Adirondack color and apple cider spa treatments. For a look at some of the most colorful hues the season has to offer, a trip to Lake Placid’s Whiteface Lodge is a must. The Forbes Four Star all-suite resort in the High Peaks of the Adirondacks – a leaf-peeping hot spot – offers guests a fall getaway in rustic luxury, with cozy cast-iron fireplaces in-suite, warm homemade cookies at turndown, and access to a wide array of seasonal activities. Pulling it all together is Whiteface Lodge’s Stay More, Play More package, which includes a nightly resort credit (from $100 to $200, depending on suite size), redeemable for on- and off-property activities and adventures booked through the resort. Among the options: a seasonal Apple Cider treatment at The Spa at Whiteface Lodge or white-water rafting down the Saranac River. For the perfect cap to an autumn day, guests can unwind under starry skies in one of two private Lean Tos with fire pit and cocktail service. Rates start at $328. Reserve at www.thewhitefacelodge.com or call 888-582-0505.
· Leaf peeping and apple picking in Central New York. Apple picking is a favorite fall pastime in Central New York, and Marriott Syracuse Downtown is the perfect home base for a weekend of orchard hopping. Local trees are loaded with Jonamacs, Gingergolds, MacIntosh and Honeycrisp, ready to harvest, with hayrides, corn mazes, and treats of cider and apple fritters rounding out the fun. And guests don’t even have to leave the city to surround themselves in prime foliage. The historic Oakwood Cemetery, just a mile and a half from the hotel, offers 160 acres of grounds dotted with sugar maples, oaks and hickories in full autumn display – perfect for an afternoon stroll. Rates start at $144. Book at www.marriottsyracusedowntown.com or call 315-474-2424.
· An autumn bounty farm-to-kitchen adventure. Cooking enthusiasts from the New York metro region can enjoy a day trip out to the New Jersey countryside that takes them from farm to cooking school kitchen at Natirar, a historic estate on 500 pastoral acres along the Raritan River in Somerset County. Visitors can tour Natirar’s own 12-acre sustainable farm, which grows more than 200 varieties of fruits and vegetables, to learn about its autumn bounty and purchase just-picked produce to take home. Some of the farm’s harvest is bound for the Cooking School, just a short stroll away in the estate’s Tudor-era carriage house, where an extensive, daily curriculum focuses on seasonality and sustainability. Classes are available for all skill levels, with special sessions designed for teens, families and couples, and topics span the worlds of cooking, wine and entertaining. For more information, visit www.natirar.com or call 908-901-4714.
· Mountains of (aspen) gold. Telluride’s rich calendar of seasonal festivals – from Telluride Blues and Brews Festival (Sept. 15-17) to Telluride Cars and Colors Festival (Sept. 21-24) and Telluride Horror Show film festival (Oct. 13-14) – makes it a hot spot for fall visitors to the Rockies. For a departure from the typical hotel stay, travelers can book a luxury vacation home rental through industry-leading InvitedHome and enjoy the privacy of their own palatial estate. To complement the royal lifestyle, nature herself provides a Midas touch in the form of Colorado’s signature aspen trees, which turn brilliant gold in autumn (a gondola ride up the mountain affords the perfect vantage point). Perched high in Mountain Village, InvitedHome’s Dancing Bear sleeps 10 and gives guests endless views of that gold from expansive windows, numerous balconies and decks, and an in-ground hot tub. Closer to the downtown action is Sunshine Home, a historically rated Victorian home sleeping 10 within walking distance of festivals and the ski-lift, complete with family game room, gourmet kitchen, and an outdoor deck with hot tub that connects the home to a one-bedroom guest house. For reservations, visit www.invitedhome.com or call 866-600-8075.
· Clear skies in Pebble Beach. Fall is prime season to enjoy the spectacular views at Pebble Beach Resorts, as the morning fog of summer gives way to clear skies along the California coastline. Not only can guests soak up those vistas from one of the resort’s legendary golf courses, but if they can bear to step away from the greens they’ll find one of the most scenic drives in the world right at their doorstep. The renowned 17-Mile Drive coastal landmark runs from Pacific Grove through Pebble Beach, leading from the dramatic Pacific coastline to the majestic Del Monte Forest. And there’s another great view in store for Pebble Beach guests: Opening in August, just in time for fall travelers, Fairway One at The Lodge offers a brand-new accommodations choice in an exclusive location fronting the first fairway of the iconic Pebble Beach Golf Links. This distinctive addition to The Lodge at Pebble Beach offers 30 oversized guest rooms, two unique four-bedroom golf cottages (each with a 1,000-square-foot living room), a greater sense of privacy, and a personalized touch for both groups and leisure travelers. Fall rates start at $915 per night. Book at www.pebblebeach.com or call 888-251-9790.