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This fall, as Mother Nature works her artistry, travelers can look forward to plenty of foliage festivities, as they hit the scenic byways by day and relaxing B&Bs by night. Here are some fine inn ideas from BedandBreakfast.com for leaf peeping and autumn sightseeing. Each recommendation offers superior accommodations and sweeping vistas of fall foliage color from the porch, deck or surrounding environs. Most are within an easy one-tank trip of major cities.  

Remember that while fall is filled with brilliant oranges, reds and yellows, you can find excellent green getaways and gas-saving Tanks a Lot offers on BedandBreakfast.com.

NORTHEAST

Lenox, MA, Rookwood Inn and Hampton Terrace: Renowned Berkshires Mountain color is the backdrop for both of these inns. Both are conveniently located for easy strolls to town and scenic vistas for serious leaf peepers, along with beautifully appointed guest rooms and common areas. Another great bet nearby is The Inn at Stockbridge in Norman Rockwell’s Stockbridge, MA.

Greenville, ME, Blair Hill Inn, Greenville Inn, Lodge at Moosehead Lake: One small town, one gorgeous lake, and three fabulous inns offering verandas with drop-dead views of Moosehead Lake. The blue of the lake surrounded by mountains of orange, reds and yellows creates a patchwork unparalleled by any three inns in the North Country. Hundreds of miles of logging trails mean hiking and biking options reign for guests too. Each of these inns offers rustic sophistication and haute cottage décor.

Franconia, NH, Sugar Hill Inn
: Just like this inn’s name, the views from throughout this inn are sweet, especially during fall foliage. Surrounded by the scenic White Mountains, the panorama is alive with color so bold it glows in the sun. Add fine dining, culinary events and beautifully restored guest rooms and cottages, and you’ll know why Bette Davis loved to vacation here. For another scenic Franconia fall foliage choice, consider the nearby Sunset Hill House.

Hillsdale, NY, Inn at Green River: Located in the Hudson River Valley, guests relax on the back lawn in Adirondack chairs overlooking a large meadow and a distant wooded ridge alive with color. After a day of hiking in the nearby Berkshires, return to guest rooms with fireplaces, deep soaking tubs and double showers for a romantic end to a colorful day of leaf peeping.

Landenberg, PA, Cornerstone Inn
: This circa 1704 restored Colonial home is the perfect base for exploring the Brandywine Valley in all its autumn glory. Take in Pennsylvania color while touring famous Longwood Gardens, or stay right at home admiring colorful water and perennial gardens, featuring Japanese koi.

Lower Waterford, VT: Rabbit Hill Inn: Even in the Snooty Fox Pub, rabbits rule here, right down to rabbit-shaped butter patties. Yet, during the fall, foliage takes the prize for leaf peepers looking for a fabulous getaway. Take in the color around the beautifully manicured 15-acre estate, complete with its own trail network, or venture out through covered bridges to see the color for which Vermont autumns are famous.

SOUTH

Mentone, AL, Mountain Laurel Inn
: Picture a wooded getaway on top of Lookout Mountain, with Little River waterfalls within an easy 10-minute hike, and you’ll know why this inn is a favorite for fall foliage escapes. Take a scenic drive on Lookout Mountain Parkway, then return to continue leaf peeping in the surrounding woods.

Blue Ridge, GA, Aska Lodge: Blue Ridge conjures up visions of scenic mountain views, and this is no exception. Enjoy armchair leaf peeping from the chairs surrounding the inn’s private fire pit or hike the nearby trails. The complimentary bottomless cookie jar means guests will have plenty of energy to take in the color.

Lake Lure, NC, Chalet Club: A longtime favorite for leaf peepers and connoisseurs of fine hospitality, this secluded mountaintop lodge offers unprecedented views of Hickory Nut Gorge aflame in fall color. Family owned since 1934, the over-the-top customer care keep guests coming back for more each fall.

Townsend, TN, Gracehill Inn and Richmont Inn: They call this the peaceful side of the Smoky Mountains, where natural beauty, wildlife watching and spectacular mountain views reign. Gracehill offers a 360-degree view of the Great Smoky Mountain Park, while Richmont offers leaf peepers private decks and trails.

