5 Hotels and Resorts Perfect for a Spontaneous Fall Getaway
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With summer vacation long gone and the hectic holiday travel season fast approaching, there's no better time to get away than fall.
Here are five options that combine unbeatable accommodations with premier destinations.
Madeline Hotel and Residences
Where: Telluride, Colorado
Telluride is known for being a world-class ski destination, but the Colorado town features stunning sights and a relaxing atmosphere year-round.
While there are several top-flight accommodations to choose from in Telluride, Madeline Hotel and Residences stands out as the only Four Diamond recipient. In addition to offering residences and suites, travelers can book guestrooms boasting beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.
Inside the rooms, amenities include fireplaces and large soaking tubs to enhance guests' comfort. The hotel even offers an in-room bath barista capable of customizing your bathing experience. Breakfast in bed is just another impressive perk.
And did we mention the town's only Starbucks is located inside the hotel?
The Lodge at Buckberry Creek
Where: Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Few destinations are as visually appealing this time of year than the Smoky Mountains. Travelers looking to get away to eastern Tennessee and unwind in the Smokies this fall should consider Gatlinburg's Lodge at Buckberry Creek.
Nature lovers will love the location and the plethora of outdoor activities available, but even homebodies will be entertained. Guests can receive an in-room massage, grab a bite at the lodge's restaurant or use the complimentary Wi-Fi to get some work done anywhere in the lodge.
What's more, there's no shortage of scenic drives and hiking trails in the surrounding area. That said, there are plenty of free things to do if you haven't had enough time to budget for a trip.
High Peaks Resort
Where: Lake Placid, New York
Perhaps best known as the setting for the 1980 Winter Olympics and the "Miracle on Ice," Lake Placid, New York, is an ideal fall destination, even if you've only got a few days to enjoy it.
Much like Telluride, it's hard to go wrong when choosing a resort here. Nonetheless, High Peaks Resort should be on your list.
Resting along the shore of Mirror Lake and just a short distance from the downtown attractions, the resort's location couldn't be better. But the amenities only add to the experience. While guests will have access to traditional resort amenities like a spa and salon, fitness center and pools, the resort also supplies kayaks and rowboats on a seasonal basis.
There are plenty of shops and dining options nearby as well, including the beloved Dancing Bears Restaurant.
Where: Chicago, Illinois
If it's the big city and luxury you're after this fall, look no further than Chicago and its award-winning Langham Hotel.
This five-star hotel is right in the center of the action (located just a short distance from the Chicago Riverwalk, Grant Park and other popular Windy City attractions) but high above the hustle and bustle, featuring impressive views of the city as well as Lake Michigan.
What's great about the Langham is that guests can choose a package that best suits the type of stay they're looking for, whether it be a romantic getaway for a last-minute family trip. For example, guests can choose a Bed and Breakfast experience, Club and Suite Retreat or a Chaun Spa Journey, among others.
In addition to restaurants and bars, there's a spa, fitness club and a 67-foot swimming pool on site.
Resort at Squaw Creek
Where: Olympic Valley, California
A few miles northwest of Lake Tahoe not far from the California-Nevada border is where you'll find the Resort at Squaw Creek.
Choose from a deluxe room, fireplace suite or a penthouse. And once your bags are unpacked, check out the spa, which was recently named one of the top five resort spas by Conde Nast Traveler. There's also a fitness center with heated swimming pools that are operational year-round.
The Resort at Squaw Creek also boasts half of a dozen on-site restaurants, with at least one sure to win over your taste buds.
Like some of the other resorts on this list, part of this resort's appeal is its location. Guests will find an abundance of exciting outdoor activities in Olympic Valley, where the vivid foilage will remind you it's fall.
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