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The Best Foliage Tours to Go on This Fall

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We get it, the end of summer can bring a lot of feelings. But instead of mourning what was, how about starting to plan for all of the fun fall escapes ahead? One of the best ways to ring in the new season is by designing a fall foliage escape. Whether you opt for a chic log cabin vibe in Vermont or picturesque drive through Maine, there are plenty of ways to take advantage of enjoying this annual spectacle of color. Read on for some of our favorite ideas.

Reporter: ​Dylan Essertier
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Maine

Take the Coastal Route from Camden to Acadia National Park during the autumn months to really get a glimpse of Maine’s magic, which promises plenty of pinch-me vistas along the way. 
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Where to Stay: Whitehall

Camden, Maine
In Camden, sit by the flickering fire pit as the stars come out at Whitehall. This gem of a property which has been running since the 1800s got even sparklier when it was renovated in 2015. Unwind inside Whitehall’s rooms which include a mix of modern and vintage furniture and plenty of colorful accents, or post up on the front porch with a glass of wine in hand as you soak up the surrounding nature. 
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Where to Dine: Long Grain

Camden, Maine
Delight your taste buds at Long Grain, where Thai and Vietnamese dishes like steamed mussels in spicy coconut lemongrass broth and night market soup with ground pork and peanuts will have you questioning if you’re visiting Maine or an Asian street market. Before you go, check out Long Grain’s Facebook page which announces the daily specials. 
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Where to Hike: Acadia National Park

Maine
A few fast facts: over 3.3 million people explore Acadia National Park’s seven peaks each year. This might be because of the 158 miles of striking hiking trails, which include everything from challenging to leisurely hiking opportunities that promise some of the best forest views in the entire state.
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The Berkshires

When choosing a place to best enjoy the fall, we’re partial to the Berkshires for its cultural offerings and endless eats.
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Where to Play: Hilltop Orchards & Furnace Brook Winery

Richmond, Massachusetts
What’s more quintessential fall than an afternoon spent apple picking? Head to Hilltop Orchards, a 200 acre historic property to spend your day perusing over 26 types of apples. After all that work, be sure to kick back and sample one of Hilltop’s award-winning wines or ciders. Our favorite is the Johnny Mash Dry Gold, a dryer variation cider that’s made from golden russet apples.
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Where to Dine: Blantyre

Lenox, Massachusetts
For a quintessential New England dining experience, get dressed in your best smart casual (that means jackets for the gentlemen!) and tuck into some lobster risotto and quail at Blantyre, which is located on a one hundred-acre estate in a picture-perfect English-style summer house. The property, which is also a boutique hotel, offers a variety of theater and dance performances that happen throughout the year, so be sure to check the website for the chance to catch everything from the Boston Symphony Orchestra to a Shakespeare performance played out against the backdrop of stunning fall foliage.
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Where to Stay: 33 Main

Lenox, Massachusetts
Named after its address, 33 Main hotel is located at 33 Main Street in the heart of historic downtown Lenox, Massachusetts. Located just minutes away from designer Annie Selke’s home, this eight room boutique hotel exemplifies Selke’s bright and beautiful aesthetic. The best part? You can shop the best of the designers rugs and bedding at the Annie Selke store located inside 33 Main Hotel. 
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Vermont

Often overlooked as merely a winter destination--head to Vermont during the fall to experience this peaceful state at its most lush. 
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Where to Spa: The Woodstock Inn & Resort

Woodstock, Vermont
For an indulgent day of pampering, you can’t go wrong with a visit to one of New England’s newest spas: The spa at Woodstock Inn. Inside this 10,000 square foot haven there are 10 treatment rooms which feature products sourced locally and a variety of treatments including Himalayan Salt Stone massages and citrus espresso detox scrubs. 
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Where to Dine: Simon Pearce

Quechee, Vermont
The Mill at Simon Pearce serves both lunch and dinner with menus specifically designed to support local farm communities. In other words? Eating here means getting to try the best of Vermont’s local ingredients. When it comes to appetizers, the Vermont cheese plate is not to be missed. Other must-trys include the maple brined pork chop with rosemary and creamy polenta. Not included on the menu? The spectacular views of the Ottauquechee River waterfall and covered bridge you’ll enjoy during a visit here.
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Where to Stay: Field Guide

Stowe, Vermont
Looking for chic log cabin escape? You can enjoy exceptional service, and 10 styles of accommodation (some of which are even dog friendly!) at Field Vermont. For something extra romantic, curl up by your very own fireplace in the Trail Suite, which also comes with a private balcony and soaking tub (rates starting at $349).
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Where to Drink: Shacksbury

Vergennes, Vermont
Cider drinkers should head straight to Vergennes, Vermont, for tastings at Shacksbury. Every fall, Shacksbury treks out along narrow country roads and overgrown orchards to find unique apple varieties for their ciders. We just love a good orchard to cocktail drink don’t you? Be sure to try The Vermonter, which is one of Shacksbury’s most popular ciders as its blended from a unique variety of local apples and is only available to try in the Green Mountain State itself.
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Upstate New York

If you live in New York, appreciate boutique hotels, and love to tuck into a good glass of wine by a crackling fire, then Upstate New York during the fall is guaranteed to be your happy place.
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Where to Drink: Brunette

Kingston, New York
If you’re looking to wine and dine your way through Upstate, Brunette in Kingston, New York, is one of the area’s most tempting watering holes. Visit not only for the impressive selection of natural wines and eclectic bites (the Vietnamese hot dog is a particularly interesting nosh), but for the highly grammable decor which includes a mix of pineapple and seahorse wallpapers, plenty of floral-flecked china, and a dreamy Carrera marble bar. 
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Where to Stay: The Brentwood Hotel learn more

Rest your head at The Brentwood Hotel in Saratoga Spring, where you’ll find only twelve rooms, and a stay promising to be both charming and buzzing with energy. During the day, take advantage of Brentwood’s sun-drenched accommodations, beautiful grounds, and the proximity to the nearby Saratoga Race Course. At night, unwind with a warm drink as you listen to the record player croon at the cocktail bar during the hotel’s unique ‘listening party happy hour.’ Oh, and did we mention there’s an unlimited amount of s’mores supplies available at reception which can be roasted by Brentwood’s fire pit? Need we say s’more (sorry, had to).
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Where to Eat: Brushland Eating House

Bovina Center, New York
Food favorites in the Upstate New York area include experiencing Brushland Eating House, where dishes such as roasted carrots with almond dressing and honey, hand rolled pasta, and olive oil cake, manage to be the perfect combination of unfussy and upscale. As for ambiance, Brushland was founded on the idea that the house that provides the food should be as comforting as the dishes served inside of it, which means you’re in for a soul-warming neighborly vibe while eating here.
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