Happy fall!! I can’t believe summer is officially over (according to the calendar at least–not to the weather here in California!). If you’re looking to catch some foliage this year, I’ve rounded up 5 fall getaways! Fall is such a spectacular time, and all of these places become even more magical during the season!
- Aspen, Colorado
Aspen is a cute little town in Colorado known for its skiing and upscale restaurants and shopping. We went a couple years ago and flew into the Denver airport and road tripped to Aspen. The drive through Colorado to Aspen is beautiful, but it is extremely difficult at some points since you are driving through very rocky mountains. The whole drive takes around 4 hours and I do recommend if you drive breaking it up! I highly recommend Hotel Jerome (it has so much character and one of my favorite hotels I’ve stayed at–plus it’s dog friendly!) as well as the St. Regis and Limelight hotel.
2. Paris, France
Paris is one of my favorite places in the world, and there’s time like the fall to visit. The temps drop, the leaves turn, and the city of love becomes even more romantic! One of my favorite spots is the Jardin de Tuileries. Bring a book, grab a hot coffee and spend the day strolling the garden and enjoying the afternoon. You can also find some of the best views of the Eiffel Tower at the Trocadero.
I have yet to experience all of New England, but the last couple of years I had the chance to road trip through Vermont (and bits of New York and Massachusetts). Being from California, Vermont was such an amazing experience. There are trees as far as the eye can see, and it’s filled with fall-themed homes, quaint towns, cozy restaurants, and farms with the most delicious maple syrup and cheeses! I love Woodstock (be sure to visit Sugar Bush Farms) and stop by the Equinox in Manchester!
During my travel, Oregon has been the most consistent with having the most colorful and vibrant foliage. The state is usually cooler and wet throughout the year, so the leaves seem to always turn on schedule. We stay in Portland (for lots of great eats!) and explore the neighborhoods for endless rows of color.
5. Napa, California
I have to admit, I’ve never been to Napa during fall (even though I only live 1.5 hours away!). But I absolutely love Napa/Sonoma and wanted to add this destination because it should not be missed! Napa reminds me of being in the countryside of France (lots of wine and farm-to-table eateries) and it’s the perfect getaway if you are in California or on the west coast. It’s less than an hour drive from SF and you can enjoy a beautiful escape over the weekend.