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Foliage and Fire Pits: Cozy Getaways for the Perfect Fall Weekend

By Erika Hueneke


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Sitting by The Logan’s rooftop fire pit is the best way to end a fall day.

Photo by Ron Cadiz

Sitting by The Logan’s rooftop fire pit is the best way to end a fall day.

After a full day of leaf-peeping or harvest festival–hopping, snuggle up at one of these sweet retreats.

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Whether canvas tent or clapboard inn, city boutique or sylvan lodge, these nine U.S. getaways all have something in common—a fresh, cozy vibe that’s especially appealing in autumn. As the air turns cooler, these retreats heat up, offering fire pits, fall fare, and fiery-hued leaves galore. From California’s wine country to Vermont’s Green Mountains, here’s where to escape this September, October, and November.

Beside views of the famous monument, Under Canvas Mount Rushmore offers guests wood-burning stoves, campfires, and outdoor activities.
Under Canvas Mount Rushmore
Keystone, South Dakota
Every year, 3 million people descend on Mount Rushmore—and most of them visit during the summer. Avoid the rush (and heat) with an autumn stay, and glamp in comfort at Under Canvas Mount Rushmore, which debuted May 2018. Looking out at the memorial, the camp delivers fall feels with 80 luxury tents warmed by wood-burning stoves, as well as s’mores around the campfire and a host of outdoor activities (kayaking, rock climbing, gold panning) to get your blood pumping. Tents from $174 per night.
At Hotel Vermont, snuggle up in Vermont Flannel Company accessories after a long day of leaf-peeping.
Hotel Vermont
Burlington, Vermont
Leaf-peeping season brings $460 million tourist dollars into Vermont annually. Do your part at Hotel Vermont in Burlington, the state’s largest city. The hotel’s Top Floor King rooms promote coziness with whirlpool baths, fireplaces, and The Vermont Flannel Company robes. Breathe the brisk fall air on complimentary bikes, then warm up with room-service hot toddies from the hotel’s Bedtime Menu. The property even has an in-house beer concierge to help you navigate the city’s thriving brewery scene. Rooms from $299 per night.
Settle in next to The Logan’s rooftop fire pit after a day of taking in the fall colors at Philadelphia’s green spaces.
The Logan
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Home to the Liberty Bell and a host of chic eateries, bars, and shops, the City of Brotherly Love brims with history and hipster cred. In the center of it all, The Logan is a sleek home base complete with “Rocky” bathrobes and rooftop fire pits that are particularly inviting come autumn. You don’t even need to leave town to immerse yourself in colorful foliage: City green spaces like Fairmount Park, Morris Arboretum, and the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden all ignite in the fall. Rooms from $299 per night.
The Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville was modeled after European lodges.
Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville
Asheville, North Carolina
More than 100 types of deciduous trees give the Asheville area one of the longest and most vivid leaf displays in the country. And with one of the highest numbers of breweries per capita in the country, the city’s annual Oktoberfest is one for the books. Sold? Indulge the fall weekend of your dreams at the boutique Grand Bohemian Hotel Asheville, which is inspired by European lodges and awash in antler chandeliers, leather wall coverings, and a grand fireplace. Midweek rooms from $299 per night; weekend rooms from $549 per night.
The Washington School House Hotel was once an actual schoolhouse.
Washington School House Hotel
Park City, Utah
The Washington School House Hotel, an actual 1889 schoolhouse turned luxury property, offers 12 antique-filled guest rooms. After hiking, biking, and strolling along Main Street in the autumn chill, enjoy the hotel’s toasty amenities, such as heated bathroom floors, a steamy hillside pool and hot tub, and an outdoor fire pit fashioned from a 2002 Park City Olympic torch. Then, for the ultimate foliage vista, soar over the Wasatch and Uinta mountains in a hot-air balloon with Skywalker Balloon Company or Park City Balloon Adventures. Rooms from $480 per night.
Take in the yellows and golds of autumn aspen from the deck of Trappers Cabin.
Trappers Cabin
Beaver Creek, Colorado
Hikes, chairlift rides, and ATV excursions on Gore Mountain are all the more scenic in the fall, when the area’s thick aspen groves turn golden. Bring your whole crew to Trappers Cabin, a four-bedroom Beaver Creek Resort property perched at 9,500 feet. The log-beam chalet supplies autumnal bliss in the form of Jacuzzi soaking, fireside cocoa drinking, and leaf-peeping from the private deck. Cabin rentals from $999 per night.
Make Harmon Guest House your homebase while exploring Sonoma’s many harvest events.
Harmon Guest House
Healdsburg, California
After recovering from wildfires in fall 2017, Sonoma County is back in a big way, and fall is the prime time to experience the grape harvest and see vines shift to shades of gold, crimson, and burgundy. The area’s buzziest new address is the 39-room Harmon Guest House, opening in early September in downtown Healdsburg. Get in on pop-up wine tastings around the hotel’s rooftop fire pit, then take advantage of wine country events like the Sonoma County Harvest Fair (October 5–7), the World Championship Grape Stomp (October 5–7), and the Sonoma County Extra Virgin Festival (November 3). Midweek rooms from $309 per night; weekend rooms from $599 per night.
In addition to an outdoor campfire, the North Branch Inn boasts a wood-burning stove indoors.
North Branch Inn
North Branch, New York
Just a two-hour drive north of New York City, the western Catskills is a rural wonderland of woodland streams, sunny meadows, and working farms. Here, nestled on seven acres of fields and gardens, the family-owned and -operated North Branch Inn shelters weekend warriors in 14 chic guest rooms. Eat hyper-local, seasonal fare at the inn’s Bar Room & Restaurant, sample cider from around the area on tap, thaw out by the campfire, and stock up on warm socks at the nearby farm, Buck Brook Alpacas. Midweek rooms from $169 per night, including breakfast for two; weekend rooms from $199 per night, including breakfast for two.
After a day of fall festivals, curl up with a book and a hot beverage in Perry Lane Hotel’s cozy spaces.
Perry Lane Hotel
Savannah, Georgia
What Savannah lacks in changing leaves, it more than makes up for in ghost tours and fall festivals. And now there’s another reason to go—the Perry Lane Hotel, which opened in June 2018. With a comfy library, gourmet coffee shop, and locally sourced eats at The Emporium Kitchen & Wine Market, the 167-room property is a welcome respite after busy days at area events like Bacon Fest, Savannah Craft Brew Fest, Oktoberfest, Savannah Food & Wine Festival, and Savannah Jazz Festival. Rooms from $237 per night.

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