Every year there is that gap in the calendar between the summer excursions and the winter ski breaks. Autumn is arguably best enjoyed in October and we have got a list of towns (with suggested hotels) where you can get the most out of the fall season. And, don’t forget, during this season as the leaves drop, so do the crowds of tourists and prices. 

Here is a snapshot of below:

  • Salem, Massachusetts
  • Aspen, Colorado
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Loreto, Mexico
  • Barbados
  • Asheville, North Carolina
  • Hudson Valley, New York

Salem, Massachusetts

This month is Halloween and what a better spot (and start to the list) than this town which is synonymous with witches. Salem has all kinds of activities throughout the month and checking out the Witch Museum is worth a peek. The museum recreates the 1692 Salem witch trials using actual documents as the basis for its life-size stage sets and more.

Suggested Hotel: The Merchant Salem


Aspen, Colorado

Aspen may be more synonymous with the winter months but the mountains, with all their golden foliage this time of year, are a great option. The hotel below is a perfect spot to utilize as a base camp from where you can hit the backcountry and do all the outdoor activities you can handle. Whether you are trying to catch the perfect light for a special photo or just enjoying the crisp autumn air surrounded by nature, Aspen is always an answer. 

Suggested Hotel: Hotel Jerome

Other Option: The Little Nell


Albuquerque, New Mexico

This city may not be the first place people think of but it does have “the most photographed event in the world,” the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (Oct 2-10). This event allows visitors to get up close to hundreds of seven-story balloons and if you get up before sunrise you can get an amazing shot of all of the balloons rising together. Definitely a ‘postcard’ moment. After the day’s events, recharging at Hotel Chaco is the perfect spot and an ideal location to explore the museums and downtown markets when the weather is just right.

Suggested Hotel: Hotel Chaco


Loreto, Mexico

Not interested in foliage or just wanting to keep your summer tan going? Head down south the Baja California Peninsula but don’t bother with Los Cabos this time. An unspoiled and secluded spot just 230 miles north of Cabo is Loreto Bay National Marine Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Staying at the hotel Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto is a prime location to enjoy scuba diving tours, whale watching excursions, surfing, ATV desert tours, and more only to return to the massive Sabila Spa to recoup for the next day’s adventures. 

Suggested Hotel: Villa del Palmar


Barbados

Barbados needs no introduction but one thing most may not know is that rum was first distilled here, at the Mount Gay Rum headquarters in 1703. Fast forward to 2020, this island nation has been one of the top destinations during the pandemic especially for those digital nomads who were given a Welcome Stamp visa allowing them to stay up to one year. Regardless if you are looking to spend a long time or not, if you’re looking for some ‘fun in the sun’, the beaches here are second to none. Whether its waves you’re after or coral reef-carved shallow pools just off the shore, the hotel below has access to all of it.

Suggested Hotel: The Crane


Asheville, North Carolina

The Blue Ridge Parkway and Carolina mountains near this southern town can rival many northern fall foliage landscapes. From here, you can drive to Pisgah National Forest, filled with waterfalls and rolling hills with colored leaves, as well as the curving Linn Cove Viaduct on the edge of Grandfather Mountain offering the parkway’s most iconic views. When out of the woods, staying at The Foundry Hotel will give you a taste of the funky lifestyle of this Appalachian town. 

Suggested Hotel: The Foundry Hotel


Hudson Valley, New York

Does it get any more quintessentially fall in this place? Pumpkin-picking, cider-sipping artisan breweries, sprawling mountains with waves of multi-colored trees, and more, this New York staple is always primed for autumn travelers. Oh, and don’t forget, the Hudson Valley is home to the legendary town of Sleepy Hollow, made famous through the characters of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman of the early 19th century gothic American story. For all of its ‘October-esque’ characteristics, this valley is full of activities and has the hotels to match (see this article for even more boutique hotel options).

Suggested Hotel: The Roundhouse

Other Option: Glenmare Mansion


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