Pearisburg, VA, Inn at Riverbend: Located high on a hill, each guest room here features a deck or terrace overlooking a fabulous vista of seven mountaintops and the New River. Watch sunrises, sunsets and local wildlife bordered by fall foliage in a panorama of color from seven beautifully appointed guest rooms. With views like this, no need to ever leave the inn!

MIDWEST

Eureka Springs, AR, Arsenic & Old Lace: Nestled on a private, wooded hillside in Eureka Spring’s Historic District, this Queen Anne-style Victorian mansion offers relaxing and peaceful autumn color views of the hills and inn’s gardens from its large wraparound veranda. Take in scenic drives in the Ozarks or stroll just two blocks to the historic district for fall fun.

Point Lookout, MO, Cameron’s Crag: Enjoy foliage vistas for miles from your own private hot tub and deck located high on a bluff overlooking Lake Taneycomo and the Branson skyline. While Branson’s live entertainment and shopping are nearby, autumn getaways are highlighted by gorgeous Ozarks scenery, fall colors and private hot tubs in guestrooms filled with all the amenities for the perfect romantic autumn getaway.

New Ulm, MN, Bingham Hall B&B, Deutsche Strasse B&B: Both inns are located within an easy walk to the distinctive shops and restaurants of this historic town, located in the Minnesota River Valley. Renowned for its German heritage, take in a grape-stomping Oktoberfest along with all the color, then return to these award-winning inns for comfortable guestrooms with private baths. The Bohemian B&B and Beyer Haus are excellent alternatives.

Nebraska City, NE, Whispering Pines B&B: Sitting on six acres and surrounded by century-old oak and pine trees and lovely flower gardens with fountains, the serenity of this 130-year-old Victorian home makes an autumn getaway perfect.  Self-guided itineraries and foliage tours through Southeast Nebraska are a great way to see the changing colors.

Logan, OH, Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls
: Rugged Hocking Hills State Park with its mysterious caves, cascading waterfalls and hemlock-lined trails borders this inn on three sides, making it ideal for fall foliage viewing. Choose from inn rooms or secluded cabins in the colorful woods with log fireplaces; after a day of leaf peeping, return for dinner at the inn’s log cabin dining room.

WESTERN STATES

Fraser, CO, Wild Horse Inn: Handcrafted from 400-year-old Englemann pine logs, the inn is set among acres of trees and meadows high on a ridge above Fraser Valley. Surrounded by Rocky Mountain National Park and set close to the Continental Divide, the changing mountain colors are a welcome sight for leaf peepers. The inn’s rooms and cabins with private fireplaces and porches or balconies offer the perfect respite after a day of hiking in the mountains.

Parkdale/Mt Hood, OR, Old Parkdale Inn and Mount Hood Hamlet B&B
: With Mount Hood as a backdrop and the Columbia River Gorge nearby, there is no shortage of beautiful leaf peeping opportunities from these inns. The Upper River Valley offers gorgeous Pacific Northwest color, while each of these inns welcomes guests with comfortable guest rooms and hearty breakfasts to start the day.

Springdale, UT, Harvest House and Novel House Inn: Located in the shadow of Zion National Park’s dramatic peaks, both these inns offer close-by access to the park, gorgeous settings for leaf peeping by day and star gazing by night in outdoor hot tubs. Beautifully appointed guest rooms are welcoming after a day of hiking amidst the artistry of Zion Canyon’s fall color.

Leavenworth, WA, Abendblume Pension
: Set on 20 acres overlooking dramatic vistas of the Cascade Mountains, this decidedly European inn fits in well with the Bavarian-themed town, just a mile away. While the mountains and views attract outdoor adventurers from throughout the Northwest, some prefer to enjoy the views from the outdoor hot tub or private balconies overlooking the grounds.

Look for thousands of perfect choices for your next fall foliage B&B getaway on BedandBreakfast.com, the leading online bed and breakfast directory and reservation network worldwide, listing nearly 7,000 B&Bs and inns. A variety of search functions and extensive maps enable inngoers to find the perfect B&B. Additionally, for information on a range of independently owned distinctive lodging, visit BedandBreakfast.com’s sister site, www.Inns.com.

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William Tomicki is the editor and publisher of ENTREE Travel Newsletter, www.entreenews.com.

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