Fall foliage is changing, the air is crisp, and you are eating pumpkin flavored everything. With summer in the rearview mirror and the holidays right around the corner, fall is the most opportune time to take a getaway. Whether the mountains are calling, or you’re a “toes in the sand” kind of person, here at Guest Reservations we have hand selected 6 popular fall getaways you need to visit in October, and what you should do while you are there.
1. Asheville, North Carolina
Asheville, North Carolina embodies the quintessential image of fall. From the fall foliage and many hiking trails to Asheville’s bustling arts scene, this small city offers a great getaway in the mountains. Asheville is also a prime destination for foodies looking to try various chefs’ unique creations. While escaping to the Smoky Mountains, Guest Reservations suggests residing at the Omni Grove Park Inn. The Omni Grove Park Inn is nestled in the mountains and offers a spa, golf course, and close proximity to Asheville attractions.
2. The Grand Canyon
With kids back in school and fewer tourists traveling, October makes the perfect time to visit the Grand Canyon. Temperatures also drop to around 65 degrees, making hiking much more enjoyable. However, with cooler temperatures, it is advised to pack some warmer clothes. The National Park Service also covers many FAQs to better prepare you for your trip. When staying at the Grand Canyon, Guest Reservations recommends the Best Western due to the close proximity.
3. Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Brisk autumn weather and colorful leaves make Lancaster, Pennsylvania feel as though the city was made for autumn. Fall in Lancaster is harvest time, meaning visitors can take advantage of the local produce, seasonal foods, and hand crafted baked goods. Tourists will also get a glimpse into the 1800s as there is a thriving Amish community. While staying in Lancaster, Guest Reservations recommends checking in to the Lancaster Arts Hotel.
4. Manchester, Vermont
The quaint but trendy town of Manchester, Vermont has something for everyone. From ski slopes to local brews and historic church steeples, this Vermont town is a picturesque fall getaway. Guest Reservations suggests dropping your bags off early at the Kimpton Taconic Hotel before exploring the town by bicycle. As if Manchester didn’t have enough to offer, it is only 4 hours away from Manhattan and 2 hours from Boston.
5. Maui, Hawaii
Maui is beautiful any time season. However, October is a specifically great time to visit. With schools back in session, the majority of tourists have fled the island. The Maui food and Wine Festival takes place mid-October, and Halloween in Maui is dubbed the Mardi Gras of the Pacific, drawing nearly 25,000 people every year. Guest Reservations recommends staying at the Ka’anaplai Beach Club. The oceanfront resort will satisfy all of your tropical island needs while offering outdoor cafes, and proximity to the airport.
6. Savannah, Georgia
With oyster season in full swing, an abundance of festivals, and Savannah’s many hauntings, you won’t want to leave this fall destination. October always brings cooler weather and less humidity for this southern city. If you prefer the beach, you can make a quick trip to Tybee Island while there and enjoy wide, sandy beaches. Guest Reservations encourages staying in the historic district, which is dressed in cobblestone streets and close to the famous Forsyth Park. The Hotel Indigo, a 4-star hotel, is right in the heart of the historic district.
Whether the mountains are calling your name or the sound of ocean waves crashing down is luring you in, Guest Reservations can help you pick an impeccable fall getaway.