double occupancy, plus 9% VT tax, and include:

  • Two nights accommodations (Friday/Saturday)
  • Dinner on Friday and Saturday night
  • Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday morning
  • Complimentary apple cider pressing (lesson included) on Saturday afternoon
  • Complimentary “Cider Hour” on Saturday evening (food/non-alcoholic beverages are included…alcoholic drinks additional)
  • Complimentary evening bonfire with make-your-own s’mores
  • Use of the resort’s standard seasonal amenities

This fall escape to The Woodstock Inn & Resort located in the heart of Woodstock, VT. The intimate Woodstock is a walking town brimming with true New England charm and eclectic shops set amidst a collection of authentic 19th century Federal-style buildings and lovingly restored fine old homes.

Rates for the Wake Up In Woodstock Package start at $265, bases on double occupancy, excluding applicable taxes and resort fee and includes:

  • One night luxury accommodation
  • Hearty country breakfast for two
  • Vermont Maple Syrup to Take Home
  • Admission to the Billings Farm & Museum
  • Admission to the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
  • Complimentary use of Racquet & Fitness Club

Enjoy Maine’s fall foliage season with a Three for Two special from the Kennebunkport Resort Collection (KRC):

From Sept. 3 - Oct. 24, 2013 guests stay three nights for the price of two, mid-week, between Sunday and Thursday evenings at any Kennebunkport Resort Collection property. Each package includes a welcome bag upon arrival, free bikes to cruise around town or the back roads to view foliage, access to the nightly Supper Shuttle which travels between Goose Rocks Beach to downtown Kennebunkport nightly.

Starting rates vary depending on the property:

  • Grand Hotel: $225 per night
  • Kennebunkport Inn: $169 per night
  • The Boathouse: $269 per night
  • Cape Arundel Inn: $239 per night
  • Old Fort Inn: $239 per night
  • Cottages at Cabot Cove: $279 per night
  • Lodge on the Cove: $239 per night
  • Tides Beach Club: $249 per night
  • Hidden Pond: $564 per night

Take in the scenery from above the trees at the Omni Mount Washington Resort in New Hampshire. Become engulfed in the area's colorful landscape as you soar hundreds of feet through the air past the tops of ancient hemlocks, spruces and white pine trees on the resort's Bretton Woods Canopy Tour. Guests can combine the adrenaline rush of a zip line with the beauty of New Hampshire's gorgeous foliage while on the 4,700-foot tour. As New Hampshire's longest zip line, the unique excursion is comprised of nine zip lines, two suspension bridges, hiking and even rappelling deep into the forests of Bretton Woods. Rates start at $229 per night.

Nestled in the Allegheny Mountains of Bedford, PA, the Omni Bedford Springs Resort and Spa is the perfect place to enjoy the beauty of autumn with tree-lined trails, campfires and more. Head to the resort via the Pennsylvania Turnpike and take in dramatic vistas as you drive through various valleys and mountain passes. While in Bedford, take in the local stops including the county's famous covered bridges. This year the resort is offering a unique way to view the change in season with new Segway trails. The off-road Segways allow guests to enjoy scenic stop overs at Red Oak Lake and Naugle's Mill, which offer the perfect picture opportunity. Rates start at $299 per night.

The recently opened and eco-friendly Hotel Vermont is the first independent hotel to join the quaint town of Burlington and will celebrate the famous Vermont maples at their peak foliage with seasonal cocktails blending local flavors like Vermont Gold Vodka, Maple Sapling, Apple Cider, White Wine, and Cinnamon, to give guests a "taste" of Vermont in October. Enjoy the views of red and orange leaves dancing in the wind from the 7,500 square foot outdoor terrace with open fire pit overlooking the scenery of Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains. Those that want a closer look at the leaves can ride through the action on complimentary bike rentals from Old Spokes Home, a local alternative bike shop. Rates start at $229 per night.

Take in Fall in and around Boston: You don't have to go far to enjoy Fall Foliage. Stay in Boston and enjoy the scenery with walks around the Esplanade and through Boston Common. The XV Beacon in Beacon Hill has a "Fall into Fifteen" package available Sept. 22 - Dec. 21, with rates starting at $400 per night.

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Melanie Nayer is a travel writer who spent many years in the newsroom before jetting off to see the world. Her goal is to bring readers the best insider information More »

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