The signs of fall are here. There is a nip in the air, a crunch of brightly colored leaves under your feet and the need to throw on a sweater before you go out in the morning. The warm weather and crowds of summer have faded away. Chances are you will find yourself daydreaming about a fall getaway. The natural scenes in certain parts of the world make for a truly eye-popping fall, but it is those cozy hotels in idyllic autumn locations that sweeten the deal. Pack your bags and head for an autumn-friendly boutique hotel.
Here are four of the best boutique hotels for fall:
Located in Kennebunkport, on Maine’s scenic Southern Coast, Hidden Pond is one of New England’s best fall getaway venues. The area is a favorite for fall trips because the colors are very bright in September and early October.
Hidden Pond sprawls across 60 acres with two-bedroom cottages and one-bedroom bungalows. You can enjoy a private, relaxing and nature filled getaway. The cottages are all nestled under fir and birch trees in secluded corners of the property. Roughly 40 minutes from Portland, this boutique hotel's grounds have a network of trails that can take you on memorable fall-color hikes.
The English countryside takes you back in time during the autumn. The Wild Rabbit is in the Cotswolds in Southern England. This historic building offers a true English country inn experience right in the midst of some of the UK's best scenery. Visitors staying at the Wild Rabbit can take advantage of a number of local trails to see the autumn scenery in the Cotswolds.
Not only are the surroundings serene in the fall, but the inn has a cozy atmosphere. The Rabbit features fireplaces, brick walls and antique décor. In addition to sleeping at the Wild Rabbit, you can also eat and drink. The onsite restaurant boasts the freshest local foods picked straight from the nearby gardens. The 18th century pub, meanwhile, provides the perfect spot to cozy up with a pint after a crisp walk through the Cotswolds.
The attractive region of Tuscany tends to shine a little brighter in the autumn months. Fall is harvest season here. It is time to pick olives, grapes, mushrooms and truffles. In fact, many villages and towns in Tuscany host special festivals to celebrate these fruits of the land. With fewer tourists and beautiful scenery complimented by mild weather, it is no wonder many people decide to get away to Tuscany for a fall break. And if you are seeking the perfect spot for a fall getaway, you won’t have to look farther than Monteverdi Tuscany. The boutique hotel boasts suites, spacious rooms and separate villas.
Set in the village of Castiglioncello del Trinoro, Monteverde provides unique touches like a copper soaking tub from the 1700s in one suite and a large fireplace in another. All rooms boast original artwork. The rental villas have restored stone makeups that date all the way back to the 12th century.
Located in Mexico’s Wine Region, Encuentro Guadalupe is perhaps an unexpected fall getaway destination. This boutique hotel offers 20 luxury "eco pods," which are elevated above the ground so as to not disturb the natural environment. Each pod looks out on the surrounding vineyards. This place is practically perfect in the fall months. Tourist season has subsided, leaving Valle de Guadalupe quiet and unhurried.
Encuentro Guadalupe provides more of an unplugged fall getaway. There are no TVs in the rooms, so you can focus totally on tasting fine wines and enjoying the scenery. You might expect a camping-type experience in the eco pods, but they are outfitted with all of the comforts of home. The surrounding vineyards cover 11 acres, making for a heavenly scene in the fall months.
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