There’s nothing quite like New England in the Autumn. As the air crisps, homes start up their fireplaces, and apple cider donuts hit the shelves, something magical starts to happen in the great outdoors. For a limited three-week window, the trees up and down the I-95 corridor begin to change color. And not just change, but truly transform, with fading summer greens giving way to vibrant magenta, ochre, and violet leaves.
This window, known as “leaf-peeping season,” is well worth a trip up North to see first-hand. If you’re planning to hit the road to witness first-hand the stunning fall foliage of New England, we’ve got you covered. Here are three of our favorite, coziest hotels for you to stay at as you explore all that leaf-peeping season has to offer.
Hotel Kinsley, New York
Just two hours north of New York City, nestled between the foothills of the Catskill Mountains and the banks of the Hudson River, is a small town called Kingston, New York. A wonderfully quaint escape from the daily bustle of the city, Kingston is at the heart of the region known for prime leaf-peeping.
If you’re headed this way, we cannot recommend enough a stay at Hotel Kinsley. Named “The Hudson Valley’s most Stylish Getaways” by Vogue Magazine, Hotel Kinsley is a collection of four historical, beautifully restored buildings in the heart of Kingston. It also boasts a food and beverage program that was created by James Beard Award-winning restauranteur Taavo Somer.
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With the Mohonk Preserve, Awosting Reserve, and the Verooy Kill State Forest a stone’s throw away, you’ll never be at a loss for outdoor activities. Plus, Hotel Kinsley partners with @upstatehiking to bring guests customized excursions, so you can get your hiking fix.
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Getaway Cabins, Massachusetts
Continue North, and you’ll hit Massachusetts: home of the Red Sox, the Boston Cream pie, and a handful of Getaway cabins. If you’ve ever wanted to unplug entirely and get back to the nature, Getaway is the perfect stay for you. Each tiny cabin is surrounded by forest, and completely offline, giving you the perfect hiding spot to relax and recharge. And, with floor to ceiling windows overlooking endless forest skylines, you’ll undoubtedly peep a leaf or two.
Hotel Vermont, Burlington Vermont
For the last stop on our road trip, we make our way to the fall foliage capital of the Northeast — Vermont. More specifically, to the delightful Hotel Vermont located in the town of Burlington. With a clean, modern design that brings the surrounding forests to your room, you’ll feel like you’re camping in style. Hotel Vermont is also situated next to, well, everything. Take a spin along the bike path, picnic on the shores of Lake Champlain, or talk to the front desk about the nearest hiking trail.