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MORE THAN ONE PLACE TO PEEP A LEAF
BedandBreakfast.com's Top Dozen B&B Picks for Fall Foliage
This fall, look for plenty of places for leaf peeping, as inngoers hit the hills and valleys by day and scenic B&Bs by night. BedandBreakfast.com editors have compiled this list of their favorite inns for fall foliage sightseeing, all offering romantic accommodations and sweeping vistas of fall foliage color from the porch, deck or surrounding environs. "We've hand selected these undiscovered gems for autumn B&B getaways," said Sandy Soule, editor of BedandBreakfast.com and veteran inngoer. "Each of those on the list have been visited by our editors and chosen for their fabulous foliage views, romantic setting, and premier lodgings," explained Soule. Choices are listed alphabetically by state. For more information on any of these inns and B&Bs, visit www.BedandBreakfast.com.
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Birchwood Inn, Lenox, MA: Welcoming friends since 1767, Birchwood's hilltop setting overlooks historic Lenox village and is close to the Berkshires' myriad cultural attractions and recreational activities. Right across the street is Kennedy Park, with 15 miles of trails perfect for hiking and mountain biking amid the colors of a hardwood forest.
White River Lodge, Blue Eye, MO: Every room offers a 180-degree view of the blue waters of Table Lake and colorful Ozark foliage. Secluded on a hilltop just 15 minutes from Branson, with easy access to water sports and outdoor adventure, this recently built inn offers the perfect vantage point for wonderful foliage views and plenty of privacy for romantic getaways.
Wildflowers Inn, North Conway, NH: Fall foliage in New Hampshire's White Mountains is among the country's most spectacular. Take in sweeping views of Mount Washington, the tallest peak in New England, while soaking in the hot tub on this inn's spacious back deck, then spend the night in a romantic Jacuzzi suite. Another nearby choice in the Mt. Washington Valley is Lake View Cottage on Silver Lake. From the front porch of this friendly B&B, watch a dramatic sunrise or enjoy the foliage mirrored in the lake's still waters.
Friends Lake Inn, Chestertown, NY: Set on a pristine lake in the Adirondack Mountains, this inn has 17 rooms featuring lake- and foliage-view window seats, private decks, fieldstone fireplaces and more. Enjoy bright foliage colors contrasting with deep blue lake waters from hiking trails, fishing boats and kayaks, and golf courses, then relax in the inn's award-winning wine bar and dining room, both offering fine cuisine and an extensive wine selection.
Galvladi Mountain Inn, Sylva, NC: Perched atop 250 acres of protected Great Smoky Mountains forestland and surrounded by an additional 1500 acres of public property, this inn offers well-marked trails leading to waterfalls and hardwood forests highlighted by explosions of color. At the end of the day, relax in your room's deep soaking tub or before the fire in the huge great room.
Another great option is the Wildberry Inn, just minutes from Asheville, offering a wraparound deck with seemingly endless mountain views of colorful foliage.
Shady Oaks Farm B&B, Northfield Center, OH: Put on hiking boots or grab a bike in the barn and enjoy fall foliage on the inviting trails of adjacent Cuyahoga Valley National Park. For equestrians, trail riding in the park is the perfect way to enjoy the autumn colors, and the inn's stables, pastures, and riding rings are available for those traveling with horses. Nearby lakes and the inn's English gardens also enhance the scenery.
Cedar Rock Inn, Tulsa, OK: Set in the foothills west of Tulsa, the inn's beautifully landscaped grounds offer a panorama of foliage. Many rooms have private terraces with views of the fountain and pond, surrounded by trees and gardens. The inn's 45-acre property includes a one-mile walking trail for intimate walks through an old growth forest. Return to rooms with intricately carved fireplaces and plenty of romantic amenities.
Inn at Twin Linden, Churchtown, PA: Gaze over two acres of gorgeous gardens to Amish and Mennonite farms beyond. For twice the fun, plan a fall foliage antiquing getaway, taking advantage of treasure-filled antique shops with plenty of lush Pennsylvania Dutch scenery along the way. Return to relax in wicker rockers on the front porch of this historic inn. Another excellent Lancaster County choice is the Swiss Woods Inn. In addition to having charming rooms and exceptional breakfasts, the inn is surrounded by extensive gardens and orchards, woodland trails and nearby lake.
Braeside Inn, Sevierville, TN: The breathtaking sunrises and sunsets over a panorama of fall Smoky Mountain colors make fall getaways an excellent choice, made even better by guest rooms with gorgeous views, hydro-thermal spa tubs, and in-room fireplaces, plus a deck with views to die for.
Inn at Weathersfield, Weathersfield, VT: Drive up the tree-lined driveway and take in a harvest cornucopia of color. Spend the days surrounded by brilliantly colored leaves on the inn's trail system, or drive just minutes to the longest covered bridge in the country for a great photo opportunity. Return at the end of the day to an award-winning dining room featuring all-local ingredients. While fall colors are promised, the inn's green initiative guarantees environmental stewardship while enhancing guests' comfort.
Black Horse Inn, Warrenton, VA: Whether fox hunting, steeplechase racing, trail riding, or enjoying foliage on foot, this hunt-country inn, just 45 minutes from D.C., provides the ideal base for exploring. The Warrenton Greenway Trail system is just one mile away, and more than 50 trails await in nearby Shenandoah National Park. The inn's ample porches, gazebo, landscaped grounds, and boxwood gardens give way to views of white-tailed deer and red foxes in the fields tinted in autumn hues.
Run of the River Inn & Refuge, Leavenworth, WA: During autumn, more than a thousand pumpkins adorn the inside and outside of this inn in the heart of Washington's Cascade Mountains. Watch the deer from the nearby preserve munch on pumpkin seeds in the ultimate recycling effort, framed by gorgeous foliage vistas. Plenty of fabulous hiking and biking trails make this autumn outdoor adventure a colorful treat. Afterward, relax on your private balcony or patio in a log swing while watching the abundant birdlife; cuddle in front of your in-room fireplace; or soak all cares away in the double Jacuzzi surrounded by river rock.
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